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When nature calls: “vertical gardens” take bathroom decor to the next level


I remember lingering in the bathroom as a teenager when urgent family members knocked on the door. “What are you doing here?” they demanded.

Looking back, that seems like a reasonable question. What was I doing in there? Think about things, mainly. Take time out of family life. Looking in the mirror, wondering if I would.

The bathroom is not just for washing. It is also a philosophical space. Indeed, a new survey shows that more than one in 10 people have made a life-changing decision in the shower.

This summer, Triton commissioned a survey of the showering habits of the British and Northern Irish public. The investigation did not extend to the Republic of Ireland, but there is no reason to believe that we are drastically different from our neighbors. It really is a very fun poll. My favorite question was, “What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever done in the shower?” Answers included: “Pizza eaten”. “Epiphany.” “All.” “I forgot the towel.” ” Sleeping. ” “Fallen over.” “I thought about my future.”

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Tilestyle Peacock Water Lily Tiles

Tilestyle Peacock Water Lily Tiles

Standing under a stream of hot water is conducive to thinking about life, and according to the survey, 12pc made a life-changing decision. One in five has used the time to contemplate the meaning of life. Most importantly, people were thinking about practical things like planning the day, what to cook for dinner, or what to wear.

Almost half of those surveyed admitted the most obvious – singing in the shower, but what about the 10pc dancing in there? Eighteen percent have sex in the shower (the same percentage admitted that sometimes things go wrong when they attempt physical activity in the shower). Other multitasking. Shaving and brushing teeth are the most obvious, but one in 10 washes clothes and 39 pc cleans the shower. A small percentage do yoga, take a phone call, or wash the cat. Twenty-six percent admitted to peeing in the shower (I think that’s a conservative statistic).

Tina Simpson of Triton Showers concluded that: “While the bathroom is generally seen as a respite space, our hectic daily lives sometimes mean that the precious few minutes we have in the shower are now taken over by a range. other tasks besides cleaning us.

Looking closely at the survey, I am not so sure. Yes, people are busy. But only 12% of people admitted to having thought about working in the shower and less than 10% interacted with multimedia devices. Most of the time people were just hanging out there having a good time.

If I could wave a magic wand over my own bathroom, I would have a vertical garden behind the shower. I don’t think this has seeped into mainstream design, but I have seen vertical bathroom gardens at design fairs and the Noken Porcelanosa showrooms in Spain have a wall of moss and ferns. behind the shower. It’s utterly charming and theoretically utterly doable. Vertical gardens depend on hydroponics, a way of growing plants that uses mineral solutions instead of soil, and a bathroom wall would need plants that thrive in humidity and need very little water. direct light. That said, this is probably difficult to do at home and could limit your shampoo choice.

Other trends in shower design are more achievable. Waterfall shower heads, combined with hand showers and the possibility of massaging hydrotherapy jets are an option. The same goes for misters, in which the water that comes out of the shower head is atomized so that it fills the air and creates a sensation that people have described as “hugging a hot cloud”. It looks magnificent.

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Triton digital shower mixer


Triton digital shower mixer

Triton digital shower mixer

Prices at Tilestyle range from € 492 for a square waterfall showerhead; € 602 for a Forma shower head with rain and waterfall functions; and € 1,347 for a Lounge shower head which includes mist, rain and spray. The same shower also has a chromotherapy function, that is, it emits colored light. It is operated by remote control (prices are exclusive of VAT).

Showers that include colored light have always struck me as a gimmick. Tony Murphy from Tilestyle swears no. “Most people shower early in the morning or late at night. In the winter it gets dark. You need something to cheer yourself up and change the way you feel.”

It’s also possible to change the temperature of the light around a mirror from a cold task light to a warm glow, and some bathroom designs incorporate an LED strip of light between the tile and the floor. “This means that when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, you don’t have to turn on the main light,” he explains. It’s something I could live with. Submitting to a breath of cold light makes it difficult to return to sleep.

To take it a step further, Murphy suggests that you get rid of the main bathroom light completely. “You don’t need a central light that was installed when the world started and you never had time to change it.”

Lighting can also be part of a mirror, many of which are round instead of squares. It works so well that one wonders why we were so attached to square mirrors in the first place. Our faces are round, after all. But whatever, the round mirrors are pretty and some of them do tricks. The Arena mirror (€ 355 at Tilestyle) includes a heating pad that eliminates condensation from the glass and LED lighting around the rim. Better yet, you can change the light temperature from flattering warm ambient light to bright light that you might need for the unpleasant task of eyebrow hair removal. The electronics are operated by a tactile switch.

In the shower too, the tactile buttons have taken over from the traditional clumsy dial. “Everything else in our lives is operated by touch, rather than by rotation,” says Murphy. “It changes the way we interact with a bathroom, and it changes the way we relax in it.”

And faucets – once a simple choice of brass or chrome – are now consistently available in choices that include titanium, rose gold, and black. “A few years ago you wouldn’t even have heard of such things,” adds Murphy.

Triton Showers is a supplier rather than a retailer, with showers ranging from the affordable Triton Amore (RRP € 295) to the Host Digital Mixer Shower (RRP € 720). For more information and a store finder, check out tritonshowers.ie. See also tilestyle.ie and porcelanosa.com.

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