Which Shower Valves Are The Best Choice For Your Bathroom Design?

When choosing a shower for your bathroom you probably never imagined that your shower valves and shower heads would be such a difficult decision, there are so many options available, so how do you know which shower valves are the right choice for you design?

Basically there are three shower valve options available, the exposed, the dual exposed and the concealed.

Exposed Shower Valves

The exposed shower valves are very stylish and blend in beautifully with any bathroom design. These are long valves that have a dial on either end. The valve can be cylindrical or square depending on your preference.

Exposed Shower Valve

Square Exposed Thermostatic Shower Valve

The one dial will manage the water pressure while the other manages water temperature. The advantage to this is that you can control your temperature, there is nothing worse than playing around with two taps trying to find the desired temperature when showering.

Dual Exposed Shower Valves

Dual Exposed Shower Valve

Dual Exposed Thermostatic Shower Valve

The dual exposed shower valves also give you two controls, one for pressure and the other for temperature but these shower valves are usually a round valve that has a lever or cross head tap that controls the pressure and behind that you’ll find another lever to manage temperature.

These shower valves can be a little bulky, but they do look fantastic in any bathroom design.

Concealed Shower Valves

The concealed shower valves are my personal favourite and are the perfect choice for a modern bathroom design. These shower valves are a plate that mounts to the shower wall with either two or three knobs on the plate.

Concealed Shower Valves

Dual Concealed Thermostatic Shower Valve

If you have chosen the plate with two knobs you can mount it vertically or horizontally with the knobs either next to each other or one below the other. One knob controls pressure and the other temperature, the same as the other thermostatic shower valves.

If you choose the plate with three knobs you’ll have one knob to control temperature, one to control the pressure on your shower head and the third is used if you have a second shower head or shower jets in the shower.

Whichever shower valves you choose for your shower remember to ensure they blend in with all your other bathroom items, such as your taps. You want to have the same style carried throughout the space leaving it with a picture perfect finish.

Showers You Can Control

I don’t know about you, but I cannot mention the number of times I’ve had a shower using separate hot and cold water taps, leaving me either scorched with hot water or screaming as the water temperature suddenly changes to freezing.

While adults can usually manage this temperature variance, I always worry about my children. Especially the younger ones when they want to shower rather than bath. Using separate hot and cold water taps when showering is not only inconvenience, but the one reason we all use a shower is to save water and you can waste so much water as you stand there trying to get the water to mix to the perfect temperature.

If you think about it, there is nothing pleasant about showering like this. The water can change from one minute to the next and while showering the last thing you need is someone in the home turning on the kitchen tap, this can leave you either burned or frozen.

Shower Valves

The solution to this problem is the use of shower valves. Shower valves come in a selection of choices from exposed thermostatic valves to concealed options with cylindrical or square options to choose from.

The exposed shower valves are usually a long product which is mounted to the shower wall, there are two controls one on either side of the valve, the first controls the water pressure, while the other controls the temperature. You know how much time you can save using shower valves, you turn the dials to the required temperature and pressure and you’re in the shower without the risk of the water changing temperature constantly.

Exposed Shower Valves

Exposed Shower Valves

The concealed shower valves are modern and sophisticated and are displayed on your shower wall as a chrome plate with either two or three controls. These controls are the same as the exposed shower valves in that they manage pressure and temperature. If you choose the concealed shower valves with three dials, the third dial is used if you have a second shower head or shower jets in your shower.

concealed shower valves

concealed shower valves

Using shower valves makes your showering experience easier and more enjoyable and I would recommend them for any family bathroom ensuring that younger children can shower with ease without the fear of them being burned.

Affordable Shower Designs

There are four things you need for any shower design. You need your shower tray, shower enclosure, shower head and controls. In order to make things more affordable and easier, there are a choice of shower sets available.

Once you have chosen the right tray for your bathroom design and combined it with a shower enclosure you can start concentrating on the shower sets. Shower sets are not only affordable, but are convenient especially in a bathroom that is shared by a number of people.

The shower sets include thermostatic controls, a rod which is mounted vertically to the wall which holds the shower head. When you have people using the shower which are all different heights, the ability to adjust the height of the shower head can add functionality to the space, ensuring they have the best possible showering experience.

shower sets at kings bathroom ltd.

There are a number of shower sets available in a choice of great designs which you can blend into your overall design with ease. There are round ones for the traditional bathroom and then flat round ones for the modern bathroom, not to mention the minimalistic square options available.

When you think affordability, convenience and functionality for your shower, shower sets are the easiest option available. If you want to add a wow factor you can always incorporate shower jets which will give your bathroom that spa-inspired design on a minimal budget.

These days we are all trying to save money wherever possible, but home improvements and renovations are essential in increasing the value of your property. You can turn your bathroom into a masterpiece without breaking the bank and the shower sets are just one of the ways you can achieve this.

The twin concealed thermostatic shower valve and rail kit is one of my favourite choices when it comes to the shower sets. The controls are a plate mounted on the shower wall with two dials, very stylish indeed. The shower set itself comprises of a rail with a rectangular and minimalistic shower head which is not only stylish, but very sophisticated and elegant and will blend in beautifully with any bathroom design.

For a traditional bathroom design you may prefer the kit 7 design which comprises of an exposed thermostat with two dials, one to manage your water pressure and the other the temperature. Mounted to the rail is a round shower head which will blend in to any traditional bathroom design.

Getting to Grips With Shower Valves

Shower valves are an important aspect of your showering experience, this is the part that helps you manage your water flow and temperature. Of course you want your new shower valves to blend in with your overall design and complement your shower, which is why you need to know the different options available.

Exposed Shower Valves

The exposed shower valves are stylish and elegant and will look fantastic in any bathroom design. These are generally a bar with a valve on each side, the one side will determine the water flow while the other determines the temperature. The advantage is that everyone in the house can manage the temperature they prefer and the pressure they require.

mixer shower valve

Thermostatic Mixer Valve

The exposed shower valves come in cylindrical designs, square and deluxe options. Depending on your overall bathroom style, you will be able to pick the one that best works with your other bathroom fixtures and fittings.

Concealed Shower Valves

The concealed shower valves are very modern and stylish, perfect for that minimalistic bathroom design. These valves are a plate which is attached to your shower wall with two or three dials. Each dial has a purpose, one will be for the water flow letting you determine what water pressure you prefer, one will be for the temperature giving you the chance to make your shower as hot or cold as you wish. If you choose a concealed shower valve with three dials, you will use the third to manage the shower jets or extra shower head that you have placed in your shower.

Dual Concealed Shower Valves

These shower valves are very stylish, perfect for modern or traditional bathrooms. The valves are round in shape with two levers, the levers manage your water flow and temperature.

There are four dual concealed shower valves to choose from, two of which have a cross head for managing the water flow, the same as you would find on many traditional taps. Perfect for all bathroom designs offering elegance and sophistication to the space.

How to Choose

With so many shower valves to choose from it can be a difficult decision on which is right for you. The best solution is to take your overall bathroom design into consideration along with the taps you have already chosen for your basin or your basin and bath, keep the shower valves in line with those designs to ensure you have the same style flowing throughout the space.

Making Your Shower Work For You

Very often you will purchase a shower, shower enclosure and shower set but find that your shower doesn’t work for you. There is no reason you should just settle with the shower you have, there are many shower accessories you can use to make your shower your own, make it work for you.

Where To Place Your Shower Head

If you have chosen to rather place your shower head attached to the wall or ceiling over the slide rail shower system, then there are some shower accessories you will need. As you can imagine placing your shower head flat against your shower wall or ceiling will not give you the best showering experience.

shower head

Rose Shower Head

There are a few things you will expect from your shower, water pressure and most of all you want the water to reach you with ease. If your shower head is too high or at a strange angle on the wall, you will need to be a contortionist to enjoy the benefits of your shower.

Using shower accessories such as shower arms or ceiling arms enables you to locate your shower head where you want it with ease. This ensures you have an enjoyable showering experience without any frustrations.

Add Luxury

Because you have had to choose a shower over a bath due to a smaller bathroom, it doesn’t mean you have to give up the idea of jets. You can buy shower jets for any shower offering your the luxurious showering experience that massages with a range of health benefits.

These shower accessories come in two shapes to blend in with your current bathroom design. There is the round and the square. It’s so important that you ensure the jets you choose enhance your bathroom space. If you have an ultra-modern bathroom with plenty of square bathroom products including your shower head then choosing a square jet will work beautifully. The same applies to the circular ones, as you can imagine a square jet when everything else is round will look out of place.

Take Advantage of Shower Accessories

I never settle for what I have when I can make it better. You can spend hours working on your bathroom design and never be happy with your shower, using shower accessories enables you to make your shower work for you, enjoy the full benefits and enjoy the convenience and practicality of your shower without the frustration.

Choose Shower Valves to Complement Your Bathroom Design

When you choose a bathroom design, you need to choose a design you will be happy to work with throughout your bathroom. Maybe you’ve chosen to go ultra-modern on your en-suite bathroom and have chosen square bathroom products, this means all your accessories, taps and shower valves should be square.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure your design choice flows throughout the space. A bathroom with traditional fixtures and fittings will look completely out of place with an ultra-modern radiator or towel rail, can you picture it in your head?

Taking that vision think of a modern bathroom, you open the door and wow, the room shouts sophistication and style. All the bathroom products from the shower to the toilet have a rectangular design. All the taps, shower valves and even the radiator are finished with high shine chrome, which just jumps out at you from the white walls and floor tiles.

Shower Valve

Concealed Shower Valve

There are splashes of colour around with bright red towels, candles and a blind. But otherwise the entire bathroom is white, glass and chrome which just shouts out modern, stylish and sleek.

Choosing Your Shower Valves

Keeping your bathroom design in mind when you first look at shower valves you should think of practicality and convenience. There are so many choices available from those with the water pressure knob on one side and the thermostat on the other to push button valves, which just add to the ultra-modern design of your bathroom.

These days most of the shower valves you will see will be finished in chrome. Chrome is striking against a light back drop, making it perfect if you have chosen white and minimalist when designing your bathroom.

Then there are the concealed shower valves, which are also stylish in design and will work really well when you have chosen rounded bathroom products. A quadrant shower tray with enclosure, a round basin and a round toilet will look great with the round concealed shower valves.

All you need to do when looking at shower valves is stand back and take a good look around your bathroom, think of what you are trying to achieve and how the shower valves you are considering will enhance the bathroom. Will then complement your radiator or taps, will they blend in with your other fixtures and fittings and do they work well with your overall bathroom design?