On a recent trip into Winnipeg, I popped into several kitchen and bath outfits, and was pleasantly surprised with just how gorgeous some of the fixtures and finishes for kitchens and baths are at the moment. I knew the variety was plentiful, and the shapes and sizes numerous — but seeing them all together under one roof made it blissfully clear. Basic stainless steel and go-to white porcelain have some stiff competition on their heels.
Free standing soakers
You’re seeing them more and more — free standing bathtubs are the new "it" feature in stylish bathrooms across the board. People are spending less money abroad and investing more in their homes, and especially spaces they can retreat to, such as ensuites and master bedrooms. Finding a glorious soaker tub is easier than you may think, thanks to the flood of fairly affordable choices out there from a wide range of manufacturers. One of my go-to companies to choose from is MAAX: maax.com
One-piece shower caddies
No one likes the soapy, scummy leftovers that line the tops and edges of old-school corner shower caddies — me included. Companies like Kohler have come out with an alternate to individual shower shelves, in the form of the Shower Locker. A genius, self-rimming flush mount design makes something like the Shower Locker perfect for anyone looking for good design and sleek lines for their next bathroom project. Recessed like a medicine cabinet, these shower shelves give you typical storage space, but don’t jut out into your shower space.
Coloured cast iron
There’s something just so classic and fresh about a timeless looking apron kitchen sink. The way it seamlessly ties into the fronts of the cabinetry, yet still makes a statement is the reason I love these beauties. Typically we’ve seen them in basic white or perhaps biscuit, but with the advancement of the enamel finishing process, the possibilities in colours and even embossed front panels are reaching far and wide. Now, apron front sinks come in all styles and shapes — truly contemporary to typically timeless. Try a coloured cast iron apron sink the next time you’re in the market for new cabinets.
The trend in bathroom design of late has been to transition from less of a standard ‘kitchen-looking’ cabinet, to something more reminiscent of fine furniture. Cabinets up off the floor and sitting on gorgeous legs, adorned with jewelry-like hardware, or fitted with bevelled glass under mount sinks or decorative vessels are becoming more of a standard, and for good reason. As noted earlier on, people are spending more time at home and in the spaces that bring them the most comfort and relaxation — raising the bar for unique, quality millwork along the way.
Taller is better when it comes to kitchen faucets — at least according to those responsible for coming out with the year’s new line of taps and faucets. Even if you’re not a Red Seal chef, your kitchen can look the part with a statement-making gooseneck or over-sized fixture. If your kitchen is feeling a little drab, consider changing out your taps for something more bold and colourful for an instant pick-me-up.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 10, 2014