Today is Thursday, 17th April 2014

Not Your Boring Old Medicine Cabinets

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Any woman can tell you that storage in the bathroom is key.  We can never have enough of it, and it’s often hard to come by.  One of the best and easiest solutions is to add a medicine cabinet.

Years ago medicine cabinets were boring.  They were just a simple piece of glass on top of a shallow, often plastic, box that could be recessed into the wall or surface-mounted if you couldn’t cut a hole in the wall.  Sizes and shapes were limited, and forget having something decorative.  Thanks to companies like Robern and Afina, the world of medicine cabinets has changed dramatically.

Robern Bryn Mawr Cabinet

Robern Bryn Mawr Cabinet

DECORATIVE FRAMES

Many cabinet companies now offer decorative frames to surround the simple piece of glass on the front of a medicine cabinet.  These range from wood to metal to glass, and come in styles to suit any space.  One such example is Robern’s new Main Line Cabinets with metal frames.  There are three styles of frames, each available in a variety of sizes and and finishes to match your faucet.  If you’re looking for a wooden frame, take a look at what Afina has to offer.

Robern Full-Length M Series Cabinet

Robern Full-Length M Series Cabinet

 

EXPANDED SIZES

Medicine cabinet companies are now offering a multitude of sizes, including 6″ and 8″ depth cabinets that fit toilet paper and hair dryers, and full-length cabinets that double as full-length mirrors.  Don’t have room for a full-length medicine cabinet in your bathroom?   Think about putting on in your bedroom!  It’s great to store makeup, hair products, even jewelry or cleaning supplies.

 

ACCESSORIES

Robern PL Series Electric Option

Robern PL Series Electric Option

Robern Lock Box for M Series Cabinets

Robern Lock Box for M Series Cabinets

Cabinet companies are also coming out with accessories to help with organization, as well as safety.  My favorite accessory is the addition of electrical outlets to Robern’s cabinets.  For less than $200 you can add two outlets to any of the PL Series cabinets.  This is ideal for anyone who uses electric razors or electric toothbrushes.  Another great accessory is a lock box.  Both Robern and Kohler offer these, and it is a great way to ensure the safety of any medications you may take, especially any that may be attractive to younger children in the home.

 

Kitchen and Bath Show Returns to its Glory

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Kallista Per Se

Kallista Per Se

Every year I attend KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, which is the largest show in the US for our industry.  This year was the largest and most exciting show in over 5 years – check out some of the great new products I found!

The most impressive booth at the show was from Kohler, which was no surprise.  Every year they have an incredible booth was great new products and creative entertainment.  This year they more than doubled the size of their booth, and featured “shops” within their booth to feature product categories and brands such as Ann Sacks, Kallista and Robern.  Kallista launched many new products, including a new faucet line called Per Se.  The soft modern design is sure to be a hit.

Robern Adorn Vanity

Robern Adorn Vanity

Robern Bryn Mawr Cabinet

Robern Bryn Mawr Cabinet

Robern launched the most new products, with the expansion of their vanity line to include a freestanding model, Adorn, and new metal-framed medicine cabinets.

Kohler introduced their biggest product launch in years – the Tailored Vanity line.  This beautiful new collection includes 5 styles, each available in an array of finishes and configurations.

Another exciting product was the expansion of the Bertch bathroom vanity line.  Bertch added a new color, Graphite, as well as a new door style called Northbrook.  The new traditional door style is clean and simple, and is sure to be a success.  They also added some accessories to their line, and expanded their wall-hung linea line to include solid wood doors.

 

Bertch Northbrook in Graphite

Bertch Northbrook in Graphite

 

Brizo Sotria with Open Channel

Brizo Sotria with Open Channel

Brizo had a great booth this year, displaying some new faucet lines that will be launching this summer.  My favorite is the new  Sotria faucet.  This new contemporary faucet will be available with a standard spout as well as an open channel spout pictured here.

The only disappoint was the lack of presence from many of our vendors, such as Franke, Grohe, Hansgrohe and Newport Brass.  Hopefully they will see how successful it was, and will attend next year.

Houzz Releases Bathroom Trends

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If you are renovating your home or just like design, you have most likely visited Houzz.  Houzz is the premier source for design ideas, with pictures of home renovation projects from all over the country.

With over 15 million users, Houzz has the ability to collect incredible amounts of industry data, and they recently introduced the 2014 Winter Bathroom Trends Study.  Bathroom trends are right up my alley, and I wanted to see what homeowners were saying about their renovation plans.  7,625 homeowners shared their bathroom remodeling plans with Houzz – That is a lot of people!

WHY ARE HOMEOWNERS RENOVATING?

Almost 50% of those surveyed are renovating their bathroom to upgrade features and fixtures, while 37% want to make their space more functional.  31% want to increase their home’s value, with the bathroom and kitchen giving homeowners the greatest bang for their buck.

White is the color of choice

White is the color of choice

FAUCET FINISHES

Silver-toned faucets remain the most popular for homeowners, with 77% of those surveyed choosing Brushed Nickel, Polished Chrome, or Stainless Steel.  Only 3% chose Polished Nickel, which is a little lower than our sales show here at Best.

BATHROOM CABINET COLORS

White cabinets seem to be the top choice in master bathrooms with over 30%, followed by dark wood and medium wood with 21% each.  Our sales show even MORE of a preference for white.  Almost 43% of our Bertch sales are white, while their dark finishes make up another 28%.

BATHING

The showering trend continues, with 43% of homeowners choosing to forgo a bathtub in their bathroom renovation.  For those still using a tub, freestanding tubs are the most popular at 33%.  Only 23% are choosing a spa or jetted tub, which shows that soaking tubs are quite popular.

Kohler's Abrazo Tub

Kohler’s Abrazo Tub

So what do you think about all of this information?  Is it about what you expected?


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