Bathroom Decor: Shiplap

Shiplap in your Bathroom

Traditionally associated with woodland cabins and coastal cottages, the versatility of shiplap makes it the perfect choice for a bathroom. Characterized by long horizontal or vertical wooden boards, shiplap is as much at home alongside modern architecture as it is in rustic properties thanks to its crisp lines and handcrafted quality.

In this Newport Beach bathroom, which benefits from a beautifully high ceiling, white shiplap on the walls has helped to create a light, fresh space by reflecting the natural sunlight. Combined with a darker floor and a marble walk-in shower, the shiplap feels both clean and contemporary, and softens the overall look of the bathroom.

“Shiplap helps create a light, fresh space by reflecting the natural sunlight.”

Natural accessories are befitting of this coastal property, and complement the timeless, beach-like quality of the shiplap perfectly.

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For more ideas from Victoria & Albert and bathroom decor, visit our Muskoka showroom:
Knowles Plumbing, 279 Manitoba St., Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. Muskoka’s Bath and Plumbing Centre.

Text and Photos courtesy of Victoria & Albert.

3 Quick Tips on Buying a Bathroom Vanity

 

Hello November… the ideal month for giving your home some tender loving care, including a bathroom update! One quick way to freshen a home bath is with a brand new vanity. Knowles Plumbing carries a large selection to choose from. To simplify your search, here are 3 Quick Tips on Buying a New Bathroom Vanity:

1) Choose Your Type

Bathroom vanities come it three basic types: freestanding, wall-hung, and built-in. Freestanding vanities are our top choice for fast and fabulous renovations executed with limited stress.  The Knowles Plumbing Showroom in Bracebridge, Ontario stocks a wide range of freestanding vanities from companies such as Stonewood, AHM, Ronbow, and Fairmont.

2) Choose Your Style

Bathroom vanities are available in two basic types: Classic and Modern. Knowles Plumbing‘s showroom displays many options, from retro to chic. Our  knowledgeable staff can help guide your choice.

3) Define Your Needs

Whether you’re searching for a small, sleek vanity for your powderoom, or a double-sink option with lots of storage for your master bath, define your needs as specifically as possible.  Measure your space before you begin your search, including lengths, widths, and heights. Allow space for door openings, towel bars, and other fixtures. Remember that a vanity top is always about one inch longer than the cabinet itself. For masterbaths and washrooms for the kids, experts encourage homeowners to choose one with lots of drawers and under-counter storage. Some manufacturers integrate towers, shelving, medicine cabinets and mirrors into their designs.

For more information on trends in bathroom design, please visit us in our Knowles Plumbing Showroom, situated at 279 Manitoba St., Bracebridge, ON, CANADA. 705-545-2671

Photo courtesy of Ronbow.

Bathroom Design Trends: Less Is More

If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom, 2018 is the year to do it. The trends we’re seeing in the industry exude a serene energy that has the potential to totally transform your bathroom experience.

The minimalist design aesthetic

The biggest overarching trend we’re seeing is towards a minimalist design aesthetic. Given that bathrooms are often on the smaller side and equipped with showers, tubs, sinks and toilets, a clean and simple look makes a lot of sense. One way of accomplishing this effect is by using integrated hardware with hidden components that help to create a sleek look with clean lines. Another is by incorporating flush hardware, which looks great and makes cleaning surfaces a breeze, which is something we can all appreciate.

When we’re talking about showers specifically, chrome and clear glass remain the ultimate must-haves for obvious reasons. In keeping with the minimalistic style, people are moving away from the functional, visible mechanism look in favor of more subdued finishings. For bathtubs, this notion of ‘’less is more’’ is most often expressed with rounded or square-like shapes with simple lines, a thin deck with equally thin edges, a subtle overflow and a hidden drain. With all of these elements together, you can create a serene, modern bathroom experience with no loss of functionality.

When it comes to tiling, bigger is better in 2018

We’re seeing a move towards a standard tile size of 24″x24″, offset by smaller grouts and a lot of minimizing tone-on-tone color choices. We’re also seeing a real push towards printed and 3D patterns and textures. Though concrete and wood are still popular design choices, white marble remains king when it comes to the tile material of choice. Adventurous designers can look to the futuristic trend of iridescent tiling being used on accent walls and backsplashes. While still relatively costly, it delivers an incredibly eye-catching result!

Warm, earthy colours

Color is one area in which many people are moving away from minimalism – instead of the neutral palette that has been the norm up until recently, there’s been a recent move towards warmer, earthier colors that add a cozy effect to the room. This, of course, is the ultimate goal of any remodel – to make you want to spend more time in your new space.

For more information on trends in bathroom design, please visit us in our Knowles Plumbing Showroom, situated at 279 Manitoba St., Bracebridge, ON, CANADA. 

Source: MAAX 

Plumbing Trends: Digital Showering in Spa Bathrooms

A recent survey conducted by The Bold Look of Kohler reveals that while 76 percent of homeowners are looking for a spa bathroom experience, only 14 percent actually achieve a spa-worthy atmosphere. Research shows owners crave a relaxed feel with neutral tones, calming colours, modern bathtubs, faucets, vanities, and toilets, plus high-tech, multi-jet showers. One of the most effective methods of achieving such calm is with a new innovation called a digital shower.

Spa Bathrooms: Showering with the Touch of a Button

Digital shower systems provide a spa experience with seamless, uncluttered, button-style digital valves that replace knobs and levers. No more fiddling with a myriad of chrome contraptions to achieve your shower’s ideal water temperature. With a digital shower, all it takes is the touch of a button.

Replacing an old manual shower setup with digital technology is doable and appropriate for almost any bathroom shower configuration. Pricing is comparable to traditional manual valve options, and it’s easy to tailor every aspect of the shower experience. Better yet, customizable presets allow for multiple users’ individual preferences.

Digital showers are intuitive and easy to use. They offer safe and accurate temperature control, and its eco-friendly: little water is wasted in finding the right temperature at the start of your shower. More to the point, digital showers cut clutter, eliminating handles and knobs for a cleaner, more streamlined spa bathroom experience.

Customization is another key feature of digital shower technology. Intuitive interfaces can meld water, sound, steam and light, all with a touchscreen, and all with the capability of transporting you from a simple home bathroom to a soothing and settling spa-like environment.

For More Information on Digital Showers for Spa Bathrooms

For more information on digital showers or spa bathroom trends, visit our showroom at Knowles Plumbing, 279 Manitoba St., Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada, or call ahead to book an appointment: 705-645-2671.

Photos courtesy of Kohler/webarchives

 

3 Bathroom Colour Trends for 2018: Bold, Blue, and Black & White

Tired of standard “bathroom white”? Bathroom colour trends in 2018 come in many shades, from soothing and spa-like, to bold pops of purple, yellow, and pink. To help narrow down your choice, Knowles Plumbing has identified three colour trends in bathroom design for 2018: Bold, Blue, and Black-and-white.

1) Bold

The OPTIK freestanding tub by MAAX.

Go bold in your bathroom with splashes of bright colour. Bathroom accents in pinks, purples, yellows, reds or vibrant blues can add zing to your personal space. Bathroom colour can be achieved in any number of ways, with vanities, tubs, cabinets, tile, and accessories. To help narrow down your bold colour choices, Pantone has named bold “Ultra Violet” (Pantone 18-3838) as its 2018 colour of the year. Pantone colour forecasters also count Meadowlark Yellow, Cherry Tomato, and Arcadia Green (all shown below) in their palette of most popular brights for the 2018 Spring and Summer seasons.

 

2) Blue

Keith Urban may say “Blue Ain’t Your Colour“, but when it comes to bathrooms we disagree! Shades of royal, denim, and lake blue blend nicely with decor in Muskoka. In 2018, indigo blue is popular for a Zen-like feel in a spa-like bathroom. Rich turquoise can make a lakeside washroom pop — something fun for a powder room, kids’ ensuite, or a funky bunkie. And sailor blue is a time-tested classic, ideal for that boathouse look.

3) Black & White

Classic black-and-white adds character to any period-style bath. Mix the old with the new for a contemporary twist on a time-honoured design. Think: White clawfoot tub with a roll-top edge, black and white tile, and a modern, rectangular sink. Add black faucets, like the Riobel Momenti shown in the photo above. Checker your walls with white subway tile  for that classic Edwardian look. For those going for bold, consider the black-and-white freestanding bath paired with glossy black vanities, all by Victoria + Albert:

For more ideas on bathroom trends and design, please visit our Muskoka showroom, open Monday – Saturday at 279 Manitoba St. in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada.

Instagram: @MuskokaBath

Toto Washlet Toilets & How They Work

Toto Washlet Toilet

 

Have you ever wondered why the fuss over bidet toilet seats? The Toto WASHLET toilet seat is a highly advanced water-clensing system for your toilet that leaves you clean and dry after each session.

Toto Washlet Toilet

This  “smart” toilet seat fits nicely into any household keen on smart-home devices. The seat features a built-in seat warmer, an automatic slow-close lid, a washer, a dryer… even a deodorizer to chase away unpleasant smells!

Toto’s WASHLET toilet seats fit nicely on a range of Toto toilets, of course… but they’ll also adjust to many different styles of elongated or round-front toilets by a variety of manufacturers.

Here’s how a Toto WASHLET works:

  • Toto’s advanced design includes a contoured heated seat with an integrated sensor that maintains desired settings between 86 and 104 degrees F.
  • With the touch of a button, a cleansing nozzle extends from under the seat, offering soothing warm-water cleansing. Again, water temps are set between 86 and 104 degrees F.
  • Using a remote control, the nozzle can be adjusted to either oscillate or pulsate.
  • The nozzle’s self-cleaning function cleans and sanitizes the entire nozzle between each use.
  • Hands-free drying offers the ease and comfort of a temperature-adjustable warm-air dryer.
  • Toto’s soft-close lid closes gently after use, eliminating toilet seat slam. Some models offer sensors for automatic opening and closing of the lid.

Toto Washlet Toilet

Drop into our showroom to view — or try! — a Toto WASHLET toilet in action. We have one on display in our Muskoka store: 279 Manitoba St, Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada.

To see a WASHLET in action, take a look at this Toto WASHLET Video

 

 

 

Looking for more Kitchen or Bathroom renovation inspiration?  Check out our @MuskokaBath feed on Instagram.

*All photos courtesy of TotoUSA.com

Green Scene

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’s DAY! 🍀

🍡 Green is a fresh & fabulous colour for your Muskoka bath.

🍏 Think spring with citrussy shades of lime, mint, sage, seafoam or trendy avocado.

👒 Pair green accents with crisp white showers, baths, and basins.

🍀 Add faucets in shiny chrome and you’ve got a St. Paddy’s Day bath that’s cheery and light in every season.

🍏 Drop into our Bracebridge showroom for more ideas on ways to freshen your bathroom decor.

🍡 Let our experts help you design your dream bath!

The Loo: A Book Review!

 

Lavatories, loos, bogs, outhouses, thunderboxes, dunnies… whatever your word for toilets, there’s no doubt are “a window into the secret soul of a destination.”

So says one of Lonely Planet’s latest guidebooks, A Spotter’s Guide to Toilets. This pictorial guide to the world’s most stunning toilets features more than 100 restrooms from the Antarctica to Zambia.

“In these pages,” says Lonely Planet, “you’ll find porcelain pews with fantastic views, audacious attention-seeking urban outhouses, and eco-thrones made from sticks and stones in all sorts of wild settings…. Wherever you’re reading this, we hope you’re sitting comfortably!”

For a full selection of loos, toilets, bathrooms, and water closets, visit Knowles Plumbing’s Showroom online or at 279 Manitoba St., in Bracebridge, Muskoka.

For more information on A Spotter’s Guide, click here.

 

Photos courtesy of A Spotter’s Guide to Toilets by Lonely Planet.

 

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Make your Kitchen POP!

 

Looking to add POP! to your Muskoka kitchen?

Grohe Canada has released a fresh new line of kitchen faucets in a rainbow of fun colours, including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

These high-performance Essence Semi-Pro kitchen faucets are now available at Knowles Plumbing in Bracebridge. They  come with a choice of interchangeable hoses – ideal for the all-white kitchen in need of a splash of fun colour.

The Essence Semi-Pro kitchen faucets operate with a 360-degree turn-able spring for a fully rotating spray, and a powerful magnet that seamlessly docks the arm after use. The interchangeable silicone hoses allow for easy maintenance, and offer homeowners the option to update their space according to their style preferences year-round.

“In many ways, the faucet is the focal point of the kitchen—it is used for everything from food preparation to dish clean-up. We designed Essence for consumers who demand a professionally-inspired kitchen,” said Michael Seum, vice president of design for Grohe. “In addition to the professional design aesthetic, the new colour offerings for Essence are big on personality, and with a full palette of neutrals, there is a statement for everyone in the kitchen.”

For more information on Grohe’s new Essence Semi-Pro kitchen faucet, drop by the showroom at Knowles Plumbing, 279 Manitoba St., Bracebridge, in the heart of Canada’s cottage country.

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Choosing The Perfect Bathtub

The Optik freestanding tub by Maax.

Drop-in. Walk-in. Whirlpool. Even wood. Your range of selections for bathtubs in 2017 is wider than it has ever been — choosing just one can be confusing at best. When planning a new dream bath, here’s a simple guide to selecting a tub.

The Freestanding Tub

Bathtub - Victoria & Albert

Victoria+Albert’s Pescadero


At the top-end of the scale sits the freestanding tub. These beauties sit alone on a bathroom floor looking elegant and inviting. Typically a freestanding is a soaking tub — deeper than a standard model and divine for a whole-body soak. Vintage varieties include the wooden, the clawfoot and the slipper tub, but there many more to choose from, including this classic yet modern Pescadero tub by Victoria + Albert, or the eye-catching Optik Pink tub from Maax shown above. When considering this type of tub for your bathroom renovation, be sure you have ample space — the freestanding tub will be the star of the show!

The Drop In & The Undermount Tub

BainUltra’s Tekura tub shown as a drop-in (left) & undermount (right)

Think of a drop in tub as one you would drop into a structure – one with a deck or a rim that is the same level as the lip of the tub (see photo on left). Jetted and air tubs are often designed as drop ins, with one side of the structure removable for easy access for plumbing and maintenance. Some drop ins are dropped into the floor – as if they were sunk-in; their rims are flush with the floor. When considering this type of drop in, remember that it may be more difficult to lift yourself in and out of the tub. Knowles Plumbing has a wide selection of drop in tubs, including this Tekura (above) by BainUltra. The undermount tub is similar to the drop in. The difference: the tub’s rim is covered by a deck made of wood, marble, or tile (see photo on right, above).

The Alcove Tub

Mirolin’s Amalfi alcove tub.

The alcove tub is perhaps the most standard tub found in a mid-century home. Typically it is rectangular in shape and installed against three walls, with one side accessible.  When considering this type of tub, determine if you need a right-hand or left-hand tub, which refers to which end the tub will drain. Our showroom at Knowles Plumbing represents an assortment of alcove tubs at many price points, including this sleek and modern Amalfi by Mirolin.

More Options to Choose From

Left to Right: Copper, Wooden & Walk-in tub options

 

For more design ideas — and assistance with choosing a bathtub that’s ideal for your space — please drop into our Muskoka showroom at 279 Manitoba Street in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. 705-645-2671