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SEP 2018

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Surfaces Deliver Lightweight Stone and Wood Solutions Many of today's kitchens and baths showcase distinctive styles using materials and items that are at once unusual and yet familiar. This concept is especially prevalent when discussing some of the most popular design trends, including indus- trial chic and modern rustic in the kitchen, and spa and nature-inspired looks in the bath. The beauty and ease of the industrial style is achieved by incorporating rugged, factory-in- spired products, such as faucets that mimic pipes and hand wheels, and lighting that sports cages and Edison bulbs. These elements are often juxtaposed with more refined components, such as glossy surfaces and concrete. Similar items make a statement in modern rustic designs. Multi-dimensional stones, aged brick and reclaimed wood are at home here, along with metals such as wrought iron and copper. To brighten the space, neutral wall colors and glazed surfaces are go-to choices. In the bath, the Zen-influence featured in current spa environments goes hand-in-hand with inspirations from nature. The look of natural stone and aged woods, mixed with soothing, neutral tones, provides the calming experience so many are looking for in their homes. MEETING DESIGN CHALLENGES Creating these and other current designs pose sev- eral issues for today's kitchen and bath designers. Incorporating texture – which is of huge inter- est to clients – can be difficult in a kitchen due to the desire for low-maintenance products. Dirt and grease are commonplace, and today's busy homeowner has little time to stop and scrub. In addition, kitchens are often part of an open-plan layout. Cabinets, surfaces, appliances and other items need to work well not only within the design of the immediate area, but with the overall space, adding function as well as beauty. Master baths are the escape for many home- owners – a place that they retreat to after a long, pressure-filled day. Bringing the outdoors in is a common request, but it is a challenge to make those pieces work with the rest of the master suite design. On the horizon, trends are pointing to the increased incorporation of textured, natural elements within kitchens and baths. In particu- lar, wood, metal and stone are expanding their roles, encroaching into areas reserved for their counterparts. Wood is moving beyond the cab- inet and vanity, expanding to shelving systems, movable backsplashes and wall cladding. Stone and metal looks are making dramatic state- ments on countertops, walls and even cabinet surfaces. While the interest in stone on cabinets, walls and shelving is gaining traction, the weight and expense associated with the concept remains a challenge. Thinner stone slabs are making the idea plausible, but not necessarily easy to achieve. And that's where the new offering from RAUVISIO crystal™ surfaces comes in. REHAU is expanding its line of RAUVISIO crystal - a polymer back-painted acrylic glass surface – to include printed-color patterns, complete with marbles and stone effects. The surfaces provide the sleek shine of glass in a lighter-weight, du- rable polymer that is colorfast and is resistant to scratching, UV light, warping, heat and humidity. The surface is also 10-times more break resistant than real glass, and can act as both a chalkboard and whiteboard that wipes easily, leaving no marker smudges. "REHAU's array of RAUVISIO crystal options is contemporary and cost-effective, relying on the durability of polymers to help customers achieve the latest glass trends," said Jesse Collins, marketing manager for REHAU's fur- niture solutions division. "We're very excited about the new patterned colors that also take this collection beyond pure glass to surfac- es that replicate marble and highly polished concrete." RAUVISIO crystal line is diverse in function, ranging from the 19 mm thick surface that can be used for cabinet doors and drawers to the 4 mm RAUVISIO crystal slim that is more suited to backsplashes or wall panels. The latest additions to the line include: Marmo Bianco and Marmo Nero, marble looks in white with gray veining and black with white veining, and Legno Sbiancato, which reflects a concrete aesthetic. For more infomation on REHAU's surface options, visit na.rehau.com/crystal . ADVERTORIAL Escape to a bathroom oasis thanks to RAUVISIO crystal surfaces. Bring polished concrete into unexpected places with your kitchen design using RAUVISIO crystal. RAUVISIO crystal can be used throughout the home to add a sleek marble look to a design. Circle No. 29 on Product Card

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