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August 2015 | KitchenBathDesign.com | 43 Heather Hickok, designer at Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. in Monroe, WA, says she sees a demand for painted cabinets that are mixed with reclaimed materials, such as pallet wood or barn wood, as well as foor-to-ceiling tiles. At Native Trails, Neilson Howard points to a focus on transi- tional products and the mixing and matching of non-traditional pieces. "Rustic and modern elements are being combined for a warm yet progressive look," she says. Rob Mayer, president of Decolav in Boca Raton, FL says that dark wood tones are most popular for vanities, but also sees growth in demand for lighter wood tones with unique veining, due to the added texture and visual stimulation. Color is also important in the space, says Korneluk. For example, changing a color from orange to gold in the frm's Kartell by Laufen collection completely changes the mood of the space from playful to sophisticated, he notes. Wolinsky says that design in the bath tends to be more conservative in color selection than in the kitchen. "While one sees many color palettes in kitchen cabinets, the preferred color for bath fxtures such as tubs and sinks remains white." Giford has a diferent perspective on color, having seen a return of color to bathrooms in a big way. "We think home- owners and even commercial bathroom designers want fresh, interesting and bold colors and designs. It's exciting to see the evolution of the vanity," he says. Hastings made a business deci- sion to bring color back to the bathroom, he states, initiating a 'Color is Everywhere' logo and campaign, and ofering more than 50 color/fnish options. ON DISPLAY OR HIDE AWAY? Storage space is an essential function of many bathroom vanities, and there is a need styling with warm woods mixed with white ceramics. "In the past, modern meant a sterile white bathroom – but not today," says Korneluk. Naomi Neilson Howard, founder & CEO at Native Trails in San Luis Obispo, CA believes clean lines that combine an element from nature or texture are in high demand in vanities, vanity tops and sinks alike. "We see a big demand for the modern rustic look, which combines clean lines with texture or visual interest," she says, citing the company's Cuzco Collection as an example of pairing clean lines with earthy, natural materials. However, the move toward clean lines doesn't mean that vanities must have hard edges, notes Bob Giford, director of bath products for Hastings Tile & Bath in Ronkonkoma, NY. CONTRASTING FINISHES With the trend toward personalization of the bath space, a vast range of fnishes is available in the market, and contrast is on the rise. Stephanie Lowe, decorative products manager for Bossier City, LA-based Hardware Resources, says, "Grey and white are very popular fnishes." Roberts notes that the trend toward contemporary design includes furniture pieces with contrasting fnishes. "Gray tones remain popular, especially when paired with a complementary wood fnish like walnut or oak," she says. She adds that lighter neutral tones are on the rise in the kitchen, and slowly making their way to the bath. "Wood tones and veneers with a raised and more defned texture are new and exciting, as consumers like to have that tactile feel," she says. Mucha agrees that styles are continuing to move from a traditional look to more transitional and modern. "We are also seeing a trend toward unique looks and mixing materials such as metals and woods," he adds. The Onda Collection, available from Hastings Tile & Bath, includes sleek, curvaceous vanities with basins, cabinets and mirrors. The vanities are available in 36 matte or gloss colors or a natural oak fnish, and fn- ishes can be mixed within the same vanity. The curves can also follow an asymmetrical style or the same line. Optional LED lighting is available for the interior drawers and the col- lection includes vertical wall-hung cabinets and coordinating mirrors. Circle No. 162 on Product Card Magnifca, designed by Gianni Pareschi for Scavolini, is a line of bath furniture with distinctive lines and details. The doors and in- teriors of all of the cabinets, which are available in glossy or matte lacquer, are available in 30 fnishes, including Gold Leaf and Silver Leaf. Handles are ofered in 16 diferent solutions in metal. Frames that ft under the top and under the base unit include gold and silver fnish profles. The Prestige white lacquered cabinet, shown, with curved chrome-fnish handles, is ftted with two oval Flow sit-on washbasins resting on an Ipanema White granite top. Circle No. 157 on Product Card The Plantation collection of bath vanities from Omega Cabinetry features 12 diferent options and an array of bathroom embellish- ments – feet, valances and plinth bases – that are architectural in design. This vanity features the Loring door style in quartersawn oak, fnished in Porch Swing with a Brushed Sepia glaze. Circle No. 163 on Product Card The Neeson bath vanity collection from Sagehill Designs draws its inspiration from antique furnish- ings and has been updated with a rich Umber fnish. The dark-toned fnish is hand detailed and tex- tured for a rich patina. The design features a matching portrait mirror and both items showcase architectural details such as column pilasters and tapered furniture-style feet. Circle No. 159 on Product Card Hardware Resources has debuted the Jefrey Alexander Cade Contempo Vanity. The 100 and 101 Cade Contempo Vanity Series has solid wood con- struction and dovetail drawer boxes ofering clean lines, large cabinet storage with adjustable shelves and soft-close hinges and slides. Available in grey or black fnishes with white Carrera marble top in three sizes, Cade afords interchangeable door panels with a frosted glass option. Circle No. 158 on Product Card Ronbow Corp. has teamed with designer Matteo Thun to cre- ate the Classic Collection, with vanities that combine urban and contemporary classic style. The core element is the alcove hosting the mirror, with all storage space framing it, which results in a space that is compact but comfortable. Finished in American Walnut, the vanities are available in four sizes: 27", 39", 51" & 78" . Circle No. 160 on Product Card Floating vanities from Showplace Wood Products are specially en- gineered and reinforced to attach frmly to the wall. The company ofers a comprehensive selection of foating vanity cabinet confgu- rations for any size and style bath. Circle No. 165 on Product Card The AiO cabinet from Robern is available in single- and double-door confgurations in three widths. AiO sports a clean, contemporary design, and includes dimmable task lighting, electrical and USB outlets and mag- netic storage for metal grooming tools. Circle No. 164 on Product Card Duravit pairs with collaborator Philippe Starck for a collection inspired by the relaxed elegance of New England, entitled Cape Cod. One of four wood fnish options make up the counter, which sits on a chrome frame. Three diferent washbasins are available – round, square and tri-oval – with slim rims made from the company's Dura- Ceram. The vanity is also available in white high gloss with the op- tion of doors and side shelves. Circle No. 161 on Product Card

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