Tuesday November 26, 2013
If you're planning to freshen up your bathroom for the New Year, read this before you paint: Sherwin-Williams has just announced that "Exclusive Plum" is the hot color for 2014. Well, not so hot, actually -- it's more like a purplish-gray, says Jackie Jordan, the company's director of color marketing.
Why this color, you may ask? Apparently, folks have been craving an "adult purple" with both feminine and masculine appeal. I agree with Jordan that it looks fabulously fresh as an accent wall with white subway tiles and stainless-steel, chrome or brushed nickel hardware. So, is purple in your bathroom's future? You can find out more about Executive Plum and the rest of Sherwin-Williams' 2014 colors here.
Photo © Sherwin-Williams
Thursday November 21, 2013
Yes, I know that clear glass shower enclosures are the hottest thing going. But who says you have to run with the crowd? I appreciate total transparency in relationships and public officials, but when I'm washing my hair? Not so much. I think the Italian glass design firm Vitreal Specchi has the right idea. Their Madras line of shower enclosures ranges from crystal clear to a graduated satin finish that provides camouflage only where its needed.
So, clear glass or satin finish: Which one do you prefer?
Photo © Vitreal Specchi
Friday November 15, 2013
If all you expect from a new showerhead is simply that it doesn't leak, well, my friend, you're not asking for enough. Today's models promise all sorts of sublime experiences, from gentle mists to deep-tissue massage sprays to drenching tropical downpours. It's hard to contemplate a more divine experience ... unless you had a shower like this one in Austin, Texas. Imagine soaking beneath this oversized rain head as light pours in through the multicolored panes of glass. I can almost hear the angels singing!
Photo © Architects Clayton & Little via Houzz.com
Monday November 11, 2013
The approaching holiday season provides a great excuse for upgrading the bathroom. Fresh new towels and a scented candle or two are a given, but how cool would it be to have Beyoncé crooning "Silent Night" as guests, er, freshen up? Thanks to the magic of Bluetooth, it can be done -- and you get to enjoy it long after all the tree ornaments have been packed away. A while back, I reported on Kohler's Bluetooth-enabled Moxie showerhead. Now you can add the Bluetooth Bath Fan by Homewerks to the list of affordable options. The fan contains a speaker that automatically connects to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or other device up to 30 feet away. Oh yeah -- besides delivering crisp, high-quality sound, the fan is powerful, quiet and retails at around $149.
Photo © Homewerks