Wild colours add panache to a grey world

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

IAM one of those peo­ple who of­ten won­der why things have to be the way they are. For ex­am­ple, why don’t house­hold items like tele­vi­sions, toast­ers and home of­fice equip­ment come in more in­ter­est­ing colours or pat­terns? Why can’t the com­puter tower come in a bright pais­ley or toile de­sign, for ex­am­ple?

For the most part, we’re stuck with ba­sic black, white, chrome or grey colour fin­ishes for th­ese items, which are usu­ally in plain sight most of the time. That’s why the de­sign­ers on the dec­o­rat­ing shows are al­ways looking for a way to hide the big-screen tele­vi­sion or stereo equip­ment when not in use. They just aren’t pretty.

The same can be said for many house­hold fix­tures like bath­tubs and bath­room sinks. Yes, you may find unique de­signs, like ves­sel sinks, and some solid colours, but what would life be like if we could get th­ese items in vi­brant, colour­ful de­signs?

Well, I came across th­ese unique and vivid Kohler sink de­signs re­cently and was quite pleased that some­one out there took a chance and cre­ated a truly unique de­sign. The pho­tos of th­ese lovely sinks, cour­tesy of Kohler, are a tes­ta­ment to de­sign­ers who think out­side the box. Th­ese pat­terned sinks aren’t for every­one, but wouldn’t the leop­ard de­sign be yummy in an en­suite or a guest bath­room? It’s mas­cu­line and sexy and would be a def­i­nite fo­cal point in the in­tended room.

The other sink is fun, retro and of­fers tons of op­tions with re­gard to colour schemes by way of its colour­ful de­sign. There are more than 30 colours in this piece, so the colour pal­ettes for the room are end­less and could be changed eas­ily, which would al­ways keep this sink in vogue. This colour­ful sink would be great for a young, artis­tic type or a young-at-heart artis­tic type. Both of th­ese unique sinks would be awe­some in the right com­mer­cial set­ting as well, like a spa or restau­rant re­stroom.

Most peo­ple would be cau­tious when con­sid­er­ing an item like this for their home be­cause it’s a rather per­ma­nent choice. You have to be a lit­tle brave and bold, but the pay­off could be a re­ally great space. The leop­ard print is a lit­tle less risky be­cause this pat­tern has al­ways made its way into de­signs in one form or an­other over the years, even if in small doses. It’s still bold, but also ex­otic, which can be a wel­come at­tribute in a pri­vate bath­room. We all want that spa-es­cape kind of at­mos­phere in the bath­room th­ese days. What bet­ter way to es­cape than to cre­ate an ex­otic space in which to re­lax your trou­bles away?

I’d love to see the de­sign­ers take this con­cept a lit­tle fur­ther. It would be amaz­ing to have, say, a claw-foot tub with a leop­ard print on the in­side and black on the out­side to co-or­di­nate with this unique sink. It would also be awe­some to have the op­tion of pur­chas­ing a tub in other pat­terns like toile, pais­ley or flo­ral.

In re­search­ing this ar­ti­cle, I found a few web­sites of­fer­ing hand-painted claw-foot bath­tubs, but the de­sign is only avail­able on the ex­te­rior of the tub and the over­all cost is sig­nif­i­cant. If you hap­pen to have an old claw-foot tub you want to re­vamp, this is cer­tainly an op­tion. You may even con­sider paint­ing the ex­te­rior of your old claw­foot your­self, but it is a tricky job and is usu­ally best done by pro­fes­sion­als.

I hap­pened upon a prod­uct on the In­ter­net that has been fea­tured on HGTV and is called FX Sheet­ing. It is avail­able to pur­chase on­line at www.Al­sacorp.com. It’s a con­tact-pa­per-like prod­uct that is ac­tu­ally made from thin sheets of metal (cop­per, steel, brass, etc.) that is self-ad­he­sive and can be used to re­vamp ap­pli­ances, coun­ter­tops, fur­ni­ture and just about any other sur­face you could ap­ply reg­u­lar con­tact pa­per to. You could turn your ugly white fridge into one with a stain­less-steel look sim­ply by cut­ting the prod­uct to size and ad­her­ing it to a clean sur­face. Flat-front wooden cab­i­nets could have a dra­matic makeover with the use of a brushed steel or cop­per fin­ish. There are other fin­ishes avail­able like burl wood, wal­nut and tar­nished cop­per. Check out the site for ideas and prices.

Th­ese sinks by Kohler add a blast of colour and a

heap­ing help­ing of whimsy.

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