Flush away the clut­ter in your bath­room

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DEBBIE TRAVIS

CLEAN lines work beau­ti­fully in a bath­room. A room free of clut­ter pro­vides a calm, rest­ful en­vi­ron­ment with space to breathe and free­dom to move about. How­ever, you need plenty of stuff to stock a bath­room — soaps, creams, cos­met­ics, hair prod­ucts, a stack of tow­els, the list goes on. To start clean and keep it tidy is not so easy. I can trash a bath­room in 10 min­utes. But the only way to man­age the chaos is with plenty of stor­age.

I dis­cov­ered a mag­nif­i­cent bath­room at a re­cent in­te­rior de­sign show and loved the look. The solid sur­face sink and tub had a mod­ern cube shape with gen­tly rounded edges. And I rec­og­nized in a mo­ment that be­hind the beau­ti­fully matched wood cab­i­net doors, there would be plenty of stor­age. Th­ese cab­i­nets, from Wet Style’s M Col­lec­tion, are de­signed to be wall-mounted; a style that adds a feel­ing of space as they float over the floor.

There is an Asian aes­thetic to the sim­plic­ity of form and func­tion in all Wet Style’s prod­ucts, custom-made with fine fin­ish­ing de­tails. Cab­i­net fin­ishes are avail­able in light and dark wood ve­neer, as well as white and black lac­quer. Wood grain is a pop­u­lar de­sign el­e­ment in to­day’s bath­room and kitchen cab­i­netry. The wood is cut so the grain­ing matches or re­peats ex­actly on the doors and draw­ers. Sev­eral coats of matte or gloss ure­thane high­light the wood’s colour and pat­tern and seals it for nec­es­sary dura­bil­ity.

Solid sur­face ma­te­ri­als are grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. Good qual­ity com­pos­ites are stain re­sis­tant and you can choose a va­ri­ety of colours and shapes.

Check out the many stor­age so­lu­tions at your lo­cal home store or on­line. Al­low your­self am­ple space to tuck away the plas­tic bot­tles and makeup. Then choose one or two items to dis­play such as a plush stack of hand tow­els, a vase with a sin­gle flower, or scented can­dle. This is lux­ury. Dear Debbie: I have a very small, square kitchen with door­ways at each end. The ap­pli­ances are white and black, white tile back­splash and floor, up­per cab­i­nets white, lower black. The counter is blue with gold, black and white specks. What colour should I paint the walls? — Paulette Dear Paulette: There is clas­sic beauty in any white and black com­bi­na­tion for a kitchen or bath. By adding a colour, you will give the room a more mod­ern feel, and the colour will warm up the over­all im­pact. I would choose a light shade of aqua for the walls. But don’t match it up with the counter blue specks. Once you have painted on the colour, you will no­tice ev­ery­thing looks bet­ter.

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In­vest in plenty of stor­age for a bath­room that works on ev­ery level from prac­ti­cal to beau­ti­ful.

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