Home' K and B : Kitchens and Bathroom 2009 Contents 58 WA's Best Kitchens & Bathrooms 2009
82 Try adding hints of copper and golds, or strong
ornamental patterns of floral motifs or strong
geometric structures, which will add elegance to
your home according to Rebecca Stewart.
83 "Solid surface benchtops are a pleasure to work on
and are luxurious in appearance," says Jason Levin.
84 "Install a classical pedestal basin into your bathroom
and powder room for a look of bygone luxury,"
says Shirley Marshall. "The detailed Victorian,
Edwardian and Art Deco basins and toilet suites,
now available, speak of the quality and beauty of
our most treasured homes.
85 "Stone benchtops such as essa stone have a classic
and contemporary style," says Rebecca Stewart.
86 Consider feature lighting over the kitchen. "A
chandelier or something ultra modern will enhance
the overall aesthetic," recommends Jason Levin.
87 "Your morning shower is the best way to kick-start
your day, so you do not want to compromise with
just a single outlet," says Shirley Marshall. "Install
an overhead shower rose from the ceiling or wall
for when you feel the need to be immersed and a
hand shower for other occasions. Enjoy the luxury of
choosing one or the other with a simple diverter tap."
88 Have a boiling water and chilled water tap installed
to make room on your benchtop and in the fridge
by eliminating the need for a kettle or water bottle.
89 Shirley Marshall of The English Tapware Company
suggests adding wall-mounted liquid soap and
shampoo dispensers to the shower to limit the
jumble of lotions and potions that scatter across the
bathroom floor. "Manufacturers are now making
good quality wall mounted dispensers that look
great in the shower and can be specified in a style
and finish to coordinate with your tapware and
90 "Breakfast bar stools always add that interesting
finishing touch," says Dean Kitchens' Jason Levin.
"And the more comfortable the better!"
91 Ikea's Rachel Hoare
recommends fitting wire
baskets, shelves, hooks and
rails inside cabinet doors to
extend storage capacity.
92 "Look beyond chrome fittings when buying for your
kitchen and bathroom, as there is now a wide range
of distinctive finishes for tapware and accessories,"
says Shirley Marshall. "Instead of chrome, consider
nickel for a traditional look, pewter to complement
stainless steel, gold for a luxurious look or
chocolate-coloured bronze to emulate French or
Italian country style. These finishes will give your
room a unique appearance."
93 Lavare's Tina Mills recommends the sleek look of an
illuminated cosmetic mirror for the bathroom, the
perfect accessory for getting ready in the morning.
94 "Personalise your kitchen by choosing lighting,
mouldings and accessories like wall rails and
trolleys," suggests Rachel Hoare.
95 "Functional gadgets are practical and give a
designer edge to any kitchen, from a funky kettle
to a sleek stainless steel toaster," says Jason Levin.
96 Fitting a corner soap basket into a shower or over
a bath can be tricky if the corner is not exactly
square. Shirley Marshall advises buying a basket
with a fixed swivelling mount that ensures the
basket always sits flat against the wall.
97 There are many products available to provide the
ultimate comfort in the bathroom. Try heated floor
tiles, towel warmers and fogless mirrors to generate
an effortlessly wonderful start or end to your day.
98 Use your accessories to add colour to the kitchen.
"By having a kitchen colour scheme that is neutral,
you can change its look by accessorising with bold
accent colours to keep you updated with the latest
trends," says Laminex's Rebecca Stewart.
99 Shirley Marshall recommends looking into shaving
or vanity mirrors that extend across the vanity, with
a magnified side that ensures smudge-free mascara
and fewer shaving nicks.
100 Install lighting above your bathroom's vanity mirror
with plenty of power points nearby for accessories.
98 Use your accessories to add colour to the kitchen. "By having
a kitchen colour scheme that is neutral, you can change its look
by accessorising with bold accent colours to keep you updated
with the latest trends," says Laminex's Rebecca Stewart.
Images clockwise: JH Wilberforce; Laminex; Fisher & Paykel; Caroma Dorf
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