A bathroom designer sums up the benefits of this hybrid between a tub that stands alone
A freestanding bathtub that’s against or partly enclosed by a wall or ledge gives you the best of both worlds. The shapely tub appears to be unattached, yet there’s a place nearby to put books and beverages. Here’s why a partially freestanding tub is a winning combination of style and practicality.
3. It makes the bathroom appear larger. Having space around the bathtub gives the impression of a bigger bathroom overall. When the tub is white against a curved wall of dark tiles, the space looks not only larger, but also more sophisticated.
4. It is available in different materials to suit your style. Freestanding bathtubs come in a range of styles and materials, including cast iron, smooth granite or stone resin. This one, made of a custom composite, is a good match for the limestone tiles on the wall and floor. A Caesarstone countertop in Snow provides a handy ledge.
6. It offers a landing space for bath items. Bathing is an experience, not just a daily chore, so you may like to have items like books, wine and candles on hand to make your bath time even more special. One of the benefits of a partially freestanding bathtub is being able to put pampering products within easy reach.
7. It suits a wide range of faucets. The faucets for partially freestanding bathtubs can be mounted on the wall, shown, or on the rim. This is generally cheaper than the floor-mounted equivalent for fully freestanding tubs.
8. It can be easier to clean. Built-in bathtubs sometimes require you to climb inside to clean them. Depending on how they’re placed, fully freestanding tubs also can be quite hard to clean behind. A setup with no gap between the tub and the wall simplifies maintenance.
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See how grout in 7 eye-catching colors is spicing up kitchens and bathrooms abroad
by Bryan Anthony
You may already know that grout comes in shades of white, gray and beige and that it can change the look of tile. For example, pairing white tiles with a similar white grout makes grout lines virtually disappear and tiles blend together. Conversely, pairing white tiles with dark gray grout reveals the shape of each tile more clearly. You may not know that grout also comes in a variety of other hues. Colorful grout is showing up in many European and Australian kitchens and bathrooms lately, and it soon may take off in North America too. Here are seven grout colors that are attracting attention.
1. Pretty in pink. For this remodeled midcentury kitchen in Australia, the design team at Space Craft Joinery paired white lower cabinets with Polyrey laminate upper cabinets in a delightful blush called Rose Petal. This mix of white and pink repeats in the backsplash.
A close-up of the backsplash shows that the design team paired small square white tiles with pastel pink grout. The overall effect gives off a subtle pink glow that adds just enough pop without being too distracting.
This renovated London bathroom features a wall covered in oh-so-trendy hexagon tiles. Both the tiles and the grout are pale pink. The mirror reflects the pink cabinets on the opposite wall for a cohesive look.
2. Green with envy. Here’s another London bathroom featuring colorful grout. This time, lime green grout and classic white subway tiles cover the backsplash and the tub surround. The bright green walls help emphasize the green grout.
3. Hello, yellow. This Australian master bathroom highlights how colorful grout can help separate or unify individual tile shapes. Yellow grout makes the contrasting white subway tiles look dimensional and the matching yellow subway tiles look relatively smooth.
Mixing tile and grout in contrasting colors is also an innovative way to focus attention. This London bathroom’s vanity wall teams light blue subway tiles laid vertically with yellow grout to make a splash in the otherwise white-and-wood space.
4. Blue beauty. The walls in this London bathroom are covered from floor to ceiling in classic white subway tiles. White grout would have made for a monotone space, and dark grout could have felt too stark. The designer’s decision to use blue grout offers a happy medium and, with the lantern-style sconces, a subtle nautical feel.
5. Terrific teal. This beautiful midcentury-inspired home in Australia features lovely wood-paneled ceilings and walls, and a sleek terrazzo floor. The kitchen area includes white lower cabinets and a range wall above covered in matte black subway tiles. It’s the unexpected colorful grout, however, that really makes this kitchen stand out from the pack.
A close-up of the range wall shows that the matte black subway tiles are bordered by a bold teal grout. The skylight overhead helps the grout stand out even more, and the blue ceramic accessories tie the look together.
6. Orange crush. Warm-hued metallics like copper, brass and gold have been a popular material choice in kitchens and bathrooms for a while. Amplifying those metallics with a complementary grout can really make them shine. The orange grout in this London bathroom picks up the warm copper tones in the mirror, faucet and pendant lights.
7. Radiant red. The inside of a shower is another great spot for colorful grout. Rebecca Hadley, the owner of this London bathroom, couldn’t agree more. “There are so many different colored grouts to choose from, I wanted to use them all!” she says.
What do you think of this trend? Would you choose a colored grout?
dirtiest jobs, but they offer clean, smart kitchen style
It’s time the range hood took its seat at the table as a kitchen design star. Offering a dizzying array of options in looks, power, noise control and operation, this appliance can transform a kitchen in more ways than one. We spoke with the experts at Zephyr, a designer and manufacturer of ventilation products, about some of the latest innovations. Read on to see what’s cooking in the world of range hoods.
More Power, Less Roar The average household of four produces one gallon of cooking grease a year. Without proper ventilation, that grime ends up on cabinetry, walls, window treatments and upholstery. Today’s hoods offer exceptional power to extract smells, grease, smoke, steam and food particulates from the air — and they can do it quietly. Aerodynamic blades improve efficiency, and professional-quality and dishwasher-safe baffle filters trap grease droplets. Variable speed options further minimize noise, so you can cook without a jet-engine-style rumble.
Certain hoods, such as the one seen here, have blowers that can be combined to maximize power — up to 1,300 cubic feet per minute (CFM). To calculate the CFM you need, take the total BTU output of your cooktop or range and divide it by 100. And for optimum performance, turn on your hood at low speed 10 minutes before you cook — while you slice and dice your veggies — so the air is already flowing into the vent when you start sauteing. Leave it on 10 minutes after cooking to capture residual heat and odors; some hoods offer a “delay-off” feature that does this automatically.
A Whole New Light LED lights have breezed past halogen when it comes to illuminating modern range hoods. These cool-to-the-touch, eco-friendly bulbs offer a long lifespan and a clean glow that won’t distort the color of your food. Dual levels and directional illumination allow for accurate lighting while you season and ambient lighting while you simmer.
If you’re looking to take your kitchen accent lighting to the next level, consider perimeter or colored lights on the range hood, or perforated side panels that allow the glow to shine through. The lights from the range hood seen here, for instance, create a winged effect on the backsplash.
Sizzling Style Range hood design has come a long way from its utilitarian roots. Wave-inspired shapes and dramatic slants bring bold sophistication to any kitchen. And stainless doesn’t have to mean silver anymore; try black stainless for a smart twist. Opt for titanium coating to minimize fingerprints and smudges, increase durability and make cleaning easy. Simply apply a nonabrasive cleaner with a slightly damp sponge and rub gently.
Other sleek finishes include black, black mirror, white and rose gold. Request color chip samples or refer to RAL color codes (standardized colors for appliances and plastics) to ensure your range hood complements other kitchen finishes. And be sure to calculate hood height and width before you purchase. You can find an array of sizes and extensions for many different styles.
Disappearing Acts If you prefer an incognito approach, undercabinet hoods offer a custom, streamlined look. Ceiling-integrated hoods are as discreet as they are design-forward, especially with a satin white finish. For those looking for a truly open concept, a ceiling hood over an island range affords a clear line of sight from your cooktop to your cocktail party. But don’t let their subtlety fool you: Powerfulperimeter aspirationcan make ceiling hoods highly effective. It evenly distributes the airflow through narrow openings around the edges of the hood, increasing air velocity and enhancing performance.
High-Tech Touches Range hoods have also gone high-tech. Touch technology has revolutionized the range hood, with controls integrated into the canopy. And with wireless remote controls, cooks can adjust speeds, airflow and lighting from more than 15 feet away. Certain hoods feature airflow-control technology to automatically limit the maximum blower power to meet local code requirements. An optional clean-air feature turns on the hood for 10 minutes every four hours to circulate the air in your home and keep it fresh. (If only it would cook dinner too.)
The range hood has moved to the forefront of kitchen design, as artistic as it is functional. What was once a commodity now integrates enhanced performance, high-tech solutions and enticing visual appeal. You’d be hard-pressed to find a reason not to incorporate one of these next-generation hoods.