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June 2014


A bathroom vanity can stand out as the centerpiece in your bathroom space but choosing one for your needs is not always simple! Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres answers your questions about vanities in this month’s expert blog!



What do I need to consider when looking for a new bathroom vanity?


Firstly, as you would expect, you need to work within your space. Not many people have a grand bathroom where a large vanity will fit perfectly, but understanding your space constraints to start is key. Many of our lines, like Ronbow, have modular style systems that allow you to build to your space without the price tag of a fully customized unit.


Secondly, watch where your plumbing is in the wall if you don’t have a big budget. If you have to install a vanity where there hasn’t been one before, you need to be sure you don’t have to re-route pipes and drains, which will eat up a lot of your budget.


Thirdly, check the materials of the vanity or that it is made for the purpose of a bathroom. We love the antique & chic look of reclaiming a piece of living room furniture into a bathroom vanity but if it hasn’t been treated for the humidity and wear of a bathroom, it will likely not last that long. You don’t want to be looking at MDF or particle board either as it will warp in the humidity over time.


Fourth, most bathroom vanities are ultimately purchased to offer you additional storage in the bathroom. Our bathrooms are high traffic areas and require space for our many supplies & products that must be easily accessible. Look at your current space to help you determine what you need so you can look for the best fit for you. You can also buy or build-in medicine cabinets for additional storage too, like some of our options from Robern.



Bathroom vanities seem to be more about look than function, what are the finishes that are available?


Yes, the look of your vanity for your bathroom will be key but many people care about the function just as much. For example, many of our vanities have slow close doors and drawers or even built in night-lights for an overall more pleasant experience. Also, all of our Ronbow bathroom furniture is dove-tail, all wood construction (no particle board or fillers) using Canadian wood and built in Canada, which is a big selling feature for many.


The finished vanity comes in many varied options. You can customize your options for size (length, height and depth), for style (traditional, modern, classic, wall-mount), and colour (cherry, cinnamon, white, slate gray, black).



To finish the top of my vanity, what are my options for the sink top?


The majority of our vanities come with a sink top option that allows you to use one built in piece with the sink included or allow you top the piece with granite and a drop-in sink or vessel sink. We have a wide variety of options for you to choose from.



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May 2014


Choosing fixtures for your renovation can seem simple – new sink, new faucet and done!  Your new kitchen is complete, right?  What about all those other little extras that make your house special and your daily life easier?   Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres answers your questions about accessories in this month’s expert blog!


I have a small kitchen space, what accessories can I use to help maximize the space I have to work with?


When working with a small space, you will have more space when you reduce the clutter on your counter.  When choosing a kitchen faucet you may want to inquire about a coordinating soap dispenser, which will both match the faucet while minimizing your counter clutter. 


Sinks can also come with accessories to help, such as a wooden cutting board to fit into the sink itself or a stainless steel bin undermounted into the counter for your compost, such as the Blanco Solon Compost System.  Another nice addition is a grid to protect the bottom of your sink, which is useful as a cooling rack for hot dishes. 


I have a small bathroom space, what accessories are available to make my powder room clutter free and looking its best?

The bathroom is a place to get yourself ready for the day, it is a high traffic area that must accommodate for storage needs.  Most faucets have a line of accessories like towel racks and toilet paper holders, but did you know that some offer a wall mount hairdryer or toothbrush holder to clear off even more of your counter space?


Towel bar hooks are another handy accessory to increase useable space.  By adding them to your existing 24” towel bar, you can easily store items out of your way. Heated towel bars are a more luxurious accessory to reduce the dampness of your towels (resulting in less laundry) while providing the option to wrap yourself in warmth whenever you need it.  


I would like a very consistent look in my bathroom but there are so many finishes and so many options.  If I want that complete look, how do I best do that?


There are some amazingly beautiful finishes for faucets and accessories to really make your bathroom or kitchen look stylish.  The most important thing is to purchase all your fixtures from the same supplier – even if two different suppliers offer a Brushed Nickel finish, for example, it doesn’t mean they will match exactly.


Other accessories to look at within one supplier line include the toilet lever handle or even matching lighting fixtures.   If you would like this complete look, please ask our consultants at any Splashes showroom so we can walk through all the matching accessories with you.


My shower is cluttered with items, but I don’t want to put in cheap, plastic trays.  What are my options?


In the shower storing the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razors, shaving cream, soap, and more can be easily done with racks mounted on the walls in different sizes, colours and shapes to match your shower control finish and keep everything tidy.  We sell various lines and in non-plastic, high-quality options.


There are accessories available with hooks to hang on your shower curtain rod which can be used to hang items like a facecloth or sponge.  These hooks are also great for delicate hand-washed items as the water will drip right into the tub.  

If you would like the function of storing your products and having a sturdy bar to hold on to while getting in and out of your tub or shower, Moen makes a set of designer grab bars that also function as shelves or towel bars but each feature a 250-pound weight capacity and offer a SecureMount anchor for quick & easy installation.  Safety first!


The devil may be in the details, but adding the right accessories is heavenly!



Ask your Questions


Do you find this expert advice helpful?  Submit your questions to us and we will feature answers on this blog to help you and others with your bathroom and kitchen fixture decisions.