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Top 10 Bathrom Trends for 2013

Posted on December 27, 2012


Whether you are planning a full bathroom renovation, or you just want to add a few stylish updates to this room, here is an overview on what the best-dressed bathrooms will be wearing next year.


1. Eco-friendly choices: Never before has there been such a rise in the demand for eco-friendly choices in the bathroom. Water-saving faucets and rain showerheads are incredibly popular as everyone is getting on board the 'green' train to do their bit to help conserve the earth's precious natural resources. The fact that these choices also save you money in the long run is an added benefit of course.


Axor Starck Organic & Starck Massaud Sink


2. Colors of the future: Earthy, nature-inspired hues remain the order of the day - with whites, off-whites, beige, browns and greys being the most popular colors in bathrooms today.  However vibrant colors, such as blues, greens, oranges or even bright pinks, are also being included in comparatively small quantities in otherwise neutral-colored bathrooms.  Splashes of color will add some excitement to the space.  A popular way of adding color is by including brightly colored mosaic tiles as borders, tile back splashes or shower floors, or by including printed glass shower screens, back splashes or counter tops into the design. 


Jonathan Adler Colors for Kohler


3. Streamlined design: As a general rule, homeowners are choosing modern over traditional styles.  Gone are the days of heavy, chunky moldings and sanitary ware - today, simple, clean lines reign supreme. Within the modern design arena, transitional designs are trumping the über contemporary styles. Transitional design is a modern classic look that is a mixture between contemporary and traditional - much simpler than traditional styles, but a little more elaborate than the contemporary. 


Lacava Giulia Vanity


4. The influence of nature: Nature is the number one inspiration for bathroom design today - not only is this reflected in the nature-inspired color trends and the drive for more eco-friendly products, but also in the actual aesthetics of bathroom design and the materials that are being used.  Stone countertops, such as granite, Quartz and composite stone have never been more popular.  Wood is another exceptionally popular material - whether faux or solid, materials with a raw wood finish are being featured extensively in bathroom cabinetry and vanities, and as the flooring of choice.  Faux wood ceramic tiles are a prime example of this trend - they look just like wood, but boast all the benefits of tile. Actual graphics from nature, featuring imagery such as shells, flowers, rocks or outdoor landscape scenes, are also making their way into modern bathrooms in the form of window dressings, towels, bath mats, shower curtains or printed glass shower screens or back splashes. 


Native Trails Halcyon Vanity


5. Let the light in: Bathroom lighting has really started to make its impact felt. No longer does bathroom lighting merely comprise plain and functional fixtures - today, bathroom lighting stands out as a feature in its own right. Ornate fittings, such as chandeliers or contemporary pendant fittings, have found their way into the bathroom and often stand pride of place to make a real statement.


Robern Uplift Pendants


6. Tiles take center stage: Whether used on the floors, walls, as a backsplash, or in shower enclosures - eye-catching tiles are taking center stage in today's on-trend bathroom designs. Large format tiles are increasingly popular, as are tiles that emulate other materials, such as wood, stone or even concrete.  Tiles with large graphic prints are also popular - often used to create a feature wall in the bathroom.  Porcelain tiles remain the tile of choice for top-end bathrooms, while state-of-the-art printing techniques have allowed ceramic tiles to hold their own.


Tile with graphic


Purple with floral design


Red mosaic


7. Space-saving cabinetry and vanities: As homeowners progressively look for more efficient use of space, cleverly designed, space-saving cabinetry is becoming a must-have in any modern bathroom. Today's bathroom vanities and cabinetry serve the purpose of creating additional storage space, without having to increase the footprint of the room itself - a truly necessary feature, especially due to the fact that today's homes are becoming increasingly smaller. Floating vanities and cabinetry are by far the most popular choices in modern bathroom design - not only do they look sleek and elegant, but they also have the added benefit of making the room appear larger and allowing for under-cabinet lighting. 


Duravit Delos


Wetstyle Frame


8. Accentuated with accessories: They say the devil is in the detail, and this couldn't be a truer statement - no well-dressed bathroom that is worth its salt would be truly complete without featuring a beautifully designed set of matching bathroom accessories. The design of bathroom accessories has come a long way - today, items such as soap holders, bathroom shelving, towel racks, robe hooks and toilet paper, trip levers, and toilet brush holders have become beautifully designed collections that can really add to the integrity of the bathroom design.


Brizo RSVP


Axor Massaud Towel Rack


Kohler Loure Vallet


Axor Starck Organic Accessories


9. A spa-like experience: The quest to emulate spa-like luxury in residential bathrooms has never been stronger. What was considered as five-star luxury in the past, has now become commonplace and expected.  Lavish installations, such as heated towel bars, underfloor heating, waterproof speakers that streamline music into the room, ambiance lighting present in products such as color-changing LED-lit shower heads, and over-sized spa-like shower enclosures, complete with an over sized shower head and body jets, have become commonplace in today's luxury bathrooms. A modern bathroom is just not complete without these added little luxuries.


Kohler Escale


Axor Urquiola


Axor Spa Bath


10. Art in the bathroom: Due to the hot, wet and steamy conditions inherent in the bathroom, these spaces have traditionally remained visually sterile spaces. However, today, more and more homeowners are looking for ways to inject a bit of excitement and individuality into their bathroom designs by including some graphics into the mix. This can be safely added by the inclusion of beautifully printed tiles or printed glass screens, as both these items are waterproof and can withstand the often harsh bathroom conditions. Eye-catching graphics can really add to a bathroom's appeal, allowing its owners to express their own individual sense of style and setting the bathroom apart from the more common designs.


Bath Art


Bath Art


Instructional Bath Art


Kohler Gilded Meadow - Artist Vessel Sink


OSU vs. UM Delta Fuse Faucets Showdown

Posted on November 12, 2012

The Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the Wolverines of the University of Michigan and the Buckeyes of The Ohio State University.  It has attracted particular national interest over the last four decades as most of the games have determined the Big Ten Conference title and the resulting Rose Bowl match ups, and many have influenced the outcome of the national college football championship.


The game was ranked by ESPN in 2000 as the greatest North American sports rivalry. The annual matchup between the two schools is held at the end of the regular season. Since 1918, the game's site has alternated between Columbus, Ohio, and Ann Arbor, Michigan (Michigan hosts it in odd years and Ohio State in even years), and has been played in the Ohio Stadium since 1922 and Michigan Stadium since 1927.  The fans of these two teams are some of the most devoutly loyal you will find in organized sports.  The fans taunt each other relentlessly claims themselves to be the superior team.  


It is this rivalry that has inspired us to create two pieces of one of a kind art piece.  The Delta Faucet Company Fuse pull-down kitchen faucet was our canvas and the Boarder Battle, our muse.  The design of the Fuse Collection by Delta Faucet was inspired by the emerging trend of color in unexpected places and soft contemporary style.  Loaded with innovations such as MagnaTite® docking and DIAMOND™ Seal Technology, the Fuse™ Kitchen Collection spices up the kitchen with three colorful options: Stainless and Cracked Pepper, Chili Pepper, or Snowflake White.  The two faucets will be on display through Saturday November 24th 2012.


Stop in to our showroom and cast your vote for who you think will win the big game.  All winning selections will be entered to win a Delta Fuse Kitchen faucet in the color of the winner’s choice.  Every entry will receive something in return and be eligible for random prizes.  Thank you to Delta Faucet Company for being a great partner in our little project.





Brizo's New Charlotte Electronic Lavatory

Posted on July 24, 2012


Waterhouse And Our Partners Care About Sustainability

Posted on April 17, 2012


World Water Day 2012

Posted on March 22, 2012


Today is World Water Day! International World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Stay tuned as we post more information!

Waterhouse Website Wins Award!

Posted on February 29, 2012


Just under a year ago we launched our brand new website. The site was designed to better reflect who we were and more accurately represent our showroom. The website was also designed to serve as a precursor to customers visiting the showroom. Our website was designed by Madhouse Graphic Design of Toledo. Recently Madhouse was awarded a Gold ADDY award for the Waterhouse website in the category of Website, Consumer HTML Products. It will be forwarded on to the District competition to be judged. The ADDY Awards is the world's largest advertising competition with over 50,000 entries annually.

Axor Bouroullec – the bathroom as a landscape

Posted on December 01, 2011

Feel Free to Compose

A synthesis of functionality and aesthetic appeal, movement and peaceful design

Interior designers and bathroom planners who want to give rooms an unmistakeable appearance often search for a synthesis between two principles: function and aesthetics. Axor Bouroullec, the latest collection from Axor, the Hansgrohe designer brand, combines these two aspects in the bathroom like never before. And that is not all: it complements a steady design hand with accents that add a sense of movement to the overall picture. Axor Bouroullec creates landscapes in the bathroom, the topography of which is decided upon by users in line with their functional and aesthetic preferences.

Shelves: personally shaped topography on the wash basin

The Axor Bouroullec bathroom landscape focusses on the wash basin. Several shelves protrude from the wash basin at different heights, resembling terraces beside a lake with a basin that harmoniously blends into the surroundings. Owners have the freedom to choose how to use the shelves in line with their desires and needs: what should be placed or decoratively positioned around the wash basin; do mixers take up individual shelves or is the wash basin kept completely clear? The spout could be positioned on the side and rise up from the wash basin like a beacon over the landscape. The designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec therefore never just focus on the design alone; they always combine it with an added benefit. By allowing users to optimally combine the spout, control units and shelves, they can create their own personal landscape on the wash basin.

Axor Bouroullec intensifies bathroom discussions

Due to this and more fundamental questions about how users want to live and experience water in their bathrooms, consulting services are becoming far more important. Philippe Grohe, Head of the Axor brand, commented: “How can we make the bathroom somewhere we can feel good, somewhere that suits us and somewhere we can recoup or relax in the morning or evening, on our own or while talking to family and friends? Holding in-depth discussions with customers on precisely these matters, gives us a fantastic opportunity. Our specialist partners can find out what their customers’ personal bathrooms should be like and help them create a more beautiful life in and with the bathroom.”

Creating landscapes on the wash basin and in the shower

The opportunities offered for the wash basin are also available throughout the room, through the showerpipe in the shower area, the different shelves on the wash basin and the wall behind the wash basin. Axor Bouroullec accepts the invitation to “Feel Free to Compose”, as per the motto of the bathroom collection, with recurring design features and choices in all areas of the bathroom.

In parallel, the Axor Bouroullec mixers with their understate design take a back seat. The flowing shapes of the forward-tapered spout are timeless; the lever and rotary knobs without corners or edges are pleasing to the touch. Axor Bouroullec therefore makes it possible to take the tranquil base of a minimalist-organic design language and send out strong signals through the undulating bathroom landscape.

Axor Bouroullec will be available for the majority or 2012 exclusively at Axor Design Studios (ADS). Waterhouse bath & kitchen studio is Ohio's only ADS and will be the only showroom in the region to feature the Axor Bouroullec through the summer of 2012. So we invite you to Feel Free to Compose with us.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec – truly individual

The two Frenchmen are among the most popular creative minds of the 21st century. Their designs oscillate between refined, organic forms and powerful optics. They are characterised by their evocation of imagination and a creative approach: "The user decides!" is the motto of the Bouroullec brothers, and by that they are referring to the freedom to combine and use their items according to the user's own personal requirements. Freedom is also the key notion in their first bathroom collection.

New Duravit Display

Posted on September 23, 2011

We are pleased to announce here at Waterhouse bath & kitchen studio we have been working hard to get our new Duravit display installed.  The painting is finished and the products will be getting installed next week!  We are very excited about this new 450 square foot display.  The display will include new vanities, bathtubs, toilets, accessories and faucets.  We will let everyone know when the new Duravit display is completed.  To learn more about this fabulous company click here;

Change Is Good

Posted on August 25, 2011

Some people don’t like change, but at Waterhouse bath & kitchen studio our business revolves around change. To best serve our customer we are constantly adapting to a wide variety of changes, everything from a change in design to changing trends. From products to colors we strive to make sure we are ahead of the curve, bringing our customer the latest in bath and kitchen products. This is why on average; we change 25 percent of the showroom a year.

We are confident that if your looking for that new sink or faucet you will find it here before anywhere else.

Here are a few examples of recent changes we have made at Waterhouse. This Spring we have added new displays such as our “Age in Place” display to address the trend that  people desire the ability to live in their own home - wherever that might be - for as long as confidently and comfortably possible. We have also added a new traditional display highlighting a color trend for the Bathroom in 2011, the color green.

In addition we have added Graff Faucets. Internationally recognized as an avant-garde manufacturer of exciting and trend-setting bathroom and kitchen fixtures, Graff has built its reputation as an interpreter and protagonist of modern lifestyle, bringing creativity and inspiration into many homes, and as a company, being keenly aware of human and environmental issues and values.

With premium-quality bathroom and kitchen fixtures that satisfy the most refined tastes, Graff’s products embody the essence of refined elegance. Each piece has a reason to be and a story to tell, and always reaches a harmonious balance between form and function - enticing the eye and feeling comfortable with every use.

GRAFF brings a touch of discreet yet alluring cutting-edge luxury to the most intimate rooms of your home, filling the most familiar moments and gestures of daily life with aesthetic vibrancy.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, and with locations throughout Europe, GRAFF is recognized globally for its trend-setting products and unique vision. GRAFF offers a wide range of contemporary, transitional and traditional styling.

Utilizing the latest manufacturing technology and supported by a tradition of old-world craftsmanship, Graff’s commitment to creating cutting-edge, premium-quality fixtures is evident in each and every product.

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