Masculine Details for a Bachelor Pad Bathroom

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Masculine bathrooms are often big on a dark color palette with simple textures and an overall minimalist feel. The key to achieving a manly bathroom is to keep it simple and avoid over-fussy designs. Your bachelor pad’s bathroom doesn’t have to be modern or contemporary – if you prefer, you can still opt for a traditional, country or vintage style bathroom. Here are a few details that would blend well in any style space:

Decide on a theme or style

What kind of mood or tone do you want your bathroom to evoke? Choose between popular themes like luxurious black and white or rustic and natural. Setting the tone of the space can help you properly decorate the bathroom.

Choose your colors

Neutrals like browns, deep grays and black are often chosen for masculine-detailed bathrooms. But the colors that you choose should be unique to your style and personality. For instance, you can stick with a black and white palette and introduce bright splashes of red, green or blue to really add some character to the space. Think about what hues might go best with the rest of your bachelor pad to create a cohesive feel throughout.

Add rugged details

Use natural elements like weathered wood, a stone accent wall or a stainless steel sink or faucet for a rugged style. These various textures help to produce style with very little effort. Chrome and stainless steel accessories like shower heads, faucets and sinks go well with just about any style bathroom – not to mention the fact that the finish is extremely durable.

Repurpose items

You can easily repurpose certain items to use in your bathroom. For instance, a bright red tool box can work as a colorful vanity and an old, industrial-looking pipe can be repurposed into a vintage towel rack or a toilet paper holder. Bottle caps are another versatile item that you can use to decorate your bathroom. Use them as a backsplash behind the sink, frame your mirror with them, or implement the bottle caps into your tile floor. Empty liquor bottles can also be transformed into soap dispensers or hand sanitizer for a fun bathroom accessory.

Keep luxury in mind

Designing a masculine bathroom doesn’t mean that the space has to fall short when it comes to glamour and luxury. Opt for glossy finishes on tile walls, use chandeliers to warm up the space, and hang plush towels to incorporate comfort and elegance.

Layer light

Instead of using just one overhead light in your bathroom, install layers of light around your vanity. This will produce a softer glow instead of a harsh light to make shaving, grooming and brushing your teeth much easier. Having a large mirror above the vanity will also help with those day-to-day tasks and bounce light around the room to make it appear more spacious and open.

Have a place to relax

Create a relaxing and stress-free environment by having a place to sit down in the bathroom. If there’s room, stick a dark leather chair in the corner to add depth and comfort to the space.

Ideas for a New York City Inspired Kitchen

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You don’t have to live in the Big Apple in order to achieve an interior design that evokes the city’s modern, stylish and industrial feel. Urban lofts are such a sought-after style today for their raw beauty, focus on spacious layouts and minimalist decor. Achieve this look in your kitchen with any of these New York-inspired design ideas:

Leave your floors unfinished
Many homeowners choose to put a finish over their wooden floors to achieve a glossy and shiny look. But leaving your wood floors unfinished can make just as much of a dramatic statement. The same goes for other types of flooring, whether you use concrete, slate or bamboo.

Allow for clear views
Urban New York City lofts always put an emphasis on the gorgeous view of the city. Even if your kitchen view isn’t the skyline, you can still allow for a clear view of the outside by using French doors or picture windows. Use sheer fabric or blinds to provide some privacy while still allowing plenty of natural light to flow throughout the room.

Stainless steel appliances
Swap out your vintage faucets for ones with a stainless steel finish. This industrial material helps pull the whole urban look together, and it looks great whether your kitchen is filled with a subdued palette of neutral colors or brighter hues. Warm up the steel appliances with salvaged wood on the kitchen island, cabinets or ceiling beams which can add character to your sleek kitchen loft.

Industrial lighting
Cast a soft glow over your kitchen table using a wrought-iron chandelier or a few iron pendants hanging down from the ceiling. Wall-mounted light fixtures are also a great solution to provide additional lighting throughout your kitchen.

Don’t stray from bold colors
While industrial lofts often stick to neutral hues, you can still show off a contemporary, urban interior design with splashes of color here and there. For instance, a deep orange kitchen island can contrast perfectly with warm wood floors, stainless steel appliances and exposed brick. As long as the color is used sparingly throughout the space, you won’t overwhelm your kitchen.

Hang artwork
Take advantage of wall space by hanging a big piece of artwork. It could be an abstract metal piece or even a black-and-white canvas of your favorite city, New York.

Less is more
Lofts are often equipped with a minimal interior design style. Sleek, clean lines and and open spaces create a natural beauty that doesn’t require you to fill your kitchen with much. Always keep your countertops cleared off by storing appliances in modern kitchen cabinets.

Essentials for a Spanish-style Bathroom

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If you love bright colors and intricately detailed patterns, you may want to think about designing your bathroom with Spanish influences in mind.

A Spanish-style room uses Mediterranean features and combines them in a daring way, producing an environment that is big on character and comfort. In order to achieve this beautiful interior design style, you may want to implement these bathroom elements:

Clawfoot tub

Clawfoot tubs are commonly seen in vintage bathrooms, but the freestanding tub is perfect for a Mediterranean design as well. Draw attention to this focal point by using bright elements, such as a sunny yellow bath mat, a lush green plant or bold curtains hanging on the windows in the background.

Curved entryways

If you’re going through an entire bathroom renovation, you could think about altering your bathroom’s doorway. Arched doorways are common of bathrooms with Spanish influences. In fact, they’re a relic of Spain’s Moorish history. Uniquely shaped doorways are a great way to invite guests into the Spanish sanctuary that is your bathroom.

Talavera tile

Using Talavera tile in your bathroom is an easy way to introduce beautiful designs and bright colors. These tiles are often hand painted and are synonymous with Spanish and Meixcan interior design. Incorporate a Talavera backsplash behind your sink, or line the trim with a number of colorful tiles that match other hues throughout your space. Tile floors often dominate a classic Mediterranean hoe and are great for their durability and low maintenance. Opt for Talavera or choose from other common flooring materials such as limestone, marble and terracotta.

Bright colors

One of the signature traits of Spanish design is bright, bold colors. Vibrant pinks, oranges, reds and yellows can be used throughout your bathroom. However, if you want something more understated, it’s also appropriate to use earth tones like rusty oranges, various shades of white and subtle olive greens. Choose two or three hues to use in your bathroom – one of the shades should be the dominant color and the rest of the shades can be used intermittently to complement one another.

Natural wood elements
Never underestimate the power of a rustic, weathered piece of wood. The natural material is used in Spanish-style bathrooms to evoke the charm of the outdoors and showcase the Mediterranean’s natural beauty.

Former “Blossom” star Joey Lawrence has a Spanish-style bathroom in his estate in Encino, Calif., and the space is defined by rustic wooden beams lining the ceiling. Their red undertones create the perfect contrast to the white tiled floor.

Bring this warm, inviting feel into your bathroom with an old wooden ladder that can be used to hang linens, or with a wood framed mirror for your vanity.

Must-Have Accessories for your Bathroom

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Bathroom accessories are more than just decorative pieces. They serve as functional items that lie at the foundation of a well-rounded vintage style bathroom.

When completing your next overhaul of your master bath, be sure to include these bars, hooks and racks on your list as well.
These accessories must serve dual purposes. While some need to be durable to last until your next remodel, each also should contribute to the overall style of the room.

Towel bars

These horizontal units are available in a variety of lengths and finishes. Two popular sizes are 24-inch and 18-inch bars. For quality fabrication, be sure it’s made from solid brass. Then you can choose from a number of finishes. Many styles come in pewter, chrome, champagne
bronze, stainless steel and oil-rubbed bronze.

Dual bar – If your bathroom gets a high amount of traffic, consider a dual bar. Just as it sounds, it has two horizontal rods perfect for multiple towels.

Racks – Even if you have ample bars in your bathroom, it is good to also have a towel rack on hand. These models sit on the floor to provide extra surface area to hang towels and air-dry clothing. These racks also come in handy in laundry rooms. Some units fold up for easy storage, while others have curved or vertical shapes.

Rings – Not sure where to hang your hand towels? Install a few rings. These can be placed near the vanity for easy access after washing your hands. Towel rings are also available in a variety of finishes. Some models have two-tone colors for a twist on more common designs.

Bath caddies

Showers are often outfitted with caddies that hang from the shower head. However, vintage tubs like pedestal and clawfoot models also have their own style. You can lay these caddies over the tub to hold your soap and sponge.

View the Edenscape Collection video (Towel Racks and Shower Rods) by clicking HERE.

The History of the Faucet

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Faucets are so ubiquitous that many people don’t even take the time to wonder how they came into existence. Today’s fixtures come in a range of styles, from sleek contemporary models to the clawfoot tub versions used in vintage bathroom designs. Here is a bit of background information on how the faucet came to be:

Ancient times

Faucets date back to ancient periods. Plumbing and spout fixtures were used as early as 1700 B.C. at the Minoan Palace of Knossos located on the island of Crete. They were used in private homes for baths and to provide water for fountains. Ancient Romans had plumbing made of lead pipes. And while they would use faucets for their personal baths, The Romans’ communal showers were also popular.

Basic features

In those times, antique bath fixtures were basic. They had two spouts – one for hot water and the other for cold water. That changed with an innovation by Al Moen in 1937. People believe he came up with the idea for the singular faucet knob after burning his hands while using the standard fixture. Once he mastered the design, people could then enjoy washing with one stream of water, that was adjusted to the right temperature.

Continued innovation

Later, as new inventors worked on the faucet, the ball valve came into existence. Landis Perry designed this piece in 1945 that helped control the water temperature with a blending mechanism. Additionally, it helped seal the unit.

Other improvements

There have been constant upgrades to faucets, including a ceramic disk that improved on the previous rubber one. It had various benefits but it also held up better over time. Some faucets include filters for lead and chlorine.

Modern faucets

Some new faucets are designed to be water-saving. These units only let out a certain amount of water to help conserve the vital resource while simultaneously lowering water bills.

Design

People’s preferences regarding faucets have changed during different time periods.

Clawfoot – In today’s world, vintage faucets are widely coveted. They have ornate features that complement clawfoot tubs. For the bath, many have lever-style knobs with rounded edges. Additionally, in place of a traditional standing shower, these units often have hand-held shower heads that are equally decorative.

Modern – Streamlined fixtures are also used. They match a more simple aesthetic. However, some have tall spouts, which make a bigger impact than more basic faucets.

Materials

Brass is a material used in quality faucets. It is a composite alloy made from zinc and copper. It’s resistant to hard-water calcification and soft-water corrosion.

For questions, please contact us at info@kingstonbrass.com.

How Bathtubs are made with Cast Iron Material

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Cast iron bathtubs are popular in the interior design world for their sturdy construction and heat-retaining properties. Contemporary trends also call for this durable material to be used widely in clawfoot tubs. While the first models of cast iron tubs were sourced from mined iron ore, today’s units are made in a more eco-friendly way.

According to “How It’s Made” a Science Channel program, cast iron is now made from scrap metal. Old water pipes, car parts, manhole covers and heating radiators are used to create these coveted tubs. While it’s a sustainable way to source materials, it’s also more cost-effective for manufacturers.

From start to finish, here is how the cast iron tub that makes its way into a vintage style bathroom is made:

Iron ore

The entire process begins with iron ore, which Kingston Brass sources from Australia. It’s obtained from the ground through open-cut mining. This describes a surface mining procedure, which is simpler than other methods and more cost effective.

Electric induction furnace

Once the iron ore enters the factory, it’s melted in an electric induction furnace that reaches temperatures of over 1,400 degrees Celsius. When ready, the result is a pool of liquid iron. The furnace is always kept on and 2/3 full to allow new batches to melt easier. A hydraulic cylinder pours the vat into a ladle. A trolley then moves the ladle overhead to a holding furnace, which will maintain the temperature.

Cast mold

The cast for the bathtub is made in two parts that have similar assembly processes. Moist sand and clay is placed into a steel pattern, and a hydraulic ramp packs the mixture down firmly. Clay is the bonding agent that holds everything together. Blades run over the top of the unit to brush off the extra sand and clay. Then, a machine lifts the mold from the pattern. That half of the mold is placed on its other portion, which was prepared earlier, leaving a small gap separating the two.

Next, the molten iron flows into the gap through a strategically placed opening and the tub travels to a cooling line. It’s left to set for 20 minutes where it hardens and solidifies. Afterward, it’s broken out of the mold and a robotic arm stacks it with previously prepared tubs.

Finishing touches

When the bathtub is ready for the next step, a worker sprays a layer of glass powder on the surface of the tub to act as an undercoating for the future enamel coat. To melt the glass, the entire tub is baked until it takes on a blazing red appearance. Afterward, another coating of the powder is added and it melts automatically, since the tub is still hot. The step is repeated once more to add an even stronger enamel bond. To finish off the bathtub, claw feet or other decorative touches might be added.

To view a variety of cast iron and acrylic bathtubs from Kingston Brass, click HERE.

To see how bathtubs are made with acrylic material, click HERE.

For more information on bathtubs by Kingston Brass contact us at info@kingstonbrass.com.

Incorporating Green for your Interior Design

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With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, everyone has one color on their mind: green. This hue doesn’t just look great on a leprechaun, it can help brighten up your home and create a serene vibe throughout. Plus, there are so many shades to choose – from Kelly green to lime to emerald.

The hue you select can help set the mood, whether you’re trying to evoke​ a feeling of energy or a sense of calm. If you want to incorporate this color into your interior design, keep these helpful tips in mind:

Know which colors pair well with green

Not all shades work well with green. To find a good match, first you must pick a shade of green. Certain tones can evoke a different feel in your home. For instance, olive green is perfect for a rustic space, while lime works better in a modern or contemporary room due to the energy that it gives off. For your vintage style bathroom, you may want to opt for a soft sage, which is perfect for giving off a relaxing, spa-like vibe. Fill the space with a crisp white clawfoot tub and dress up the walls with a framed gold mirror.

Once you’ve determined which color of green you would like to use, you can pair it with a complementing hue. Kelly green, for example, marries beautifully with navy and white, while lime green looks bright and vibrant when matched up with pink. If you’re looking for something more subtle, opt for a sage green and silver color combination. You may even want to complement the sage hue on the walls with a green tiled backsplash or bright green linens. Here’s a quick trick: take a peek outside and see what colors pair well with green. If the two hues look great outdoors in natural light, chances are they’ll look beautiful inside as well.

Incorporate natural elements

You can easily bring green into your home through the use of natural elements. Dress up the kitchen table with a floral centerpiece accompanied by plenty of greenery or adorn your fireplace mantel with a collection of classic white vases filled with light green foliage. Putting plants in your home not only offers accents of color, they freshen up the air for a cleaner indoor environment.

Decide on a lot or a little

One of the things you have to decide on is whether or not you want small splashes of green in a room, or if you would like the entire space to be filled with the hue. You can start off by using small green accessories like pillows or throw blankets or go big by painting the entire room green. Celery green is the perfect all-over color – it gives the room just enough character without being too overwhelming.

Test samples

Before you go ahead and swipe paint onto all four walls of your kitchen, bathroom, living room, etc., it’s always a good idea to test out different colors. Paint samples onto the wall to see what looks better in the space. Sometimes, shades can appear different on the wall than they do on a paint swatch.

The Green Eden Collection from Kingston Brass offers contemporary style faucets and bath accessories to help make your kitchen/bathroom looking vibrant and peaceful with its green hue, (available in polished chrome and satin nickel) and neoprene sleeves on lever handles. View the collection by clicking HERE.

Ideas on Using a Black Color Scheme in your Kitchen and Bathroom

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Black is a bold and stylish color that is often underrated when it comes to interior design.

Many homeowners are afraid the dark hue will overpower a room or cause a space to look gloomy. But when you decorate with black in the right way, you can create a home that is cozy, sophisticated and dramatic. When renovating your kitchen or bathroom, consider any of these ideas for incorporating black:

Black faucets

Instead of traditional finishes like polished chrome or brass, consider a darker hue for a bold accent in your bathroom or kitchen. Black porcelain or nickel faucets will bring a captivating and timeless look to the room, and when combined with the right surrounding elements, can look even more bold and dramatic. Another benefit of having black faucets in your kitchen or bathroom is that they don’t easily get dirty, meaning you won’t have to clean or wash them very frequently. Plus, these dark faucets pair well with almost any sink, whether it’s a white farmhouse-style basin or a black vessel sink.

Bright accents

You can contrast your black faucets with vibrant pops of color using towels or a bath mat in the bathroom. These colorful linens won’t overpower the room, instead, they help the black faucets stand out and give the bathroom a splash of character. Do the same in your kitchen, introducing color using curtains, chair cushions, wall art or a centerpiece on the table.

Patterns

Complement your black faucets with more of the hue throughout your kitchen or bathroom. Implement black patterns to keep the eye moving throughout the space. You can introduce patterns using area rugs, curtains, lampshades or dinnerware. If you want to create a bold look in your bathroom or kitchen, try painting thick horizontal black-and-white stripes on the walls.

Accent wall

In your bathroom, consider painting one of the walls black. Set a bright white clawfoot tub in front of the wall for a stark and beautiful contrast. This will create a cozy environment and help to accent the beauty of your black faucets. You can paint a wall black in your kitchen as well, and contrast it with a white or colorful kitchen table and cabinets. You may even want to consider using black chalkboard paint so that you can easily jot down to-do lists or write out any recipes you’re planning on cooking for the week.

Black ceiling

Ceilings are traditionally painted white, but you may want to consider swiping on a coat of black paint instead. Doing so in your kitchen or bathroom can really help unify the space and tie other black elements together for a coordinated look. Plus, painting the ceiling black can actually help the room look taller and more spacious. The dark color makes it hard to notice the boundaries of the room.

Painted tub

Clawfoot tubs can actually be painted to match your interior design. You can consider painting your freestanding tub in the bathroom to match your black faucets. Doing so provides a little edgy style and the perfect amount of contrast.

Black cabinets

Install black kitchen cabinets for a simple, sleek look. These dark colored cabinets are the perfect place to put stark white dinnerware on display for a classy collection.

Kingston Brass features a series of faucets in black nickel material for both the kitchen and bathroom in both modern and traditional themes. Also included are two-tone finish colors as well as bath accessories to enrich more black in your decor. View the Water Onyx collection by clicking HERE.

For questions regarding our black nickel faucets, contact us at info@kingstonbrass.com.

Decor Ideas in Glamorizing your Kitchen

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Kingston Brass’ KS8101DL Pot Filler will make your kitchen look like it’s fit for a chef.

Kitchens are the new family gathering place, making the room serve double and maybe even triple duty at times. So ensure your kitchen is up to the task with a few decor tricks. Here are some tips for revamping this room:

Add a statement fixture

Your sink needs to be stylish as well as functional. Farmhouse sinks are a great choice because they provide a wide basin and convey an antique feel for your vintage kitchen design. However, if you want a more contemporary look, swap out your faucet for one that makes a grand statement. Choose a stainless steel fixture with a tall spout and ornate knobs.

If you don’t feel like any of your current fixtures need an upgrade, consider adding an extra one. For example, you can install a pot filler in your center island. This way your kitchen will look like it’s fit for a chef, because it will be designed with style and functionality in mind. Additionally, you can place a bar faucet in a corner counter. This allows you to serve your guests their favorite drinks without any hassle.

Add molding to the walls

Walls can look boring when they are one dimensional. Add some molding to give them a layered look. Crown molding is perfect for vintage spaces, while geometric shapes along the surface of your wall are more of a modern choice. You can paint the molding a contrasting color to amp up the style factor even more.

Take advantage of every nook

Many kitchens have mini nooks for a small kitchen table. Consider this area a bonus and really take advantage of the space. You may want to paint the walls in the alcove a deep hue to add more depth to the nook. However, if you opt for light colors, and add a mirror to the back wall – the space will look much bigger. Be mindful to the type of seating you choose for your alcove. If there are high ceilings, opt for a bar-style table and chairs. For another option, you can create a lounge space with benches and a small cafe table.

Revamp your storage

Functional storage space is so important in the kitchen, however, that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. If you have open shelving, paint the back of the walls a statement hue like deep blue or green. You also can add wallpaper for a layered motif.

Bring in Trompe L’oeil artwork

When considering your art choices, don’t settle for the obvious choices. Be unique and add some pieces with Trompe L’oeil motifs. For an alternative, you can hire an artist to recreate the look on one of your blank walls with a mural.

Add greenery

There needs to be some form of greenery in the kitchen. Instead of fresh-cut flowers, which die quickly, opt for potted plants. Place a large botanical near your window for a daily reminder of nature. You can also add indoor plants near your seating or on the countertop.

For questions or comments, contact us at info@kingstonbrass.com.

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How to make a clawfoot tub work for small apartments

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Clawfoot tubs aren’t just for large master bathrooms. They are workable as well in small apartments too.

All you need is a bit of creativity to make the most of your space. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right bath and fit it in your urban home:

Clawfoot tubs

These vintage tubs come in variety of styles, which means you have lots of choices to sort through.

Size – First, head into your bathroom to choose the ideal spot for your new tub. It doesn’t have to remain where your other built-in tub was located.

Next, measure the space you choose. For a really tiny bathroom, opt for a 53-inch tub. The other small units range from 60 inches to 65 inches. The medium-sized models go up to 70 inches. Lastly, the large tubs can span 72 inches.

Shape – The next decision is based on the shape of tub you would prefer. Some clawfoot tubs have single and double-slipper silhouettes. These also have a raised backrest to add extra comfort while lounging. However, for tight spaces, a standard horizontal roll top might be the best choice.

Materials – Acrylic and cast iron are two popular clawfoot tub building materials. They are both quality products, however, they each are different. Cast iron is widely known for being durable and not prone to scratching. But it’s a heavy product, so others go for acrylic. If you live in a high rise or in a multiple story walk-up, consider the acrylic option. It’s also long lasting and a great option.

Mounting – Many people choose freestanding bath mounts when they want their tub to be the focal point of the room. However, in an apartment bathroom, you’ll probably have to conserve space.

Another option is a wall-mounted unit. These fixtures are similar to standard tubs, where the faucet is directly attached to the tile. To choose this mounting, simply install your clawfoot tub where your previous one sat. This option also saves money, because you won’t have to move any plumbing tubes pipes.

Decorating tips

Against the wall – When your clawfoot tub rests against the wall, you can use the surrounding surfaces to your advantage. Install hooks for robes and towels. Or you can add a few layers of shelving to house books, candles and other decorations. Also, make the tub a true statement piece by adding a mirror or decorative paper on the surrounding walls.

Pedestal sink – If a large portion of your room is taken up by a freestanding tub, downsize your other fixtures. The sink is the perfect place to do it. Pedestal styles simply have a small counter and one stand to hide the plumbing.

Color – In small bathrooms, make the space seem bigger with your color choices. White can make a room seem bigger, so use it in floors and on the walls. Add a contrasting color with your linens and accessories.

If you have questions, comments, contact us at info@kingstonbrass.com

How Bathtubs are made with Acrylic Material

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Acrylic material is a frequent sought after coating for making up a bathub. Cast iron is a popular choice among clawfoot tubs, yet the acrylic is a suitable alternative for vintage and also modern styles.

Why choose acrylic?

One of the biggest differences between cast iron and acrylic is weight. Acrylic bathtubs are much lighter than iron or steel tubs. Additionally, it has a high-gloss coating that resembles cast iron and enamel styles. While some acrylic tubs can scratch, any damage can be easily repaired.

What is acrylic made from?

This material is a plastic polymer formed when carbon molecules are chemically bonded. Acrylic sheets have an appearance similar to glass, yet are strong and impact resistant. Additionally, the material has a higher quality once treated with performance-boosting finishes.

Manufacturing process

Compiled by Science Channel’s “How It’s Made,” here is an overview of the entire process:

Forming the shape – Sheets of acrylic that contain ceramic elements are heated to 200 degrees Celsius. At such high temperatures, the polymer becomes so malleable and soft that it can form a variety of shapes. It is lowered over a shell that has small holes with powerful suction vacuums. This makes it possible for the sheet to reach into every indentation of the mold.

Cooling – The tub must cool before it heads to the next step. High-power ventilator fans are positioned above the mold for four to six minutes. In this time, the acrylic will cool to 77 degrees Celsius.

Strengthening – Once firm, the newly created bathtub is easily lifted from the mold since it only weighs 16 kilos or about 35 pounds. At this point, the tub isn’t structurally sound enough to hold water. It will need to be reinforced with a fiberglass coating to get its strength. Mixed with resin, the fiberglass is added to a robotic arm that sprays it on to the base of the bathtub.

Lamination – The next step requires a group of workers equipped with brushes and rollers to smooth the rough spots from the tub. This process takes 75 minutes, but it allows the fiberglass to adhere to the tub.

Milling – Now that the bathtub is dry, it’s taken to the milling department where it will be trimmed. An overlay of acrylic is created when the tub is formed that needs to be cut from the unit. Additionally, holes for the drain, body jets, overflow and ambiance lighting are created at this point. Pumps and piping are added to the models sold with everything installed.

Water test – Quality assurance tests are the last step of the process. The tub is filled with water and all the features like body jets are turned on to ensure they are in working order.

After these steps are completed the bathtub is then ready to become part of your vintage or contemporary style bathroom.

To view a variety of cast iron and acrylic bathtubs from Kingston Brass, click HERE.

For more information on bathtubs by Kingston Brass contact us at info@kingstonbrass.com.

The Great Things About Farmhouse Sinks

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Farmhouse sinks make a beautiful addition to any country-style home. These sinks offer a fresh design and instantly improve the functionality of any room in your dwelling.

While classic sinks certainly get the job done when it comes to washing dishes and prepping dinner, farmhouse basins offer so much more space, which is both convenient and helpful. Farmhouse style sinks are perfect for a country lifestyle, but their sleek design also allows them to fit in well with a modern aesthetic as well. There are several rooms in your home that could benefit from a farmhouse sink.

Kitchens

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and baking, you’re going to need a sink that is accommodating to that lifestyle.

Farmhouse sinks are ideal for family kitchens because they can handle big pots and pans and a large amount of dishes. Plates, cups and bowls don’t pile up as easily. Instead, they’re hidden from view to keep the attention on your beautiful kitchen design when you can’t get to the dishes right away.

You can accentuate your farmhouse kitchen sink with vintage faucets for a country design or opt for a rustic copper basin featuring a decorative apron front.

Laundry Rooms

Farmhouse sinks come in very handy in the laundry room. You can use them for hand washing garments and removing stains by soaking them in some cold water and bleach.

Laundry room sinks are often used for garden work as well – you can conveniently fill watering cans and buckets in a basin.

Help your white farmhouse sink stand out in the laundry room by installing rich, dark cabinets around it. The stark contrast works well with a modern design and creates a freshness that is perfect for the laundry room.

You can even add a rustic burlap or cotton skirt below your farmhouse sink to cover up any laundry essentials or exposed plumbing that may be sitting below.

Farmhouse Also for the Bathrooms!

Farmhouse sinks are an underrated choice for bathrooms. If you have a big family, this style sink can be a lifesaver. The proximity of the edge of the counter makes it much more accessible to small children. Plus, all of the splashing water will stay inside the sink instead of ending up on the countertops, creating a mess.

Pair your farmhouse sink with a weathered wood vanity and a brass wall-mount faucet for a rustic, country bathroom that’s simple yet high on style.

For questions, contact us at info@kingstonbrass.com.

What are the Advantages of Using Solid Brass?

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Choosing between hardware construction is a question many homeowners have to face. Ask yourself: What is the best material for the project?

The way to get to an answer is to know the properties of each choice. Solid brass fixtures are often chosen for vintage bath fixtures and other household items, but why? Here are the advantages of solid brass construction:

What is brass?

Solid brass is an alloy metal made from copper and zinc. There are many manufacturing methods used to create the hardware, including wrought, forged, cast and die-cut processes.

Quality

Strong – Solid brass is a strong and durable metal. The combination of zinc and copper contribute to the strength of the material.
Long-lasting – Unlike aluminum and plated steel, a solid brass fixture won’t need to be replaced because of rust or corrosion. While it can cost more in an initial investment, homeowners tend to save money in the long run since they won’t have to keep replacing the unit.

What is the difference between solid and plated?

Since solid brass is so desirable, hardware is often treated to look like the material. Yet, it won’t give you the same quality. Plated items are often made from steel or pure zinc, which are thin and will break down over time. Ask your builder to be sure of the metal used. However, when you’re buying your own products, look for a clearly identified solid brass marking.

Decorative

Solid brass is sought after for its durability almost as much as it’s purchased for its decorative use. A variety of finishes can be applied to cater to many aesthetics. Additionally, with a sturdy solid brass construction you can plate the faucet or fixture in other materials.

Bright – This finish has a golden hue and works in a variety of bathroom and vintage kitchen designs.

Antique – When you choose hardware in this finish it will come in a deep bronze-like color. The coating will be distressed to mimic years of wear.

Brushed – The brushed aesthetic has fine parallel lines running through the finish. It’s a popular look and adds more dimension to the fixture.

Where to use solid brass

Clawfoot tubs – Cast iron is a quality material because it retains heat for a long time. However, it’s heavy and needs to be paired with another strong entity to create a clawfoot tub. Solid brass can withstand the weight and show off the ornate lines of the claw feet without rusting.

Faucets – Many people seek antique bath fixtures to help create a cohesive space alongside their clawfoot tub. When fixtures are made from the durable material they can be plated in polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze or another decorative finish.

Plumbing – Solid brass isn’t just for faucets – it is a great resource for pipes as well. The durability of the material allows it to hold up over the years. Use it in it valves and other plumbing hardware.

For questions regarding this article, please contact info@kingstonbrass.com

Modernize your Bathroom with a Kingston Brass Vessel Sink

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Vessel sinks are a popular part of contemporary interior design. These sleek basins are inspired by spas where decor is as important as function. Designers have really plunged headfirst into this concept, resulting in numerous choices for homeowners. Here is how to pair a few vessel sink styles with the rest of your modern bathroom fixtures.

Tub choice

Before you choose a sink, think about the rest of your room. You want to create a cohesive space, so be sure every aspect is in balance. These styles often have clean lines without ornate decorations. So instead of choosing from the different styles of clawfoot tubs, opt for a pedestal model. These units still have deep basins, allowing you to enjoy a long soak. But they are set on a raised platform that will match nicely with a vessel sink. However, if you do choose a clawfoot tub, be sure to include other vintage influences in the room as well. You can bring in an ornate framed mirror or furniture to contrast with your vessel sink.

Preliminary questions

Ask yourself a few questions before you choose the shape, style and finish of your new sink. Is the bathroom a high-traffic area? If so, you’ll need a wide sink area. Will kids be using the room? Depending on the answer, you may need to adjust the height of your vanity or counter because these sinks tend to be set higher than standard models.

Shape

Round vessel sinks offer more surface area while square varieties limit space. Circular styles also tend to be higher than their counterparts. Angular models like farmhouse sinks take up less space and are a suitable option if children will be using the space.

Style

If your bathroom is a simple non-fussy room, consider a streamlined circle or oval sink.However, if you want a bit more detail, opt for one with fluted edges, ribbing or a textured surface.

Finish

Porcelain-white finishes are perfect for rooms that have other crisp, light hues. However, manufacturers also make black versions for spaces with a deeper color scheme. Or you can opt for a glass style that works great in small rooms because the transparency creates the illusion of not taking up much space.

Faucets

There are a variety of faucets you can pair with your vessel sink. Some styles combine the best of both worlds and feature knob handles similar to those often seen on antique bath fixtures. But they have streamlined spouts, which balances out the modern theme. You can choose two side-by-side faucets or opt for one singular unit. Some contemporary bathroom fixtures are similar to those found in kitchens. These have an architectural design and are best paired with round vessel sinks. Additionally, just like sinks, faucets give you a range of finish choices from which to choose.

Polished chrome is a high-shine finish perfect for glossy porcelain-white sinks. Another option is brushed nickel, which is a textured look that works great with glass basins.

 

For more questions on Kingston Brass products, contact us at info@kingstonbrass.com.

 

How to work your Personality into your Kitchen Design


Incorporate your personality into your kitchen.

The kitchen is often the social hub of the home. People gather here to watch homeowners cook and sample all the tasty morsels that are created. It can be a challenge to incorporate your personal design aesthetic into the room because there are so many functional components like appliances, cabinetry, utensils and more. However, with a bit of creativity you can put your own special stamp on your vintage kitchen design.

    Using color

Homeowners and interior designers love to bring color into the kitchen. It helps brighten up the room while letting your personal style shine. If you are a risk-taker, paint your cabinets a bright hue like yellow, green or blue. Or you can opt to throw a fresh coat of paint on your floors. For an industrial look, install a cement floor and paint it the shade of your choice.

    Updating fixtures

If you want your kitchen to look polished and refined, choose faucets to match that aesthetic. You can pick up sleek pot fillers, water filtration faucets or other models that have the features and look of your choice.

    Utilizing art in creating fashion

Artwork is one of the best ways to show off your personality. However, with cabinets taking up lots of room, there are often only a few places to hang framed paintings or prints. Look for creative places to put your artwork to show your style and ability to think outside the box. For example, there is often space between your ceiling and the top of your cabinets. Turn that surface into a mini art gallery. Just hang your artwork or lean the frames against the wall, which is a trendy look.

    Making it homely

To incorporate your personality, you may need to make your space look more homely. You can achieve this result by bringing in untraditional pieces of furniture like a table and chairs. For instance, a large antique dresser could serve as your center island. Chances are it has lots of style and is distressed to fit in with your vintage aesthetic.

    Adding in botanicals

You can instantly show off your personality in your kitchen with plants. Choose containers that display your favorite colors and patterns, or you can go for a rustic look and seek out terra cotta options. If you are known for your eco-friendly lifestyle you can install a living wall full of herbs. It’s a system of containers that allows you to plant your favorite botanicals or other plants to help brighten up your space.

How to make the most of your Clawfoot Tub

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Tubs are a staple in most homeowner’s bathrooms, but if you’re looking to have a vintage bathroom design, certain tubs work better than others.

For example, clawfoot tubs are great for really bringing out that antique feel in your bathroom. At a typical size of about 60 inches, most can fit into even small bathrooms. They can be placed next to a window near natural light, in the middle of the room, or wherever you want. Because they are freestanding, they offer versatility in the look of your bathroom.

Clawfoot fixtures come in a variety of finishes, usually with a white porcelain interior.

The legs can be purchased in a number of finishes as well, like chrome, gold, bronze, pewter, brushed nickel and more. Even the feet themselves have their own designs, such as the classic slant back, double ended, slipper, double slipper and pedestal.

Whichever you choose, this bathtub has personality and begs for you to hop in and relax. The clawfoot tub is undoubtedly a classic addition to any stylish bath. Here are a few ways to get the most out of your vintage tub:

Add a shower head
If you want your bath to double as a shower, the clawfoot tub can get the job done. Simply mount your shower head on a rod that is attached to one end of the tub or to a wall for easy reach.

Find the perfect antique bath fixtures to coordinate with the look of the tub. This way, you can choose to relax with a hot soak or jump in the shower for a quick cleanse.

Place it near natural light
Clawfoot tubs are often the main focus of the bathroom, so you’ll want to help it look as appealing as possible. Placing it near a large window that sheds plenty of natural light can help turn the focus on the tub and make it look like a piece of art.

Reduce clutter
Clawfoot tubs don’t offer a ledge to hold your bath materials, but you don’t want to have your bathing necessities simply laying around the room. Instead, keep your eye out for stylish solutions to keep your supplies within reach when you’re in the tub.

A small silver footstool provides the perfect surface for whatever you may need in the bath. You could also opt for an elegant upholstered footstool, which is just right for a vintage space. For items that you don’t use often, store in your vanity or in cabinets on the wall.

The Homeowner’s Guide to Renovating a Bathroom

ImageRemodeling your bathroom is an exciting step toward making your home fit your style needs.

However, going about the redesign process can be a bit daunting. It’s difficult to know where to start when beginning such a big project. Here’s a quick guide to get you to the bathroom design of your dreams:

Set a budget
Before you go spending money on new paint, vanities, bath fixtures and more, it’s important to know exactly how much you’re willing to spend.

Setting a budget can help you to make decisions about what to include in your remodel. You’ll know exactly what you can and cannot spend on fixtures, tiles, shower heads and other bathroom extras.

Take measurements
You may have found the vanity of your dreams, but will it fit in your bathroom?

You don’t want to purchase accessories for your space that will end up not fitting. Make sure that you take the correct measurements before you begin shopping for big items like tubs, toilets, cabinets and vanities.

Consider a contractor
If you’re unfamiliar with renovations, you may want to consider hiring a contractor. In the long run, the benefits may outweigh the costs because of the frustration it may save you. After all, there may be a few complex operations involved with a bathroom remodel, like tiling, plumbing and electrical.

Work in order
If you’re doing a complete remodel, it’s best to start from top to bottom to eliminate damage to your bathroom. Start your ceiling first, followed by your walls and finally your floor.

Choose a style
You’re going to have to pick out tiles, vanities, tubs, faucets, paint color and more, so it’s important to choose a cohesive theme. A vintage style bathroom is a popular choice among homeowners for it’s quaint charm and simplistic design. With this style, you’ll want to opt for vintage bath fixtures like antique faucets and clawfoot tubs.

Consider unique storing options
Bathroom clutter can really take away from the beauty of the space. Clean up the room by having ample storage space – even in your shower.

Gone are the days of plastic units that hang from your shower head. Instead, consider ceramic tile shelving which is installed in the corner of the shower. This way, the shower or bath won’t be filled with body wash, shampoo, conditioner and razors.

Use accent tiles
It doesn’t take much to enhance the look of your bathroom. Just a few tiles can add the perfect amount of pizzazz. Use tiles of your choice as a border around the top or bottom of your bathroom.

Achieving Symmetry in the Kitchen and Bathroom

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Interior designers have a lot of tricks up their sleeve to achieve balance in a room. If you won’t be hiring an expert to help during your next vintage remodeling project there are a few insider tips you should know to get a professional result.

Symmetry is the best way to create a cohesive place. It provides a visual balance for the eyes, thus making the room more aesthetically appealing.

When a space lacks proportionality, two sides of a room can compete with each other for attention. Choosing the right color, lighting, scale and proportion can create a calming atmosphere. An identical reflection can work in a space, but it isn’t necessary to have the right balance. There are ways design a harmonious room with or without a mirror image.

Kitchen

Kitchens with an open floor plan can really show off symmetry because its visible from other parts of the house. But you can also practice balance in a closed layout.

Cabinetry – One of the easiest places to create symmetry is with cabinets. If you choose styles of different lengths and heights, mirror the layout on the opposite side of the room. Use the sink, or stovetop to serve as a central point. Also, consider mixing wooden cabinets with styles featuring glass doors.

Lighting – Shop for drop pendant lighting to place over your kitchen island. Purchase in even numbers to create the ultimate balance.

Seating – Bench or stool seating can also help to balance out the space. To make them standout, look for options in a contrasting color. If you will be using an odd number, be sure to place the extra chair directly in the center to stay with the flow of the room.

Accessories – Like noted before, symmetry doesn’t have to be an exact match. If you have a blank wall in your kitchen, hang paintings and artwork. To create a playful layout, arrange a large grouping on the wall. Balance can be secured by placing one large frame on one end and a few smaller styles on the opposite. While this isn’t perfect symmetry, each side of the wall is well proportioned.

Bathroom

Even though bathrooms are often much smaller than kitchen, it’s still important to find balance in this space.

Vanity – A his and hers vanity creates an exact mirror image. To make the symmetry extra pronounced choose vessel sinks that sit directly on the counter.

Lighting – Matching wall sconces strategically placed on either side of the vanity mirror creates perfect proportionality. Additionally, like in the kitchen, you can install pendant lighting over your clawfoot tub.

Mirror – A large oversized mirror can provide symmetry in one simple fixture. In contrast, you can add smaller mirrors of the same size to achieve a different yet equally balanced look.

Bathtub – Depending on the model you choose, a tub can help with the proportions of the space. Many styles have a symmetrical silhouette, but the units with a higher backrest can be balanced out by placing a vase with flowers on a shelf on the opposite end of the room.

Getting to Know Various Types of Kitchen Faucets

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When remodeling your kitchen there a lot of choices to be made.

You want to make sure that your new kitchen is not only visually appealing but functional. Besides your regular pull-down or pull-out kitchen faucets, there are a few other options that would help make your kitchen chores easier to handle:

Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucets

Pre-rinse kitchen faucets are commonly used in professional food service kitchens–but because of its functionality there are residential equivalents which will offer the homeowner the same benefits as its commercial counterparts at a fraction of the cost.

Pre-rinse kitchen faucets usually have convenient long reach spouts and spring activated sprayers which expel a vigorous amount of water for washing. The spray heads either have levers or push-button switches to transform spray patterns … some of them delivering more water pressure.

Blasting off leftover food particles before placing them in the dishwasher is the primary function of these faucets. Generally, the water volume measures at 2.2 (GPM) gallons per minute at 60 PSI.

Pre-rinse kitchen faucets are constructed to be taller and sturdier. By pairing them with a commercial kitchen sink with ample depth you would be able to maximize the utility of your faucet. But even in your home with your standard kitchen it will still become the focal point and your most useful piece of equipment in your kitchen.

Pot Filler Faucets

Originally made popular in Chinese restaurants as wok faucets, the pot fillers have evolved quickly into a pasta pot fillers. Imagine holding a pot full of water weighing 8 pounds–a strenuous task for anybody.

The pot filler’s design and operation is very simple, It consists of a jointed arm that when fully stretched, reaches a distance of 20” from the wall. It has a main shut-off valve and an additional valve at the very spout to control flow, generally mounted on the wall behind the range.

They have now become another decorative (yet functional) addition to your kitchen décor.

With a few options offered, The KS3100 series, a traditional style faucet comes available in both lever and cross handle. The KS8100 series, a more contemporary version, features an assortment of fillers in many different handle options.

For more information on kitchen faucets and pot fillers, send e-mail to info@kingstonbrass.com.

Kingston Brass Highlights Pedestal Sinks for the Duchess Suite

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Click HERE to view the entire Duchess Collection quick sheet.

The French fashion designer, Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion Passes, Style Remains…”

In the years since these models were originally introduced, there have been numerous innovations in new designs and colors. However, the Victorian style pedestal basins and consoles from the Duchess Collection remain unfazed, even at running the risk of quoting an overused cliché.

In this case, it does apply that “true classic design is timeless.”

The VPB3298 29" Basin Console for 8" Center Mounts with Pedestal Support

The VPB3298 8″ Center Pedestal Basin is an example of truly harmonious design. The leg of this pedestal displays a simple base (34-1/8″ in height), followed by a curved shaft ending with an ample 29” rounded basin. Because it is set up to accommodate a widespread faucet, you will have plenty of faucet options to give this pedestal a finished look.

The VPB1258 possesses a Doric style base which shows a plain capital and a fluted column. This design is elegant yet not overdone. The basin itself measures an ample 25-3/4” length and is set up with 8” widespread faucet hole (3) drillings. If you do need 4” center-to-center drillings you may opt for the VPB1254 26″ basin console.

The Duchess Suite also showcases its offering of 36” basin tops supported by either a set of white ceramic legs that will match the basin top or with a set of metal legs is also available. The legs can be ordered in any of the following three finishes: Polished Chrome, Oil-Rubbed Bronze or Satin Nickel.

In particular, the VPB13681 series (with VPB13685, VPB13688) features solid brass construction on all joint connectors with anti-slip rubber pads on support legs.

The VPB1361ST series (with VPB1365ST, VPB1368ST) is ideal for 8″ center mounts and are constructed from 1-1/2″ diameter stainless steel tubing.

For any questions, send email to info@kingstonbrass.com
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Essential ‘Ingredients’ to Spruce up your Bathroom

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When it comes to bathroom design, there are many options in sprucing it up making it elegant, pretty or luxuriant. In creating a Vintage bathroom, the look and feel is timeless and will never cease to dazzle.

Vintage styling is comprised of historic beauty and bringing it into the modern era. Each visit to the bathroom reminds you of the early American or European vibe with its traditional essence. 

In making your space worthy and flaunting that old-style look, here are a few things to include:

Clawfoot Tubs

Clawfoot tubs are the epitomy of elegance and traditional beauty. Each tub possesses a particular shape, size and style to stand out. With this assortment, the look of a tub alone would be the perfect centerpiece in any setting you create in the bathroom. The legs would be offered in a variety of colors as well as designs for options.

Using Light

Allow your creative juices to flow with Vintage design.

The light’s radiance sets the mood when entering the bathroom so implementing a small chandelier for example enhances the visuals through first glance. Adding flair from simplicity is key. Utilizing light cream or beige features with mini-pendant lights can be considered when adorning the walls.  The surrounding of retro light fixtures would bring dazzle to the dullness of an unfurnished room.

Matching vintage bath fixtures

Match colors from your claw feet (from your tub) with other bathroom elements. Using items like lavatory faucets, bathroom accessories, towel racks and curtain rods will give a coordinated look to your entire bathroom.

Tile

Bathroom wall finishes in the 1920s were often made up of tile. Tile was used extensively as a wainscot, tub enclosure or full floor-to-ceiling installation. Its sleek finish offers a smooth vintage alternative to painted walls.

The Monarch Collection Brings Enlightment of Classical Art

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Inspired by the movement of visual arts in the Neoclassic 18th century, the Monarch collection brings classical design for your bathroom.

With one particular style offered in both centerset and widespread setups, the Monarch gives you just what you need for your bathroom.

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In addition, a bathroom accessory combo is offered: A 24″ towel bar, an 18″ towel bar, a towel ring, robe hook and toilet paper holder.

View our NPL list The Monarch Collection New Product List PDF.

For more questions, contact mkt@kingstonbrass.com.

BLOG: KB Showcases Three New Collections at KBIS and NHS

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In a one month span, Kingston Brass traveled across the U.S. to showcase their three new kitchen/bath collections–their first stop at New Orleans on April 19-21 for the 2013 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and then westward in Las Vegas on May 7-9 for the National Hardware Show.

For this year’s shows, Kingston Brass displayed the new Aqua Eden bathtub collection (first non-faucet collection), as well as products from the Water Onyx, Millennium, Tudor, Green Eden, and Vintage collections.

The Aqua Eden collection consists of 10 different Vintage tubs (a few contemporary tubs included), each providing its own tub feet style in polished chrome, polished brass, oil rubbed bronze and satin nickel.

Along with the other faucet collections, Aqua Eden was a success among the visitors, said Louis Wong, Product Manager.

“The bathtub was very well received with the visitors–some came and actually got in the tub to try it out. The Water Onyx collection also did very well with its unique black nickel finish,” he said.

To represent Aqua Eden, a large 72” cast iron double slipper pedestal tub was displayed as the centerpiece of both shows.

With the recent high demand of cast iron and acrylic tubs, Kingston Brass has acquired large product offerings.

“We’re proud to showcase one of our tubs from Aqua Eden,” said Gary Lu, Aqua Eden brand manager. “This tub mixes both vintage and a little contemporary styling in a beautiful pedestal tub. The cast iron construction of the tub is durable and sturdy–good for long lasting use.”

For 2014, both shows will be held at Las Vegas in the Las Vegas Convention center. KBIS will be held together in conjunction with the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas in February. The NHS will take place May 6-8.

“We love taking part of these trade shows,” said marketing executive Raul de Paz. “It’s exciting bringing out these great new collections, networking with people and having them tell us how well our products are doing for them.”

Kingston Brass will unveil more new collections at the upcoming shows. To keep up with the latest news on Kingston Brass and product releases, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/kingstonbrass or follow us @kingstonbrass on Twitter. You can visit our website at http://www.kingstonbrass.com.

Fix-A-Leak Week: Facts and Tips on Saving Water

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We at Kingston Brass are always aware of the environment and the role that water saving plays in that effort.

According to the EPA, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year.

The Facts on Leaks:

• Leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year, which is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.
• The amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could exceed more than 1 trillion gallons per year. That’s equivalent to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined.
• Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
• Common types of leaks found in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.
• Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.
• Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet valves, and showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don’t require a major investment and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers.
• The vast majority of leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new WaterSense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.

Leak Detection:

• A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water usage. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.
• Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
• One way to find out if you have a toilet leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak. Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank.

Faucets and Showerheads:

• A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. A home with WaterSense labeled toilets could use that water to flush for six months!
• Leaky faucets can be reduced by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. If you are replacing a faucet, look for the WaterSense label.
• A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s enough water to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
• Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench.

Toilets:

• If your toilet is running constantly, you could be wasting 200 gallons of water or more every day.
• If your toilet is leaking, the cause is most often an old, faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this inexpensive rubber part decays, or minerals build up on it. It’s usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper—a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that pays for itself in no time.
• If you do need to replace the entire toilet, look for a Watersense-labeled toilet.
• If a family of four replaces its older, inefficient toilets with new WaterSense labeled ones, it could save more than 16,000 gallons per year. Retrofitting the house could save the family approximately $2,000 in water and waste water bills over the lifetime of the toilets.

A modern home is where the heart is with the Claremont collection

If you’re in a situation to remodel or make a new bathroom/kitchen, there are a number of things you’ll need to get it started (essentially speaking).

It’s up to you to decide how the look of the bathroom/kitchen will appear, but also what particular kitchen/bath items you’ll use (faucets, shower heads, accessories or sinks) to make everything look right.

Having more options based on finish, architecture and pattern can be exciting.

The contemporary style of the Claremont collection will provide that finishing touch to your ideal setting.

In comparison to other Kingston Brass collections, the Claremont series has much to offer when piecing together matching items, making it an exceptional complimentary set.

The thin tubular lever handles and geometric shape will coincide well with pure colors and unique patterns. The Claremont look is authentic in its own way and provides a scenic and vibrant look to the kitchen/bathroom.

Our lavatory faucets come in single handle deck-mount installations as well as double handle centerset or widespread setups.

KS8461CL
- Solid brass construction
- Includes ceramic disk cartridge
- Also available in satin nickel finish
- 9-1/8″ spout height with a 5-1/8″ spout reach
- 2.2 GPM / 8.3 LPM @ 60 PSI

KS8441CL
- Solid brass construction
- Includes ceramic disk cartridge
- Also available in satin nickel finish
- 7″ spout height with a 4-1/4″ spout reach
- Single hole installation
- Single lever handle rotates 180 degrees with joystick-like manueverability

KS4641CQL
- Solid brass construction
- Two handle deck mount setup
- 4″ centerset platform
- 3-hole sink application
- Ceramic disk cartridge
- 2.2 GPM / 8.3 LPM @ 60 PSI
- ADA compliant
- Available in polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel

KS4981CQL
- Solid brass construction
- 8-16″ widespread platform
- 3-hole sink application
- Ceramic disk cartridge
- 2.2 GPM / 8.3 LPM @ 60 PSI
- With brass pop-up
- Available in polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel

The vessel sink faucet possesses a rectangular build with sharp curves giving a modernized flavor, while the kitchen faucets feature gooseneck style spouts in different height measurements.

The smooth geometric shapes of our tub and shower faucets features tubular-shaped handles with a distinct double-layered face plate design that coordinates perfectly with surrounding Claremont bathroom accessories.

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- Solid brass construction
- 9-1/8″ spout height with 5-1/8″ spout reach
- 1 or 3-hole sink installation
- 2.2 GPM / 8.3 LPM @ 60 PSI
- Ceramic disk cartridge
- Also available in satin nickel finish
- 1/2″-14NPS

Our square-faced rain shower heads deliver a relaxing flow of streaming water, not just for therapeutic purposes, but also for a relaxing, personalized shower.

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- Fabricated from ABS material
- Includes 100 water channels
- 8″ diameter head with 16″ shower arm

KX8221
- Fabricated from ABS material
- Square headpiece measures 12″ x 12″
- 130 rain jets embedded on circular face for wide coverage of rainfall water
- Also available in satin nickel finish

K408A1
- Made from solid brass
- Shower head is 8″ x 8″ in diameter
- Includes 49 water jets
- 1/2″ IPS inlets
- Also in oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel finish

The multi-function hand showers give you the option of experiencing different spray modes from steady to pulsating providing a fulfilling and versatile shower experience.

Bathroom accessories like the 18” and 24” towel bars, robe hook, dishes, holders and shelf possess that distinct Claremont design making it an exceptional combo set with its lavatory faucets.

“This collection offers a new way in bringing ultramodern art into the home,” said James Choy, Marketing Manager. “We provide homeowners the option of choosing from our many contemporary collections in the Vilbosch series—the Claremont adds another possibility with its beautiful, sharp curves and angular layout.”

To see the entire Claremont catalog click HERE.

FEATURE: The Showerscape Victorian Shower Heads Control the Flow

Making the most of a fulfilling and relaxing shower comes from the type of wash we most desire.

Many homeowners find bathroom shower heads with “multi-functions” as the answer in offering more than one way for a complete shower.

However, as technology continually advances, we find that products can be created a step further from the current.

Our Victorian shower heads from Showerscape (A subdivision of Designer Trimscape) consists of three models. Each share a special function where the water spray setting gradually changes (a Speakman type shower head) with just a turn of a lever, located on the side of the head.

This water spray adjustment goes away from the ‘change-setting’ function (turning the lever from one setting to another) with a gradual metamorphosis from the needle-spray stream flow to a soft-drenching stream flow.


K137A1 – The Victorian 4-Jet Adjustable Spray Shower Head
- This shower head is the smallest of the three with a 2-1/4” diameter and water flowing from 4 water jets. With a water flow rate of 2.5 GPM (for all three), each of the jets spray an exceptional amount of water providing a satisfying wash.


K138A1 – The Victorian 6-Jet Adjustable Spray Shower Head
- The most popular of the three shower head models features a 3” diameter with 6 water jets providing a ‘strong-flowing’ shower. All of the shower heads feature a ½” IPS inlet connection.


K139A1 – The Victorian 8-Jet Adjustable Spray Shower Head
- Not only is this shower head the largest of the group, but the body itself weighs over 3 pounds in solid brass. The face measures 3-5/8” in diameter to accommodate its 8 adjustable jets—a powerful water sprayer that will likely give you the most coverage in a shower.

“These shower heads are great for the reasonable price value and quality,” said James Choy, manager of marketing. “Those who enjoy the combination of water pressure and water stream change will find it a convenient addition for their shower.”

For a demonstration of the K138A1, click HERE.

Send questions, comments to info@kingstonbrass.com.

FAQ SERIES 4: Kingston Brass Clawfoot Shower Tubs

Q: I see so many types of clawfoot tubs, which one is the best one to buy?

A: There really is no easy answer. It depends on how much space you have and what your personal preferences are. Please refer to our buying guide page by clicking HERE. We are confident that the information provided will give you enough information so that you can make an informed decision.

Q: I just bought an acrylic tub … what is the best way to maintain it?

A: Here are some do’s and don’ts to help prolong the sparkling finish of your acrylic tub.

Don’ts
• Don’t clean with any abrasive material such as brillo pad or hard sponge or brush. Since the surface is non-porous, there should not be a need for anything stronger.
• Don’t use any abrasive soaps or cleaning agents, such as Goof–Off, scrubbing bubbles, acetone or lacquer thinner or Windex.

Do’s:
• Do clean with any non-abrasive soap, or dish-washing detergent liquid soap.
• If necessary to remove a stain, you may use Fantastico or Formula 409.
• Do polish and protect your tub by applying a layer of Gel-Gloss. This will also remove fine scratches. If you have deeper scratches, they can be removed by giving it a light sanding with 600-grit sandpaper and then fine polish with Gel-Gloss.

Q: Should I get a faucet with a hand shower even if I have a separate shower stall?

A: Yes, a hand shower not only will help rinse off any bath foam or soap, but is also a handy tool for cleaning your tub.

If you have any questions regarding any of the information above, please send them to info@kingstonbrass.com

Understanding our four finishes

Kingston Brass makes every effort in offering kitchen and bath products that are both functional and glamorous.

The type of finish you choose is significant based on how you want your kitchen/bathroom to appear. When purchasing a Kingston Brass product, the finish is mandatory especially when coordinating tones and styles with other home décor. The information on our four main finishes (polished chrome, polished brass, oil rubbed bronze and satin nickel) will provide you the help you need before making your decision.

POLISHED CHROME

This finish is by far the most popular sold today in plumbing and door hardware products—especially in Europe, Asia and South America.

Part of the reason might be its durability—after all, it was not long ago when automotive bumpers and trim pieces were chrome-plated.

Polished chrome is an electroplated finish (part of the reason why it is durable roots from the plating the bumpers initially withy nickel and coating them with chrome).

Chrome is considered a cold color, that is, a stark silver color.

Many designers admire the finish because it is easy to work with and fits into most décor items depending on the style of the faucet or the accessory.

The biggest complaint reported is fingerprint smudge and the appearance of water spots.

When we talk about satin chrome (or brushed chrome), we see this finish as a safe compromise in some cases.

The color is originally polished chrome but is either wire-brushed or ‘satinized’ through the use of different techniques.

Satin chrome tends to look more industrial and is used mostly in commercial door hardware.

The finish is very easy to maintain due to its absence of water spots or fingerprints.

When we talk about polished nickel, some consider it as an alteration of the polished chrome finish (In reality it is a totally separate finish).

The color appears like chrome but with a slight yellow tint, making it a warmer option to your décor.

Although it gives a much richer look to your kitchen/bathroom, it is NOT categorized in the top five finishes.

The satin chrome finish is priced at 25-50% higher than chrome and unfortunately, most end-users do not see the value of paying a substantial up-charge for a finish that looks very close to chrome.

SATIN NICKEL

Satin nickel is one of the most popular finishes today, second to chrome.

It gained its popularity possibly due to its practicality.

The finish is easy to maintain as it does not show fingerprints or water spots easily (like the polished chrome).

From the designer’s point of view, it is easy to coordinate with most granite or marble colors.

You may still have the risk of tarnishing but if you follow common sense maintenance guidelines, you should be able to maintain it for many years.

OIL RUBBED BRONZE

This finish is by far the most problematic finish for most manufacturers because it is considered a ‘living’ finish.

‘Living’ is a code word for “forever changes.”

The ideal scenario is that it will mature with age and give the room a rustic feel.

In reality, the finishes doesn’t always mature the way you want It to.

If the end-user is aware of the characteristics of the finish and knows what they’re getting into, then it’s fine.

The problem originates when designers fail to educate the client and not give enough “Caveat emptor” information.

POLISHED BRASS

After the development of the PVD technologies in the 90s, the durability of the polished brass finish has ceased to be a problem or an issue.

PVD or physical vapor deposition is a metal finishing process that greatly increases the durability and wear resistance of standard brass finishes on plumbing fixtures. Independent test
laboratories have determined PVD to be up to 23 times more abrasion-resistant than chrome plating, the previous industry standard.

The finish was popular in the 80s and 90s, but because of the availability of so many finishes in the market, polished brass has recently lost its acclaim.

Despite the effects of its popularity (by geographic trends), the finish still has a great standing, especially in the northeast and Midwest. Polished brass will add a touch of rich elegance to any bathroom unsurpassed by any other finish.

For more questions regarding our finishes, send e-mail to info@kingstonbrass.com.

The Manhattan Collection: Combining styles for a unique design approach

The Manhattan faucet is developed to portray transitional style in faucet design.

With the usual options of choosing modern or traditional arrangements, the whimsical flair for blending new and old will give people a moment to visualize the Manhattan look.

The idea of this particular collection was to think rich, smooth, elegant and comfortable. Its contemporary appearance and graceful curves equates to a pleasant washing experience with its standard 2.2 GPM / 8.3 LPM (60 PSI) water flow.

The T-shaped double handle levers are sleek and admirably designed; the handles easy to grip and turn for water control. The small but wide escutcheons harmonizes with the different array of traditional style spouts (C-spout, J-spout) in various lavatory faucets.

The kitchen faucets have a common feature with the high goose neck spout design for ample reach and washing experience. Some of the faucets come with a non-metallic side sprayer (available in different colors).

The lavatory and bathroom faucets also function using a ¼-turn hardisc ceramic cartridge.

With four different finishes provided (polished chrome, polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel), the use of color enables people to engage deeper on color coordinating with their surroundings.

“By adding the choice of colors with the Manhattan’s handsome architecture is the primary element in a good collection,” said James Choy, Marketing Manager. “We’ve received positive comments on all of our contemporary collections but we feel the Manhattan offers a transitional blend of old style and new. The layout of this particular design is different. We feel it will allow people to take a second and think how their surroundings will appear with its versatile look.”

The tub and shower faucets feature an array of uniquely-designed shower heads each possessing multiple water spray modes to allow you more than one way in enjoying your wash. The wall plates come in the traditional-styled circular pattern while the square-shaped plate expresses a modernistic discrete design (especially with T-shaped handle complementing it).

The tub and shower faucets are equipped with a safebath type washerless cartridge and delivers a maximum of 2.5 GPM / 9.5 LPM (80 PSI).
The KB4651CML is available only in polished chrome and satin nickel.

FAQ SERIES 3: 10 questions/answers about Gourmetier Stainless Steel Sinks

The following information are 10 most frequently asked questions (and answers) sent by you regarding Kingston Brass’ Gourmetier kitchen sinks:

FAQ 1

Q: With so many brands of sinks available today, what makes Gourmetier so special?
A: Gourmetier offers the widest selection of premium-level 304-grade stainless steel sinks at moderate prices like no other brand.

FAQ 2

Q: Do Gourmetier sinks meet code?
A: All Gourmetier sinks are certified meeting the standards of IAPMO and CSA codes required for new construction or remodeling.

FAQ 3

Q: What is the finish of the sinks?
A: All Gourmetier sinks are made from a brushed nickel finish for easy cleaning and long-lasting use.

FAQ 4

Q: What is so important about undercoating?
A: Proper well-appointed undercoatings will aid in noise reduction, condensation prevention and maintain the water temperature when pre-soaking dishes.

FAQ 5

Q: What information can you provide me for care and cleaning of a stainless steel sink?
A: Click HERE to learn more.

FAQ 6

Q: What should I avoid in order to keep my Gourmetier sink in good working condition?
A: There are some basic things that you should keep in mind to maintain your Gourmetier sink:
1. Do not allow food or beverage residue, metal canned products or mild steel or cast iron cookware to remain on the sink surface for long periods of time as this can result in permanent staining of the sink.
2. Do not cut directly on sink surfaces.
3. Do not scour the sink across the satin finish lines. Scouring across the satin finish lines can damage the original sink finish.
4. Do not allow liquid soap or other household cleansers to dry on the surface of the sink. Most brands contain chemical additives which will affect the finish.
5. Do not use drain cleaning products that contain sulfuric or hydrochloric acid.
6. Do not leave standing solutions of chlorine bleach and water in the sink for extended periods of time. Chlorides, which are found in most soaps, detergents, bleaches and cleansers, are very aggressive to stainless steel.
7. Do not use a steel wool pad to clean your sink. Steel wool pads have a tendency to break apart and small particles of steel can become embedded in the surface of the sink. The steel particles will rust and will give the appearance that the sink itself has begun to rust.
8. Do not use rubber mats or dishpans in the sink to protect the finish. Leaving rubber mats or dishpans in the sink can lead to the surface rusting or possibly pitting. Instead, use stainless steel bottom grids. If you do use mats or dishpans, please remove them.
9. Do not leave wet sponges, cloths or cleaning pads on the sink.

FAQ 7

Q: What is an undermount sink? Is it more complicated than a self-rimming sink?
A: Fasteners are required to securely mount an undermount sink underneath the countertop so that the polished edge of granite or marble is exposed above the sink. An undermount sink cutout requires more polishing and installation labor than a self-rimming sink.

FAQ 8

Q: Can I cut out the hole in my countertop for my sink without a template?
A: This is not recommended. Gourmetier sinks provides a template on every sink for this purpose.

FAQ 9

Q: What is a self-rimming sink?
A: A self-rimming sink has a lip that folds over the countertop—resting on top of the countertop cutout.

FAQ 10

Q: What shall I do for routine care on my stainless steel sink?
A: There are a few things you should do take care of your sink:
1. Most dirt and stains: Use soap.
2. Watermarks: Wipe with damp cloth and then towel dry.
3. Disinfecting: Occasionally wipe surface with diluted household bleach (1-part water/1-part bleach).
4. Maintenance: Occasionally clean by filling the sink one-quarter full with a 50-50 water/bleach solution. Let it soak for 15 minutes, then wash the sides and bottom as the solution drains and is thoroughly rinsed.

To view previously published FAQ’s …
Click HERE to learn more on FAQ’s of pedestal/vessel sinks.
CLick HERE to learn more on FAQ’s of maintaining a Kingston Brass faucet.