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August 31, 2016

7 Bold and Innovative Products That Will Make You Rethink How You Use Tile in Your Home

Slide from - floor and wall coverings inspired by glass

Basole geometric mosaic tiles from - available in three colours

Up! from - 6- x 6-inch dimensional ceramic wall tiles available four shapes and four colours

Magical3 from - 3-D relief decorative wall tiles in hexagon and square patterns

Luminescence from - highly reflective poured glass tiles available in eight colours

Paper from -available in white, gray and black - special surface glaze gives tiles the characteristics of a chalkboard

The Fashion Lab project from - tiles give off an encaustic-cement-effect look

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August 26, 2016

Kitchen Makeover: Making the Most of a Small Space

Increasing the existing size of a kitchen in an older home is often not practical. However, in this small kitchen makeover by Monarch designer Marion Cuddie, it's evident that careful planning can bring big rewards.

"Our client enjoys baking and cooking for her family and friends, so her wish list included a more functional layout and her dream double oven," says Marion. With counter space already at a premium in this small kitchen, adding a double oven was a challenge since 30 inches of valuable counter would be eliminated.

The first design change Marion made was to reposition poorly placed appliances and repurpose the space of an unused and cluttered desk area.

Small white kitchen design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre

Small white kitchen design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre

"Opening the entrance to the family room will help the homeowner feel more connected to her guests while cooking," says Marion. ""It also allowed for the placement of an extended serving counter that can function as both a prep area and serving space."

Small white kitchen design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre
Classic cabinetry in an antique white finish combine seamlessly with the rich warm tones of the Cambria quartz counter top and timeless ivory marble backsplash to marry this new kitchen with the beautiful detail of this period home.

August 17, 2016

The Unmistakable Beauty of Walnut Kitchen Cabinetry

Design 3: Contemporary

Not for the faint of heart, walnut cabinetry offers a variation in colours that change over time. While a great deal of homeowners opt for cabinetry with a simpler wood pattern, many find walnut's unique wood grain the ideal way to add style to their space.


  • strong, stable wood that can take intricate carving
  • smooth, fine and general straight wood grain
  • colours range from deep chocolate to light reddish-gray brown
  • warm, rich colours that accept finishes well
  • mellows and lightens in colour with age

Design 3: Contemporary

If you're ready to make your kitchen design dreams a reality, call Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre at 905-686-2001, or drop by our kitchen and bath showroom and chat with a member of our design team.

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The Affordable Elegance of High-Density Fibreboard (HDF) for Your New Kitchen Design

Choosing Cherry for Your Kitchen Cabinetry

Which Wood Type is Right for Your New Kitchen Cabinetry?

August 11, 2016

7 More Reasons to Love Cambria Countertops

Why choose a Cambria countertop? Cambria's natural quartz surfaces are durable, stain-resistant, stronger than granite and non-porous (NSF 51 Certified), making them as safe as stainless steel for food preparation.

Drop by the Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre showroom to view samples of Cambria's newest additions to their Coastal, Desert and Marble collections.

Complex and flowing, Swanbridge is an elegant study of intriguing blends with a pillowy marble foundation, medium-tone gray veins, dabs of creamy white accents, and pinpoint charcoal speckles scattered throughout.

Presenting a modern spin on smooth concrete, Carrick flourishes swirling shades of gray and soft charcoal specks to create an intriguing pattern in this stylish and contemporary composition.

Soft and airy, Weybourne is a timeless blend of classic pillowy marble tones grounded with subtle gray veins for added character and intrigue.

Offering a generous measure of sophistication, Helmsley is a stunning merger of rich coppers, golds, and tans pirouetting among pewter veins and ebony confetti.

Rich and aristocratic, Harlech is an elegant union of noble coppers, golds, and tans infused around and within boldly dramatic gray-sparkled veins of black, gray, and white.

Calling to mind the ceremony and splendor of life at court, Princetown cloaks itself in regal shades of deep purple and gold that swirl behind dramatic black and white veins.

Modern and sophisticated, Hadley is a solid blue as crisp, clean, and classy as the spotless uniforms of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.

All pictures and product descriptions courtesy of Cambria Canada.

August 4, 2016

Self-Healing Cabinetry? Discover Similaque Absolute Matte Doors from Miralis

Similaque Absolute Matte Doors
With so much family traffic in the kitchen every day, consumers have longed for a surface that can stand up to the daily wear and tear.

Miralis, a longstanding industry partner of Monarch, has recently introduced Similaque Absolute Matte Doors. Designed in Italy using NanoTech Matt material technology from Fenix NTM, this new surface material boasts an array of product benefits including:
  • low light reflectivity, extremely matt surface
  • thermal healing of microscratches
  • soft touch and anti-fingerprint
  • antistatic
  • mould resistant
  • easy to clean
  • hygienic and suitable for contact with food
  • resistant to impact and scratch abrasion
  • able to withstand high temperature changes
  • excellent intensity and colour depth
  • resistant to high heat
  • enhanced anti-bacterial properties
  • highly resistant to acid solvents and household reagents
  • hydro-repellent
"It's great to have a warm modern product that is suitable for a family," says Monarch designer Janet Dawson. "Self-healing doors are a life-saver!"

Similaque Absolute Matte Doors from Miralis
To learn more about this new surface, click here or on the copy below the image above.