The beginning of a bathroom or kitchen update can seem overwhelming. But walk into the 12,000 square-foot showroom at Herald Wholesale in Troy, and know you’ve found yourself where Michigan’s premier architects, builders, designers and remodelers have come for more than 50 years to experience the finest and most unique products that the industry has to offer. A staff of patient associates with decades of experience are ready to work with your budget, be it a quick DIY weekend update or a complete to-the-beams remodel.
The Showroom Advantage
Herald Wholesale Manager Kim Hampton said the best way for a customer to begin the remodel process is to come into the showroom with photos of the spaces they wish to update, along with photos of styles that appeal to them. From traditional to contemporary tastes, experienced associates are there to guide the customer through the process.
Unlike buying products online, Hampton said experienced associates can offer personal attention and guide the customer on what will work best with their budget and tastes. Plus, there’s a better chance that products ordered through Herald’s many selected high-end manufacturers such as Blanco will be covered under warranty and will be replaced if damaged during shipping and handling. Herald Wholesale also matches and sometimes even beats prices of online competitors.
Herald also offers the customer a chance to see how to best mix and match all the different brass finishes that are coming on the market. With live plumbing stations, the showroom immerses the customer in the remodel experience to pull the entire look together, from lighting and plumbing and hardware, in one convenient stop.
When looking at new trends in hardware and plumbing fixtures, Hampton says brass is back, but in an angular, streamlined way that sets itself apart from the ornate ‘80s and ‘90s.
“The curlicue accents of past brass are straightening out for cleaner more contemporary industrial lines,” said Hampton. “In addition to fixtures featuring two-toned satin brass finishes, we are also seeing all-black or all-white becoming popular in plumbing fixtures.”
A quick way to give kitchen and bathroom cabinets a fresh look is to update round, ornate hardware with sleek metallic pull rods. Hampton is seeing rods as long as seven inches for doors and drawers. A mix of black, white and brushed brass accents give all-white kitchens and bathrooms that modern farmhouse or industrial pop.
When it comes to bathroom, Hampton advises to switch out the old-style Hollywood dressing-room style lights for a rod of LED lighting.
To achieve the modern farmhouse look in the kitchen, imagine exposed lightbulbs or globes capped with brass floating above an island or an all-in-one sink countertop made of white Cortina engineered quartz, proven to be more durable and stronger than granite.
“When you visit our showroom, you will be matched with experienced sales people to walk you through the process,” said Hampton.” They can guide you to create an updated look that at the same time will create a consistent feel throughout your home. And because our associates do not work on commission, they will be honest with you to guide you to the quality products that best match your budget and price point.”
Herald Wholesale is located at 1765 West Maple Rd. in Troy. The showroom is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information or to view their products online, visit their website at www.heraldwholesale.com.