Tips & Tricks

Designing Your Dream Shower

with KOHLER Design Consultant Keith Rothstein

Choreograph by Kohler

What can someone expect from a design consultation?
We encourage people to come in at any point in the process. So, even if you’re just beginning to think about a new shower, come in. We can show you what’s possible. I like to start by going over your wish list – what’s the dream? How do you want to feel in the shower? How do you want it to look? We can take you from inspiration through floor plan considerations to choosing products.

What shower experiences should people be thinking about?
Technology has opened the door to a whole new world of experiences in the shower. Often people don’t realize that it’s possible to have not only water but also music, steam and lighting all working together in the shower. It’s really like having a spa treatment at home.

And spray innovations have introduced such a wide range of water delivery options that people can choose how they want to feel – energized or relaxed – and design experiences to achieve those sensations. I help clients find the best fit.

How do you help people choose a style?
We talk about their style preferences in other areas to help us zero in on a general area of modern or traditional. From there, we look at the products themselves so clients can touch and see the different details up close. I go into color palette preferences as well, so we can choose finishes that makes sense in the overall space.

Are there any shower products you recommend right now?
For anyone who wants the beauty of tile or stone without the cost and difficulty, I highly recommend Choreograph® shower walls. People love the way it looks, being able to customize storage, and not having to deal with grout.

Keith Rothstein is a KOHLER® Signature Store Senior Project Consultant in Edina, Minnesota. His design background includes over 15 years in plumbing and tile expertise.

2016 Top 10 Must Haves for Kitchen & Bath

Today there are literally thousands of product options available for your kitchen and bath. With so many possibilities available, narrowing these down can sometimes feel overwhelming. At Gerhard's we specialize in designing the perfect custom space for you. We listen to what your needs are and help you narrow down those options.

Taking a look at popular requests from our customers and innovative products that can really make a difference in the way your space functions; we made a list of our Top 10 Must Haves for Kitchen & Bath that we think you should consider.

Top 10 Must Haves for Kitchen



Innovative storage solutions are important when it comes to your kitchen cabinets. Having enough storage will keep your countertops open for workspace and allow you to organize all your kitchen items so that they are easy to find every time you need them.

Product Shown: Omega Custom Cabinetry


Quality Cabinets

Gerhard's cabinetry selections are from MasterBrand Cabinets Inc. MasterBrand offers high quality, durable, functional and beautiful selections. Choose your style from the Omega, Dynasty, Kemper, KitchenCraft and Aristokraft brands.

Product Shown: Omega Custom Cabinetry


Functional Design

Our first two must haves go along with having functional design in your kitchen. Our designers will help you decide what will make your kitchen function the way you want to live. 

Product Shown: Omega Custom Cabinetry


Built In Soap Dispenser

Beautiful and functional. A built in soap dispenser can match your kitchen faucet.

Product Shown: Moen Modern Soap Dispenser


Sink Cabinet Mat & Storage Shelves

Even your cleaning supplies need a special place. A sink mat can help make accidental spills easy to clean up and protect your cabinetry

Product Shown: Kemper Cabinetry - Rennie


Functional Sink & Basin Rack

Having two deep basins provides lots of room for washing dishes, fruits and vegetables. Edgeless drains integrate seamlessly into the bottom of the sink making crumbs and gunk go nowhere but down the drain. A basin rack provides protection to both your sink and pots and pans.

Product Shown: Elkay Gourmet (Lustertone®) Stainless Steel Double Bowl Undermount Sink Kit


Insinkerator Evolution Garbage Disposals

InSinkErator offers a high performance line of disposers, the Evolution Series®, with advanced sound, grind, anti-jam and anti-vibration technologies.

Product Shown: InSinkErator Evolution Excel


Air Switch for Garbage Disposal

Add a touch of convenience to the kitchen with the easy to reach SinkTop Switch, available only from InSinkErator. The stylish SinkTop Switch is air activated and easily mounts to the sink or countertop.

Product Shown: InSinkErator SinkTop Switch Button


Built in Trash & Recyclables

Keep your trash out of sight but easily accessible with creative cabinetry solutions.

Product Shown: Kemper Cabinetry - Caprice


A Place For The Microwave - Not on Counter

Save valuable countertop space by moving your microwave to the cabinet. Many options are available and custom solutions can be created. 

Product Shown: AristoKraft Cabinetry

Top 10 Must Haves for


Multiple shower ports, showerhead & handheld

Take your daily routine to the next level by indulging in a spa-like experience with multiple shower ports. Relax as the rainfall showerhead washes over you. A handheld shower head provides the ability to aim water in the hard to reach places.

Product Shown: Hansgrohe Showers


Heated Floors

Heated floors reduce heat loss and help eliminate drafts and the circulation of dust and allergens. Once you’ve experienced heated floor comfort, it’s hard to live with anything else. 

Photo Source: HGTV


Magnified Lit Makeup Mirror

See the difference a magnification mirror can make. This accessory provides the perfect morning pick-me-up with 5x magnification and LED lighting framing the mirror to help with those up close details.

Product Shown: Robern Entice Magnification Mirror


Seat/Place To Rest Foot For Shaving Legs

Having a seat or footrest in your shower can make washing more comfortable and safer. Some seats can even be positioned on either side of the shower or can be removed.

Product Shown: Sterling Accord Shower


Functional Space For Storage

Innovative storage solutions are not just for the kitchen cabinets! Make the most use out of your bathroom space by including pull out cabinetry storage shelves.

Product Shown: Kemper Cabinetry 


Enough Electrical Outlets

Make getting ready easier by including several electrical outlets in your bathroom. Vanities with outlets hide cords and give all your electric tools a place of their own. 

Product Shown: Kohler Tailord Vanity Collection


Proper Lighting

Every element of your bathroom's design should be both beautiful and functional. Proper lighting adds convenience to your styling suite and elegance to your daily routine.

Product Shown: Robern InLine Task Lighting



The popularity of creating an in home spa can be done by installing a steam shower. Many homeowners invest in turning their master bath into a special place that enhances appearance, health and sense of well-being.

Product Shown: Steamist, Total Sense


Elongated Chair Height Toilet

Elongated toilet bowls add room and comfort while chair height seating makes sitting down and standing up easier for most adults.

Product Shown: Kohler Tresham


Matching Grab Bar

Safety, comfort and peace of mind. Grab bars come in a variety of colors and styles.

Product Shown: Moen Home Care old world bronze designer grab bar

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How to Clean Your Countertops

We've compiled the manufacturer recommend ways on how to clean your countertops. Check out this guide to keep them looking great!


General Care for all countertops

Overall most manufacturers recommend cleaning your countertop with a mild detergent and using nonabrasive scrubbing tools to remove dirt and grime. Some harsh chemicals can cause permanent discoloration or damage to your surfaces. Popular cleaning supplies include Windex, Soft Scrub and Scotch-Brite non-scratch products. The below care guide is categorized by manufacturer. If your countertop is made by a different manufacturer, always refer to their care and guide instructions.


Maintaining Cambria is easy. Simply wash with a soft cotton cloth and warm water, and mild soap if desired.

DO NOT expose, in use or otherwise, Cambria to abrasive or strong alkaline or acid or free radicals or oxidizers or the like (whether high, neutral or low pH) cleaners. Various chemicals are corrosive and/or erosive in their ability to attack any structure including Cambria. Be very aware of these potential damages to your surface.

Cambria IS NOT heat proof, chemical proof or fracture proof in any form. Be aware of damaging exposure to these potential damaging acts upon your Cambria.

DO NOT use or expose Cambria to such products including, but not limited to bleach, oven cleaners, Comet®, Soft Scrub®, SOS®, products with pumice, batteries, paint removers, furniture strippers, tarnish or silver cleaners, or the like. DO NOT use abrasive or harsh scrub pads. DO NOT apply any sealers, penetrants or topical treatments to Cambria under any circumstances. Such products will wear off and cause the gloss to appear dull or inconsistent.

Continue reading on Cambria's Customer Care Page and check out their Approved Cleaners statement.


For Silestone Quartz with a polished finish, we recommend you use a mild household cleaner, such as 409®, Fantastik®, Lysol®, or Windex®. In case of stubborn spills or stains, soak the area for up to 10 minutes with one of the above cleaners and vigorously wipe away with a non scratch Scotch Brite® pad.

The natural quartz in Silestone makes it the toughest interior surface available on the market. It resists scratching, staining and scorching better than any other natural stone or solid surface. Do avoid excessive force or pressure because that may mar or chip the surface. Don't worry about spills from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, makeup, and many other common household products; just avoid harsh chemicals. And don't worry about dropping a lit match onto your Silestone countertop; it won't scorch. But, use trivets when placing any hot items to avoid thermal shock. 

Continue reading on Silestone's Care Page and check out their Care & Maintenance guide. 


Its hard, nonporous surface makes Caesarstone simple to clean. In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is all that is required to maintain its luster. If necessary, apply common, non-abrasive, household cleaners such as Soft Scrub Liquid Gel with Bleach directly on a damp cloth or sponge and wipe the surface, rinsing thoroughly after cleaning. To remove adhered material such as food, gum, or nail polish, first scrape away the excess material with a plastic putty knife and then clean the surface with a damp cloth to remove any marks left behind and any residual dirt.

Please understand that Honed, Concrete and Motivo™ finishes will require more daily maintenance than our polished finishes. Since there is more exposed surface area with these finishes, metal marks, fingerprints and other signs of daily living will show on these materials. Most of these marks can be easily removed with little effort and cleaning products such as Soft Scrub® Liquid Gel with Bleach. Squeeze a small amount on a soft damp cloth and wipe the surface, then rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove residue.

Continue reading on Ceasarstone's Care & Maintenance page or check out their Countertop Care document.


To clean the surface, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry. Difficult stains such as coffee or tea can be removed using a mild household cleaner/detergent and a soft bristled brush, repeating as necessary. If a stain persists, use a paste of baking soda and water and apply with a soft bristled brush. Light scrubbing for 10 to 20 strokes should remove most stains. Although baking soda is a low abrasive, excessive scrubbing or exerting too much force could damage the decorative surface, especially if it has a gloss finish.

Stubborn stains that resist any of the above cleaning methods may require the use of undiluted household bleach or nail polish remover. Apply the bleach or nail polish remover to the stain and let stand no longer than two minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry. This step may be repeated if the stain appears to be going away and the color of the laminate has not been affected. WARNING: Prolonged exposure of the laminate surface to bleach will cause discoloration.

Continue reading on the Wilsonart Care & Maintenance brochure. 

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How to Incorporate Color to Your Space

Have you been looking to refresh and reenergize your room with new colors? If you are like most homeowners, deciding on the perfect color is not always an easy task. Use the following tips and tricks to help you maintain balance and harmony in your space.

Use the 60-30-10 rule

Take a look at some rooms in magazines or in Designers' Portfolio. You'll notice that the rooms you like the most are almost invariably divided into percentages of 60-30-10. Why this works is anybody's guess. Perhaps it is the human tendency to see an overall theme in the 60 percent hue, unifying the coloration. The 30 percent provides visual interest and the 10 percent, not unlike jewelry, provides that little spark of sparkle.

So, when decorating a particular room, divide the colors into percentages:

  • 60% of a dominant color
  • 30% of a secondary color
  • 10% of an accent color

When you think about it, this color breakdown is similar to a man's business suit:

  • 60% of the outfit's color is the slacks and jacket
  • 30% of the outfit's color is the shirt
  • 10% of the outfit's color is the tie

Translated to a room setting, it typically means:

  • 60% of the room's color is the walls
  • 30% of the room's color is the upholstery
  • 10% of the room's color is, say, an accent piece or a floral arrangement

Use the family of your favorite color

Use a monochromatic theme of lights and darks from a color family. Using the 60-30-10 rule above, pick three colors from the family and use this throughout your space. Use the Paint colors by Family guide from Sherwin Williams to help you out.

Add color to your space by accessorizing

Small touches of color can really stand out in a neutral space. This can be done over an extended period of time to get your desired look or you can update seasonally to keep your space looking new all year round. The following are a few accessories that are easy to incorporate into a space.

Start with a rug as your centerpiece and pull from its colors. A rug can be used in kitchens, baths, living rooms and just about any other space in your home. Use the colors from the rug and expand upon it in your space.

Use your favorite art as a starting point. It could be a painting, sculpture or a piece of furniture that you enjoy. The art does not have to be expensive or made by a famous artist. Just as long as you love it you can take color inspiration from it and incorporate it into your space.

Add pops of color here and there using pillows, blankets, towels, colored organizers, fruits, vegetables, floral or just about anything that you would be using in your space. You can use the paint color family guide above by Sherwin Williams to have a variety but harmonious color accents in your space.


Incorporate color with your fixtures, cabinetry and appliances

Today, the sky is almost the limit with what you can purchase for a kitchen or bath remodel. There are so many varieties of finishes, colors and textures in products that you can use to create your custom style. You could create a more neutral space and incorporate bold accent colors or you could go for subtle monotones and use natural elements to make the space pop such as copper or brass finishes, natural stone tile or colored glass.

Your Gerhard’s design team is the expert in this area and we can be there every step of the way with you to help you decide what would make your perfect space. We make it our mission to deliver personalized service and high quality products to you, our valued customer!

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Make your stainless steel sink shine

Is your stainless steel sink starting to look dull and dirty? Follow these simple steps to make your sink shine.

You will need the following items to clean your sink:

  • A spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sponge
  • Paper or cloth towel 

1. With sponge rinse sink out thoroughly to remove any debris.

2. Sprinkle baking soda around the sink bottom and sides.

3. With a 50% vinegar and 50% lemon juice solution use a spray bottle to dampen the sink. The baking soda will start to fizz. Let sit for about 1 minute.

4. With the sponge, scrub the sink in a circular motion.

5. Rinse the sink out thoroughly and wash out all of the baking soda.

6. Use a towel to dry the sink.

Now you have a shiny and clean sink! Keep your sink looking cleaner longer by drying after each use.

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How to clean a shower head without removing it


Over time you may see calcium build up on your shower head.  The build up can effect the waterflow, when you see calcium build up like this it's time to remove.

Follow these few easy steps to clean your shower head in minutes!



1. You will need vinegar and a cup or bowl

(both white and cider will work. Make sure it's large enough to accommodate your showerhead.) 

2. Pour an inch of vinegar into the bowl.

3. Dunk shower head in bowl.

4. Let it soak for about 60 seconds.

5. With a wet cloth wipe off shower head.

Now your shower head is all clean.
Good as new!

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