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May, 2010

From space-saving designs to the latest in sophisticated style, our design tips are made with you and your dream bathroom in mind.

Bringing The Bath Together

Bringing The Bath Together

When it comes to clothing, creating a style that's totally pulled-together requires many elements ... from shirts and pants to jackets, shoes and accessories. The same is true when it comes to styling your bath.

We all dream of updating our baths to create a beautiful and inviting space. But, simply swapping out a shower curtain or placing a new towel here and there won't really bring new life to the room. A series of simple, well-planned upgrades can completely change the look of your bath, giving it a chic and well-coordinated style.

Bathroom Basics
Adding a few basic elements with style and sophistication is the first step toward creating a more beautiful bath. The classic Caldwell™ centerset faucet - available at Lowe's - features soft curves and rich, traditional details. The Caldwell collection also features a classically styled showerhead to help you carry off a unified look. Caldwell offers a variety of finishes to coordinate with your bath decor, including Chrome, LifeShine® Brushed Nickel or a new Mediterranean Bronze finish to give your bath a warm, Old-World feel.

The Banbury® bath faucet, available at The Home Depot, also offers traditional design, along with fine details. With your choice of low- or high-arc models in a variety of finishes, including Chrome and LifeShine Classic Brushed Nickel, the Banbury brings great design to the bath. Plus, both Banbury and Caldwell bathroom faucets are certified to meet WaterSense® criteria, reducing water usage by up to 32 percent without sacrificing performance. So, you'll save water while adding style.

If you still want to save water, but tend to go for more modern design, Moen offers several streamlined styles for the bath, including the minimalist Level™ collection. Available at wholesale showrooms nationwide, Level makes a bold, modern statement with its tubular-shaped handles and choice of Chrome or LifeShine Brushed Nickel Finishes. Level is offered in a single-handle, single-hole mount style for both standard and vessel sink applications, as well as a two-handle widespread style. Coordinating shower and Roman tub options are also available. Plus, Level is certified to meet WaterSense criteria, ensuring excellent design, performance, and up to 32 percent water savings at the bathroom sink.

Adding Accessories
Just like in fashion, it is often the accessories that pull a look together to make a "wow" statement. You can quickly update your bath with new exquisitely designed and easy-to-install accessories, such as robe hooks, paper holders, towel bars, towel rings and shelves. Moen offers a wide variety of styles and finishes to match or coordinate with your faucets to make a dramatic style effect - and add organization to your bath.

Mirror Miracles
About 30 percent of homes have at least one plate-glass bathroom mirror. While functional, these large mirrors lack a finished look. Luckily, adding a mirror frame, such as Mirrorscapes™ Mirror Frames from Moen can create a custom look that makes a striking style statement in the bath ... in just minutes.

Available at buymirrorscapes.com in five different styles and a variety of finishes that beautifully coordinate in your bath, Mirrorscapes feature a unique installation system that is quick, easy and secure... even for a novice DIYer. In fact, within a short period of time, you could turn your bland mirror into a grand focal point of your bath. Learn how by visiting http://www.moen.com/mirrorscapes/install.

Cool Colors and Luxury Linens
As the final step to your newly designed bath, add a splash of color. Touch up any knicks or scratches in your baseboards and freshen the walls with a coat of paint in your favorite color. Next, bring in the soft finishing touches by adorning your new accessories and a Curved Shower Rod with high-quality linens - a new shower curtain and fresh towel sets. Don't be afraid to treat yourself to something plush and cozy - you'll want towels that stand up to daily wear and still keep their attractive appearance.

Each of these simple steps can be accomplished with very little time or expense - but your enjoyment of your stylish new bath will be immeasurable!

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