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March, 2009

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

Modern Makeovers for Today's Baths

Modern Makeovers for Today's Baths

If you think modern design has to feel cold and sterile, think again. Today's new contemporary décor is more comfortable and livable with clean lines and smooth surfaces - a fresh, perfect look for a bathroom that will appeal equally to men and women.

A New Take on Basic

Bold, yet basic color schemes are the key to achieving a modern feel. According to home improvement expert Leslie Segrete, it is important to look to nature for inspiration. "Ocean blues and teals with hints of sandy tones or earthy desert colors like clay are great colors to use as your backdrop."

Forgo fancy soaps and toiletry baskets and keep your bathroom countertops free of clutter, except for the basics - soap and a few fresh towels.

To enhance your clean, uncluttered décor, look for a wall-mount faucet, such as Moen's contemporary Icon™ faucet. It features sleek, geometric lines, a refined spout and lever handles. When paired with a vessel sink, it will give the room instant upscale appeal.

Soothing Showers

To add a spa-like quality to your shower while maintaining your sleek, modern look, skip the basic bathtub and go for an extra-large all-glass shower enclosure with a lustrous metallic trim.

When it comes to adding shower fixtures to your bath, ordinary showerheads just won't cut it. Consider a massaging showerhead, like the new Inspire™ three-, five-, and seven-function showerheads from Moen. For the perfect daily escape - just turn on the water, and let the showerhead do the rest. A massaging shower will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to face the day. The Inspire line of showerheads is available at Lowes.

Textured

To offset the clean, smooth lines and cool colors, add some texture suggests Segrete. "Use fabrics such as silk, crushed velvet, linen or wool, in your room to add texture and create a more natural, inviting feeling." In the bathroom, this may include fluffy rugs, towels or fabric shower curtains. But, she cautions, "Stay away from elaborate patterns or intricate details when choosing fabrics, as this will confuse the clean, contemporary look you are trying to achieve.

Keep it Clean

Now that you have a beautiful bath that both you and your significant other can enjoy, make sure to keep it clean. Use a daily no-scrub shower cleaner, such as the environmentally-friendly method® daily shower spray cleaner, available at retailers nationwide. For a quick clean up before guests drop in, give bathroom surfaces a once-over with a disposable sanitizing wipe. Finally, for an inexpensive way to keep your bathroom fresh, stash small open containers of baking soda in hidden spots around the room to absorb moisture and odors.

With these simple tips, you can give your bathroom a modern makeover that both you and your partner will enjoy.

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