Design & Planning Bathroom
From space-saving designs to the latest in sophisticated style, our design tips are made with you and your dream bathroom in mind.
Joy to the Bath
'Tis the season... for turkey, eggnog, mistletoe... and holiday guests. While many homeowners will deck the halls with festive decorations or make minor home repairs, most will concentrate on traditional areas such as dining, family and living rooms. But they often overlook the one room where holiday guests frequent most - the powder room.
"The powder room is one of the most frequented and least appreciated rooms in our homes when it comes to decorating," said Judy Riley, vice president of design, Moen. "And because the size of the powder room is typically smaller than other rooms in your home, it gives you the opportunity to be more creative with your décor choices - allowing you to tap into the warmth of family traditions and nostalgia of the holiday season."
Organize and Accessorize
One of the quickest, easiest and most inexpensive ways to update your bathroom's style is by replacing or adding bath accessories. For a small investment, you can add a complete set of new accessories - including towel bars, towel rings, shelves, paper holders and robe hooks. Accessories can add organization, while pulling the design of the room together.
"Many people will add soaps and candles, or new towels in their bath at the holidays," added Riley. "Why not complete the look by updating the bath accessories as well? A decorative glass shelf can be the perfect area to display candles, and a beautifully designed towel bar will make your linens stand out."
In the past, chrome or polished brass were the only finish choices in the bath accessory marketplace. Fortunately, the industry has changed dramatically, and manufacturers now offer dozens of finish and style options.
While chrome is still the most popular bath accessory finish, emerging finishes, such as oil-rubbed bronze, antique bronze, brushed nickel, brushed bronze and wrought iron are also increasing in popularity with consumers.
With this in mind, Moen® introduced four designer bath accessory collections, Sage, Iso, Stockton and Sienna. Available at Lowe's stores nationwide, each collection features beautiful detailing and a variety of product options, including, towel bars, towel rings, double robe hooks and the popular, innovative pivoting paper holders.
In addition to elegant styling, each collection can be installed in a matter of minutes - which is important during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Thanks to Moen's EZ 2 Install Mounting System, installation is a snap. A mounting bracket attaches to the wall with just two screws. Then the base, or post, of the accessory slides onto the bracket and an audible "click" signals it is securely locked into place. Most importantly, it eliminates the need for a set screw, the number one complaint from consumers who have installed their own accessories.
If you want to go take your bath updates one step further, consider adding a new single-handle faucet that will give your bath a clean and modern look. Moen's Eva® single-handle lavatory faucet offers transitional styling - with understated details, a tapered handle and sophisticated lines - that coordinates with virtually any décor.
As for final words of advice, Riley added, "The powder room isn't first on the list when we think of entertaining, but it can leave a lasting impression with guests. Continue your holiday spruce-ups into the bath and you'll be surprised at the compliments you receive."