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Date Posted: March 19, 2014

BUILD A BETTER BATH ON A BUDGET

Oakville, Ontario... Do you cringe every time you step into your bathroom? If so, it may be time to remodel. But remodeling doesn't have to be a budget-buster. There are ways to improve what you already have to get the spa-like retreat you're seeking. Here are a few tips to get you started on your redesign.

Decorative Details
Remodeling is a costly job on its own, but trying to add unique details and décor to your project makes it that much more expensive. To get a custom look, without the price tag, start bargain shopping online or at a local antique shop. Look for one-of-a-kind finds like a beautifully framed mirror. A mirror adds the illusion of space and changes the look of a bathroom -- whether you're going for a traditional, transitional or modern feel. If you find a piece that doesn't perfectly fit, add a coat of paint to match the rest of your space.

Artwork adds a sophisticated touch and the best part is...it doesn't have to cost a lot! There are several websites where you can print artwork in a variety of styles and then frame it yourself. Accessories can also make a big difference; a new shower curtain, towels (in beautiful patterns), candles and window treatments go a long way. Moen offers a variety of accessories to complement any bath. Pull together the look of the space by adding knobs and pulls to your vanity matching the finish of the faucet. You can also include other accessories like towel bars and robe hooks for organization and an updated look.

Fancy Fixtures
Easily and instantly bring beauty to any bath by upgrading your fixtures. Start by swapping the sink faucet. The new Darcy™ bathroom faucet collection from Moen blends clean lines and soft modern styling. Featuring a beautiful swan-like spout to bring a relaxed feel to the bath, Darcy is available in on-trend finishes like Chrome and Moen's Spot Resist™ Brushed Nickel, which resists fingerprints and water spots to help maintain the brilliance of the faucet for a fresh appearance. You can also extend the modern look of Darcy into the bath with tub and shower fixtures including a 5-function showerhead -- allowing each user to have a customized showering experience.

Pretty with Paint
Paint is your friend when you're on a budget -- it makes the greatest impact for the least amount of money. When updating a bath, choose a matte paint for a shine-free, refined finish and look for humidity-resistant paints to avoid streaks and mildew. The colour you choose will set the tone -- lighter colours are best for small spaces to give a spacious, bright feeling; while darker colours provide a more modern look. Do you have a small space but want to use darker tones? Paint one wall dark and make it the focal point behind the vanity or against the tub.

Don't be afraid of using colour. Remember: paint can easily be changed if you don't like it down the road. You can also add splashes of colour with wallpaper borders, bath rugs and soap dishes.

Contain Clutter
Getting rid of clutter and organizing will make your bathroom a more relaxing area. Dedicate space for storage. If you know a friend or family member that's handy, build in cabinet space and shelving to store towels, baskets and other supplies. Consider using commonly unused space (above the toilet, for example) -- it's ideal to display jars of essentials like cotton balls and Q-tips. You can also keep items hidden in decorative baskets on the tank lid. Get rid of the under-the-sink clutter with a rolling cart. Each family member can have their own tray to store bathroom goods and it can be moved out of the way when guests arrive.

Redecorating is all about shopping smart and finding space-changing details when you're on a budget. These easy, inexpensive tips will hopefully inspire you to get started.

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      Spot resist brushed nickel Posi–Temp® tub/shower

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    • Darcy

      Chrome two–handle high arc bathroom faucet

      Model #84550

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    • Darcy

      Spot resist brushed nickel two–handle high arc bathroom faucet

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For more information contact:

Garry Scott
Vice President, Wholesale Marketing & Brand Development
Phone: (800) 465-6130
Email: garry.scott@moen.com
Courtney McGeever or Samantha Eastman
Falls Communications
Phone: (216) 696-0229
Email: cmcgeever@fallscommunications.com
or seastman@fallscommunications.com

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