Moen faucets & more offers 15 smart ways to give a kitchen or bath sparkle without spending a fortune.
- Replace the standard builder-grade faucet with a designer faucet, such as the sleek, contemporary 90 Degree faucet from Moen.
- Repaint. It’s lot of bang for a little cash. And if the homeowner doesn’t like the new color, it’s easy and cheap to change.
- When tiling a shower, run the tile onto the ceiling to finish the look.
- Build a niche. Whether it’s in a shower wall for toiletries or above a soaking tub for decorative items, a niche is an easy way to add space, depth and drama without adding a lot of expense.
- Replace bathroom accessories – towel bars, hooks, toilet paper holders – with a finish that matches the faucets and lighting.
- Add a skylight in the bath. It brings in a tremendous amount of natural light without sacrificing privacy.
- Use pendant lighting in the kitchen. If there are recessed can lights over a peninsula or island, it’s easy to replace the cans with pendants because the wiring is already in place.
- Add storage to a kitchen backsplash with a rail system. It provides additional storage space by taking things out of the cabinets, and it can be very attractive.
- Add under-cabinet lighting.
- Dress up an inexpensive tile kitchen backsplash with an odd number of visually interesting accent tiles.
- Switch out the cabinetry hardware. Some recent trends involve combined materials, such as metal and wood or metal and leather.
- If you have the space in a traditional or transitional kitchen, add crown molding or light rail molding.
- Upgrade bathroom lighting by replacing the standard builder bar over the medicine cabinet with something more decorative.
- Replace the basic bathroom mirror with a decorative framed one. If the mirror is glued to the wall, then put a frame around it. Moen’s MirrorScape framing system coordinates with the finish of the fixtures.
- When installing a tile floor in a bath, use the leftover tile for the baseboard.
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Tips courtesy of Craig LaDuke, founder and owner, LaDuke Construction in Marysville, Mich.; Michelle Labriola, designer for Materials Marketing, America’s largest integrated stone fabricator; and Jamie Goldberg, an NKB-certified kitchen and bath designer and the Sensible Style blogger for Kitchens.com.