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BUILD A BETTER BATH ON A BUDGET

March 14, 2014

North Olmsted, Ohio... Do you cringe every time you step into your bathroom? If so, it may be time to remodel. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders, bathroom remodels are the most popular remodeling project. 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. Available exclusively at The Home Depot, the new Darcy™ bathroom faucet ($69-$139)* 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 five-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 satin finish for a scrubbable, surface and look for humidity-resistant paints to avoid streaks and mildew. The color you choose will set the tone -- lighter colors are best for small spaces to give a spacious, bright feeling; while darker colors 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 color. Remember: paint can easily be changed if you don't like it down the road. You can also add splashes of color with wallpaper borders, bath rugs and soap dishes.