Flipping through the television channels, it’s hard not to find a home improvement show about remodeling and DIY projects, and providing homeowners ideas on how to modernize their spaces. Here are three areas of the home that will give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to a makeover.
First Stop: The Bathroom. Bathroom remodels are the most popular remodeling projects because they have a high return on investment. When you’re ready to sell your house, renovating the bathroom typically has a return of 62 percent. A low-cost way to modernize the bathroom is installing new faucets. With signature styling featuring cylindrical, geometric shapes and distinct 90-degree angles, the new Moen® Arris™ collection is an ideal choice for an iconic, modern update. Moen’s new complete bathroom suite carefully considers the balance of style and function to provide a collection that is low profile, yet ideal for grand master baths. Sleek, contemporary pieces like the new Arris faucet can add instant luxury.
“One of the keys to contemporary design is simplicity,” said Ji Kim, director of global design, Moen. “When we’re developing products for the modern homeowner, we keep that top-of-mind to ensure our styles are fresh, comfortable and fit consumers’ lifestyles.”
Second Stop: The Living Room. Modern design doesn’t have to mean uncomfortable. Homeowners love modern interiors for the sleek and streamlined look, which leads to less clutter and visual stress. Expand the modern theme throughout the home by updating furniture with unfussy and relaxed pieces. There’s no need to buy everything new. Fabric covers in an array of prints and colours can instantly bring new life to old furniture. For pieces that need to be replaced, consider purchasing solid and neutral furniture. As trends change, you can switch out pillows and blankets to stay up-to-date.
Keep neutrals in mind when selecting paint colours, as well. White, black, brown and gray will go with just about anything. For a pop of colour, paint an accent wall with a bold colour, or add extra personality with drapery or area rugs. Use lamps, paintings and accessories to give personal touch throughout the rest of your living space.
Final Stop: The Kitchen. Opening up shelving is a way to put a fresh, modern spin on your existing kitchen layout. You can order new cabinets with glass panels or simply remove the doors from your existing ones. Just make sure the exposed areas are not cluttered. Open shelving is a perfect place to display dishes; for a crisp look, try stacks of white plates and bowls. If you’re looking for an edgy feel, try patterned or bright-coloured ones. Adding new hardware to cabinets is also an inexpensive way to improve the look of your kitchen.
Since faucets are the most used item in the kitchen, a new model can make a big impression. Swap out your old one for the new Align™ suite from Moen. Align faucets feature high-arc spouts and a geometric handle, emphasizing the simplicity and elegance of the design. To complement your new faucet, look to update your counters as well. Granite remains a popular choice because of its high style and durability.
Integrating Technology into Home Design. It’s not just about making our lives easier, technology is also being used to aesthetically enhance our living space with modern touches. Mirror technology allows homeowners to disguise the TV when it isn’t in use. Available for all TV models, it will look like a mirror is in the room until the unit is turned on.
“The demand for minimalist, modern styling continues to increase,” added Kim. “We’ve introduced a number of products to help homeowners achieve a contemporary look, while providing an affordable price point. From the bathroom to the kitchen, Moen has you covered.”
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