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Accessories Pull it All Together in Kitchen & Bathroom

The faucet might be the jewel of your kitchen, and the vanity might take up the most space in your bathroom, but you know what really pulls a room together? Accessories. From soap dispensers to towel rings to draw pulls, the devil really is in the details.

Kitchen

The room that gets the lion’s share of traffic should be a little bit of show-off. Sure, the backsplash gets attention, and the fancy new faucet garners its share of “oohs” and “ahhhs,” but having the right accessories can make or break the look.

While some folks feel comfortable mixing metals, we like a more streamlined approach so if you choose an oil-rubbed bronze finish on your faucet, we think accessories like the soap dispenser, cabinet pulls and drawer handles should compliment each other in tone if not outright finish.

For example, choosing a polished chrome faucet in a Craftsman pairs nicely with cut glass and chrome pulls or even a vintage look of ceramic handles with chrome accents. Also, if you aren’t going with a soap dispenser built into your sink set-up, choosing a glass piece with a polished chrome spout is a great option, too.

Bathroom

Coordinating bathroom accessories has never been easier. Not only does eFaucets offer a great new feature that highlights products from the same collection as the fixture you’d like to buy, there are over a dozen different categories to address just about every need.

From toothbrush holders to soap dishes to vanity shelves to towel rings and towel bars, you have the ability to make your bathroom a showpiece with accessories that create a cohesive look.

Choosing a Moen Voss faucet, for example, leads you to another 37 products in the collection so your tub faucet, shower head, towel ring, tissue paper holder and vanity light all have the same profile and personality.

We know that a big remodel is stressful, so we are happy to make your shopping experience as easy as possible by offering full lines of products that answer your questions before you think to ask!

 

Smart Luxury Upgrades Could Mean Bigger Returns

No matter the design trends that come and go, kitchens and bathrooms continue to sell houses and net homeowners some of the greatest return on their remodel investment dollar.

Still, there are a few guidelines folks should follow before they start tearing down walls and choosing flooring and fixtures.

Writers at The Old House point out that spending $20,000 wisely in a kitchen – painting, upgrading appliances, replacing fixtures - goes much further than a budget-busting redo that could prove too pricey for the neighborhood and/or is too specific to your taste.

Opting for classic finishes and neutral colors and tones will go a long way toward a higher return-on-investment (ROI) even though the days of getting 100 percent of your money back are gone. Still, a well-appointed kitchen – think quality – can net you up to an 82 percent ROI, according to houselogic.com.

Quality is a subjective term but going with name brands with a reputation for quality is really the name of the game, and you can absolutely choose high-end fixtures without breaking the bank.

Brands like Kohler, Delta, Grohe, hansgrohe, and Moen all have instant name recognition and for good reason; these companies have been in the kitchen and bath fixture supply business for years, and customers trust them to provide sturdy products with long-lasting good looks.

Likewise, choosing solid wood cabinets – in both the kitchen and the bathroom – even if they’re painted, going with neutral tile floors and stone counter/vanity tops will net bigger returns than almost any other choice you could make in those rooms.

An annual survey –  the Cost vs. Value Report - shows that for the last 10 years, a modest remodel in the kitchen nets a consistently higher return than full-on redo. It’s not a stretch to think the same math applies in the bathroom.

The home improvement project that nets the highest ROI year after year? It’s nothing you tackle inside your house; it’s your front door. Replacing your front door with a wood-core steel door costs less than most other upgrades but nets back nearly 100 percent, houselogic.com notes.

5 Bathroom Up-do’s that Look Upscale

If you’ve been standing the doorway of your bathroom wondering what you can do to spruce it up without splurging, let eFaucets help you count the ways. Simple changes can make a huge impact.

1. Curved shower rod and fancy shower curtain – A luxe framless glass shower door would be fantastic, but if you don’t have the budget for it, go instead for a double curved shower rod to use one for the shower liner and the outside rod for a fancier fabric shower curtain. Not only does the curved rod actually increase the elbow room inside the tub, but keeping the liner and curtain on separate rods makes cleaning easier, too.

2. Light matters – Replacing a time-worn light with a new fixture can change the entire feel of the bathroom. From a dowdy space with shadows to a brighter space with the flick of a switch!

3. Paint – One of the most inexpensive ways to brighten up and give your bathroom a new personality is paint. At around $25 a gallon (plus supplies), you can give your room a mini-makeover with all the benefits and very little of the pain. Be sure you’re bringing home paint labeled for kitchen and bath; it’s made to stand up to moisture.

4. Tile – Adding tile to the bathroom can be an expensive undertaking if you don’t plan accordingly. For example, if you just don’t have the money to do the entire tub surround, just do the back wall or half-way up each wall around the tub.

5. Jazz up your mirror – Resale shops, both locally owned and larger operations like Goodwill and Salvation Army, usually have a pretty good selection of mirrors at reasonable prices that could hang above your bathroom sink to replace the plain-Jane thing you’ve got up there now. Don’t let having a medicine cabinet stop you! Find a creative storage solution (bins, shelving with baskets) and then patch that hole and cover it with a fabulous new mirror.

Eliminate Water Temperature Surprises with Delta’s TempAssure Valve

Imagine never having to adjust the water temperature in your shower again. It’s possible with the TempAssure thermostatic valve from Delta.

TempAssure valves are designed to monitor water temperature and adjust automatically in either direction if the water gets either hotter or cooler than where you have it set.

An innovative feature can also prevent the faucet handle from turning too far toward hot, preventing potential burns. More, because the TempAssure can measure water temperature, fluctuations normal in ground water will not mean having to adjust the temperature control you set.

Delta’s TempAssure thermostatic valve is available in a number of styles and finishes to match nearly any existing fixture configuration or serve as the base for a new suite of products.