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5 ways to refresh your not-so-fresh bathroom

(BPT) - Whether you have a powder room that looks like it was last decorated in the '70s or a master bathroom that has never felt very masterful, you might be one of the many homeowners around the country who is clamoring to give their bathrooms a little touch-up. There's no doubt a coat of paint is a great place to start, but what else can be done that's simple and has a big impact on the feel of the room? Here are a few tips on how faucets, fixtures and accessories can play an instant role in changing the feel of these critical rooms of your home.

1. Go big with a widespread faucet

If you're switching out a vanity top, consider pairing it with a widespread faucet. These faucets typically have high visual impact when it comes to décor and can set the tone for the rest of the room, often determining the finish and style of other pieces used throughout. Named because the faucet has two handles and can span 8 to 16 inches after installation, these pieces add amazing design appeal no matter if you prefer traditional, contemporary or something in between. The Danze Logan Square widespread faucet is a favorite among homeowners seeking to incorporate interesting lines and shapes into the room.

2. Accessorize with intention

Bath accessories are often overlooked as an important aspect of a bathroom's décor, but when they complement faucets and other fixtures, the attention to detail is noticeable. Accessories such as towel rings, paper holders, robe hooks and towel bars are easy to switch out (or add) and are a perfect way to enhance the finish or style already established by major pieces within the room.

3. Toilets add style, too

While toilets are often thought of purely for their functionality, many of today's toilets are - dare we say - beautiful. In fact, the popularity of concealed trapway toilets (the bottom of the toilet features a smooth surface where the trapway would normally be visible) has risen in recent years due to their attractiveness and ease of cleaning. Gerber(R) offers many concealed trapway toilets, including its Avalanche(R) one-piece option. If you're not comfortable installing a new toilet, be sure to call in a professional plumber.

4. Small faucets with big design

Again, switching out a faucet can be a simple yet powerful move to freshen up your room's décor. An understated, elegant single-handle faucet in some environments can have just as much design impact as a larger, widespread faucet. This Mid-town(R) faucet from Danze gives a clean look to the deck area, and its satin black finish commands a second look.

5. Sink shape adds intrigue

If you also plan to refresh the vanity, consider an under-counter sink with a little shape. Square, rectangular, oval and circular sinks can elevate the intrigue of the overall vanity area. The under-counter style also helps keep the entire deck area looking clean and seamless.

Renovating a bathroom can be a daunting and expensive undertaking. But with a few key changes to your faucets, fixtures and accessories, a quick and stylish refresh could be yours in any - or every - bathroom in your house. To learn more, visit www.danze.com and www.gerberonline.com.

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