October 7, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II & IV • Page 23 Home Improvement (ARA) One of the top reasons homeowners put off a bathroom makeover or remodeling project is the question of which design elements should be incorporated into the room. What color scheme will you use? Do you want a pedestal sink or a furniture-style vanity? Will you incorporate any “green” faucets or fixtures? And, if you do, will they still look good and perform well? These questions, and many others, should be at the top of the list when you start mapping out your next bathroom project. Luckily, many manufacturers, like Danze, offer collections that make it easy to answer those questions in a painless, affordable way, but still offer attention to detail and design. When dealing with a collection of products, lines, shapes, color tones, and texture carry through from piece to piece, giving the entire room the look that typically comes only from a design professional. What should you look for when planning your next bath or powder room project? Here are a few things to consider when choosing the critical elements: Sink and vanity. Choices are abundant when it comes to the sink area of a bathroom. For those smaller footprint powder rooms, or where storage is not as critical, consider a pedestal sink. If a pedestal does not match your taste or needs, furniture-style vanities can have a significant impact on a room’s decor and offer extra storage. Faucet. This can be one of the most noticeable acces- Fall Bathroom design is all in the details sories in the room and one that homeowners and guests interact with the most. Make sure you choose a style and finish that is consistent with the overall decor. A soft brushed nickel or warm oil rub bronze finish can add a distinct detail to the decor. If green options are important to you, explore WaterSense-approved faucets that can reduce water use by 20 percent, without affecting performance. Toilet. This is one of the best places to “go green” in your bathroom. High-efficiency toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush, saving two or more gallons of water each use compared with many toilets installed in the 1980s and earlier. Don’t overlook the tank lever. Danze and other manufacturers sell individual tank levers in a variety of styles and finishes so you can literally match every aspect of the room’s decor. Shower system. Years ago, homeowners had a handful of choices for showerheads. Today, there are hundreds of styles, functions, finishes, and components that can comprise a home’s shower system. This is a recently discovered area of the bathroom that can really show off your design flair and create a unique retreat. Bath accessories. Accessories are another important way to share the little detailing that many styles offer in the bathroom. 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