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How to Add Designer Touches to Your Bathroom

How to Add Designer Touches to Your Bathroom

Ready for some updates to your bathroom? Whether you’re planning to gut it and start from scratch, or just give it a facelift that will bring it into the 21st century, there are lots of ways to add great design touches to the most frequently visited room in the house.

According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), remodeling the bathroom was the most popular home improvement project in 2005.

A good place to start your redesign is by flipping through the pages of a home remodeling magazine and making note of the looks you like. As you create your plan, focus on elements of comfort and elegance that will transform your cold, dreary bath into your own personal sanctuary.

Designs that are inspired by nature are expected to be extremely popular this year. Whether you’re going with a nautical theme complete with fish, sand and seashells, recreating a tropical oasis, or bringing a path through the rainforest to life, a great way to tie the look together is with a faucet that fits.

Those in Kohler’s Symbol collection, for example, have a relaxed form that attracts the eye and triggers an emotional response that has been likened to discovering a surprising shell on the beach or a solitary flower in the forest. “Compared to bath environments still dominated by architectural straight lines, Symbol is more poetic,” says Keith Kometer, director of product marketing for Kohler faucets. “The collection is not masculine or technological. It is purely fluid and has an adaptable quality that can be quiet or expressive as it reflects and enhances everything from minimalism to Hollywood chic.”

The one-piece, seamless faucet bodies and single-handle styles of the Symbol faucet offer an uncluttered look and easy control of the water flow and temperature. All Symbol products are constructed from premium materials and are available in multiple finishes.

Once you decide on the faucet, all the other elements of your design will fall into place. For a nautical look, you can paint the walls and cabinets blue, and accessorize with yellow towels tied together to look like ropes. To create the feel of a rainforest, paint the walls green and add a countertop waterfall. You can even set up a waterproof CD player so you can listen to your favorite relaxing music as you travel to lands far away in the sanctuary of your own home.

For more information on Kohler Symbol, visit or call toll-free at (800) 4-KOHLER (800-456-4537).

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