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Painting, poetry and other artistic endeavours aside, there’s a new way to express yourself – and it’s through your faucet. 

According to the 2024 Moen Homeowner Trends Report, three out of four Canadians deem personalization the most important aspect in home design, with 41 per cent looking to update the style of their rooms every two to six years. The move comes as no surprise to Danielle DeBoe Harper, Moen senior creative style manager, who travels the globe and visits the homes of ‘design tastemakers’ to scout upcoming styles. 

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“Over the past three years we’ve seen a huge shift from manufacturers and designers towards this concept of personal expression,” said DeBoe Harper. “People really feel like their homes are a reflection of their true selves, and they actually look to their homes as a way to reflect their actual values and even their hopes and their dreams.” 

Fueled in part by social media platforms that encourage people to explore their tastes and preferences, the trend is resulting in more choice than ever for consumers as designers and manufacturers strive to provide more flexibility, she added.  

In the plumbing world, it means more eclectic looks are prevailing. Moen’s latest kitchen faucet collection, for example, mixes vintage design and contemporary innovation. Faucets are available in stainless steel, matte black, polished nickel and bronzed gold finishes to complement a variety of design aesthetics, from farmhouse charm to modern glam to minimalist simplicity. 

More eclectic looks are prevailing. Faucets are now available in stainless steel, matte black, polished nickel and bronzed gold finishes.
More eclectic looks are prevailing. Faucets are now available in stainless steel, matte black, polished nickel and bronzed gold finishes. Photo by Supplied

When you purchase a widespread faucet (meaning it has separate hot and cold handles), it’s now available with both lever and cross handle options in the same box so you can change between the two. More attention is also being paid to the escutcheon plate, the decorative piece used to hide the hole where a plumbing pipe comes through a wall or counter. 

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“You might order a brush gold faucet, but right in the box it comes with an optional matte black escutcheon,” said DeBoe Harper. “We’re dialing in the personality even further with that contrast matte black escutcheon which can be changed on your whim down the road as well.” 

Updating a plumbing fixture can be a low-cost way to transform the look and feel of a room. Contemporary homeowners are gravitating towards the latest technical innovations, like touchless or voice-activated smart faucets that support customizable commands through an app on your phone, making it possible to establish pre-sets for filling a pasta pot or dog bowl. 

“Some people are absolute purists and want an all-around modern environment, and some people want a completely traditional environment, but there is a way to dance the dance that balances the mix of modern and historical,” said DeBoe Harper, using her own kitchen as an example, where she opted to go with the Cia brushed gold smart faucet. 

“I have it applied to a more modern faucet silhouette and everything else in the kitchen — the bold botanical wallpaper and the counter-to-ceiling subway tile and the checkerboard floor tiles and marble counters — all have this heritage leaning vibe,” she said. “It shows more personality and brings it into the current day.” 

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