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Contemporary Comfort: Modern Bathrooms and Bedrooms

by Marcus Pickett

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While there is something to be said for old style charm, not all of us are keen on antique living. For those with more contemporary tastes, the living room has long been a veritable playground. There's HD, LCD, surround sound, and so many others that some rooms of the house are often left out of the digital loop. Motorized tie rack aside, the modern bedroom is often thought of as a thing of the future. We're also waiting for that modern bathroom, with its Jetsons-like robotic arms that brush our teeth and button our collar. Those arms are far off at best (by the time they get here, tooth brushing will probably be obsolete), but with some good decorating, and a few new technologies, we can at least feel like the future is now.

Modern Bedding for Modern Bedrooms
The Amish can make a heck of a quilt. It'll keep you warm as it has for others over hundreds of years. Those interested in modern bedding, however, shun the idea of quilts and would prefer something a little more stylish. Modern bedrooms are characterized by a great deal of cohesion and homogeny. Whether you are going for bold, beautiful, or black and white, it's important that your modern bedding compliments the rest the room. If doing a makeover, it might be a good idea to pick out all of your colors and have the curtains and covers made from the same fabric. This will guarantee a good flow in the room, and depending on the company you buy from, could even cost less than an Amish quilt.

Modern Beds and Mattresses
A modern bedroom without a modern bed is like a brand new car with wooden wheels. There are a ton of new mattresses and mattress materials to choose from; it can be difficult to decide what's best for you. Online shopping is very convenient, but in this case getting the best for modern bedrooms require opting for traditional rather than cyber shopping. The only way to make an informed decision is to go out and try these beds one by one, and side-by-side if possible. Touch the NASA developed polymers. Feel the pillow tops and try the sleep numbers to make sure they add up for your body.

And don't ignore modern options for your bed frame. Feel free to spend time looking at different wood, metal, and fabrics. Feel free to spend time looking at headboards and foot posts, but modern bed frames are also great at increasing your bedroom storage. Since many modern mattresses are more than able to go it alone without box springs, a platform storage bed will create a beautiful decorating accent, while taking the pressure off your closet and dresser drawers.

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Modern Bedroom Accessories
Waking up to static on the radio or some horrendous beeping sound can wash away the comfort of your new mattress in a matter of seconds. For less than $100, you can buy an mp3 alarm clock that will wake you up with something you enjoy hearing. Or open your blinds or curtains and let the sun shine into your bedroom. This task can be done by remote control for under $200, including new blinds.

Modern Bathrooms
The modern bathroom is quite possibly the most rapidly evolving area of home improvement. Showers are now available with overhead water flow, dozens of massaging jets, nifty storage niches, comfortable benches, and many other options and amenities. Bathtubs are now therapeutic whirlpools with self-cleaning capability. Recessed lighting isn't just for your finished basement. Toilets are less noisy and less an eyesore than ever before. Many modern bathrooms have radiant flooring and heated towel racks that will keep you toasty warm on the coldest winter mornings without skyrocketing your monthly bills. Modern lighting design will create a relaxing ambiance that you might associate with an exclusive spa. And everything in a modern bathroom, from the toilet to the faucet and the shower, is designed with modern water conservation in mind. Not bad for one generation of home remodeling savvy.

Marcus Pickett is a professional freelance writer for the home remodeling industry. He has published more than 600 articles on both regional and national topics within the home improvement industry.