When it comes to style trends and technology, kitchen and bath products have kept up in today’s marketplace. In terms of finishes, designers and homeowners alike are looking for statement pieces that will stand out in a space and get noticed. “With a wider array of finishes becoming more popular in the marketplace, and the rising trend of combining different finishes and textures, Moen, for example, has thoughtfully crafted a sophisticated Brushed Gold finish,” says Danielle Radic, product manager, Moen.
Historically, gold fixtures were often associated with traditional design, but now, homeowners are also using this finish as part of a modern aesthetic, says Radic. Moen’s Brushed Gold finish, available on select kitchen and bathroom faucets, allows consumers to add elegance to their space and blends seamlessly with a variety of décor styles. “It also mixes well with other gold accents they may have throughout their space and has been designed to stand the test of time,” says Radic.
Additionally, homeowners continue to incorporate dark finishes into their homes. Moen’s on-trend Matte Black finish, available on a selection of kitchen and bath fixtures, offers a contemporary look that complements a variety of décor choices, while providing consumers with a unique finish that makes a statement.
In regards to technology, consumers also are continuing to gravitate towards innovations that make their lives easier, including products that offer the benefit of smart technology. “In 2019, we’re showcasing some updates to the U by Moen shower, which is a cloud-based, app-driven digital shower that offers Wi-Fi mobile connectivity and unmatched personalization, delivering on consumers’ desire to create their perfect shower experience with up to 12 customizable presets,” says Michael Poloha, group manager, IoT, Moen. Consumers can control their shower anyway they like: with their voice, the smartphone app or the in-shower controller.
The product now features enhanced functionality with Amazon Alexa—including compatibility with groups and routines—as well as compatibility with Apple HomeKit™ and Google Assistant™. There’s also a new Matte Black controller finish for additional design customization.
“We’re also excited to introduce Flo by Moen, a game-changing smart home water monitoring and leak detection system that enables homeowners to control their home’s water from their smartphones,” says Poloha. It calculates water pressure, flow rate and temperature within the home’s water supply system while using AI to differentiate normal water use from abnormal use. This enables the device to monitor and help detect water leaks and other vulnerabilities, says Poloha.
The Flo by Moen app provides users with real-time information about their home’s water consumption habits and alerts to any abnormalities. Within the app, users can control how the system provides alerts and respond to potential issues. Alerts may be sent to users through push notifications, via email, or by text or phone call. The user also can turn off their water directly from the app.