It's not hard to add style and storage to the bathroom. Here are seven easy ways to update your loo.
Updating your bathroom is not as daunting as you think - or as pricey! A few quick and easy decor ideas will give your space an instant makeover.
Since bathrooms are relatively clean-lined, neutral spaces, changing up your shower curtain and bath mat is a brilliant way to add a dose of bright colour.
If your room is short on square footage, opt for decorative space saving storage solutions, such as a wooden ladder and hooks for towels.
One of the best ways to add character to your bathroom is to change its lighting scheme. Consider installing sconces for task lighting and a chandelier for ambience.
A new faucet may be just what a tired-looking bathroom needs to achieve high style. Chrome and nickel are popular low-maintenance finishes; matte black and brushed bronze are trendier but also have timeless appeal.
The hands-down easiest makeover idea? Go shopping! A new tray, toothbruth holder or soap dish go a long way toward tidying an uplifting a bland bath.
Mix in striped, polka-dotted or brightly hued towels to match your bath's scheme. But, if you're going for a hotel-style look, you can't go wrong with pure white.
Fixtures, fittings, lighting and mirrors provide the perfect opportunity for adding glamorous opulence to your lavatory. Swap builder-basic fixtures for brass, and use a Venetian glass mirror to inject old-world glamour.
Create your dream bathroom with these simple design solutions.
Powder rooms, basement bathrooms, outdated ensuites... With design trends ever-changing, it can be difficult to find a home with your dream space. But breathe, there is still hope! With a few savvy design solutions, you can make your bath the sparkling haven you dream of.
Photography by Ashley Capp
1 Problem: My basement bathroom can get quite damp and I’m scared of water damage on the walls.
If you’re without a window in your below-ground bathroom, keep water damage at bay by installing a fan and tiling the walls from floor to ceiling.
Photography by Stacey Brandford
2 Problem: Our main floor powder room is teeny tiny and feels more like a closet.
Make that small space shine like a diamond with a few glam updates. Paper the walls in a fun pattern, go bold with artwork and add some shine with brass scones. It will feel less like a closet and more like stepping inside a jewelry box!
Photography by Donna Griffith
3 Problem: The faucets in our bathroom send out water full force, making my environmentally-conscious blood boil.
Put that water pressure on hold by changing out your current sink faucet with a spout faucet and trading in the showerhead for a spa-like rain shower.
Photography by Barry Calhoun
4 Problem: The master bathroom is pretty bare bones – as my haven at the end of a long day, it’s not very inspiring.
Give that master bath some love with a few touches of old Hollywood glam. Centre the room with a sparkly chandelier, pair a white ruffled shower curtain with vintage glass hooks and trade in your vanity mirror for a gold framed stunner.
Photography by Angus Fergusson
5 Problem: A soaker tub is an absolute must for me but my husband is more of a shower man – we just don’t have space for both!
Who says you can’t combine the best of both worlds? Enclose the soaker tub in a tiled space with a rain showerhead for a European style wet room.
Photography by Donna Griffith
6 Problem: There’s not a lot of surface space on the bathroom vanity – my skin and beauty products just make it seem cluttered.
Corral your favourite creams and beautiful perfume bottles on a vintage silver vanity tray and tuck the rest beneath the sink in organized baskets or clear containers.
Photography by Donna Griffith
7 Problem: I love the rich look of marble in the bathroom but need something to fit my budget.
You can still get the look of marble without the hefty price tag. For a magazine-worthy bathroom, cover your shower walls with porcelain marble-look tiles, a more affordable option available in slabs or subway tile.
Photography by Michael Graydon
8 Problem: My shower window looks directly into our neighbour’s house.
To keep your bathroom aglow with natural lighting whilst also maintaining privacy, frost the windows or change the panes out for textured glass.
Photography by Stacey Brandford
9 Problem: Our bathroom has entirely open shelving, but I don’t like to keep things like toilet paper and other toiletries on display.
Tuck the toilet paper and toiletries away in baskets, clearly labeling them so guests don’t need to go hunting for anything that needs replenishing.
Give your home decor a spruce up with these easy and budget-friendly decorating tips.
Revamping your home decor needn’t always be a major project and you don’t always have to spend a king’s ransom to do it. Here are 25 ways to give your rooms a fresh look in record time, without breaking a sweat – or your budget.
1 Update lampshades with new ones in more contemporary shapes or simply fresh white shades.
2 Paint is the classic makeover potion. Instead of repainting a whole room, just paint one wall in a focal colour or paint a contrasting rectangle over a sofa to use as a “gallery” space. You can also paint the insides of bookshelves in an unexpected colour or paint your ceiling a lighter version of the wall colour. Update your kitchen with paint or any other space in your home.
3 Update your window dressings. IKEA and other home stores have reams of readymade draperies you can hem to the right size (or leave to puddle on the floor), or you can make your own from sheets or lengths of designer outlet fabric. Hang from an attractive new curtain rod, also available in stock sizes.
4 Pull a room together by choosing two contrast colours – black and white, say, or white and one bright colour – and use them as a repeating theme throughout, such as a row of yellow and white pillows on a sofa, or robin’s egg blue walls and all-white furnishings.
5 A simple but effective tip: Edit your accessories. Too much of a good thing is too much. Try taking all your home decor accessories and putting them in a box, then putting them back one by one where they’ll have the most impact.
6 Take down all your paintings and other art and move them around to different walls or different rooms. It’ll be like seeing them for the first time.
7 A classic display scheme ever since Victorian times: Create a gallery wall of family photos and other small pictures in matching (or contrasting) frames, arranged in a collage on a large wall such as a stairwell or hallway. (For best results, first create a plan by arranging them on the floor till you find the right composition and “balance.”) The art of arrangement is always stylish.
8 Inexpensive frame mouldings from the box store can transform a plain wall or hallway into an instant paneled look. Paint the mouldings in a contrasting shade or white.
9 Replace overhead lighting with thrift-store (or box store) chandeliers. (Note: it’s recommended to hire a professional electrician to install them.) A dated-looking chandelier can be painted white. You can also add extra crystal drops, available at lighting stores.
10 Peruse Craigslist, eBay or freecycle.org regularly for finds. It’s amazing what shows up at a bargain or even free – but like any good flea market shopper, be sure to check regularly, as good things go fast.
11 Carpet stores often have remnants of high-end carpet at rock-bottom prices that make a great area rug. The store may bind the edges for you, or you can do it yourself with carpet binding tape and some tidy hand-sewing.
12 Some paint stores sell mixed paint for much less than custom-mixed paint because the colour was off or it was returned to the store. Great if you’re willing to experiment on the colour.
13 Re-tile kitchen backsplashes. Most backsplashes require only a few square feet of tile, so you can treat yourself to a fancy style or use plain porcelain tile for most of the surface. Then intersperse a few hand-painted or high-end tiles as accents.
14 Small details make all the difference: Beautiful coasters, interesting desk frames, a small but exquisite crystal vase filled with fresh flowers.
15 Buy a half-dozen four-inch terra cotta pots and paint in a trio of coordinating colours. Plant with herbs and line the pots up on a kitchen windowsill.
16 Big box stores have come a long way in terms of cheap and chic bathroom accessories and stylish storage options. For a fraction of what you’d pay in a high-end bath boutique, you can often get pretty designs in wood or china, or sleek modern accents.
17 A trick made famous by Woody Allen in Annie Hall: Change the lightbulb in your bedroom lamp with a pink one for a rosy, romantic glow. Or opt for a pink lampshade, which can produce something of the same effect.
18 Replace the drawer and cabinet pulls in your kitchen, bath, bedroom, or on a furniture piece. Inexpensive stylish options can be found at Lee Valley, Summerhill Hardware, IKEA or other big box stores, or you can scour a thrift shop or antique store for vintage ones.
19 Replace your bathroom shower curtain and curtain hooks, for an instant freshener for even the most dingy bathroom. Create a sparkling bathroom makeover.
20 You can now buy ready-made slipcovers that with a few judicious tucks, fit much better than the wrinkly versions of yore. Or, for a little more investment, have loose-fitting slipcovers made.
21 Replacing an ugly old faucet with a new one is a relatively simple DIY project. Many big box store styles are designed for home installers and include all the fittings and instructions in the box.
22 Purchase an inexpensive but attractive frame, or rescue an old one from an antique store or your parents’ attic. Paint flat white and attach small rings to the upper corners. Place hooks on the wall to correspond and hang. Hang a couple of vintage plates or smaller framed pictures artfully inside, or leave the framed space as-is, for an artful and simple focal point.
23 Maximize light in a darker room by hanging a framed mirror directly opposite the window.
24 Take a walk in the park, woods or beach and pick up interesting (and free) seasonal accents for your home. A tray filled with pinecones, a tall vase of dried pampas grass stalks, or a bowl of colourful pebbles, beach glass or shells all make eye-catching home decor accessories.
25 Spruce up your entrance by painting your front door a cheerful colour. Pair it with a new lighting fixture, mailbox and house numbers - all available at the box store.
A warm and inviting media room
A timeless media room with farmhouse flair.
This timeless media room designed by Halina Catherine emulates a European farmhouse - with a few extra layers of warmth. Here's how to recreate the look.
1 Scope out seating that matches your room’s base palette to give prominence to other standout features, such as this space’s herringbone floor and coffered ceiling, both made from reclaimed wood.
2 You can never go wrong with a wicker basket. It’s a classic decor piece that lends country charm to a space and is ideal for storage. Win-win!
3 A grid-like gallery wall can be just as eye-catching as an asymmetrical arrangement. For a creative and personal touch, frame segments of a favourite photo or map until the big picture is revealed.