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.
Modern and ultra-vibrant living room
Pass the cocktails, flip the record! This bachelor's dapper digs are designed for entertaining.
With their ratty recliners, bloated leather sofas and piles of pizza boxes, bachelor pads have long been the butt of jokes – stereotypically so unstylish.
But you would never describe Michael Gordon’s digs that way. As sharp as a three-piece suit (one that’s been paired with really cool sneakers), the three-storey open-concept house in Toronto’s Summerhill neighbourhood evokes that casual-chic design balance that can be so tough to pull off.
Loungy furnishings, offbeat art, unique lighting options and snappy rugs give the place laid-back charm. The architectural details, meanwhile, are all business. The main floor is bookended by ceiling-height windows at the front and back, while the hardwood floors are done in smoked oak, bringing warmth to stark white walls.
The open-concept design for Michael Gordon's three-storey house in Toronto's Summerhill neighbourhood.
Punk meets pink in homeowner Michael Gordon’s living room, where the bright colours found in the frenetic paintings and modern sidechairs are echoed in the bold graphic floral rug.
A simple dining table can look drab in a stark setting, so Shirley energized the scene with a sparkly geometric light fixture. Interest also arises from the combination of materials, from the linen-blend dining chairs to the wooden table and marble-look platter.
A mix of lacquered MDF and smoky oak cabinetry looks sharp in the crisp kitchen, where Caesarstone and marble add to the luxury. “I didn’t want it to feel like this big, solid mass of white cabinetry in the middle of the house, so we broke it up with the dark oak,” says designer Shirley Meisels.
It’s a closet, it’s a den – it’s both, actually. Globe-trotting Michael wanted a functional space with room to lay his clothes out to pack – and he can catch up on the news on the flatscreen TV while he does.
Michael didn’t want the master bedroom to be stuffed with toss cushions or artwork, so Shirley added touchy-feely and patterned decor elements like the moody wallpaper and shearling rug for texture and warmth.
In the sleek master bath, the light and airy look of the wall-mounted oak vanity and trough-style sink is echoed in the curvy focal-point bathtub, which is enclosed by a glass door.
The curvy focal-point bathtub, which is enclosed by a glass door.
Michael is every bit as dapper as his home.
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9 stylish and pretty accessories that prove it doesn't take an expensive renovation to refresh the look of your bathroom.
You don’t need to undertake an expensive renovation to give your bathroom a facelift. Cheap and cheerful updates are easy with just a few new accessories – from countertop canisters to pretty paint colours. Give your bathroom a makeover with any of these ideas that will take your space from drab to fab in no time at all!
Every bathroom needs a canister or two to hold unruly items like cotton balls, Q-Tips, hairpins, or even bath salts. These white ceramic ones are up to the task but what we love most is the sweet detail sitting atop each. The small canister features a small crab on top, the medium has a whale and the large size canister, an anchor. Nautical Animal Canisters, West Elm, $15-$23.
This handmade wall art print is printed on high quality photographic paper using archival inks. Not only do we love the cheeky reminder to keep those wet towels off the floor, but we love that this typographic print is also available as an instant download so you can hang it in your bathroom tonight, if you like! Bathroom Decor Wall Art Print, Prints of Heart on Etsy, $9.50.
One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to really transform a space is to paint it. Farrow & Ball paint in Tessa’s Green is an ideal colour for the bathroom, channeling a deeply calm and tranquil vibe – perfect for your own personal at-home sanctuary. Farrow & Ball Paint in Tessa’s Green, Farrow & Ball, price varies.
Adding colour and pattern to the bathroom is a quick and easy way to infuse your space with new life. This 100% cotton shower curtain boasts a beautiful Victorian paisley design that dates back to the 1860s and will add instant charm to your bathroom. Beale Paisley Shower Curtain, Pottery Barn, $59.
Your bathroom needs hand wash anyway, so why not choose something that’s going to amp up the room’s style at the same time? Beautifully packaged and delightfully fragranced, this hand wash is made with a blend of botanical extracts and finely milled pumice to give hands a gentle exfoliation. Your hands will feel smoother and your bathroom will look prettier with this perched on the countertop. Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash, Aesop, $51.
Keep your bathroom smelling pleasant and fresh with this diffuser set that will not only fill the space with a fragrant aroma but will look great on display, too. Combining the zing of grapefruit with the more woodsy notes of fir oils, the resulting scent is refreshing. The best part? This handcrafted product is 98% natural, made with plant extracts and botanicals. Barr-Co. Fir & Grapefruit Scent Diffuser, K. Hall Studio, $52.
If you’re blessed with a bathroom large enough to accommodate floor accessories, this schoolhouse wire basket will add both form and function to your space. Designed to resemble a vintage schoolhouse wastebasket, this piece is the perfect catch-all for towels or other bathroom accessories like loofahs and soaps. Schoolhouse Wire Basket, Restoration Hardware, $99.
The best kinds of bath mats are the ones that you can launder each week with the bath towels to ensure that they stay clean and fresh. These organic cotton bath mats are specifically designed to allow air to circulate, ensuring that they dry fast and stay fresher longer. Available in a rainbow of colours, you can easily switch up the look in your bathroom, just by swapping out the bath mat. Coyuchi Air Weight Bath Mat, Bluefly, $38.
How adorable is this tabletop vanity organizer? Perfectly compact for a small bathroom countertop, this handy little item will help to keep you and your things organized and easy to find. No more countertop chaos! Available in a sweet mint green, it’s made from a combination of metal, beechwood, plastic and mirrored glass. Tabletop Vanity Organizer, Anthropologie, $58.