Bathroom
Sep 10, 2014

Bathroom design: Casual country

By: Christine Hanlon

Bathroom design: Casual country Author: Style At Home

Bathroom
Sep 10, 2014

Bathroom design: Casual country

By: Christine Hanlon
When updating the family bathroom in her Thornbury, Ont., country home, Style at Home contributing design editor Christine Hanlon effortlessly created a serene space with lots of vintage appeal. Here’s how she made it happen.

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Bathroom design: Casual country

Functional family bathroom

STYLE AT HOME What did you need this room to do for you and your family? CHRISTINE HANLON This is the principal bathroom in the home, so it needed to function for my family of four, sometimes all of us at once. I added a double vanity, which has been great, especially when we have guests staying over. Occasionally we rent out the house, so, for us, inexpensive updates were key to presenting a clean space.  

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

Bathroom design: Casual country

Vintage lighting

SAH How did you save money? CH I cut costs by using vintage lighting, repurposing items I already had and doing most of the work myself.  

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

Bathroom design: Casual country

Choosing a colour scheme

SAH How did you decide on the colour scheme? CH To keep things neutral, soft and unified with the rest of the home, I chose a combination of grey, white and slate blue – it’s a scheme that feels particularly pleasing in the country, but doesn’t look dated.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

Bathroom design: Casual country

Delicate details

SAH Which items did you splurge on? CH Installing the new vanity and toilet was a big splurge, but they make a huge difference in the room.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

Bathroom design: Casual country

Adding personality

SAH What’s your approach to accessorizing the bathroom? CH The spaces I decorate often have a funny little animal figurine or vintage print. I like quirky objects, such as the owl vase. I’m also a big fan of using pretty soaps and candles, because they’re not simply decorative – they’re functional, too!

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

Bathroom design: Casual country

Simple accessories

SAH What was the biggest challenge you faced, and how did you overcome it? CH Originally, I planned to tile the floor, but because the house is old, it would have cost a fortune. Instead, I had plywood installed over the original linoleum, then primed and painted it. It’s a great temporary solution that works well with our kind of relaxed country living.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

Bathroom design: Casual country

Adding a vintage touch

SAH What was your vision for this bathroom design? CH The space needed an overall refresh. I wanted to update the finishes and improve the space’s functionality without taking on a large-scale bathroom renovation. And I also wanted it to work with furniture and flea-market finds that I already owned. SAH You’ve incorporated a mix of vintage and big-box pieces into the space. How did you make them work together cohesively? CH It was sort of a happy accident! I already had the bamboo bench and side table, and I picked up the sconce at a thrift store for a song (my husband spray-painted it). The accessories are a mix of items I’ve collected over time.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home
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