Bathroom
Jan 27, 2014

Bathroom renovation: Trendy basement bathroom

By: Christy Wright
Bathroom renovation: Trendy basement bathroom

A basement bathroom gets a bold transformation with an eye-catching wallpaper. Author: Mark Burstyn

Bathroom
Jan 27, 2014

Bathroom renovation: Trendy basement bathroom

By: Christy Wright

A bold wallpaper helps transforms this basement bathroom from tired to trendy.

“As a decorator and a stylist, I’m keenly aware of the latest trends,” says Style at Home contributing design editor Christine Hanlon. “While they might seem overwhelming at first, once you’ve decided which ones to embrace, a cohesive space is easy to achieve.” And her client’s basement bathroom is a case in point.

A busy Toronto couple with two young kids, Christine’s clients wanted to revamp their existing basement bathroom into a luxurious space equally suited to getting ready in the morning and sneaking away for a quiet, relaxing bath at the end of the day. With her distinctly eclectic yet timeless design aesthetic, Christine was the right person to strike that balance.

“When I spotted this Nina Campbell designed wallpaper, with its dramatic black backdrop and of-the-moment avian-themed print, I knew it would be the perfect jumping off point for this project,” says Christine. Since she was working with such a small space and only had a few walls to cover, she wasn’t concerned that the wallpaper would overwhelm the room. The on-trend element was tempered by painting one of the walls black, incorporating a lot of white and pairing classic materials, such as Carrara marble and white subway tiles, with vintage touches.

 

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A classic aesthetic
The ceiling is covered in embossed wallpaper that was painted high-gloss white to prevent moisture damage. The vintage French door (which has a matching counterpart on the opposite wall) brings warmth to the space with its natural finish. Marble hexagonal floor tiles channel a classic aesthetic.

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Bold and trendy wallpaper
"Previously, the bathroom had dated finishes and a French-country feel with blue floor tiles and pale yellow walls,” says Christine. Now, the first impression is spectacularly multi-faceted. There’s the sheer delight of discovering the parrot-print wallpaper in a bathroom. There’s the vibrant tension between the glossy and new versus the storied and vintage.

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Potted plants
There’s the soothing oasis effect of carefully considered green accents like tropical plants. “They make the space feel like a conservatory,” says Christine.

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Grand wall sconces
Though they give the impression of having grand provenance, these sconces are a bargain lover’s dream at $30 a pop.

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Marble-topped vanity
A Carrara marble-topped vanity looks customized when flanked with builtin storage cabinets. The cabinet doors are vintage and add a layer of curated, old-world charm to the renovated bathroom.

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