Bathroom
Oct 8, 2010

Sparkling bathroom makeover

By: Christy Wright

Sparkling bathroom makeover Author: Style At Home

Bathroom
Oct 8, 2010

Sparkling bathroom makeover

By: Christy Wright

For this bathroom makeover, the homeowner's vision was to do away with the drab and create as much practical storage space as possible -- all in a tiny ensuite with a sophisticated jewel-like finish. For help, she turned to Tamara Robbins Griffith, Style at Home managing editor and former design spokesperson for IKEA Canada.

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Inexpensive inspiration Affordable accessories -- framed IKEA artwork, a sleek pendant light and a custom shower curtain -- lend a luxe look. The artwork draws the eye away from the sloped ceiling, while floating glass shelves showcase pretty toiletries.

 

ikea-storage.jpg Space saver "Because of the vanity's proximity to the toilet, sliding doors were truly a necessity," says designer Tamara Robbins Griffith. "They enabled us to get the most out of the space."

 

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Darling dressing area An inexpensive rug laid over existing carpeting imparts colour, while the deco-inspired wallpaper animates the neutral space with luxe pattern. The trio of chandeliers sparkles with elegant femininity.

 

ikea-bathroom-drawer.jpg Clearly organized This acrylic insert holds makeup just as easily as it could hold crafting tools. "There's no reason not to use a custom-fitted insert elsewhere," Tamara says.

 

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Pale palette The pretty, pale colour scheme is brightened by a simple vase of fresh flowers.

Tamara's top tips for a truly organized bathroom
1 Take inventory of what you are going to be storing before you design the space, ensuring there's a place for everything.

2 Consider wall-mounted cabinets or a vanity that floats above the floor.
That will provide room to tuck a stool or baskets underneath, especially useful for a family bathroom.

3 Choose a vanity with drawers. When drawers are pulled out, it's easy to see and find everything -- much better than reaching into the back of a dark cabinet.

4 Conquer clutter with clear acrylic organizers. They're a great choice because you can see what's inside.

 

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