Take your bathroom from drab to fab with these easy decorating ideas!
Bathroom and kitchen renovations are known to give homeowners the biggest returns on their investment when they sell. But whether you’re doing a big renovation or just looking for ways to update your current bathroom and whether you intend to sell or not, these ideas for beautifying your bathroom will pay big returns in your overall satisfaction with your home. And you don’t have to have a $50,000 budget to do it. These affordable upgrades will add some serious style to your home without breaking the bank!
Renewal Divinity Small Mirror
What a difference something as simple as a mirror can make. The right one can transform the look of your bathroom and give it an updated, more stylish feel in an instant. The frame is made from hammered aluminum combined with beveled glass and can be hung vertically or horizontally, depending on your preference and the shape of the space you’re working in. Renewal Divinity Small Mirror, Wayfair, $380.46.
Flush Mount Bathroom Lighting Fixture
When renovating, it’s important to consider your lighting options for the type of space you have. So before you head to the lighting store, figure out whether it’d be best to go with flush mount, track lighting or sconces. No matter what you choose, illuminate your bathroom with a stunning light fixture that ties your bathroom’s whole look together and adds an appealing amount of sparkle and shine! Boasting a shiny chrome finish and a laser-cut inspired design on the lamp shade, this flush mounted lighting fixture will bring effortless elegance to your bathroom and is a simple way to take the look of the entire space from drab to fab! Flush Mount Bathroom Lighting Fixture, Multi Luminaire, $349.
Aroura Tile White and Gold Wallpaper
If you’ve always loved the look of wallpaper but have shied away from using it in the bathroom, it’s time to reconsider. Wallpaper has come a long way and today, there are lots of options on the market, many of which are suitable for moisture-rich environments. This gorgeous wallpaper has a mosaic pattern that mimics the look of tile and has a washable finish for easy clean-up. Aroura Tile White and Gold Wallpaper, Graham & Brown, $50/roll.
Metro Basket Weave White and Cobalt Porcelain Mosaic Tile
Flip through the pages of your favourite design magazine and you’re sure to see plenty of bathrooms boasting this contrasting basket weave tile to dramatic effect. Get the look for yourself with these tiles – but may we suggest opting for the white and cobalt colour combo as a subtle alternative to black and white? The rich cobalt will add a decidedly chic and unexpected look to your bathroom. Metro Basket Weave White and Cobalt Porcelain Mosaic Tile, Home Depot, $7.98 each.
Gleaming Brass Bath Collection
Upping the style quotient in your bathroom doesn’t get any easier than this! Swap out your existing vanity vessels for these truly chic options. The full set includes a soap dispenser, tumbler and tray, all in a beautiful brass finish. Gleaming Brass Bath Collection, Anthropologie, $22-$36.
Dot Medallion Shower Curtain
Looking for a quick and easy bathroom update that won’t break the bank? How about a new shower curtain? This 100% cotton curtain is made in India and features a modern medallion motif in a soothing colour palette of watercolour inspired shades of blue and grey. With this one simple addition to your bathroom, you’ll add an air of tranquility that will turn your bathroom into the oasis you always dreamed of. Dot Medallion Shower Curtain, West Elm, $29.99.
Style at Home 2014 collection
Overture, curtain, lights: This is it - your first look at our brand new Style at Home Collection in partnership with Sears Canada, available this spring in stores and online at sears.ca. Here, we introduce you to one of our favourite new arrivals - the Periwinkle Paisley bedding line.
Editor-in-Chief Erin McLaughlin started with a colour scheme of navy blue, periwinkle and white to reflect a mood that's at once simple and serene. "That's the feeling I want to have when I step into my bedroom," she says.
Part of the fun of this collection is that there are so many pieces to play with. Here, Erin chose varying sizes and shapes of luxe pillows and toss cushions in an array of fabrics that imbue the bedscape with texture and interest.
1 Euro pillows covered in a crinkled cotton fabric provide a layer of texture to the bedscape.
2 Standard pillowcase in a small hexagonal print are part of the coordinating Periwinkle Paisley sheet set.
3 Breakfast cushion featuring a delicate eyelet pattern introduces a simple shot of interest.
4 Square toss cushion also covered in the white crinkled cotton fabric, is a decorative must-have for this look.
Are sleeping pillows, and are 20" x 26" in size. Covered with pillowcases, they are the functional cushions on the bed.
Are larger than standard, designed at 20" x 36" to fit king-sized beds.
Are square cushions, often with a flange on all four sides. They are meant for decorative purposes, and are normally placed to stand on their edges.
Refers to a long, narrow pillow that's tubular in shape and ornamental in purpose.
Are designed to support the back. They are also long and narrow, like bolsters, but lumbars are rectangular in shape.
Refers to a small bolster-shaped pillow that sits behind the neck for support.
Square toss cushions
Are decorative, inexpensive and easy to switch up, they're the best way to bring a burst of colour into a room. the most popular sizes for square cushions are 16" and 18".
1 Side table Steven Alan Papier-Maché. West Elm, $359.
2 Table lamp Audrey. Elte, $285.
3 Bedding Style at Home Collection. Sears, $39.99- $249.99.
4 Paint Valspar Bluish. Lowe's.
5 Paint Blue Lapis. Benjamin Moore.
6 Paint Strong White 2001. Farrow & Ball.
7 Sheets Style at Home Collection. Sears, $119.99- $159.99.
The Style at Home Collection is more than just bedding. You can carry the look through to your bath - and beyond - with stylish products that include pillows and duvets, bath towels and mats, shower curtains and accessories.
Modern bath look
The delicate tracery on the Hourglass shower curtain lends a sophisticated vibe to the bathroom decor. The ombre accessories set, with its rustic aesthetic, is a perfect counterpoint to this contemporary style.
An industrial loft design with a retro vibe
A designer makes good on a long-ago promise to create the perfect retro-industrial look for a radio personality's first home.
Adam Wylde (co-host of the popular Blake & Wylde radio show and son of TV and radio personality Marilyn Denis) was 14, he asked family friend and designer Ramsin Khachi for a favour. “He made me promise that I would design his place when he bought one,” recalls the in-house consultant on The Marilyn Denis Show.
So when Adam found a 755-square foot loft with spectacular views and a hip industrial vibe in Toronto’s King East Design District, he brought Ramsin to see it. “It was a purple mess,” recalls Adam, referring to the floor-to-ceiling eggplant coloured walls and unfortunate 1980s finishes. “But it had so much potential, and I couldn’t get a view like that anywhere else in the city.” Ramsin agreed and took on the challenge of making the space match Adam’s relaxed style of living.
On the main level, a peninsula separates the kitchen from the living area, while the staircase visually delineates the dining space.
Designer Ramsin Khachi created a new spiral staircase with a more gradual descent, placing it in the middle of the living space (rather than close to the wall) to delineate the dining area and add drama. Stamped-metal dining chairs and a glass barn-style pendant light amplify the industrial vibe of this open-concept loft.
“I used to live in an old cigarette factory, and I just love that style,” says homeowner Adam Wylde, who adores his industrial loft look. In the living area, the vintage teak console – propped up on cement blocks – holds his treasures: an antique radio, vinyl records and a retro tangerine phone (that used to belong to Adam’s grandpa), providing a rare pop of colour.
Raw steel floating open shelves and vintage-look brick cladding balance the sleek high-gloss cabinetry in the kitchen. With durable quartz countertops, “Adam can make all the mess he wants,” says Ramsin with a laugh.
Ramsin was careful not to overstock Adam’s loft. A clean-lined workspace tucked beside the dining area displays a few of Adam’s collectibles. The framed $2 and $20 bills were a present from his mom. “When I was little, I told her I wanted to frame the bills to show my kids one day, so she did it to surprise me,” says Adam.
Previously open to the downstairs, the master bedroom was closed off to provide privacy.
“The master bedroom was open to downstairs, with hideous 1980s railings, so we custom made old factory windows to enclose the space but still keep it feeling bright and airy,” says Ramsin.
The main-floor powder room previously housed a washer and dryer, making the door hard to open. Ramsin closed off the laundry area and added another door beside the powder room entrance to make the machines accessible from the hallway.
Old friends Ramsin (left) and Adam share a laugh.
A wooden dresser transforms into an ultra-stylish statement piece.
Put your DIY skills to the test with these simple and stylish IKEA furniture transformations.
Style at Home's talented design team puts their own unique spin on IKEA's VITTSJÖ nesting-style coffee table with three personality-packed rooms to match.
Discover how all three looks came together and how you can create the same look in your home.
We created a customized office desk for this cozy home office nook.
Using IKEA's ALEX desktop you can create the same look at home.
A simple DIY project dramatically transforms a regular wooden dresser into a luxe piece of furniture on a budget.
Using IKEA's TARVA three-drawer chest get this look at home.
Glam up a plain pendant light with a coat of gold spray paint.
Using IKEA's HEKTAR pendant light get the step-by-step instructions here.
Add some stylish storage to your space with this gorgeous do-it-yourself cabinet featured in our high/low: chic dressing room.
Using IKEA's SEKTION wall cabinet get the step-by-step instructions here.
Create your own free-standing island like the one featured in our Parisian-style kitchen. This budget-friendly accessory can be customized to suit your style while adding an extra prep area to any size space.
Using IKEA's KARPALUND base get the step-by-step instructions here.