10 steps to a glamorous bathroom

10 steps to a glamorous bathroom

10 steps to a glamorous bathroom Author: Style At Home


10 steps to a glamorous bathroom

If there’s one thing that everyone can appreciate, it’s a glamorous bathroom. Think sparkling fixtures and luxe materials with a restful-but-sexy polish and you’ve got the makings of a bathroom that oozes glam style. “With glam, there will definitely be a feeling of excess,” says Toronto interior designer Mimi Pineau. “It will be a bit more risqué and over-the-top than creating a purely luxurious interior,” she says.


After years of safe, borderline-sterile bathrooms, interiors dripping with glamour appeal to the many opulence-lovers among us. Although glam style is often thought of as synonymous with Hollywood Regency style, that’s not necessarily always the case: it’s a far broader designation nowadays. The versatility of glam is that it can infuse and overlay many design styles. “Glam style can designed in many ways: modern or retro, luxuriant or minimal,” Mimi says. Retro-style sinks can mingle with crystal chandeliers, clean-lined fixtures can be juxtaposed against an ornate mirror with glittering details. Shine and sparkle are key. “With glam, the decor would most certainly include several reflective or high-gloss surfaces,” including metals, Mimi says.

Here are 10 ways to get the look:

1 Go big at first, and scale back if needed. “I generally plan on a number of dramatic elements, then scale back as needed, to the point where the client feels comfortable, but the space still feels ultra-stylish,” Mimi says.

2 Light fixtures should be dramatic. Forget simple, go for impactful, “be it a chandelier, large scale pendant, or eye-catching sconces.”

3 Dress the walls richly. You need a dramatic colour, wallpaper or sparkly tile. These add immensely to the overall mood and can create a moody jewel-box feel, or depending on the colour scheme, a cooler glam effect, says the Toronto designer.

4 Get curvy and shapely accents. “With glam, I think of accessories and hardware with a feminine frame of mind: curvy or mirrored accent furniture and accessories such as shapely perfume bottles that add interest to the decor.”

5 Avoid white on white … on white. White walls, white fixtures, white towels create a clean, restful and spa-like vibe but they don’t shout glam. Lush jewel-tone hues, ripe pinks, rich creams and even black (think Chanel’s black lacquer cosmetic cases) do.

6 Add metals. Gold still seems daring, but it has been back in style for years now in bathrooms. And the warm tones of brass and copper are coming back in a big way, says Mimi.

7 Luxurious stone is the way to go. In relatively small space like a bathroom, gorgeous natural stone like marble and granite make a splashy, glam impact whether it be for flooring or countertops.

8 Pick a big mirror. “A dramatic mirror as big as the wall space will allow is a must,” Mimi says. Reflective surfaces, shine and sparkle all contribute to glam style, and a big mirror will help you achieve this.

9 Don’t forget the soft touches. In a glamorous bathroom, Mimi says she would display some tactile, softer elements such as very plush towels to contrast with the harder lines of the fixtures and finishes.

10 Remember that glam doesn’t mean gaudy. You’re aiming for a look that’s polished, classy yet alluring. Would a modern-day Audrey Hepburn look at home in the room?  If you’re in doubt, get a second opinion from a fellow glam-lover (or, just check out these glam bathroom decor accessories to get inspired).

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6 glam bathroom decor accessories

Mirrored vanity

Mirrors are essential in any glam bathroom and even choosing a vanity presents an opportunity to add sparkle and shine. An antique patina and French art deco style add sophistication to this marble-topped cabinet. Strand Mirrored Bath, Restoration Hardware, from $1,615 USD.

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Restoration Hardware

6 glam bathroom decor accessories

Plush monogrammed towels

Fluffy, impeccable bath towels add immensely to the glam factor in a bathroom, especially if they’re monogrammed and include an accent colour that ties into the rest of the space. Grand Embroidered 700 Gram bath towels, Pottery Barn, from $13.

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Pottery Barn

6 glam bathroom decor accessories

Crystal chandelier

Glam style doesn’t get any more over-the-top and luxe than this crystal chandelier in brass and wrought iron. Each of its crystals is hand-polished. Casbah crystal chandelier, Restoration Hardware, $3,295 USD.

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Restoration Hardware

6 glam bathroom decor accessories

Oversize mirror

A big, bold mirror is a necessity in a glamorous bathroom. With its feminine shape, ornate detail and antique feel, this iron mirror hits the spot. Anastasia mirror, Anthropologie, $398 USD.  

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Anthropologie

6 glam bathroom decor accessories

Clawfoot tub

What’s more glamorous than lounging like a 1940s-era film star in a bathtub full of suds? This clawfoot tub in acrylic and chrome makes a swish impression and comes with a faucet and hand-held shower. Dorya acrylic bathtub kit, Lowes, $1,358.

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Lowes

6 glam bathroom decor accessories

Bold wallpaper

Glam doesn’t have to be traditional. Go for a no-holds-barred printed wallpaper with a curvy modern-retro pattern in black, gray and white. Groovy wallpaper,, $50 per roll.  

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Graham and Brown


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