9 bathroom design dilemmas and solutions

9 bathroom design dilemmas and solutions


9 bathroom design dilemmas and solutions

Create your dream bathroom with these simple design solutions.


Powder rooms, basement bathrooms, outdated ensuites... With design trends ever-changing, it can be difficult to find a home with your dream space. But breathe, there is still hope! With a few savvy design solutions, you can make your bath the sparkling haven you dream of.



Photography by Ashley Capp

1 Problem: My basement bathroom can get quite damp and I’m scared of water damage on the walls.

If you’re without a window in your below-ground bathroom, keep water damage at bay by installing a fan and tiling the walls from floor to ceiling.



Photography by Stacey Brandford

2 Problem: Our main floor powder room is teeny tiny and feels more like a closet.
Make that small space shine like a diamond with a few glam updates. Paper the walls in a fun pattern, go bold with artwork and add some shine with brass scones. It will feel less like a closet and more like stepping inside a jewelry box!



Photography by Donna Griffith

3 Problem: The faucets in our bathroom send out water full force, making my environmentally-conscious blood boil.
Put that water pressure on hold by changing out your current sink faucet with a spout faucet and trading in the showerhead for a spa-like rain shower.



Photography by Barry Calhoun

4 Problem: The master bathroom is pretty bare bones – as my haven at the end of a long day, it’s not very inspiring.
Give that master bath some love with a few touches of old Hollywood glam. Centre the room with a sparkly chandelier, pair a white ruffled shower curtain with vintage glass hooks and trade in your vanity mirror for a gold framed stunner.



Photography by Angus Fergusson

5 Problem:  A soaker tub is an absolute must for me but my husband is more of a shower man – we just don’t have space for both!
Who says you can’t combine the best of both worlds? Enclose the soaker tub in a tiled space with a rain showerhead for a European style wet room.



Photography by Donna Griffith

6 Problem: There’s not a lot of surface space on the bathroom vanity – my skin and beauty products just make it seem cluttered.

Corral your favourite creams and beautiful perfume bottles on a vintage silver vanity tray and tuck the rest beneath the sink in organized baskets or clear containers.



Photography by Donna Griffith

7 Problem: I love the rich look of marble in the bathroom but need something to fit my budget.
You can still get the look of marble without the hefty price tag. For a magazine-worthy bathroom, cover your shower walls with porcelain marble-look tiles, a more affordable option available in slabs or subway tile.



Photography by Michael Graydon
8 Problem: My shower window looks directly into our neighbour’s house.

To keep your bathroom aglow with natural lighting whilst also maintaining privacy, frost the windows or change the panes out for textured glass.



Photography by Stacey Brandford

9 Problem: Our bathroom has entirely open shelving, but I don’t like to keep things like toilet paper and other toiletries on display.
Tuck the toilet paper and toiletries away in baskets, clearly labeling them so guests don’t need to go hunting for anything that needs replenishing.


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9 bathroom design dilemmas and solutions