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Quick Bathroom Makeover that wont' Break the Bank

Quick bathroom makeover ideas that won’t break the bank

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Quick bathroom makeover ideas that won’t break the bank

by Madisyn McKee

Looking to refresh some spaces in your home? Consider these bathroom makeover ideas that won’t cost you an arm and a leg

It’s common knowledge that there are two things you can renovate in a house to increase its value; the kitchen or your bathrooms. There is no coincidence that they are also the two most expensive rooms to renovate.

While you could easily shell out thousands to replace your bathroom and give it an upgrade, you don’t have to. There are lots of options that can make it look like a completely new space. Here are a few:

Paint

This is probably the most obvious and the easiest in terms of upgrades for a bathroom. Finding the right paint for your room can make all the difference. Choose a colour that suits the room.

Light colours work best for smaller rooms that can often feel dark. If you plan on using white or light features for your bathroom, consider a darker, warmer colour. Greys, blues or greens are the most common colours for bathroom spaces.

Vanity

A relatively easy change you can make to the bathroom for a few hundred dollars is the vanity. Often it’s the size of the vanity that will determine the choice you should make. You should also consider how much storage space you’ll be looking for. If you are not a person that holds a lot of items in your bathroom, a simple vanity will do.

Lighting

Adding in a simple lighting piece can make a big difference in a small room. Look for a statement piece like a beautiful chandelier to really brighten up the room and add to the overall aesthetic. Just be sure to use your existing light sockets, otherwise your costs can add up if you have to bring in an electrician to make some changes.

Re-tile

The great thing about a bathroom makeover means there is less square footage to have to worry about. If you are handy, consider adding new tiles around the bathtub or even the walls. New floor tiles can set you back only a couple hundred dollars but change what the room looks like entirely.

Little touches

Don’t underestimate how much the little things can make a difference. Updating the colours of your towels or shower curtain can change the way a small room like the bathroom looks quite a bit. Consider adding statement pieces like a gold or brass faucet. Adding shelves in the room can make a great place for other statement pieces without taking away from usable space.

For a few hundred dollars you can easily changes what your bathroom looks like and give it the refresher that it needs.

Madisyn is a freelance writer and social media obsessed traveller based out of Toronto. Always looking for her next adventure but glued to her phone, you can contact her at madi@therestlessworker.com or visit her at therestlessworker.com


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Design Expert: The WOW Factor

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Design Expert: The WOW Factor

Photography By LARRY ARNAL

The smallest space in the home is the perfect place to unleash your most daring design desires

When I design a powder room, I think of the “pow” factor. Homeowners often are worried it is going to be “too much!” Fortunately, it is the one place in the house that you are allowed to take your design ideas to the edge, and then go a little farther, with complete success.

ONCE UPON A POWDER

The term powder room, apparently was coined in the 18th century, and described a small interior closet where people would go to have their wigs and faces re-powdered. The term survived through the Victorian period and ultimately became a euphemism for using the toilet, as the English frowned upon anything related to healthy bodily functions. The term has survived through to the present.

SMALL & SALIENT

There is no question that adding a powder room during a renovation adds value to a home. Located on the main floor, powder rooms are often mentioned on real estate listing sheets as one of the benefits of the house. It’s possible to squeeze them into a three-foot by five-foot space with room for only the toilet and a small sink. Ideally you want to keep them close to existing sewage and water source. In very tight spaces, you may have to use a corner sink or something very narrow. If you have ever gone to the “powder room” in a restaurant in Europe, you will recall that sinks can be incredibly small while still being functional. You may need specialty plumbing shops like Watermarks or Porcelanosa to pull it off, but it is completely doable.

BOLD IS BETTER

Now you get to create a room that is fun and interesting. You have to remember that unlike any other room in the house, the powder room is intended to be used completely alone every time. It’s great when the design is unlike any other part of the house. Think of it as a break from everything and everyone in the house where you have your own experience before returning to the group. Push the envelope in terms of colour, pattern and details.

Don’t be afraid of a deep colour or complex pattern in the powder room. It’s visually interesting and the darker or more complex patterns actually make the room seem larger. The drama makes it difficult to perceive the dimensions of the room. Wallpaper is a great choice for the powder room, then use the darkest colour in the wallpaper to paint out the other details of the room, such as the trim mouldings, ceiling and doors. The final experience of the room will be magical.

EVERY LIGHT SOURCE UNDER THE SUN

You also want to layer the lighting in the room. Overhead lighting like a chandelier or pot lights combined with a wall sconce is perfect. As a general rule, flank the mirror with a sconce on each side, but if you’re tight on space, a single light fixture above the mirror will suffice. Use a large-sized, detailed mirror if possible. Besides enlarging the space, the added details like bevels and mirror-on-mirror layers reflect and refract the light like a jewel. And if it’s one thing I insist on: install a dimmer! Guests can decide on light intensity on their own. I typically pre-set the light level before a party so that guests don’t have to fumble for the light switch. Also, add a candle for a little romance along with a pleasing scent.

Even if you don’t need to powder your nose in the powder room, there isn’t any reason why the room can’t pack a Pow.

Powder Room CHECKLIST

  • Can be created in a 3’x5’ space, 5’x7’ is better!
  • If you’re adding one, keep it close to existing plumbing to save costs
  • Specialty plumbing stores can help you find spacesaving sinks and toilets
  • Use dark colours and complex patterns on the wall to enlarge the look of the space
  • Layer the lighting in the room for visual interest
  • Sconces around a mirror offer the best light
  • Choose a mirror that has an interesting frame or shape
  • Boldly use large art work

Glen Peloso has worked in the design industry for 20 years. He is co-founder of Peloso Alexander Interiors, and is a regular design expert on The Marilyn Denis Show and Morning Live. Contact him at pelosoalexander.com and/or follow him on social media. Twitter: glenpeloso Instagram: glenpelosodesigner

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