Tips For Refreshing, Renovating or Retrofitting Your Bathroom

Experts share their tips on how to best update your bathroom.

Farrow & Ball wallpaper is available at Maria Tomás.
photograph courtesy of Farrow & Ball


Tips for refreshing your bathroom with wallpaper

Who: Julian Riley, co-owner of Maria Toms

What: Wallpaper can work well in a half-bath space for a dramatic refresh. Here are his five tips on how to do it right.

photograph courtesy of Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball wallpaper is available at Maria Toms.

1. Be strategic with where you put it

Avoid wallpapering the wall next to the toilet and also behind the sink – anywhere there’s potential for splash back.

2. Choose wisely

Grasscloth wallpaper is not washable, so isn’t the best bathroom option. You might be able to spot clean it with a gently dampened sponge, but very rarely.

3. Maintenance is easier than you think

Regular wallpaper does have a protective coating and can be cleaned, but not with bleach-based product.

4. Less is enough

One roll of wallpaper will generally be enough for one powder room.

5. More is more

Go big and go wild in terms of scale of print. There are lots of gilded and flocked and metallic wallpapers. Have fun.

Tips for renovating your bathroom to make it luxurious

photograph courtesy of Kohler

Kohler’s Calgary showroom is at Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre.

Who: Jeannie Sturdy, owner of Sturdy Design Co.

What: Five things every luxury bathroom needs.

1. Natural or organic elements

Marble offers an organic, natural feel, but faux marble or stone is a better option, especially in something like a steam shower. Laminam is a thin porcelain you can get in four-by-eight sheets. It’s super-strong and requires very little maintenance.

2. Heat

Heated floors, heated shower benches, heated towel bars, heat in general.

3. Lighting

There are some pretty amazing tubs that offer chromatherapy, where you can program different coloured LED lights in your bathtub to suit your mood.

4. Technology

TVs are being built into mirrors and some of the shower fixtures out there are really amazing. Kohler makes one where each user can pre-program the temperature, body spray and overhead spray.

5. Real furniture

Consider adding seating, like a small chaise or a comfortable occasional chair covered in terrycloth fabric. Select a vanity that is a furniture-type piece or is a bit more contemporary in a floating style.

Tips for retrofitting your bathroom

Who: Jill Gillis, design project manager at Modern Duke Home Decor

What: How Gillis achieves a bold, modern look in the bathroom.

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