blog entries by ania › January 2012


quick bathroom updates for under $100

You don't need to rip out walls and tiles or install new plumbing to give your bathroom a fresh new look. Here are five simple ideas for under $100.

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New Towels
It's not necessary to buy a whole new set of towels.  Buy a new colour of hand towels 
or washcloths that compliment your existing colour palatte.  Roll them up and place them standing up in a basket for a colourful and interesting accent.  Try incorporating several colours already in your bathrrom, or go with all one colour.

Frame your Mirror
If you have a basic mirror adhered to the wall behind the sink, jazz it up by framing it. Cut your choice of molding to fit around the mirror as a frame, then paint it in the color of your choice. Use neutral colors or a brushed gold or silver. Attach the molding to the mirror with liquid glue. Voila! You have a "new" mirror.

Paint your bathroom in a fresh, new color. Your tiles don’t have to dictate the color you select, but they should complement each other. You would be amazed at the fun you can have with your existing tiles. If you have lime green tiles from the 1950s, paint the walls in a pale yellow. If you have a dark bathroom with black or white tiles, brighten it up by painting the walls sage green.

New Shower Curtain
A new shower curtain for under $20 with unique shower hooks can make a big difference. If your bathroom is small, using a clear shower curtain or one in the same color as the tub will give the illusion of a bigger bathroom.

New Accessories
- Buy an inexpensive bowl and fill it with sample-size toiletries for your guests. 
- Try out a few colored soaps to spruce up the sink.
- Buy candles in your selected color palette and place in a grouping on a shelf. 
- Buy a new soap dispenser and matching wastebasket. 
- Add a small glass vase with fresh flowers. It's always a nice touch.

{before & after} new addition!

Courtesy of Design Sponge! I'm loving the sleek lines from this bathroom reno!

"This Before & After features one of the dreamiest spa-like bathrooms I’ve seen, and to think it all started in this little 125-square-foot room. According to Branka Knezevic, the architect behind this beautiful renovation, the couple that commissioned it loves art, design and the sleek, modern aesthetic of mid-century architecture. The finished space not only incorporates all those elements into its design but also makes smart use of the elongated room with light, airy colors and plenty of sleek, low-profile fixtures. I love the focal point of the gorgeous bathtub situated underneath the picturesque window, and the glass-walled shower? Heavenly. I’m definitely marking this bathroom as an inspiration for the master bath in my dream home."