My what a lovely loo! Bathrooms designed by Jane Lockhart, Jane Lockhart Interior Design. Can bathrooms really be beautiful? Absolutely! Here are 10 fresh and inexpensive ways to beautify any style and size of loo. [caption id="attachment_693" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Black damask wallpaper and a simple gold mirror add drama in a guest bathroom. Photo by Brandon Barré.[/caption] Reflection and colour 1. Cover guest bathroom walls with dramatic wallpaper. Check out Graham and Brown for a wide selection of stunning black wallpaper. For larger bathrooms with showers and tubs, look for vinyl-coated papers designed specifically for kitchens and baths. 2. Replace a plain bathroom mirror with a framed one in a metal or metallic finish. A swivel mirror like the one below can be tilted to adjust to various heights. 3. Banish white walls and go for a little colour. Shades of grey, pinky-beige and blue do wonders for the complexion – and remember to stay away from yellow and green! [caption id="attachment_703" align="aligncenter" width="198"] Replacing a vanity with a pedestal sink makes a small bathroom roomier. Photo by Brandon Barré.[/caption] Ambience 4. Hang an elegant chandelier to add ambiance in an ensuite. 5. Cover windows with light-diffusing window blinds to create a calm, serene environment. [caption id="attachment_699" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Fabulous lighting can transform a bathroom instantly. Photo by Brandon Barré.[/caption] Style 6. Add art. Don't worry – today's bathrooms are so well ventilated that your art will be safe. Large pieces like the one below create the illusion of a window with a view! 7. Plants and flowers thrive on the moisture in a bathroom and can add a chic and elegant touch.
8. Replace outdated taps and faucets with more water-efficient and stylish models, and add a panelled skirt to a standard tub as shown below. [caption id="attachment_701" align="aligncenter" width="202"] Inexpensive accents can give a bathroom a style boost. Photo by Brandon Barré.[/caption] Do it yourself 9. Update old floors, countertops or tiled walls with fresh new porcelain, mosaic or marble tiles. For an easy DIY project, check out Bondera Tile Mat Set, a new product that makes setting tiles cleaner, faster and easier on walls or countertops. Bondera is available at Home Hardware and other home improvement retailers across Canada. [caption id="attachment_704" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bondera Tile Mat Set[/caption][caption id="attachment_707" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Visit Bondera's website for how-to videos and instructions.[/caption] 10. Now, just add water, lay back and let the new look of your lovely loo soak in!