So you’re renovating your bathroom and you want to include a shower. It might be a very minimal corner shower or you might have planned a magnificent shower for two. Either way it will have to be a very practical space that works for you. Here’s how.
Some like the built in shampoo niche while others will prefer a more traditional soap basket. Make sure you think of what you usually use while showering for a realistic set up.
You might want to have a full bench or simply a narrow ledge just to rest your foot when shaving or hey maybe you’re applying nail polish - who said the water was on? This option might be a simpler addition to your shower than you might think.
Your shower control don’t need to be bellow the actual shower. Have you mastered that technique where you’re super quick at turning it on so you don’t get the first hit of cold water? Fear no more! Locate the controls near the entrance of the shower, turn it on, wait 5 seconds and you’re good to go. You’re welcome.
Wether you’re all about the body jets or looking for the biggest rain shower you can get, make sure you don’t forget a hand shower. You can get one on a bar and use it in the same way you would a shower head or have it on a hook which gives a nice low profile look. A hand shower has more pressure than a rain shower so it’s totally practical for those with thick or long hair. Not to mention you will enjoy having it handy for rinsing or washing your shower.
Don’t forget lighting in your shower! It’ super important. I like to have the shower lighting on a separate light switch than the rest of the general lighting and bonus- on a dimmer. Easier to start the morning this way and can also be used as a nightlight. Win!
Some call it clarvista, others microtek, there are other terms used as well but basically it’s protection for your glass, usually backed by a guarantee and installed by the manufacturer, which helps keep it clean. All you have to do it squeegee after your shower and it stays really nice. Obviously regular upkeep can’t be disregarded but this allows you to enjoy clear glass on your day to day. Don’t use vim or any other abrasive products as this will wear it away quickly.
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Isn’t it nice to get away? I love taking tips from the places I stay when traveling to use them in my own home or design projects. Sometimes you’re just missing that extra detail that will make your bathroom feel ultra high end and inviting.
This is such an easy add on. You for sure have room for one no matter the size of bathroom and you will avoid having your bath robe laying around all the time. Honestly every time I stay in a hotel room where there is a nice fluffy robe hanging I get excited to wear it. I never do. But just the thought of it makes me feel comfortable!
Have a few pretty soaps, perfumes or lotions out for show. Group them together on a fancy tray or on a stack of hand towels. This would be a great place to add a room diffuser of your signature scent. I like to purchase products I enjoyed from hotel boutiques I’ve stayed at and use them in my home. Not only do they look fancy but they remind me of good times from that specific trip.
Hang framed photographs, postcards or prints to dress up the space and make it personal. For fun art prints I like to check out Society 6. Careful though, you could totally spend hours on there!
For toilet paper. Don’t forget to keep extras handy in the room. Make them visible if you're renovating your guest bathroom or powder room. You could also opt for a double toilet paper holder. Like this one from Kohler.
Please keep them white. Towels are not a way to add a ‘’splash of color’’. It’s tacky. White towels will always look right and compliment the room without stealing the show.
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Think of how you want to feel in your new bathroom. Ok now think of when you’re stepping out of the shower or getting out of bed to go to the washroom. Making your bathroom pretty is really fun but you also should think of what you need to really appreciate your space on a daily basis. Here are 5 key elements I like to work with to help bring up the heat.
A Towel Warmer
Try and leave space near your shower or bath for one. Unless you’ve mastered the ‘’hubby throws you a towel from the dryer’’ technique, a towel warmer will definitely come in handy. I like to check out ICO which is a Canadian make and very good quality, especially their Tuzio line which can also help heat the space.
Tiles can get very cold and frankly, I even keep my heated floors on in the summer. It’s just not as harsh especially when waking up! Crank the heat up in the winter and if calculated correctly, a heated floor can be used as a main and even only source of heating for a bathroom. It’s uniform and avoids any visible heating units! (Yayy!) My go-to system is Ditra-Heat by Schluter.
I know I love the simple look of a single glass panel too- just enough to contain the shower. But really, if you are a chilly person, you might want to stick to a fully closed shower. I don’t mean all the way up to the ceiling but go with a standard door on hinges or sliding door. This will keep more humidity in and keep you warm.
If you share your shower with your loverlove (#reallife) you might want to consider having the ability to use two shower fixtures at once. For example a rain shower and hand shower, or shower head and body jets. Nothing is worst than waiting for your turn -in the cold.
A Wall Heater
If you do need an extra boost of heat, try a forced-air heater. Most of them have timers or can be programmed to accommodate your schedule. Stelpro is a good place to look. They are local, made in Quebec, offer a wide range of finishes and can even do custom colors if needed! SO great. You don’t have to limit yourself to a white unit that might stick out too much and distract from the rest of your decor.
You don’t need to have all of these but evaluating all of them is a good idea. What would you appreciate most?
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I have had so many clients come to me very confused by what to do with their small bathroom’s floor. Here is my advice for choosing a tile that works for your space.
DO go for a mosaic. It will give a smooth even effect to your floor. Plus- mosaic tends to be pricy so this is totally the right place to experiment with that hexagon nero marquina you love. The impact will be impressive without breaking the bank since you probably won’t need that much.
DON’T go for average 12x12 tiles. These are dead. Literally. All the tile stores are liquidating them. They will break up the floor with too many joints and make it look outdated.
DO go for a larger tile. Like a 12x24, 24x24 or even larger! Make sure you have at least two full visible tiles. A more uniform or lightly textured tile with a matching grout will give a seamless modern look.
DON’T line up the larger rectangular tiles. This will attract the eye to missing space. When you see two full rows and then a row of 1/2 tiles, it totally looks builder-basic. Switch it up with a staggered or brick pattern so you can’t determine where the tiles start or end.
DO try a fun hexagon or pattern tile as long as you stay under 8''x8''.
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The Subway Tile
You are classic missy. Your go-to outfit is jeans with a white t-shirt because you just know it will work. It’s a safe choice, will never go out of style and is easy to dress up with a few accessories!
The Herringbone or Chevron
You have 26 Pinterest boards and one of them is DIY projects you will eventually get to. You get fresh flowers on the weekend and Starbucks on Sundays. Your friends love your place for being so trendy!
The Custom Order Mosaic
You are all about the details. Every inch of your backsplash was meticulously chosen and planned keeping in mind the rest of your kitchen and home. You waited for it for weeks but when it arrived, it was even better than you had imagined. Your party guests always ask where you got it and, with pride, you will answer with a story.
The 4x12 Tile
What it says about you? Probably not much since it came with your condo. But hey- it seems to have been working fine.
You love beautiful yet simple things. You probably own a few art pieces from up and coming artists. You might have chosen to extend your counter slab onto your backsplash or make a statement with a large expensive, fancy Calacatta vein. Either way, your investment was totally worth it.
The Marble Tile
You like to stay true to yourself. You know this, because before buying your backsplash, everyone tried to warn you about the staining that can happen with marble but you went with it anyway! (Yayy!) It looks gorgeous and will wear over time, just like your leather handbags.
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