Photo Gallery: 11 Inspiring Bathroom Makeovers
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Elements like the shower stall’s opaque walls and the busy drapery made this space feel stodgy and hampered light flow.
Designer and homeowner Ingrid Oomen converted four small bedrooms to two larger rooms, allowing the main bathroom to be opened up. For those who can spare the storage area, an open-based sink — like this chrome and marble one from Roman Bath — creates a great sense of spaciousness. The luxe marble herringbone floors and the wall tile installed to look like intricate panelling become the focal points and bring layers of texture to the pale palette. A big wicker basket for towels adds a shot of organic warmth.
This principal bathroom had plenty of space, but lacked personality.
Every surface was redone, making the room one of the most elegant thanks to dark wood, stone counters and muted brass taps. The pièce de résistance is a hand-painted silver and gold-leafed cherry blossom mural by Peter Costello. The sculptural freestanding tub is filled by a floor-mounted brass faucet in a warm gold tone.
Outdated design and a lack of space meant these homeowners had to think outside the box when renovating their principal bathroom.
The owners borrowed space from the bedroom closet to allow for a soaker tub and separate shower. Showstopping Ocean Blue travertine from Saltillo Imports adds texture and warmth. The tile continues from the floor to the ceiling, and wraps the face of the tub.
A bulky linen closet at the entry of this bathroom blocked flow, and an overall poor layout meant the homeowner’s legs touched the front of the toilet when she used the sink. Dated windows didn’t allow for sufficient air circulation.
The tub was repositioned along the back wall and faced with subway tiles, along with the walls, for continuity. A Carrara marble tub ledge adds to the finished look. The bathroom’s major design feature is the marble herringbone floor tile.
This bathroom had lovely traditional details that were begging to be revamped.
The old vanity was given a fresh facelift and topped with Carrara marble. A modern freestanding tub and chrome bench and faucet give an instant update.
This bathroom was tired and drab in terms of its decor, but it had good bones and lots of original details that were easy to enhance.
The original pale mustard-coloured tub and white walls were painted in a black-blue shade for dramatic effect. The medicine cabinet, pendant light and towel rack are the room’s only new additions.
The obtrusive half wall in this bathroom was replaced with an all-glass facing for the stand-alone shower. Two body sprays and an overhead rain faucet were added to amp up the spa effect. Oversized 12″ x 16″ subway tiles demarcate the shower from the rest of the room.
Designer Julie Charbonneau’s Montreal loft bathroom had great bones but no style.
Charbonneau added a contemporary piece of art and a new sculptural tub to the ensuite in her Montreal loft. The unique built-in soap dish is a quirky touch and keeps items off the edge and floor.
Watch a video tour of this loft.
In designer Joel Bray’s compact Toronto condo, the black-white-scheme was overwhelming the small bathroom.
Bray painted his small bathroom white to make the space feel larger. Floor-to-ceiling outdoor drapes make the ceilings seem higher, and will resist moisture and mildew.
Watch a video tour of this condo.
With its awkward layout, petite floor plan and tired vanity and medicine cabinet, this bathroom required a major overhaul.
Ribbon-striped tiama wood, Calacatta marble, and a flamed limestone floor instill a restful ambience in this bathroom. The sleek, architectural medicine cabinet over the toilet hides the toilet stack, while the floating vanity and large mirror visually expand the space.
With an awkward floor plan including a tiny tub, boring tile and outdated fixtures, this room was not the luxurious retreat designer and homeowner Git Gustavsson wanted it to be. Inspired by a trip to a spa in Tuscany, Git was determined to re-create the experience at home.
Git sourced this European-looking console table to use as a vanity — the extra-long drawers and shelf offer extra storage space for baskets and toiletries. The floor-to-ceiling, copper-hued cork penny tiles have all the impact of a colour-blocked wall, but are much easier to maintain and clean in a humid bathroom than paint.
Watch a video tour of this bathroom.
When the homeowners of this Toronto home discovered their family of three would be expanding, they hired John Tong of 3rd Uncle Design to turn their 500-square-foot third floor into a serene adult space.
John Tong brought in as much light as possible by opening up the back wall using wide glass sliders. Floor-to-ceiling glass enclosing the shower adds abundant natural light to the bedroom area, not to mention a killer view of the outdoors. Opting for wood-grained porcelain tile for the shower instead of real hardwood created the desired dramatic effect on a more practical level, adding texture and warmth to the space. A simple open vanity and suspended mirror don’t obstruct the windows.
Even though Karin Smith’s home had undergone a renovation about five years ago, she was never happy with the ensuite. “It was pretty,” says designer Nancy Riesco, “but Karin realized she wanted something more modern.”
To create a light, airy vibe, Riesco designed two floating vanities in bleached oak — a practical his-and-hers solution. Each features a frameless mirror and wall-mounted faucet above Carrara marble slab counters and backsplashes. In the wet area, oversized white subway tile on the walls is a budget-friendly move that allows the stunning freestanding tub and hexagonal floor tiles to take centre stage.
Individual sinks offered function but little style, until designer Jill Kantelberg transformed the bathroom.
Hardwood floors, a wool rug and an Art Deco cabinet — originally a dining room sideboard — aren’t elements you would typically find in a bathroom. In Kantelberg’s design, though, they create an inviting atmosphere that feels like a spa suite at a luxurious hotel. A large frameless mirror creates the illusion of a bigger space, while minimal decor lets the wood and mirrors achieve full impact.
With his children getting older, the homeowner decided to rip out the old tub and add a shower stall instead. But design editor Cameron MacNeil cautioned against a piecemeal approach. “I came by and said, ‘I think it needs a little more than that. You’re going to have a fantastic shower, and the rest of the bathroom is going to look terrible,'” says MacNeil.
With the shower so close to the toilet, a standard swinging glass door was out of the question. Instead, MacNeil installed a sliding glass door that runs on industrial-style pulleys, saving space. The shower stall was tiled using marble mosaic and oversize subway tiles, and new floor tiles and countertop material added the final touch.
Watch a video tour of this space.
A sunken bathtub, dated vanity and mottled tiles didn’t make for a welcoming guest bathroom.
A sleek glass-fronted shower stall and watery glass mosaic tiles make this room feel spacious and bright. The zebrano-wood vanity and square sink speak to the room’s Zen-like quality, while the vanity’s lower shelf provides the perfect place to store necessities, keeping walls and countertop clear of clutter.
This large tub was rarely used — the hot-water heater would usually run out before the bath was full — so homeowner Heather Cameron decided to replace it with a smaller clawfoot tub. The pink colour scheme and dated tiles also needed to go.
Heather introduced bright powder-blue and white colours for a clean, spa-like feel. She even painted the fiberglass clawfoot tub to complement the scheme. After removing the Jacuzzi, she had extra space to angle the new tub in the corner. A ceramic buddha, comfy ottoman, and patterned curtains make the space feel warm and welcoming.
Still, homeowner and designer Emily Norris wanted to keep costs down, so she decided not to move any plumbing. Instead, she introduced a new colour palette to replace the too-girly pink. By replacing wallpaper, tiles, flooring, the vanity and window coverings, Emily was able to completely revamp this bathroom on a budget.
Glossy white subway tiles complement the stone tiles on the floor and enhance the soft floral motif on the walls. Since relocating the tub wasn’t an option, Emily installed a glass partition instead of a shower curtain to visually open up the space.
Dark accents and harsh overhead lights made this bathroom feel cramped and unwelcoming.
An elegant vanity and dropped vaulted ceiling recall a boutique hotel, adding polish to this formerly bland ensuite bathroom. The crystal chandelier, glass doorknobs, wall-to-wall mirrors and polished metal accents add sparkle, too.
The third-floor principal bedroom and modest bathroom of Virginie Martocq and Mark McLean’s Edwardian needed reconfiguring to create a functional sleeping space, shower/bath room and dressing area.
Virginie and Mark decided to move their tub from the original bathroom area to the western window and install a three-sided fireplace (not shown) that would link the bedroom and bathroom. Now the soaker tub has a view of the fireplace, offering these busy parents a cosy retreat.
The designer behind Montreal’s classic French boutique De Poitiers wanted a dramatic change to her existing ensuite bathroom. The vanity and tiles were dated, and she longed to visually expand the small space.
A double vanity cantilevered through a custom cut, oversized wood-framed mirror reflects light and makes the room appear larger than it is. Marble floors and vintage French-style accessories complete Charbonneau’s luxe look.