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Beating the bathroom blues

When the season changes, do you change up the decor in your home to match? Maybe you’ve exchanged your traditional decor for some pumpkins and fall-coloured centerpieces for fall. Why not give your bathroom that same TLC? From adding furniture pieces to undergoing a small bathroom renovation, there are so many things you can do to beat the bathroom blues!The weather may be cooling off outside, but you should be able to enjoy a warm and welcoming home every day of the year and in every room in the house—bathroom included!

To help you out, I’ve gathered some hot bathroom trends (that aren’t going away any time soon), which can help you beat the bathroom blues, taking what can sometimes be a chilly space and turning it into your favourite new place.

Warm colours

Everyone likes a clean bathroom, but using lots of white, blue, and hard materials can sometimes leave a space feeling chilly.

Instead, add inviting warmth with touches of warmer hues. Look to timeless leafy greens and small doses of primary yellow to bring in some sun while staying outside of changing trends.

Also consider switching out accessories like towel bars, faucets or cabinet knobs from cool chrome or nickel to golden-toned brass for added radiance.

Expert tip: a single potted plant can bring some beautiful greenery. Orchids actually love humid spaces, so don’t be afraid to place one on the vanity.

Adding some unexpected artwork to a bathroom is the ultimate way to make it feel simultaneously lively and luxe.

Adding some unexpected artwork to a bathroom is the ultimate way to make it feel simultaneously lively and luxe.

Rich textures

Another way to counter a bathroom’s cold atmosphere is by mixing in unexpected textures, like rough woods and playful plastics. A vanity, shelf or storage unit in patina’d or exotic wood (rather than a perfect glossy lacquer) creates a relaxed vibe. Then, add textural accents like coral, driftwood, or seagrass to widen the palette.

Expert tip: make sure to balance “imperfect” pieces with some crisp ones (like an antique vanity with an acrylic or metal stool), so the overall effect doesn’t feel unkempt.


Add furniture

Depending on the available space, adding furnishings that don’t feel explicitly designed for a bathroom makes this room feel more like a part of the home. For example, use a small desk instead of a typical vanity, nestle a small stool against the tub, or include a (properly wired) table lamp instead of only wall or ceiling lights.

Expert tip: I often use wooden stools in a bathroom design to add both a sculptural furniture element and some natural texture at once.

Ready to add a unique piece of furniture to your new bathroom? Visit our online directory to find a store located near you! We have dozens of furniture stores for you to visit. We bet you’ll find the perfect piece to complete your bathroom space.


Wild tile

Who says a bathroom tile has to be boring? Mediterranean tile patterns are hot right now, but also feel timelessly historic. Go bold in this space and use wild tile all over, or make a feature wall out of the shower (or even the floor) to add a dramatic focal point—it makes your mornings a memorable part of your day.

Expert tip: to add interest to an inexpensive porcelain tile, choose a more square shape (try a 3”x3” rather than a typical 3”x6”), and accentuate the geometry with a subtly contrasting grout in a mid-to-dark grey.


If you’re interested in retiling your bathroom, use our directory to find a tile contractor to help you with the project!

Adorn the walls with art

Adding some unexpected artwork to a bathroom is the ultimate way to make it feel simultaneously lively and luxe. Try a reproduction painting in a vintage frame, hang ceramic or acrylic items (like decorative plates), or use a blown-up photo in an archival frame—anything you would normally expect to see in a different space.

The steamy environment may not preserve the pieces as well as a gallery, but the slight wear and tear will be worth the everyday beauty.

Expert tip: for an even simpler artistic upgrade, add a beautiful frame over your existing mirror (around the edges or hanging as a layer overtop) to complete the look and present your own visage like a masterpiece.


Take this tips to your bathroom:

  1. Add warmth with primary yellow touches, golden accessories and leafy green accents.
  2. Introduce new textures, balancing hard and “perfect” pieces with soft and “imperfect” (like sleek metal vs. rustic wood).
  3. Use furniture pieces like desks or stools to make the space feel like part of the home.
  4. Be bold with wild mediterranean tile patterns—each quick visit should be a powerful decor experience.
  5. Use unexpected art to truly bring the bathroom to life.

Ready to make your bathroom stand out above the rest of the rooms in your home? We have a unique directory filled with dozens of home accessories stores where you’ll be able to find exactly what you need!

If you want to actually renovate your bathroom, don’t forget to read through reviews on our website when searching for a bathroom renovator!

Need a little more sweet ensuite inspiration to beat that autumn chill? Find me on Twitter and Instagram at @yanicsimard!

About the Author: Yanic Simard is a celebrity interior designer.

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