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Bathroom trends and how to spice up a space on a budget

Bathroom trends and how to spice up a space on a budget

Bathrooms are typically smaller spaces so you can really have fun in them with colour, patterns and pops of colour, and make a pretty dramatic statement on a fairly tight budget.

If your budget allows, I like to go with flooring that will be durable, stylish and fun. I prefer to source from tile specific companies like Creekside Tile. They have hundreds of options and you can gather so many design ideas from just going into their showroom.

I focus on the details and functionality in all the designs I do. People often forget about the little things that make the biggest impact. I recently worked on a space and we installed Grass soft close hardware. You don’t see this type of hardware since it is built right into the mechanism of the drawers, but the gentle soft close (and that there are no more drawers slamming loudly!) is a dream.

It’s so easy to change up your current look with a coat of paint or some unique décor pieces. A new coat of paint in a dark colour might seem scary at first but a small space is the perfect spot to try a bold and daring colour as well as accessories in colours you might not typically choose.

The faucet is really the jewel of any bathroom that finishes off the space just right. This is a perfect place to splurge. I love Delta’s options for a sleek and modern faucets that command attention.

If you are thinking of replacing your current vanity I’d suggest choosing one at your local big box store. You really can get a boutique stylish unit like these Cutler Kitchen and Bath vanities that are sold at Lowe’s.

If you are looking to add a spa like retreat in your bathroom, a great relaxing treat is an electric fireplace. Units like the ones at Dimplex have come along way. You can get small units to fit even the tiniest of bathrooms and grand scale units to fit the largest master bath. You may never want to leave your bathroom after you install one of these.

For a quick bathroom update consider wallpaper and accessories. You can get both at very affordable prices from retailers like Bouclair Home. If you’ve wanted to jump on the wallpaper trend and try it out a powder room that is smaller in scale is a great place to test out a pattern.

Jo Alcorn is a design specialist and designer on HGTV’s Home to Win. She has her own furniture collection, lighting line, pillow and dog bed line and is known for her savvy design concepts. Visit Jo at