February 21, 2014

Before and After – Bathroom updates

This custom built home was about 8 years old and the homeowners were ready to update and finish decorating the bathrooms.

Though the builder had put  lovely custom finishes in the bathrooms like limestone floors and marble counter tops, not a lot of decorating was done beyond that when they first moved in.  These bathrooms needed some verve.
Last week we showed you concept boards and fabric and tile finishes that we selected for the girls’ bathroom here.  I found a very bad quality ‘before’ picture of the space (so please forgive my photography skills.)  This shows you the basically beige space we were dealing with.

Before bathroom pic


The active teenage girls are so full of life and really deserved something more exuberant.  They both loved blues and acquas.  These colours were also used in their adjoining bedrooms to the bathroom.  So we pulled it into the bathroom on a counter to ceiling backsplash done in the beautiful glass mosaic tile.  We put up some sparkling new mirrors with fresh looking lighting, a new window valance to tie the acqua and cream marble together… and voila – this happened….

Thornhill Bathroom renovation - after

Bathroom Renovation by Lumar Interiors


In the parents’ bathroom it was much the same scenario.  There was good finishes to work with – limestone floors and marble counters but again, it was lacking some personality.  We found a stacked mosaic tile that combined glass and marble that you can see here.  The tile was perfect for the backsplash because it combined some of the existing finish (limestone/marble) with a glass tile that added colour.  So it looked very pulled together and not like an afterthought 8 years later.  We replaced the mirrors with larger bevelled mirror framed mirrors and we replaced the dated light fixtures.  We also added a third mirror.  Though there was no sink there it just felt more balanced and finished this way.

Here is our before:

ensuite bath before


And here is the after…..

ensuite bathroom renovation

Bathroom Renovation


The large bathroom took on a new life and the wall of tile became quite a focal point.  We were ecstatic over the results!

As we pointed out in last week’s post, the moral of this story is that sometimes you don’t need to gut the whole room.  You can get another 10 years out of a space by simply updating some key elements.  The investment isn’t a lot but the ‘wow’ factor is tenfold.  You have a new space that you can enjoy for many more years and it increases the value of your home.

Next week, stay tuned for a full bathroom makeover we are currently in the process of.

If you are thinking of remodelling a bathroom and want some professional advice, give Lumar Interiors a call or [email protected]



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