Five easy ways to transform a builder-grade bathroom – Montreal Gazette

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Jul 29, 2022  •  1 hour ago  •  3 minute read In this Gay Village home, Krausz added bold and bright wallpaper and art deco fixtures. “This room is truly one of my favourites of all time,” she says. Photo courtesy of Annika Krausz Interiors.

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Many new homes and condos feature basic, neutral bathrooms that beg for an injection of colour, texture and personality. Whether it’s a tiny powder room or an expansive main bath, you can boost the glam factor without busting your budget. Two Montreal design experts share their top tips to go from bland to beautiful.

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Liven up your walls with paint and wallpaper

“Builder-grade bathrooms can definitely use a bit of upgrade,” says interior designer Nassim Bah of Lulugem Home.

“I always tell my clients that the wall paints are just primers and need to be painted. It’s much easier to paint when the place is empty, and a good quality, washable and durable bathroom paint with a light tint of colour is a must-do.” 

If you prefer leaving the walls light, choose a vibrant paint colour for the bathroom door, which provides a fun surprise, suggests decorator Annika Krausz of Annika Krausz Interiors.

“These days, builders seem to go with the same palette – grey tile floors, grey or white wall tiles, and oak or white vanities – and let’s face it, neutral can be boring,” says Krausz, who worked as a set decorator and art director on film sets for 12 years before transitioning into commercial and residential design.

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Some hues that work well paired with grey include amber, emerald or hunter green, yellow or ochre and dusty pinks, adds Krausz. For powder rooms where humidity from the shower won’t be an issue, wallpaper can pack a big punch.

“Powder rooms are a great place to make a bold statement with wallpaper. Make it bright and fun and let your imagination run wild, because it’s a tiny space that won’t cost you a ton in wallpaper or installation,” she says.

A statement mirror can help jazz up a space.PHOTO BY NASSIM BAH – COURTESY OF LULUGEM HOME

Upgrade the lighting and backsplash

Replacing a flush-mount ceiling fixture with a small chandelier can add a luxurious touch. And since many builder-grade bathrooms don’t include a tiled backsplash, consider installing one, suggests Bah.

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