Adding Pizazz to the Bathroom

From Drab to Fab

By CHT Media Created: January 6, 2013 Last Updated: January 6, 2013
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An updated look for the bathroom. (CHT Media)

An updated look for the bathroom. (CHT Media)

Dear Marc:

Our bathroom needs attention! The fixtures are a classic white but all my accessories seem as if they have seen a better day. How can I “style” my bathroom?

Dear Angelica:
Here are some great ideas you can try to give your bathroom a new look. Have fun and be creative!

A small cabinet displaying towels, photos, and books. (CHT Media)

A small cabinet displaying towels, photos, and books. (CHT Media)

-- White towels
-- Glass vessels filled with contents of your choice
-- Black hardcover books
-- Picture frames with black and white photography
-- Greenery
-- Soap dispenser
-- Cotton drape panel

Step 1:
Take a before photo that you can take along while shopping. Note the areas that need to be styled with accessories and mark down the measurements including width, height and depth of the areas. Go through magazines and clip images of bathrooms. Examine how these rooms were styled and draw inspiration.

Step 2:The whiter, the better! When it comes to bathroom towels, you can never go wrong with white towels. The only exception to this rule is located in the black hole we call the kid’s bathroom. The sterile nature of a white towel is spa-like and offers a backdrop for a small splash of colour or pattern.

Vessels filled with pretty and functional items. (CHT Media)

Vessels filled with pretty and functional items. (CHT Media)

When folding a towel, fold it vertically a third of the way onto itself, then fold the opposing side in the same manner. Now, fold the towel horizontally using the same third rule. This technique will give you a beautiful boutique hotel look for your towels.

Step 3: Invest in quality glass vessels and fill them with jewels, decorative soaps, sea shells, cotton balls or anything else that is clean and simple. Remember to pair similar items together for continuity. Also, I’m sure I don’t have to mention the need to stick to items that belong to the environment you are designing. For instance, we don’t want to see a glass vessel filled with apples displayed on the toilet no matter how pretty the pop of colour. Place the vessels together in odd numbers on a shelf or ledge.

Step 4: Create little areas displaying folded towels and decorative soaps. Invest in a unique soap dispenser and don’t be afraid to display books and picture frames on a shelf. Wherever possible, add a little greenery in a glass container.

Before photo. (CHT Media)

Before photo. (CHT Media)

Step 5: I don’t understand why people put sheers on their bathroom window. A simple cotton panel is private and aesthetically pleasing.

Step 6: Style and edit till you get it right! Have fun with your bathroom project. Buy a few things, try them out and if they don’t work, exchange them. There is no shame in trying a few looks.

Marc Atiyolil is a celebrity designer, the Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Home Trends Magazine, a design expert on CTV, host of the TV series DIY Hotline and the host of the Marc Atiyolil Show on To subscribe to Home Trends Magazine visit

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