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Are you thinking about a bathroom remodel but find the whole process overwhelming? Well with people using their homes and bathrooms more than ever why not create a space that focuses on relaxation and well being. I can help! Here are 5 simple steps that you can use to design your own bathroom oasis.

Step 1 – Vanity

With any space I always choose the biggest piece of furniture first. In a bathroom that’s the vanity. This will set the tone for your space and set you up for your next steps. Always remember to measure to allow for the biggest vanity possible because well… storage. That’s my main priority anyways. With two small kids I can never get enough. I decided to go with this gorgeous Brantley vanity from Foremost for my Kid’s bathroom. The colour is just so so good and the details are beautiful. For our powder room I chose the Ashburn Grey vanity also from Foremost. Both are available at The Home Depot Canada online. Believe it or not, I used the Ashburn Grey vanity in our Principal bathroom in our last home and loved it so much I had to use it again.



Step 2 – Faucets & Hardware

Up next, it’s time to choose your faucets and hardware. There are a few things to consider here: finish and configuration. Always check what your vanity lists when it comes to your faucet configuration. You’ll either need a single hole, 4″ or 8″ widespread. For both of the vanities I had selected I needed a 4″ plate and thankfully the Ladera Collection by Pfister faucet had that available to me. It has a great mix of straight lines and sweeping curves that work with any aesthetic. It’s a timeless design. Once you decide on the faucet and the configuration you’ll need to decide on the finish. I selected the polished chrome for my kids bathroom. I just loved how it worked with the knobs on the vanity. For the powder room I chose the spot defence brushed nickel. This prevents fingerprints and water marks woohoo! So for a bathroom that’s going to get a ton of use it was the perfect selection.

pfister faucet - ladera collection - bathroom design by harper designs pfister faucet - ladera collection - bathroom design by harper designs


Step 3 – Tile

When it comes to tile you’ll want to work with the tones of your vanity. An easy way to bring your vanity with you is to colour match with a colour swatch. That way you can make sure your tile will work with your vanity. Alternatively, you can buy the tile and bring it home to see it in your space. Do you want a large tile that’s easy to clean? Maybe a pattern for fun and whimsy? You’ll want a tile that functions well while also adding comfort to your space. I chose a beautiful honed marble tile in a hex shape for the kid’s bathroom. I loved that it was playful and geometric. For the powder room I was looking for something with subtle veining that wouldn’t clash with the floral wallpaper I had selected. There were just so many tiles to choose from at The Home Depot that I had to make a few trips. We ended up going with a large warm grey tile. I needed something that would be easy to clean as I know this bathroom will get a lot of traffic. Bigger tiles and less grout was the way to go. 

Harper Designs Bathroom Reveal - Black and White Floral Wallpaper - Home Depot Vanity White hex marble tile in kid's bathroom - by Jaclyn Harper from Harper Designs

Step 4 – Lighting

Time to choose your bathroom lighting – this one is a litter harder than some people think. First, start by deciding which type of light will work best in your space. Do you want a sconce, flush mount, a valance or a pendant light? What do you have space for? There are thousands of options to choose from on HomeDepot.ca. After that you’ll want to decide on your finish. My rule of thumb for finishes is to stick with two in a bathroom. When you start to add more than that it can make things look busy and cluttered. Once you’ve made those decisions you’ll want to think about the colour of bulb you’d like. I chose 300k bulbs for my entire house to keep the lighting consistent. The higher the Kelvin the more blue the light and the lower the more yellow. This can drastically change how the colours in your space look. For instance – some greys look purple in some lights so be careful with this.

The Home Depot Lighting - Bathroom by Harper Designs - Navy vanity in a kids bathroom Home Depot Sconce in Floral Powder Room By Harper Designs

Step 5 – Wall Treatments & Accessories

We’re almost done. The last thing you’ll want to decide on are the accessories and wall treatments for your space. Do you want wallpaper? Most people actually choose their paint first but you should aim to choose your paint colour last. When it comes to accessories I found most of mine at The Home Depot. In fact, I love using baskets as garbage cans or just as decoration in bathrooms. I found this one i’m using for just $15!  A really simple trick is to fill one with toilet paper rolls. Practical and pretty. Don’t forget your hand towel rack and toilet paper holders. I chose the Ladera Collection from Pfister for both of my bathrooms.


Before and After Bathroom Makeover by Jaclyn Harper of Harper Designs


Before and After Bathroom Makeover by Jaclyn Harper of Harper Designs

That’s a wrap. Hopefully your rest room gets a little refresh in the near future. You’ve got this! If you decide you do need a little extra help you can always contact me at Harper Designs. Big thanks to The Home Depot Canada, Pfister Faucets and Foremost for being a part of this post. Everything you see above can be purchased at The Home Depot. Just click the links to shop my bathroom:

Kid’s Bathroom: https://cur.lt/TOY9vXoO

Powder Room: https://cur.lt/ZFQkPK5U

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