Accessorize the Bath

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - DEBBIE TRAVIS -

Dear Deb­bie;

We’ve done a par­tial reno in our main bath­room, re­plac­ing an old sink and toi­let. Bath and shower still OK. What is your ad­vice about dec­o­rat­ing so that ev­ery­thing looks new? Thanks,

Dear Andrew:


It is of­ten more dif­fi­cult to de­sign a par­tial ren­o­va­tion than to start from scratch. The chal­lenge is to join the old and new in some way so that they are

syn­chro­nized. You don’t say what ma­te­rial is on the floor, but I am guess­ing that you would have laid a new floor, or re­placed the floor around the new fix­tures to seam­lessly match up, so that will help. A fresh coat of paint or paint and wall­pa­per in one of the new retro pat­terns will do won­ders for the over­all fin­ished look. Pick a style that suits, and then build on that with some new bath ac­ces­sories from the same or sim­i­lar de­sign groups to unify the fix­tures. Ginger’s Em­pire Col­lec­tion, shown here in pol­ished chrome, pro­vides a stun­ning se­lec­tion of towel racks and rods, hooks, toi­letry gallery shelves, light­ing, grab bars and mir­rors. www.gin­ The Em­pire’s hexag­o­nal-shaped posts suit both tra­di­tional and mod­ern spa­ces and are sure to bring a brand new face to your en­tire bath­room. The fin­ish on the ac­ces­sories should be the same. You’ll find pol­ished and satin nickel fin­ishes in this col­lec­tion as well as pol­ished and oil-rubbed bronze in Ginger’s Circe col­lec­tion. Fi­nally, fol­low the dec­o­ra­tor’s trick of cam­ou­flag­ing the less than per­fect by em­pha­siz­ing the best. A new mir­ror or lights, fresh tow­els, and bars of spa soaps are al­ways scene steal­ers. Dec­o­rat­ing ex­pert and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Deb­bie Travis ap­pears in The Tele­gram’s Home Buy­ers’ Guide each week Email your ques­tions to house­2home@ deb­bi­ Dear Deb­bie;

We want to change the style in our mas­ter bath­room. The pre­vi­ous own­ers used good white tiles, but trimmed in a flo­ral tile pat­tern, which we truly dis­like. Since we are work­ing on a tight bud­get, could we re­place the tile trim with­out tak­ing down the whole wall of tile? There is a stone and glass tile trim with grey and sand strips that we would use to re­place the old trim. San­dra

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