Sprucing up your bathroom

My tiny bathroom looks dated and boring – white walls, older white fixtures, black-and-white floor tiles and white wall tiles. What colour should I paint the walls?

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We just purchased a new home with an open concept main floor that has vaulted ceilings. As you enter, you see a fireplace in a corner of the living room. How can I make it the focal point of the room?

Make your fireplace the centre of attention with two decor tricks – contrast and drama. For contrast, paint the fireplace either lighter or darker than your walls, to help to draw the eye. For drama, lean a large mirror on your mantel or hang it above. Make sure the mirror has a heavy frame to balance the size of the fireplace and the height of the walls (at least four- to five-feet wide).

Help! I’m renovating my basement and have no idea what to do with the concrete floors – they’re so damp and chilly.

For carpets to survive in a basement, you need to install a subfloor. But if you’re looking for laminate, you’re in luck. Supra Floors now sells Subflor Supreme, a two-in-one subfloor and laminate product which comes in a choice of two finishes. Each snap-together plank is finished on the underside with corrugated plastic sheeting that provides a layer of insulation from the concrete and stops moisture from seeping through, so your tootsies will stay warm and dry.

I’m finally planning my dream kitchen, but don’t want stainless steel appliances. Instead, I’m looking for something that really fits my Quebec farmhouse style. Any suggestions?

There’s a great Canadian alternative to all those cookie-cutter appliances that should really suit your style. Elmira Stove Works makes antique-style ranges that look as though they’re from the late 19th century. Their line includes matching fridges and microwaves and is available in many colours with trim choices such as nickel or copper.

My tiny bathroom looks dated and boring – white walls, older white fixtures, black-and-white floor tiles and white wall tiles. What colour should I paint the walls?

Small rooms – and especially bathrooms – lend themselves to a bit of drama. Have fun with the paint colour and go with something really flamboyant. Try a delicious red such as Sico’s Pomodoro, which comes in a durable finish called Chamois.

My tiny bathroom looks dated and boring – white walls, older white fixtures, black-and-white floor tiles and white wall tiles. What colour should I paint the walls?

Small rooms – and especially bathrooms – lend themselves to a bit of drama. Have fun with the paint colour and go with something really flamboyant. Try a delicious red such as Sico’s Pomodoro, which comes in a durable finish called Chamois.

Small rooms – and especially bathrooms – lend themselves to a bit of drama. Have fun with the paint colour and go with something really flamboyant. Try a delicious red such as Sico’s Pomodoro, which comes in a durable finish called Chamois.

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