Karl Lohnes: Easy bathroom upgrades so you can pamper yourself

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I love the trend of small round penny tiles. They add a graphic element, especially when the grout is different from the colour of the tile, and pay homage to the classic water-closet tile. Make it modern and fresh by using it with a punchy colour (like fun pool blue) or black to add drama.

Want to add wallpaper? Textured vinyl is super-hot in prints of stone and marble look. And don’t forget the ceiling: wallpapering the ‘fifth-wall’ can make a tall room feel more intimate for that spa-like experience.

White grout will give penny tiles a traditional feel, while dark grey or black grout will lend a modern edge. Hudson Penny Round Matte Black Porcelain Mosaic Tile, $15.98 /sft., homedepot.ca

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Technology has infiltrated every area of our homes and the bathroom is no exemption. Look for mirrors with built-in lighting or hidden television monitors to create a streamlined look. You’ll also want to incorporate sound into the bathroom with built-in speakers hidden in the exhaust fan — perfect for a relaxing bath. Or energize yourself with your favourite dance music playing from a shower head that is also part waterproof speaker.

Of course, micro technology gadgets can make life easier, too: auto-pump soap dispensers, weight scales that talk to you (not sure I need that kind of pep-talk these days), and sensor taps all make life easier … and if you get lonely in the bath, you can always talk to Siri.

Listen to your favourite music while showering. Moxie 2.0 Showerhead with Wireless Speaker (shown in Oil-Rubbed Bronze), $393, homedepot.ca

Do you have a decor dilemma or want to give feedback? You can contact Karl on Instagram at Karl Lohnes.

Karl has worked as a home decor expert and product designer for 25 years.

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