4 Must-See Bathroom Makeovers

How can you change the look of this private space? Grupo Santamaria shares four of their best bathroom makeovers to date

Photography: Grupo Santamaria

When it comes to sprucing up the bathroom, there are different ideas that you can do. You can add a few plants for a refreshing touch, change the bathmat and shower curtain to create an updated look, or maybe consider a paint job to liven up the space.

We hear the phrase "the bathroom is a personal sanctuary" often—but how do you turn an ordinary and worn-out space into something special? Here are four of our favorite bathroom renovations from our past projects—from grand old mansions restored to its better days, to small condos with narrow spaces, and dark bachelor pads turned into spa-like havens. Read on and you might just get a makeover idea or two.

*This story was shared by interior designer Nina Santamaria during the Elle Deco Talks last August.

This Paco home underwent a transformation last 2012. To be able to fully restore the glory days of this old Filipino-Spanish 1950s style home, the character and "bones" of the existing structure had to be considered.

How can you turn a dark and drab space into a spa-like bathroom? For this makeover, Grupo Santamaria maximized mirrors by letting it occupy the entire length of one wall. 

To complete the look, stylish fixtures were chosen and mosaic tiles.

BEFORE: This bachelor pad found in a basement of a family home looks bare and unfinished.

AFTER: Goodbye, bare walls! The private space is now reminiscent of hotel bathrooms. To finish the space, Grupo Santamaria worked on the basic fittings, lighting ventilation, and storage concerns.

BEFORE: In this Malabon home, two adults and three kids share this bathroom.

AFTER: To create an efficient space, the team worked with cleaner colors, chose better lighting, and added enough storage. One of the highlights is the Yellow Onyx countertop that adds texture to the bathroom.

This feature originally appeared on the Grupo Santamaria website. Minor edits have been made by the editors. To learn more about Grupo Santamaria, you can also visit their Facebook page.

Nina Santamaria is the Principal Designer of Grupo Santamaria. Grupo Santamaria has been in the industry for a decade - with a commitment to design that improves life. They commit to this by improving the spaces where life happens. Click here to see more of her projects.

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