How Vancouver-based designer Rebecca Lapres ensured her children’s bathroom stays stylish for the long haul.

Sure, designer and homeowner Rebecca Lapres could have catered to evolving teenage tastes when decorating a bathroom for her 16-year-old twin son and daughter, but that would have gone against her core design philosophy: Anything affixed to the walls or floor needs to be timeless.

That’s why she chose a simple white and grey colour scheme for the tiles and fixtures in the five-by-10-foot bathroom in her Vancouver home. Also, she knew that the space would be challenged for natural light because its window faces a neighbouring house, so soft hues were key to making the room feel bright and airy. But just because she opted for a conserv­ative base palette doesn’t mean she couldn’t infuse a bright bold hue through accessories.

In fact, she introduced the sunniest of colours (and one of her favourites) – yellow – as an accent via a striking printed shower curtain. Indeed, it feels especially sunny and fresh when placed next to the white subway tilesthat cover the walls – a design element that Rebecca uses often because they have both aesthetic and practical purposes: She knows old­school subway tiles will outlast fair­ weather trends. They’re also affordable, more durable than drywall and easy to wipe clean.

With the “forever” tiles and fixtures skewing neutral and traditional, Rebecca’s polished bathroom can now undergo easy, inexpensive accessory updates whenever the wind, or the designer’s tastes, change. One switch of the shower curtain, and it has a whole new look!


To achieve a quirky vintage look in her kids’ bathroom, homeowner and designer Rebecca Lapres splurged on small Mid-Century-style sconces in lieu of the typically harsh fluorescent bar lighting you’d expect. For the vanity, she chose drawers that appear to be the same size (keeping the look clean and simple), but they’re actually different: The top drawers are shallow (perfect for laying out makeup!) and the deeper bottom ones are ideal for storing spare toiletries.


Rebecca hung a pair of tall white-framed mirrors above the his-and-hers sinks. They echo the rectangular shapes in the wall tiles, vanity, sinks and faucets, and subtly juxtapose the spherical sconces. The vanity appears to float, creating the illusion of space, but it’s not actually wall mounted.

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