This renovated bath in designer Alykhan Velji’s own Calgary bungalow serves as both a guest bathroom and a main-floor powder room—the latter making it, as Velji says, “a great place to have some fun with design.” And that’s just what he did—starting with that bold tile underfoot. “It’s a traditional paisley-like patterned tile that has beautiful tones of burnt orange and olive green,” he says. “It became the starting point for the palette for the bathroom.” That colour palette provides a perfect pairing to rectangular tiles on the tub surround and the walls, their irregular pattern appearing to be almost hand-mottled. Fixtures from Brizo in champagne bronze keep the space feeling warm with an element of tradition, too. “If you’re stuck in a renovation, start with a beautiful tile and pull colours from there to let it guide your space,” says Velji.

Solid State
The home itself is what Velji calls “new traditional”—warm and inviting, but design-forward, too. And this floating-sink statement piece is a perfect example of that: it’s a custom design that Velji created with Edmonton’s Phoenix Concrete Works. Photo by Joel Klassen.
Photo by Joel Klassen