‘Now it feels mod­ern & spa­cious’

Stylist at Home Karen, 40, gave her fam­ily bath­room a much-needed con­tem­po­rary up­date to suit her style and bud­get

Style at Home (UK) - - Love It Bathroom Makeover -

his house has been my home for al­most 12 years and af­ter get­ting divorced, I wanted to re­dec­o­rate to give the in­te­rior a fresh new look that was more to my taste,’ says Karen. ‘I de­cided to start with the bath­room be­cause it was most in need of at­ten­tion – it was a daily strug­gle shar­ing such a small space with my three daugh­ters. Knock­ing through into the toi­let next door would give us more room.

Get­ting the lay­out right in such a tiny space proved dif­fi­cult. I re­ceived three dif­fer­ent quotes, but it was Matt Curle from MC Plumb­ing and Heat­ing who came up with the best ideas. For in­stance, be­cause I could only have a bath that was 1,500mm long rather than the stan­dard 1,700mm, Matt sug­gested I choose a wider de­sign to com­pen­sate for the shorter length.

TDe­cid­ing on a scheme

I knew I wanted a grey colour pal­ette, but wasn’t sure how to bal­ance this hue in a com­pact area, while still keep­ing it as bright and open as pos­si­ble. I de­cided to start by re­search­ing the other el­e­ments in or­der to get an idea of the over­all look.

Matt sug­gested a float­ing sink to free up floor space and help the room ap­pear as large as pos­si­ble, so I hunted around on­line. I came across a bril­liant cabi­net that had a huge drawer, which was perfect for stor­ing all of our bits and bobs. I bought it in a lovely shade of grey and the rest of the scheme evolved from here.

We teamed the unit with a sleek Du­ravit basin, so I also chose a Du­ravit WC that mir­rored the rounded cor­ners. I found the Bette bath at lo­cal shop, JMG Bath­rooms. The owner, Christina, was very help­ful and sug­gested a fold­ing shower screen, too, which can be pushed back against the wall, en­abling me to bathe the girls more eas­ily.

I took a sam­ple of the van­ity cabi­net to lo­cal com­pany Ash­ford Tiles, where they 97

‘if you’ve gone for neu­tral fur­nish­ings and a pale back­drop, dress it up with avi­brant ac­cent colour to make an im­pact’

helped me choose tiles that matched. i de­cided to con­tinue the floor tiles onto the bath panel for a sleek, co­or­di­nated look. i then painted the walls white and fit­ted pale grey tiles around the bath, pick­ing out the darker shade of the floor in a mo­saic panel that de­fines the shower area.

Styling the room

Over­all, the bal­ance of grey and white has worked out per­fectly and i couldn’t wait to find ac­ces­sories to match. The mir­ror from Beau­ti­ful But­ter­flies helps pull ev­ery­thing to­gether, and the Bud­dha head makes a dra­matic state­ment. The great thing about hav­ing the large cabi­net is that it helps keep clut­ter at bay, which meant i could look for other or­na­ments to dis­play on the win­dow ledge along­side the Bud­dha.

i dis­cov­ered some great pieces from the Ge­orge sec­tion at asda, in­clud­ing an aqua ele­phant tum­bler and soap dis­penser, and turquoise tow­els. as soon as i saw them, i de­cided to use this as my ac­cent colour, and it’s brought the grey to life. i can’t be­lieve it all came to­gether while do­ing my food shop – i’m thrilled with the re­sults.’

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