‘Bold floor­ing CRE­ATES IM­PACT

Car­rie trans­formed her dated bath­room with a mix of both tra­di­tional and modern, us­ing her great eye for de­sign

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When Ben and i moved in two years ago, this house needed lots of cos­metic work to bring the in­te­rior more in line with our tastes’, says car­rie. ‘af­ter car­ry­ing out a kitchen ren­o­va­tion, the bath­room was next on the list as the sep­a­rate toi­let and bath­room felt dated.

We de­cided it was too big a job for us, so we knocked through the wall be­tween the two and then left it up to MJ Nel­son Plumb­ing and Heat­ing to do the rest. The fit­ting process took about two weeks as it in­volved join­ery, electrics, plas­ter­ing, tiling and all the plumb­ing. We also sup­plied the joiner with frosted glass pan­els to put into the orig­i­nal wooden door, to let more light into our hall­way.

Time for a change

We were very lucky that not many is­sues cropped up, al­though we had a prob­lem get­ting hold of the orig­i­nal bath we wanted as it was out of stock. In the end the com­pany up­graded us and the beau­ti­ful roll-top and claw feet are very in keep­ing with the pe­riod of the prop­erty. We have tried to cre­ate a look that is tra­di­tional with con­tem­po­rary touches.

I’m a lover of bold pat­terns and prints and when I found the Um­bria Gris state­ment tiles at Leeds Tiles and Bath­rooms I knew we had to have them! They cre­ate a real fo­cal point in the room and we de­cided to run the same tiles up the wall of the shower en­clo­sure too, to help the two spa­ces flow seam­lessly.

We then chose more pared-back metro-style tiles for the bot­tom part of the walls around the sink and bath so as not to clash with the bold floor­ing. The wall paint is Far­row and Ball’s Stu­dio Green and I love the way it catches the light com­ing in from the win­dows – the colour changes dur­ing the day de­pend­ing on the light­ing in the room. We wanted

a dark shade to add drama to the room with a tra­di­tional yet on-trend feel.

Fin­ish­ing touches

Be­fore start­ing the ren­o­va­tion i took in­spi­ra­tion from show­rooms and Pinterest as well as bou­tique ho­tels. in­cor­po­rat­ing stor­age was im­por­tant for both of us, so we chose a large free­stand­ing unit for toi­letries and spare tow­els. The sink unit also has great hid­den stor­age. i found it on ebay for just £60 and up­cy­cled it – i even used left­over tiles as a splash­back.

Once the fit­ters had left, we were able to get on with the styling. i de­cided to use cop­per ac­cents as the warm metal­lic tones work beau­ti­fully against the dark green. i found the cop­per wire shelv­ing unit in Oliver Bonas and it makes an in­ter­est­ing fo­cal point. The mir­ror above the basin was from a char­ity shop and the cop­per ac­ces­sories fin­ish the look. We loved the whole process, the bath­room now feels spa­cious and full of char­ac­ter.’

‘Fill an empty wall space with a strik­ing dec­o­ra­tive mir­rorõ IDEA to steal

LIGHT & DARK ‘Keep­ing both win­dows means the room gets lots of nat­u­ral day­light to help lift the deep shade on the walls’

BRIGHT IDEA ‘the ikea wall lights give us dif­fer­ent light­ing op­tions. they are less harsh than spot­lights in the ceil­ing when you’re re­lax­ing in the bath’ IDEA TO STEAL ‘When us­ing two dif­fer­ent tile de­signs in one space, make sure they aren’t fight­ing...

ON DIS­PLAY ‘an open shelv­ing unit is a great way to show off pretty ac­ces­sories’

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