‘a freestanding tub was a must’
The only must-have Jessica had when designing her new bathroom was a deep, luxurious freestanding bath, big enough to relax in
A sumptuous bath was at the very top of Jessica’s wish list
My husband mitchell and I bought this house with the aim to do the whole place up – it’s the third home we’ve renovated in four years,’ says Jessica. ‘after spending months working on the rest of the house, next on our list was the bathroom.
We’d had a single-storey side extension built so we could move the bathroom upstairs, as the house had a small bathroom downstairs next to the kitchen, which was awful. The idea of going downstairs each morning to wash wasn’t appealing so when drawing up the plans, it was top priority that the bathroom be moved. At that time, we’d decided that this would just be a house we’d renovate to sell on and knew that an upstairs bathroom would be a good selling point.
I love all the planning when decorating a room and use Instagram and Pinterest for ideas. I knew I wanted a freestanding bath and it had to be modern – I didn’t want the classic roll-top as it’s not really my style. I found this gorgeous oval shape online, which I knew would be perfect. Mitch was concerned that it would look too big but we decided to sit it at an angle and that everything else would just have to fit around it.
Making it work
As this was a whole new space in the extension, we pretty much had a blank canvas to work with. Mitch did a lot of the messy work, but we got in professionals to do the plumbing and electrics. With the bath in position, we were able to have freestanding taps fitted, which look great. The rest of the suite came from Victoria Plum, and we went for a curved
Idea to steal ‘Wall planters are perfect for adding foliage and plants to any room, especially in the bathroom
‘take time to plan when decorating a room – instagram and pinterest are great for inspiration and ideas that work’
walk-in shower cubicle which also helped with space issues. i found these amazing floor tiles at B&Q, which we then based the colour scheme around. i was worried they might be a bit too much, but they are quite soft in colour so don’t overpower the room. mitch has been hands on with every build and fitted the wall and floor tiles – Youtube is a great place to learn how to do this, too.
Styling the room
i decided to be bold and painted the walls dark grey, which contrasts nicely with the metro-style wall tiles, and the colour really picked up the grey in the floor tiles. Because of the size of the bath, we used a piece of old scaffolding board as a bath rack. i sanded it and oiled it so it’s water resistant – it’s the perfect place for my book and glass of wine.
i found an old mirrored freestanding shelf unit which fits perfectly by the shower. i really like dark jewel green tones too, so i introduced this with a few towels which seemed to bring the room to life. i’m over the moon with the result – it’s perfect. We may have bought this place as a project, but now it’s finished, we’ve fallen in love with it and have no plans to move any time soon!’
idea to steal ‘Only have what you need to use on display – that way you can avoid the room becoming cluttered’
two tone ‘I’m glad we decided to paint the walls dark grey. It complements the floor tiles and really adds impact to the room’
on the shelf ‘Quirky tiered shelving is great for housing mini plant pots and scented candles’
wall style ‘i wasn’t sure whether to have a cabinet above the sink, but instead we went for a large metal mirror and wall lighting’
jewel-rich ‘introducing bold-coloured towels really brings the room together and this jade green colour seems to be a big hit this season’
attention to detail ‘the waterfall-style shower was still possible in the small enclosure as we ensured we’d had the right pipework fitted while the extension was being designed’
‘My home-made bath rack was a great idea – it recycles an old product, was cheap to make and adds a quirky feel to the bathroom’ non-slip finish ‘not only do my patterned floor tiles add interest to the room, they have a textured effect so are non-slip – essential in the bathroom’ balancing act