Bathroom update

When we moved into this house, we inherited a tired and very bland bathroom. Magnolia walls, broken window panes, 80s tiles and a yellowing white Formica cabinet. Now, I have a dream of a roll top bath, gorgeous tiles and a thermostatic shower but like most new homeowners, I can't overstretch the budget and had to make this space look stylish without splashing out, no pun intended.



Not very enticing...

Bathroom before

Out with the old lino

We did have a double-glazed window fitted, but frankly, we couldn't spare that expense as the old single-glazed unit threatened to fall out every time we opened it. I lifted the beige, non-descript lino to uncover the original floorboards, which were sanded, stained and varnished. Replacing the lino is also a good option for tight budgets, and there is some gorgeous vinyl flooring out there. 

Bathroom before

Making a moodboard

I made a moodboard to help me visualize the end result. I was after a cosy and relaxed space with pinch of glam. I wanted to treat this space like I would a lounge, so I stayed away from bathroomy colours and injected a few vintage pieces and some cool wall art.

Bathroom Moodboard

Working with what you've got

The wall tiles are white with yellow specks. Rather than fight them, I looked for a colour that would complement them. I went for Farrow and Ball India yellow. It's a deep mustard yellow that will create a moody, cosy feel. I married it with splashes of Down Pipe to continue with the gold/silver contrast in the room, it's a classic. 

India Yellow walls and Down Pipe door

Classic mustard and grey

Thinking practical

I made some shelves out of salvaged wood to hold towels and toiletries (to see how I go about making these read 'Put a shelf up!'). The raw wood adds a natural vibe and contrast to the gold elements of the room. French soaps are kept in a shop display glass jar, while a brass candle holder and gold mirror work the vintage feel.

shelves with gold mirror

Cabinet update

The vintage wall cabinet had seen better days but I liked its shape and the faux-wood door. I kept it, painted it silver and added a few accessories to make it a feature. 

70s bathroom cabinet

Wall Art and plants

Hanging frames and incorporating plants create a cosy factor in any room. I'm fortunate to have a window in this bathroom so plants thrive in here but faux plants are an option for dark spaces. 

wall art and plants

Voilà a quick fix that makes all the difference. I love my glam, bohemian bathroom, it's such a homely and relaxing space. Next, I'll be transforming a small cabinet by dressing it in gold to add more glamour - and more toiletries - to this snug sanctuary, so watch out for updates.

Bohemian bathroom

India Yellow and Down Pipe bathroom


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