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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.

 

Before

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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