Ever since we moved into our house in August 2016 I’ve wanted to renovate the bathroom. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t to my taste at all and there were a few things wrong with the bath & shower that needed fixing. We got engaged in October 2016 so we spent all of our money since then on the wedding so once that was all finished I wanted to make a start on renovating the bathroom!
I spent ages going through Pinterest and tile websites looking for inspiration and whilst we were in New York we stayed at 1 Hotel Central Park and the bathroom there was great inspiration too.
I’ll start with the walls & tiles as they’re the biggest part of the bathroom really – I decided to go for the Oakham Tiles from Walls & Floors, they’re grey with a white criss-cross style pattern. I absolutely love the pattern and we finished with grey grout which I was a little worried about it ruining the pattern but you can barely even notice and it means we don’t have to worry about the grout getting that dirty!
Inside the shower area I chose the White Gloss Linear Tiles from Walls & Floors which are just long, thin rectangular tiles and had white grout so it didn’t stand out too much. They’re nice and simple so they don’t take away from the black shower enclosure or the grey patterned tiles.
For the walls I really wanted to do shiplap but that’s more widely used in America and the cladding that’s available in the UK wasn’t really suitable and I would’ve had to treat it and then paint it as well, with it being used in a bathroom. So I decided to use a thick, white wood laminate flooring for the walls! I bought the Vintage Pure White Laminate from Floors Direct. I ordered a couple of samples but this was the whitest out of the two – once it went up on the walls it’s not quite as white as I hoped but I still like it – it looks like a very light grey so it still goes with the room.
Now onto the shower & bath…the bath was here when we bought the house so unfortunately I don’t know where its from but it’s a black cast iron bath with brassy colour feet. I’m not a bath person – I’ve probably had about four baths since we lived here but I know it’ll come in handy in the future when we have kids & it looks so nice, so we kept it.
The shower cubicle was definitely inspired by 1Hotel Central Park who use a black-edge enclosure in their bathrooms. I wanted something a bit different to the chrome so opted for the Mode Tate Sliding Door Enclosure along with a simple white Orchard Shower Tray. I bought them both from Victoria Plum as my Dad has a trade account so we got a bit of discount.
(I have since got a new basket for my plant that actually fits better ha!)
Also from Victoria Plum we bought the toilet – the Dulwich design from The Bath Co which isn’t too old-fashioned but isn’t too modern at the same time, a great in-between option. For inside the shower we bought the Clarity Thermostatic Shower which has a large square overhead showerhead with a handheld one too.
For the sink I ordered an Oak Sink Cabinet from Raw Furniture on Etsy. It was just over £300 but so worth it. I had to order the basin separately so I chose a rectangular one and then finished with some Mode Tate taps – I had spotted some really nice black ones online but they were around £125 and I couldn’t quite bring myself to spend that much on some taps – although I may change my mind!
To match the sink I also ordered two Dark Oak Wooden Shelves from Ben Simpson Furniture on Etsy and a Toilet Roll Holder (with phone shelf ha!) from Ruscyled on Etsy who make rustic, recycled creations. To go above the bath I ordered a Wire Box Shelf Rack from The Farthing which has three square holders and four hooks for our towels.
To finish off the room I bought quite a lot of accessories. We had some John Lewis vouchers from our wedding so we bought a few bits from the Ocean range – Tumbler, Soap Dispenser, Accessories Tray for the window sill and a Toilet Brush…all a bit expensive but we had the vouchers so we decided to splurge!
We had a little bit of extra room just inside the door next to the shower so I bought a large plant from IKEA and also a couple of other plants and pots to go around the room too, so everything is more natural & green.
I think I’ve mentioned everything but if there’s anything I’ve missed or you want to know where something is from then leave a comment below or ask me over on my Instagram/twitter (thisnaturalbee).
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