The family bathroom in this 1930s semi was in serious need of an update. Dark and rather dingy, the room also had an odd shape which meant everything in it felt quite cramped. To enlarge the space, the owners knocked through the small corridor outside the room in order to create a more user-friendly rectangular shape and then took the bold decision to remove the walk-in shower
‘We were reluctant to take the shower out, but if we hadn’t, we’d never have discovered that there were two more windows behind it that had been boarded up.’
The light from the extra windows made all the difference, and the family now had a perfect blank canvas to design a stylish bathroom for their family.
‘I wanted the look of the room to reflect the period of the house,’ says the owner. With this in mind, she chose a subtle pale colour palette of green and white to create an elegant style. She then decided on a traditional freestanding bath which fits the scheme perfectly. For the walls, the owner opted for metro tiles in her favourite colour – green – and added the bevelled border tile along the top for an authentic touch.
While almost everything in the room was stripped out, the one feature that has survived is the stained-glass panel. As well as providing privacy, it also serves as a special reminder of the Art-Deco origins of the house.
A slimline tallboy cabinet in an understated pistachio shade provides useful extra storage. It takes up very little floor space so keeps the room feeling open and bright. The narrow heated towel rail is also space saving and makes an eye-catching, period-style feature.
Having chosen a simple green and white colour scheme, the owners decided they could be more quirky with the rest of the design. The distinctive fan-motif floor tiles create a style statement, while prints and plants continue the colour palette and add character to the room.
The owner was keen to keep the renovated room bright and uncluttered. This meant that she needed to find storage that was big enough to hide all the bathroom necessities, but would also fit in with the period style. This elegant freestanding vanity unit suits both the period and the colour scheme.
The bathroom had a very different look before the owners got to work on it. ‘It felt very dark as it only had one window and was boarded all the way around with marine ply,’ they say. ‘Now, it’s peaceful instead of sombre and dark.’