The owner of this delightful bathroom has slowly transformed each room of her house with a country scheme, finishing with this inviting guest bathroom. ‘I felt it was important to continue the muted pale hues of the other rooms,’ she says, ‘but also added a splash of colour with accessories for overnight guests to enjoy.’
The owner is an interior designer and is always looking for design solutions. ‘Putting together a mood board to plan the decor is one of my favourite things, as it helps me really focus my ideas about the overall scheme,’ she says.
The long galley shape dictated its design and layout so knowing more or less the style she wanted to achieve in the bathroom she drew up a plan. As the room is quite small the existing position of the sanitaryware proved to be the best configuration and this also made sure the budget was low for plumbing.
Keeping the scheme as light as possible to encourage the appearance of space led the owner to use pale tones. Grey and white is such an easy combination - it can stay subtle or be enlivened with a pop of bright vibrant colour. Vivid lime green towels are a zingy uplifting touch. A stable-style door is a perfect addition to the rustic scheme. 'The existing door just needed painting and the black fittings and hinges were just the right style,' says the owner.
The sanitaryware, taps, towel rail and shower enclosure all came from Victoria Plum as the owner has used them before for her clients and likes both the quality and prices. She chose a classic range that has a timeless quality and suits the style of the room. Tongue and groove panelling is a good solution for concealing some of the pipework, as well as being more affordable than tiles.
Ever since the owner was little she has been interested in vintage furniture and fabrics mainly because she spent a lot of time as a child with her grandmother visiting numerous antiques centres. 'She always enjoyed the search for something unique and loved the nostalgic feel of times past. So I'm encouraged by her enthusiasm,' she says. 'I like painting old pieces of furniture and making blinds and cushions.' The owner made the bathroom blind using a pretty lining fabric with a pale grey bee motif.
Peony and Sage
A few vintage touches give the bathroom a nostalgic country feel. 'I bought the small cupboard and mirror and just gave them a fresh lick of paint to match the panelling,' says the owner. Inside the cupboard, the owner has added a swatch of Laura Ashley wallpaper or charming interest. 'Now the work is finished, I'm thrilled with the result - hopefully our guests will be too.'
Before the transformation, the guest bathroom was looking dated, with magnolia walls and pine woodwork. It had a bath but no shower. The size and shape of the room restricted how much of it could be changed but the end results are bright and inviting with a modern country feel.