Re-working the layout worked wonders for this once dark and dated bathroom.
When the owners moved into their five-bedroom detached house in East Sussex, they soon realised that the Edwardian property would need refurbishing throughout. We considered doing everything at once, but decided it was better to do things in small chunks over the years,' say the owners. The couple decided to hire local bathroom designer Chris Burton of The Brighton Bathroom Company.
Altering the look of the bathroom without too many additional costs was essential. The owners suspected that the room had once been divided into two to create a separate loo, as there were two different-sized windows and the loo was positioned too close to the bathroom door. After deciding to shuffle things around, they relocated the loo to the right-hand wall, which freed up more space. They also removed an old water tank from a cupboard to create more storage space.
1/9 Period-style bathroom
In keeping with the period property, the owners opted for traditional sanitaryware and fittings throughout, but also wanted to include an over-the-bath shower. It was a design challenge to stop the shower detracting from the roll-top bath, but a minimalist glass screen does the job well.
2/9 Bath with shower
A traditional bath fits neatly into an existing alcove and a glass screen provides a showering corner. The cream tiles are a warmer option than white and have been teamed with grey grouting to make the tiles stand out.
3/9 Take a look at this brilliant bathroom transformation
A wooden side table was upcycled to create a wash basin stand. The wood was painted and sanded back to give it a weathered look.
4/9 Wash basin
To convert the wash stand for use within the bathroom, a kitchen bridge mixer tap was mounted on the wall above the basin.
5/9 Period details
Decorative finishing touches give the room its character, such as the metalwork brackets supporting the cistern and the painted wooden panelling in a delicate shade of blue.
6/9 Authentic fittings
Fixed high on the wall, the period-style towel radiator frees up floor space as well as keeping towels warm and toasty.
7/9 Tiled floor
Geometric floor tiles in shades of blue and grey complement the rooms subtle colour scheme.
Encaustic floor tiles
8/9 Window details
Window film was a cost-effective alternative to blinds and gives a subtle, traditional accent to the bathroom.
Similar window film
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9/9 The bathroom before
Before work began, the old bathroom was dark, dated and dingy - what a brilliant transformation.
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Lisa is Deputy Editor of Style at Home magazine and regularly contributes to sister title Ideal Home. She has written about interiors for more than 25 years and about pretty much every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, crafts and DIY to real home transformations and kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person.
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