Before and after: from bland bathroom to a space to enjoy every day

The owner smiles every time she walks into her en suite

bathroom with yellow tiles and glass sliding door
(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

‘I bought my home as a new build and the bathroom, though functional, was never a style I would have chosen for myself,’ says the owner of this four-bedroom terrace in West Sussex. 'I asked several companies to submit plans, but it was Rosie Proto’s of The Brighton Bathroom Company that impressed me the most. I gave her a budget to work to and she stuck to it.

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'There were no structural or layout changes, which kept the costs down. I wanted the colour scheme to work with my bedroom and Rosie suggested a yellow patterned tile to create an accent wall, which I love as it really draws the eye. In a small space, colour gives it soul, but you have to choose tones that complement rather than contrast with each other.'

bathroom with yellow tiles and glass sliding door

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Sliding doors are more streamlined than concertina style in a small bathroom.

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Buy now: Merlyn Shower doors, £663.89; Merlyn Truestone tray, £562.06, Victorian Plumbing
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Similar Light Oak Wood Effect Tiles,£44.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors

bathroom with bowl wash basin and mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The owner didn’t change the layout, as it made sense as it was, but by choosing streamlined fittings and storage and a clever colour scheme, it's more modern and less cluttered. Classic panelling gives a new-build home a sense of heritage and character.

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Buy now: Burlington Bathrooms Trafalgar radiator,£389.40, Simply Burlington. Shelf, £19.95, Victorian Plumbing

The slim washstand inspired the look of the whole room – traditional with a modern twist.

bathroom with wash basin attached cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

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A wall-mounted tap frees up space around the basin as it can be positioned close to the wall. A minimalist design has been chosen so it won't distract the eye from the pretty vanity unit.

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Buy now: Crosswater wall-mounted basin filler, £69.30, Sanctuary Bathrooms

bathroom with wall mounted basin fillers

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Niches for storage and display make use of unusable space beneath the sloping eaves.

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Buy now: Classic white satin tiles, £21.95sq m, Walls and Floors
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Vives Ladakhi Ocre tiles, £26.54 sq m, Tile Expert

bathroom with wall mount shower

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

In a small space, a statement tiled wall encourages you to focus on the feature in front of you, not the size of the room. A fixed showerhead is drenching, while a hand-held is great for cleaning the enclosure.

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Buy now: For similar try Pura Bathrooms Arco showerhead, arm, thermo valve control and hand shower set, £240.80, Sanctuary Bathrooms

bathroom with wall mounted lights and mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Ready for another? Before and after: from bland bathroom to industrial-style space brimming with character

'The installation cost £7,528 and the project took four weeks to complete,' says the owner. 'It’s now a calm, relaxing space I love spending time in, rather than just a purely functional shower room.’

Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 10 years.

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.