Having lived in this home for almost 12 years, the owner wanted to redecorate to give the interior a fresh new look that was more to her taste. ‘I decided to start in the bathroom because it was most in need of attention it was a daily struggle sharing such a small space with my three daughters. Knocking through into the toilet next door would give us more room.’ Getting the layout right in such a tiny space proved difficult. The owner received three different quotes before she made her decision. For instance, because she could only have a bath that was 1,500mm long rather than the standard 1,700mm, it was suggested that she choose a wider design to compensate for the shorter length. ‘I knew I wanted a grey colour palette, but wasn’t sure how to balance this hue in a compact area, while still keeping it bright and open as possible. I decided to start by researching the other elements in order to get an idea of the overall look.
The floating drawer unit was the starting point for the overall scheme. 'The designer suggested a floating sink to free up floor space and help the room appear as large as possible, so I hunted around online. I came across this brilliant cabinet that had a huge drawer, which was perfect for storing all of our bits and bobs. I bought it in a lovely shade of grey and the rest of the scheme evolved from here.'
The large mirror creates the illusion of space, while its grey frame ties in with the rest of the scheme. To keep things light and bright, the owner has chosen pure-white bathroom fittings for some contrast.
Here, she opted for metallic details and splashes of turquoise. If you've gone for neutral furnishings and a pale backdrop, dress it up with a vibrant accent colour to make an impact. 'Overall, the balance of the grey and white has worked out perfectly and I couldn't wait to find accessories to match.'
The owner discovered some great pieces for the bathroom, including an aqua elephant tumbler and soap dispenser, and turquoise towels. 'As soon as I saw them, I decided to use this as my accent colour.' The great thing about having the large cabinet is that it helps keep clutter at bay, which meant she could look for other ornaments to display on the window ledge alongside the Buddha.
Lantern, dispensers and ornament