For some reason, I always leave the bathroom as last when it comes to decorating my home. Considering how often we moved around in the last 6 years (we even did two international moves in less than 8 months apart) it comes as no surprise that bathrooms were always the most neglected rooms in the past. There was just no time as, as soon as we felt comfortable in a place, we had to leave again. It was surely adventurous but I’m longing to feel settled in a cosy family home now.
Here in London, the city we are so lucky to call home, we found a beautiful period conversion to rent and, finally, I have managed to decorate our bathroom and I want to share some pictures of it with you all, in the hope that they’ll be useful inspirations.
DISCLAIMER: our bathroom doesn’t look always so tidy, in fact with two kids (and a husband who doesn’t appreciate the value of a well styled shelf) it often looks like someone just threw a party in it: toys scattered on the floor, toilet paper used as a cloth to play pretend cleaning, a huge laundry selection, you name it…we have it. But there are occasions (or better say instants) where our bathroom looks immaculate.
It didn’t take much money or effort to revamp the bathroom as the traditional look of it is a great base really. First of all I have added a big heart wreath to a not so loved window, in fact it should probably be replaced but it’s not in our hands so why not give it a touch of glam with an eye catching feature? I love the end result as it really makes a huge difference.
A chrome bath caddy adds a stylish twist and it’s a great way to showcase some pretty lotions and candles (which, if you are a mum, you probably won’t ever have time to use but still…all for the pretty look right?). Also I find that the rack is very handy to keep baby towels always in reach. I have ordered mine from Ebay for less than 10 pounds: a true winner! Scattering blush towels around the room helped me to add a splash of color, breaking the grey theme: the space now feels bright and airy.
As the previous tenants had the brilliant idea of drilling into the panelling (crazy right?), I have covered the wholes they left behind with a pretty hanger on one side and a mirrored frame from Laura Ashley on the other. I quite like to have pictures in the bathroom: I have filled my frame with pictures of the kids in the bath as I thought they were adorable to display there.
Lastly to keep the unattractive bits out of sight (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants etcetera) I’ve been using a wicker basket for ages. Mine is from Maison du Monde but it’s really old so it might be out of stock now. On the remaining surface of the shelf I tried to display xxxx items but again my efforts are mostly in vain as the other inhabitants ruins the scheme constantly (lol.)
Finally, a round bath mat seems to be a must these days and, after seeing plenty on Instagram, I’ve finally found one at Dunelm. I really like it actually, how amazing that some inexpensive little features can have such a nice effect.
Add some oil scents, flickering candles and you are all set: a new bathroom on a small budget. Let me know what you think