As you saw in my before bathroom tour, the bathroom needed some serious modern loving. Frankly, I wasn’t sure turning on the dated shower mixer would be wise, either would it be safe to brush our teeth using water from led pipes. However, I will be honest, the project did scare me a bit. The thought of just replacing the bath wasn’t cutting it either, but thank goodness for Pinterest and Houzz. Our family bathroom was inspired by this Classic Romanic bathroom gorgeousness by McAlpine. The bathroom didn’t get to look a touch like (perhaps in a future dream bathroom!), but ideas I loved and planned to incorporate:
- bringing the outdoors in with the bathtub placement
- a beautiful light fixture
- similar tone between the wall and the floor
- the window treatment
- clean and simple and not fussy.
John and I bounced ideas and scaled down what we really wanted in our bathroom and trust me, it was a tall order. Reality hit that funds wasn’t exactly tall, and the space was horizontally challenged!
First thing was to make the space feel expansive. Second thing was to brighten the space. Third thing, the bathroom to look somewhat like a spa, smell like one and sound like one!
Bright and expansive was really the underlying interior mission. I wanted the bathroom to be the ultimate spa vibe space, so, white played it safe for us, marble, natural materials and sleek taps and shower system was the motto. I was conflicted with tiles because I desperately wanted something handmade and really textured. I also wanted a marble effect throughout, but I didn’t want to mix the two concepts as the goal was to make the bathroom look bigger and keep the look consistent. Marmi tile won the battle!
I knew I had to have something vintage to counter balance and whilst we didn’t have the luxury of space to have an armoire, a custom sink unit was 100% on the cards. Here is the moodboard I created and my inspiration picture.
The bathtub for us was the spa icon piece. I went scouting for a space saving shape and wow, that was an adventure (I looked for baths used in yachts…something that could take maximum volume of water but not too large for the space).
The white marble tiles we chose adds a soothing backdrop to the bathroom. We settled for large format tiles to help make the space look bigger. The dark natural wood sink cabinet and the flush and seamless digital shower system provides a clean backdrop and a sense of wellness.
Unfortunately, the sound aspect of the spa didn’t quite make it into the bathroom other than the shower head rainfall sound. That is the reality of restricted budgets and limitless dreams. However , we are grateful that our UE Boom speakers make up for it.
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Marmi CarCarrara Tiles by Marmi // Taps by Vado (Similar) // Sink Sold in eBay // Shower Mixer Set by Aqualisa // Shower Head by Aqualisa / Dream Ceiling Chandelier // Budget Ceiling Chandelier // UE Boom // Freestanding Bath by Mode Tate // White Quartz Countertop “Bianco Brillante” // Apothecary style cabinet (Similar) // Shower Stool (similar) // Resin Coral by Kelly Hoppen // Paint Ceiling Colour is Dulux Brilliant White for Bathroom