Interiors inspiration: bathroom

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It’s happening: our bathroom is being knocked down and rebuilt, starting Monday.

It’s the first time we’ve ever gutted a bathroom (the ensuite in our last place was done from scratch), and boy did it need doing. All the pipes were leaking through to downstairs, the toilet was on some sort of raised platform hiding all sorts of sins underneath…and it just needed, well, an overhaul. For me, I am thrilled – the chance of an actual shower in our house! I am currently away working so am leaving it in the trusty hands of my husband to Project Manage but needless to say I’ve left numerous moodboards and we’ve bought all the furnishings (which add up – the separate taps, the waste pipes, the shower screen, the taps again…!).

We’ve mainly used Victorian Plumbing (I spent ages researching tons of sites for the perfect fixtures, fittings and then when it boiled down to ordering, it just made sense to put the shipping on one order and then we’re not waiting for 12 different deliveries). We like the mix of old traditional fittings with modern elements like black lights and windows – and we can get extra things like lights and baskets etc from Ikea and La Redoute.

Keeping it monochrome as per usual with my taste but hopefully room for a bit of greenery and foliage. I always think it’s generally easier to do up a bathroom on a budget if you keep the palette simple. It won’t be the biggest as I still would like to squeeze in a bath but it’s all I’ve been dreaming of since moving in.

1. Black mirror: £75, Habitat

2. Towel radiator: £69.95, Victorian Plumbing

3. Tiles: £13.68 a tile, Topps Tiles

4. Basket: £16, Ikea

5. Hand towel: £3.99, H&M

6. Sink with chrome stand: £209.95, Victorian Plumbing

7. Palm leaf print: £45, Rockett St George

8. Handwash: £7, And Other Stories

9. Hammam towel: from £2.50, Soak & Sleep

10. Oak bench: £95, Muji

11. Botanical prints: £16 for set of 4, Etsy


  1. It all looks lovely. I am redoing bathrooms in my house this year so am watching your choices closely! Interested by your sink choice – no mixer tap? We currently have two taps in our bathroom and it drives me nuts!

    1. We got one in our loft from The Green Window company – one of our biggest expenses but we didn’t regret it – it made the room! We are doing black UPVC for this room as it’s just one smal window – hoping it doesn’t look naff!

  2. We’re currently mid-way through doing our bathroom (should be finished today!) and we got loads of our fixtures from Victorian Plumbing too. So reasonably priced and the fittings are gorgeous. We got our new shower fittings and Alexa taps for the bath and sink from there then bits from bathstore and Ikea.

    We’re doing everything ourselves (I am covered in black grout as we speak) and I know the satisfaction levels when we’re done will be sky high.

    Happy bathroom renovating!

  3. Hi Alex,

    Are you doing all the bathroom yourselves or getting someone in to help? Really want to redo my bathroom and wondering whether we could manage the tiling and everything ourselves?

    Thanks x

    1. So we got the builder’s quote and it included all the fittings etc – so we left them to it! And our friend is a tiler luckily -so we’ll just paint! My dad did a lo of my sister’s tiles and she grouted – it can be done – I know I’d just go a bit squiffy!

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