Posts Tagged ‘bathroom decorating ideas’

Mellow yellow bathroom splashback

February 28, 2011

One of the biggest trends for summer that I keep seeing time and time again is neon, bright colours being used as accents in an otherwise neutral room. After seeing so much orange around (remember this?) it’s nice to see that yellow is making an appearance too.

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I would LOVE these basins in my bathroom...

Which is why this bathroom snapshot caught my eye earlier today. Statement basins are a great way of creating a feature out of something usually so ordinary and mundane, and nothing screams luxury like a glass splashback. What I love about this is, in fact, it’s a bit of a steal rather than a spending spree kind of room – that splashback is actually perspex, painted to look like expensive coloured glass. Bargain!

Best Bathrooms 2010 – And the winner is…

January 24, 2011

I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t want a lovely bathroom to relax in. But one man’s relaxation is another man’s torture, so choosing the best bathroom of 2010 is tricky.

However, the winner is this be-a-uuuu-tiful nautical bathroom.

Best bathroom 2010 | Nautical bathroom | Family bathroom | Room Envy

We are sailing to serenity

Even if it’s not totally your bag, the seaside accents are done just right, not too much to make you feel seasick.

This room is not blessed with an easy design. It’s a long, narrow room with an awkward eave, but instead of trying to ignore the shape and make the bath the focus of the room – as is usual – the eave, decorated with a sail effect blind, becomes the focus, and a place to chill. I LOVE it!

Chunky, roughed up shelves provide excellent storage. Two sinks mean no fighting over the bathroom in the morning – brilliant!

Simple touches like the decorative ship and fish tank are fun yet sophisticated.

Even though this bathroom looks super-cool, it’s still a family bathroom. So often a family bathroom means a plethora of rubber ducks, novelty soap and a whole load of Sponge Bob Square Pants paraphernalia. But in this bathroom kids’ toys are stored away and the steps are made from the same wood as the shelves, so as not to stand out.

Now, that’s got me thinking about the best chilren’s rooms of 2010…

Best Wet Room 2010 – And the winner is…

January 20, 2011

This modern beauty of a wet room.

To be honest, the neutral colour scheme isn’t totally me, but the design is perfect. I can see that this was probably a titchy toilet and a iddy-biddy bathroom that’s been cleverly converted into a wet room.

Best wet room | Wet room designs | What is a wet room | Room Envy

A walk in wet room with a shower big enough to share

But, hey, let’s talk about what on earth a wet room IS? When did the trend for wet rooms start? Who came up with the wet room idea?

A wet room is a waterproofed or ‘tanked’ room that houses a shower and maybe a sink or bath too. The whole room becomes the shower – cool, huh?

But where does the water go? I hear you ask. Well, the floor is lowered a little so there’s no flooding or overspill – brilliant!

What’s the point of a wet room? Oooh, there are loads of great reasons for a wet room: saving space; a stylish alternative to knocking through a little toilet and small bathroom; creating an en-suite bathroom in a small bedroom; turning a downstairs toilet/utility room into something more useful; great for an attic conversion…I could go on, but you get the picture.

Who invented the wet room? To be honest, I have no idea, but I reckon the Romans had something to do with it, they’re good like that.

Friday’s Fetish: Quirky country style

October 8, 2010

Back to ye olde Englishe roots (although it is always fun to dream about a celebrity lifestyle in Miami) I’ve found some pretty country decorating ideas from Ideal Home. They’re really getting me in the mood for a sunny weekend  – that’s right a sunny weekend??

Country style doesn’t have to be all about chintzes and pastels. Keep the look traditional with a brown leather sofa, wood-burning stove and a mix of ticking stripes and checks. I love the unexpected quirky details in this living room – that bird wallpaper is fantastic!

living room | living room design ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

living room | living room design ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

And if you’re going for elegant country cottage style, start with simple, hard-wearing basics like natural-fibre flooring, a large, sturdy dining table and  chairs wih removeable covers. Hang tonal wallpaper for soft, barely there colour, then add a few vintage-style accessories.

dining room | dining room decorating ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

dining room | dining room decorating ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

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Summer of Love: top 3 bathrooms

September 10, 2010

Bathrooms are top of my agenda today – and I’m determined to find three amazing schemes to appear in my Summer of Love shortlist.

1) Top of the list is this little beauty from Fresh Home. The floor-to-ceiling windows create a seamless flow between inside and out, and the view is to die for! All I need now is a white fluffy robe (and maybe a personal masseuse) and I’m good to go.

Roomenvy - room with a view - Freshhome.com

Summer of love - Bathroom with a view - Freshhome.com

2) Now the next bathroom might not have the same wow factor, but its elegant design and country-style accessories have completely won me over.

roomenvy - Summer of Love - Bathroom

roomenvy - Summer of Love - Bathroom

I love the roll-top bath and decorative screen – not to mention the white-painted panelled walls. It’s the definition of cool, calm and collected. Bliss.

3) Last, but not least, is this luxury bathroom from Livingetc.com.

Summer of Love - Bathrooms - Roomenvy

Summer of Love - Bathrooms - Roomenvy

This amazing bathroom has a bespoke combined shower and bath that creates a truly stunning feature. And the best part? It’s big enough for two!

Feeling inspired? See which hallways made into my top 3 and for more bathroom inspiration, check out Housetohome.co.uk.

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Bathroom inspiration – boutique chic!

September 6, 2010

Did I ever show you the beautiful bathroom I saw at this year’s Ideal Home Show? I’m not sure I could get away with it in my ‘the size of a pea’ bathroom, but I love how smart and sophisticated it is… one day!

Here’s how to get the look…

1) Stick to classic monochrome but add warmth with plenty of cream – and keep the use of black to a minimum, like the black blind tapes and black-edged tiles shown here.

2) Mix period and modern pieces such as elaborate French-style furniture and a contemporary shower.

3) Splash out on high-shine wallpaper to add the wow-factor to your bathroom.

4) Cheat the eye with vinyl flooing instead of real limestone – spend the rest on swanky bath products!

5) Introduce accessories you wouldn’t think to see in the bathroom, such as a vintage-style cakestand for displaying pretty soaps and wine goblets for bath salts.

roomenvy - bathroom decorating ideas

roomenvy - bathroom decorating ideas

roomenvy - boutique bathroom inspiration

roomenvy - boutique bathroom inspiration

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The ultimate glamorous bathroom

August 9, 2010

This uber-glam dressing area has given me UTTER bathroom envy! Floor-to-ceiling storage for clothes and shoes (which… obviously have to be filled to complete the look… !!); contemporary florals, including a pretty upholstered screen (utterly boudoir-chic); a velvet daybed for a luxurious place to relax PLUS a sexy roll-top bath = a ‘husbands/boyfriends/partners this doesn’t concern you’ bathroom!

Just imagine getting ready for a girly night out in this beauty!

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roomenvy - dressing room to ... shop for!

roomenvy - dressing room storage

roomenvy - dressing room storage

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Bathroom design ideas for families!

July 27, 2010

Not that this really applies to me … unless you count the ENDLESS amount of guests I insist come to stay at my house! I love these family bathroom design ideas from Housetohome though, they’re perfect for making the most of your bathroom space and creating a zone that’s as practical as it is stylish.

This is probably my favourite idea, but click on the image to see if any of the others take your fancy!

roomenvy - bathroom storage idea

roomenvy - bathroom storage idea

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Beautiful bathroom design – pure and SIMPLE

July 22, 2010

I love love LOVE this cool, calm and collected bathroom decorating look. It’s all about neutral walls, wooden accessories and lightweight towels and robes for a spot summery relaxation in the tub!

The key to a country bathroom is a classic roll-top – place a screen nearby for a decorative touch!

roomenvy - simple white bathroom

roomenvy - simple white bathroom

I love the white-painted panelled walls. You could also layer a loosely woven voile fabric over an everyday plastic shower curtain to stop stray water spray – it looks stunning, too. Tie shells to the bottom for a pretty trim.

roomenvy - elegant country bathroom

roomenvy - elegant country bathroom

A teak basin adds warmth and a contemporary feel when fitted on to a classic console table. Arrange beauty buys and lotions on a wooden tray.

roomenvy - bathroom dressing area

roomenvy - bathroom dressing area

Pop clothes and towels in these smart white bins to oganise for washing – it’ll keep the bathroom floors clutter free!

roomenvy - bathroom laundry zone

roomenvy - bathroom laundry zone

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Bathroom design ideas – the good, the bad and the ugly!

July 14, 2010

Liever is becoming one of my favourite places to browse the latest quirky bathroom designs (it’s great for other rooms, too!) Fit-a-family baths, strange-but-true cabinetry, out-of this-wolrld furnishings, the works!

I’ve had a lil browse for bathroom designs this morning – anything to balance my kitchen craze at the moment – and found some fantastic designs … and some questionable ones …

The good

I mean, I could fit my HOUSE in that bath, plus those oversized spa-style pebbles could rival Stonehenge!

roomenvy - hotel-chic bathroom

roomenvy - hotel-chic bathroom

The bad

Note, I am NOT complaining about the setting (at ALL!) it’s just that the units are a bit modern and clinical for me.

roomenvy - a bathroom with a view

roomenvy - a bathroom with a view

The ugly

I do love a bathroom chandelier, but I’d just feel uncomfortable with minions serving me grapes – oh? Is that not a prerequisite of this kind of scheme?

roomenvy - classic-style bathroom

roomenvy - classic-style bathroom

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