Posts Tagged ‘bathroom designs’

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.

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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.

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.

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roomenvy - bathroom decorating ideas

roomenvy - boutique bathroom inspiration

roomenvy - boutique bathroom inspiration

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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!

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roomenvy - bathroom storage idea

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I heart Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s bathroom tips

June 22, 2010

For years I have been waiting for a top notch decorating expert to confirm that a bottle of white wine is an ESSENTIAL element in a luxurious bathroom design, and finally the day has come! I LOVED chatting to Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen about what, for him, makes for a perfectly glamorous bathroom. He’s the new celebrity ambassador for Dolphin Bathrooms, so has bathroom design tips a plenty!

I love these more … ahem … controversial … bathroom tips!

And Laurence’s cruel-to-be-kind views on bathroom storage DEFINITELY made me chuckle the most – I know exactly who out of my friends and family I shall be subtley sharing this video link with … you know who you are!

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There’s supporting the World Cup and then there’s …

June 10, 2010

THIS! I’m all for a little cheek paint here, and an England top there, but an England-inspired bathroom? It’s confusion like I’ve never encountered. I’m just praying that this bathroom decorating scheme is inspired by some deep-routed sense or patriotism, or love of history, and not by their love of football. On the other hand, if it is in support of this year’s World Cup, I’m happy to see that someone has enough faith in the England team to permanently hang a giant red Perspex CROSS!

Not my taste, but I admire their patriotism (goodness knows we’ll need it!)

roomenvy - COME ON ENGLAND bathroom

roomenvy - COME ON ENGLAND bathroom

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Bathroom design ideas for every style

June 10, 2010

Housetohome is doing a series of the best traditional, modern and country rooms at the moment and I LOVE peering through the galleries to hunt for my favourites. The really tricky bit for me is deciding what style I am, because just when I’ve sat down with a cup of tea in front of the beautiful country style scheme, in PROUDLY strolls a modern design which pretty much stamps all over the chintzy little design – meany.

I’m thinking a lot about bathrooms this week, so these ideas couldn’t have come at a better time. Here are my favourite looks for each style.

Traditional bathroom design ideas – and the winner is …

roomenvy - ultra glam bathroom

roomenvy - ultra glam bathroom

Country bathroom design ideas – and the winner is …

roomenvy - cute rustic bathroom

roomenvy - cute rustic bathroom

Modern bathroom design ideas – and the winner is …

roomenvy - Oriental-inspired bathroom

roomenvy - Oriental-inspired bathroom

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