4 steps for creating the perfect bathroom

My bathroom is the one room in the house that I dislike the most so this post is pretty apt. I need to get off the fence and fix it except I am forever putting it off mainly because there is this flat roof outside which I am thinking of making into a roof terrace. That involves knocking out the window putting in a door, building up the terrace structurally and then planting nothing short of a forest. Dusty, dirty work which is why I don’t want to fix the bathroom until that gets done but then there never seems enough time in my life these days to figure out the design!

I diversify apologies – its because basically I don’t want to go the gym so if I stay here chatting to you guys I’m kind of thinking it will then be too late to go because the traffic will be bad the parking will be awful  yada yada yada!

Anyways 4 easy steps to change up your bathrooms should you so wish:

If you happen to have a shower curtain it will feel way more glam and grand if you hang the rod as close to the ceiling as you possibly can. Check out the shower curtain below, not sure what the exact material is but I haven’t seen one so glam ever, totally cool!

showerCosy it up. Maybe sling a chair in there, skim a rug across the floor, a plant some sort of table.  I say this a lot but when you treat practical spaces like kitchens and bathrooms like living rooms say and make them more decorative it totally changes the vibe of them and cosies them up!

bath furnRe think traditional lighting. You’ve all seen mine right (below) – not being the most practical designer on the planet I tend to whack my head on the chandelier every time I get out of the bath – but hey it looks good. The odd black eye won’t kill me, and anyways bathroom lighting is so dull and  dated cannot stand it!

bath meChose a paint colour that isn’t a wishy washy pale. Everybody has pale bathrooms and they are so boring so consider going dark. Just don’t tell anyone about it before doing it otherwise you will get comments like this ‘isn’t it going to feel a little overwhelming and gloomy’. NO. Or ‘don’t you think this dark phase is going to run its course and then everybody will have moved on’. Who cares if everyone moves on, and anyways (this is a fact by the way) once you convert to the dark side you can never ever return. Promise. Once you start living in this magical world there is no return everything else feels not good enough, bland and boring. Promise, promise promise.

dark jennaSo that’s me done, see you later x

20 thoughts on “4 steps for creating the perfect bathroom

  1. Do you have any art work or pictures on your bathroom walls? If not it might be worth trying out. You are the queen of layers and turning rooms into cosy, interesting and slightly bonkers retreats. I think it’s just missing those layers from the picture shown above.

    Hanging pictures in your bathroom is a great way to transform the space (as in the first two images above). Put something you love to look at within easy viewing of the bath. You can soon forget the stresses of the day when you have something to look at that takes you to a happy place.

    Also it won’t be such a pain in the bum to change when you do create your terrace on the roof.

    • I don’t have much artwork I think because I know I want to change it I’ve neglected the artwork front. Once I’ve got the design in my head sorted I can then add so a very good plan thank you

  2. I have a bathroom redoing ahead of me and this is most useful. I am pretty scared of the entire project as a matter of fact. I am usually quite good with pimping rooms but the shape of the bathroom is just very difficult and I am not sure how to bring in flair without wasting much needed space. Sigh… At least I will now get do something about the ugly tiles (about time!) Any advice on how to optimally use smaller rooms?

  3. I also hate my bathroom , big doors to a cupboard that contains my boiler and shelves where store all my towels and products, if I have big lighting with knock it when open doors.
    It’s that small I couldn’t fit table or chair, I decorate it constantly to try and improve but I hate it.
    Any advise?????

    • Somewhere in lonnymag.com’s archives there is this really cool bathroom that’s been decorated with a wallpaper which actually turns out is craft paper. Its got such a beautiful pattern I reckon if you could find a some sort of cool paper it would take the attention away from the smallness and then you need very little else. I’m on the hunt for paper for my bathroom if I find will let you know! A large mirror will also help as it expands horizons and adds depth

  4. Oooh the last bathroom is fab – really stylish. I adore the idea of a roof terrace leading out from a bathroom. I think people tend to think of bathrooms purely as functional rooms rather than actual rooms that can be designed as well as any other. I love the idea of a chair in a bathroom and I also like it when people use stunning cabinets to store towels and vanity items. We display things in other rooms, yet bathrooms, we tend to shut everything away and out of site don’t you think? Hope you didn’t go tot he gym, I have given up exercise for the mo – too tiring!!

  5. I really need to sort out my bathroom, and I really want to try darker shades, but I live in a flat and theres no window – dose going dark work when you have no natural light? My bathroom mirror is my go to for make up / eyebrow plucking so need good light – help!

  6. I’m with you on the dark and Moody when I said I was going to paint my dining room walls black (actually a very dark grey) everyone thought I’d lost the plot even hubby who normally leaves the decor to me started to panic but once it was done everyone who thought it was such a terrible idea said “actually that colour looks really good in here” I won’t be telling them about the bathroom until the deed is done but I bet they all say it looks fab the contrast with the white fittings really gives it another dimension very boutique hotel I think

  7. I have a dark, moody bathroom and it looks sensational. A beautiful hanging light over mirror illuminates the space beautifully. White plantation shutters on the window finish off the room perfectly. My favorite room. All inspired by you Abigail.

  8. Good suggestion to go dark: I’m planning a dark wood floor with marble tile brick bond all around to waist height, so a darker shade might work well above that.

    P.S., You might dislike your bathroom but I suspect a lot of people would be delighted with it!

  9. HI ABIGAIL, MY BATHROOM IS QUITE SMALL AND CURRENTLY DECORATED WITH WHITE TILES, A ROLL TOP BATH AND A VICTORIAN SINK AND LOO. SOME OF THE TILES HAVE STARTED FALLING OFF SO I’M THINKING THIS MIGHT BE THE PERFECT TIME TO REVAMP AND GO DARK. I WAS THINKING OF TAKING ALL THE TILES OFF AND PAINTING IN RAILINGS. WHAT SO YOU THINK? BUT WON’T I NEED TILES AROUND THE BATH AND SUNK WHERE IT GETS WET? OR DO I NEED A SPECIAL PAINT RATHER THAN FARROW AND BALL? THANKS

    • You might need some kind of splash back – our bath is the center of the room so its not required but I saw recently (can’t recall where) a sheet of perspex behind the sink (cheap and you can hardly tell as its clear) and you don’t get that paint/tile divide. Railings will look fabulous

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