Today I am sharing my bathroom, which much like my kitchen was ‘finished’ years ago but I never shared it because it wasn’t quite ‘done.’ We went for a hotel bathroom look with free standing bath and big walk in shower, and I love how this room is a really luxurious space and a great retreat from the rest of the world.
When we moved in to our Edwardian house there were two bathrooms next to each other. One had a corner bath, toilet and sink and the other a shower, toilet and sink. Both had lowered ceilings and really the most hideous windows I think I have ever seen. Oh, and carpet. in. the. bathroom. Yuk!
Immediately I knew we needed to knock out the dividing all between the two rooms and create one gloriously large family bathroom, taking inspiration from the many hotel bathroom styles I had seen.
So before I show you the rest of the after pictures, I’ll give you a glimpse of the before…
For reasons I am sure you now understand, we made the bathroom the top of our list and quickly got to work!
The first task was to pull the wall down between them. Once we created the new space, we had new windows fitted in. We went for a sash window style even though the property is Edwardian (and not Victorian) but because the size, they were perfect for it. We also had the lower half sand blasted to make it opaque. This wasn’t cheap and if we were doing it again I think we’d use Purlfrost instead which does exactly the same job but it is MUCH cheaper.
I had seen a sink in a hotel bathroom in Milan when on a trip with a friend and spent quite a bit of time looking for something similar back home. We managed to find one not too dissimilar and the tap was from Porcelanosa.
The freestanding bath was a must have for me and I struggled to decide whether to go for a roll top or a more modern pebble style bath. The period style won out (although I do still really love the pebble ones) and we went for slightly more modern taps to stop it becoming too old fashioned looking.
We wanted a huge hotel bathroom style walk in shower and bought the tray from the discount corner in Porcelanosa. The glass screen in the shower caused a lot of head scratching as it was too big to come up the stairs which have a turn in them. Eventually we managed to get it up by taking out the bannisters!
The flooring. Ah, the flooring! This caused quite a lot of debate in the house (renovation really does test a relationship!) as I was dead set on having a wooden floor and Mr Practical just kept saying it wouldn’t work. Something about wood getting wet and swelling. Anyway we reached a compromise and went for wood effect porcelain tiles which have worked out rather nicely as we installed under floor heating under them and it it lovely to step out of the bath on to a warm floor.
And there you have it! Our hotel bathroom in our very own home!
5 ways to create a hotel luxe bathroom at home
Add a chandelier
Using a chandelier or dramatic light fixture in a bathroom is a sure fire way to add instant glamour.
Go for a statement mirror
The bigger the better especially if the room is a bit dark.
I love the way plants transform a space and a bathroom is no different. Plants such as ivy, fern and snake plants like a warm, damp environments and so are perfectly suited to bathroom life.
If you have the space, you can add interest with a stool, a chair, a bath shelf or wall shelving. Use this space to curate a selection of your favourite bathroom products much like you would see in a hotel.
Keep products tidied away
My biggest tip is to add storage for you to hide away your everyday bathroom products. It leaves the space looking much tidier and so much more glamorous when the floss and nail scissors are hidden away!
Photography: Marlene Lee
Shop my hotel bathroom style here
Sink – similar here and here.
Bath – from Victoria Plumbing, I also love this one in grey and this one
Floor tiles: Here
Hammam towel: The White Company
Handwash and shower gel: Aesop at Cult Beauty
Chandelier: I can’t find it anymore but this one is similar, this one from Graham and Green is amazing and this The White Company one would look great in a bathroom
Storage unit: Ikea, similar here
Plant stand on legs: Westelm
Paint: Dulux Perfectly Taupe
Mirror: Maisons Du Monde
What do you think?
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