Updated: Jun 11, 2018
When we bought the house, there were three bathrooms upstairs an en-suite to the master bedroom and the second bedroom and then one more bathroom. With the last house being a cottage, we’ve never had a nice big family bathroom and its always been on my most wanted list. The second en-suite and the main bathroom backed onto each other so opening them up to be one room couldn’t be easier.
So, we now had our space as well as two sinks and two toilets. We did toy with the idea of making it a Jack and Jill bathroom with a door from the landing as well as the girls room but decided that the wall space was more valuable. I say its big it’s not huge but compared to our last bathroom it seems vast. Things we knew we wanted to fit into the space before we even started looking were a vanity unit as I always struggle for storage, a separate bath and shower and a nice big towel rail. With help from the team at soak.com we managed to configure a layout which meant this was all possible.
This is the first room where I’ve really had to push to go more contemporary, my instinct was to scroll straight to the traditional free-standing baths, but I knew that it just wouldn’t work in this house. The bath we choose is called the Caitlyn it comes in two sizes, we went for the large I was literally biting my nails until the moment it was put into place thinking it would look too big, but I couldn’t be happier with it, all the children even fit in it together. We discovered this the first time we filled it and they all raced to get in.
Soak had so much choice on their website all the products we have used have been excellent quality and the delivery came in no time at all, which was super handy when we had forgotten key plumbing parts and they came within a day or two. We choose taps for the bath, shower and sink from the Gladstone range to tie it all together. One of my favourite parts is the wall mounted bath tap I love that the bath is completely sleek and now none of the children complain at having the tap end.
If you follow my Instagram stories you will know I went around in circles a bit with the tile choice, but I mean they are literally cemented to your floor so once they’re in there’s no going back. I went back and forth to Topps tiles more times than I can count I went from patterned to wood effect before getting caught in a web of marble bathrooms on Pinterest and falling in love. The floor tiles are the Misty Fjord Polished Tile and the wall tiles are the Bevelled Tile from the same range.
We did plan to tile most of the walls but once we decided to go for the herringbone I thought one feature wall and the shower was enough. We used grout from Topps Tiles called Gun Metal which is a very soft grey and goes perfectly with the marble. One of my interior live and learn tips must be never use white grout. we had it in the last bathroom and I think it was white for about two weeks.
The walls are painted in Farrow and Ball Blackened, another pale grey sorry but it’s a lovely calming colour. I did promise to be braver and bolder with colour in this house, but I just like bathrooms and kitchens to feel light and airy. I have added a pop of colour with the mirror and print if you can call all black a pop of colour? The mirror is from next I had my eye on a different one, but it was out of stock and I think the shape of this one works well above the vanity unit. My print is from the lovely Vicky of inpolife a small shop you can find on Insta, and I picked up the black frame in Ikea!
The finishing touches are quite minimal now but I’m sure I will add to them over time I’d quite like a racking mesh style shelf in here somewhere to stack towels on. The plants and plant pots are from Homebase and the succulents are from Sainsbury’s, I’m so happy with this room I really do feel like we’ve created a little piece of luxury in our home!