Inside My Home: Loft bathroom Reveal
So the time has come... the moment I can finally say, the new bathroom is complete! Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that I have been undergoing a loft conversion for the past three/four months (eight weeks my foot mr builder!) and this weekend saw the final pieces of the puzzle come together in the en suite bathroom we have managed to get up there.
Coming up with the scheme was totally influenced by a trip to Morocco I took in June for my sister's wedding where we stayed at El Fenn - THE most amazing Riad with stunning decor. Seriously recommend a stay if you are heading there any time soon! I fell in love with the green herringbone, handmade terracotta tiles which cover the floor of much of the Riad. What's more, the natural, pinkish plaster which you can see all over the city is just so beautiful, I knew I wanted to combine both elements in the new loft. However, the Scandi/Danish design loving person that I also am meant that I didn't want to go too bohemian (we live in Walthamstow after all!) so I wanted to pull in some black, modern accents to try to 'ground' the look. The results is a bit of a personality mash-up but one that I am really pleased with. Have a look and let me know what you think! I have included details of where each item was from below, and also so learnings for anyone else currently undergoing a new bathroom renovation. Enjoy! x
Some things I have learnt during the process, which may also help if you are thinking of doing a bathroom renovation...
- I LOVE the encaustic tiles we went for in the shower and on the floor, but something which is so important is sealing them properly. We bought a sealant which wasn't up to scratch which marked some of the tiles and made them smudgy. They look great now, and our tiler was amazing in helping us get it right, but it could have been a very expensive mistake if he hadn't stopped and got a different one which he trusted. Also, if you want a polished, shiny look, encaustic tiles are not for you - their charm is in their individual character so just be warned in case this look isn't quite what you are looking for
- The nook in the shower is something my husband was super keen for and I have to give it to him - it is incredibly useful! Looks great and means all of our potions are in easy reach so you don't need to buy one of those naff shower caddies
- When you buy tiles with a long lead time (ours had 8 weeks), order what you need, add 10% and then add another 10% to be on the safe side! We were lucky that we only needed an extra 4 tiles to finish so we could get them from the Bert and May showroom (the staff were so helpful!) but had it been more, it could have really held things up
- We have underfloor heating in the en suite too. Its a dream - if you can afford it, its definitely worth the extra dollar
- Finally, because this is a loft room, we have really low ceilings in the bathroom. The bathroom design itself is also quite busy. Therefore, something we decided to do was paint the ceiling the same colour as the walls - this makes the space feel bigger (because you can't see where the wall ends and the ceilings begin) but it also ties in the scheme, connecting the green and white shower area to the rest of the room
Thats all from me - would love to know what you think x