HOW I TRANSFORMED OUR BATHROOM WITH WALLPAPER

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral   wallpaper in pale teal;   Pink leopard rug   £84 from Cotswold trading,   Green vase   from   Mapstores  ; Waska   Wardrobe/ Storage   cupboard £589 from   La Redoute  . and pink velvet chair from   Homesense  , Bath painted in Coral Crush by   Valspar  .

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral wallpaper in pale teal; Pink leopard rug £84 from Cotswold trading, Green vase from Mapstores; Waska Wardrobe/ Storage cupboard £589 from La Redoute. and pink velvet chair from Homesense, Bath painted in Coral Crush by Valspar.

HOW I TRANSFORMED OUR BATHROOM WITH WALLPAPER

I rarely talk about our family bathroom. It’s a great size, has a simple white victorian style sink, plastic roll top bath (we couldn’t afford a cast iron one at the time) and has a standalone shower. But to me it still looked unfinished.

With its all white painted plastered walls, our bathroom always felt like it was lacking that va va voom factor, especially when you compare it to the rest of our house.

HOW I TRANSFORMED OUR BATHROOM WITH WALLPAPER

I’m wallpaper obsessed and a true maximalist at heart, but our bathroom was the first room completed, and it seems to have been neglected in the planning of all the other levels.

 

First done eight years ago when we bought the house, we designed it quickly and went for a classic, timeless design – aka slightly safe and boring in my opinion. As the years went by, and my taste and braveness evolved so did my dissatisfaction with the white walls, and I decided that this room was in need of a refresh.

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral   wallpaper in pale teal. Bamboo mirror from   QVC-UK  .

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral wallpaper in pale teal. Bamboo mirror from QVC-UK.

 

Pink leopard rug   £84 from Cotswold trading;    Bamboo bath caddy from Klass Home   £22; pink faux fur slippers from F+F, and leopard print towel from   H&M Home.

Pink leopard rug £84 from Cotswold trading; Bamboo bath caddy from Klass Home £22; pink faux fur slippers from F+F, and leopard print towel from H&M Home.

I stumbled across Florence Broadhurst wallpapers a few years ago and loved her entire collection. Inspired by Florence’s life as a dancer living in and around Asia, with a particular interest in Japanese florals it was love at first sight for me.

After some clever researching (thank god for google), I discovered that the Florence Broadhurst collection and license had just been acquired by a UK owner, and was finally going to be more accessible for interior design addicts like me here in the UK.

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral   wallpaper in pale teal. Bamboo mirror from   QVC-UK  ; Bamboo side table £90 from   Mapstores  ;   Pink leopard rug   £84 from Cotswold trading,   Green vase   from   Mapstores  ; and pink velvet chair from   Homesense  .

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral wallpaper in pale teal. Bamboo mirror from QVC-UK; Bamboo side table £90 from Mapstores; Pink leopard rug £84 from Cotswold trading, Green vase from Mapstores; and pink velvet chair from Homesense.

 

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral   wallpaper in pale teal. Bamboo mirror from   QVC-UK  ; Bath painted in Coral Crush by   Valspar  , Bamboo side table £90 from   Mapstores  ;   Pink leopard rug   £84 from Cotswold trading and   Bamboo bath caddy from Klass Home  .

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral wallpaper in pale teal. Bamboo mirror from QVC-UK; Bath painted in Coral Crush by Valspar, Bamboo side table £90 from Mapstores; Pink leopard rug £84 from Cotswold trading and Bamboo bath caddy from Klass Home.

After procrastinating I decided on the Japanese Floral design in pale Teal as it’s a Florence classic.

Because the ceiling in the bathroom has been a mass expanse of white painted plaster, I decided that this was prime fodder to get wallpapered too. After all, the 5th wall is now an important part of any room design, and this rooms sloping ceiling was crying out to be wallpapered.

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral   wallpaper in pale teal. Bamboo mirror from   QVC-UK  ; Bath painted in Coral Crush by   Valspar  , Bamboo side table £90 from   Mapstores  ;   Pink leopard rug   £84 from Cotswold trading.

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral wallpaper in pale teal. Bamboo mirror from QVC-UK; Bath painted in Coral Crush by Valspar, Bamboo side table £90 from Mapstores; Pink leopard rug £84 from Cotswold trading.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Is this a special bathroom wallpaper? Have I coated the wallpaper?

Well the answer is simply no. As long as you have good ventilation – an extractor fan and a window for those really steamy days, then I have had no problems with our wallpaper.

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral   wallpaper in pale teal. Bamboo mirror from   QVC-UK  ; Bath painted in Coral Crush by   Valspar  , Bamboo side table £90 from   Mapstores  ;   Pink leopard rug   £84 from Cotswold trading and   Bamboo bath caddy from Klass Home  .

Florence Broadhurst Japanese floral wallpaper in pale teal. Bamboo mirror from QVC-UK; Bath painted in Coral Crush by Valspar, Bamboo side table £90 from Mapstores; Pink leopard rug £84 from Cotswold trading and Bamboo bath caddy from Klass Home.

But for those a bit more sceptical or just less brave, then you can use a clear varnish to coat the wallpaper to harden it’s exterior, making it less susceptible to taking the odd splash of water and this will also help prevent the steam from making it peel off.

 How I painted our plastic Bath

And encase you wanted to know, because I get asked a lot how I went about painting our freestanding bath. I painted our bath in Coral Crush by Valspar. The bath is a plastic free standing bath from Wickes. To paint it, I gave it a light sand, then gave it three coats of Zinsser Bullseye primer and then used the matt finish from Valspar. The key is to make sure its well primed and I find Zinsser Bullseye primer amazing! As long as the surface is evening coated in this, then any paint will stick to it!

I’d love to know if you’re thinking about wallpapering your bathroom, and what design you were thinking?


INTERIOR UPDATE: LOFT BATHROOM

It’s week 40 of my pregnancy, and while we await the arrival of our little guy I thought it was about time I showed you around our loft bathroom and the inspiration behind the room. plus, I can't sleep as the little guy is on my bladder so my blog is my saviour right now. (When people tell you to get loads of sleep before the baby arrives I'm unsure if they remember the final few weeks of pregnancy as sleep is non-existent. But I'm digressing.. 

It’s been three months since the builders left and even though someone recently quipped that ‘Builders pain lasts longer than child birth’, I’m praying that there’s some truth in that statement.

When the project was in full swing, I was lucky to get away for a couple of weeks on a work trip in Seoul, South Korea where I came across the shop ‘Style Nanda’… AKA Style Manda due to my love of everything about this store for its mock laundrette, to its LA style pool café and hotel reception, payment desks.

I was particularly inspired by their use of blush pink walls, dark wood work and marble tiles on one of the levels of the store which I ended up sending back to my husband which the caption ‘let’s go pink’ and the rest is history. I also loved the bath full of flowers but thats inspiration for another time..

Bathroom sink unit HACK... 

When researching bathroom sink units I became obsessed with marble/ stone top ones - check out Porter bathrooms for luxury inspiration, but I couldn't find anything under £2,000. I then found one from Bathstore which needed tweaking to be more inline with what I was after. Here's how I achieved the look... 

1. The bathroom sink unit was purchased from Bathstore. It didn't come with a stone top, so I had piece of granite cut to fit which cost approx £60 from a local stone company,  and then I asked the builder to fit it on top with the sink.

2. I  painted the bathroom cupboard in Farrow and Ball off black as I didn't like the charcoal colour. I had to prime it first and then it needed two coats of the estate eggshell. 

3. I changed the handles to be brass ones from Dowsing and Reynolds as I didn't like the silver ones. 

4. I added a brass towel rail which I picked up in New York on a work trip last year and asked if the builder could fit it to the side. 

And encase you wanted to know where anything else is from, I’ve attached all the details below.

The Inspiration... 

Style Nanda, Seoul - South Korea
Style Nanda - Nanda Laundry. Inspirational store in Seoul, South Korea.
Style Nanda, Seoul.
Style Nanda, inspirational store in Seoul, South Korea.
The LA style pool side cafe at Style Nanda, inspirational store in Seoul, South Korea.
Style Nanda, inspirational store in Seoul, South Korea.
Style Nanda, inspirational store in Seoul, South Korea.

The loft bathroom...

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Stone top bathroom unit
Farrow and ball pink ground and railings marble  bathroom
Carrera marble tileS,  Acme shower from Aston Matthews and Black metal shower frame from Drench
Farrow and ball pink ground bathroom with black radiator
Farrow and ball pink ground bathroom, aston matthews taps and loaf mirror
Farrow and ball pink ground bathroom and RAK toilet.
Terma black heated towel radiator

During the build...

Loft conversion bathroom
BATHROOM MOODBOARD

1. Shower Tray 1200 x 900 £188, Bathroom Village

2. Black metal shower screens £1,862.45 for 2 screens , Drench

3. Acme 200mm round shower rose and 358mm shower arm scuffed brass £360, Aston Matthews 

4. Acme 3/4" concealed thermostatic shower valve scuffed brass £707, Aston Matthews

5. Carrera Marble tiles approx £150 per square meter, Decor Tiles

6. Acme 3-hole wall mounted basin mixer 190mm spout scuffed brass, £336, Aston Matthews

7. Geo bath towel £10 , Sainsbury's (now sold out, but other versions are available)

8. Avant-Garde large Knurled Knob £13.99 Dowsing and Reynolds

9. Savoy Gun Metal Grey single door unit (no top) £330, Bathstore

10. Terma Simple meteor black heated towel rail 1440 x 500 £279, Victoria Plumb

11. Stone Pendant £205, Tom Dixon

12. Real Deal brass trimmed 61cm £175, Loaf

13. Tavira 45cm Diameter Circular Countertop Ceramic Basin £49, Click Basin

14. Estate eggshell paint (for the woodwork) colour: Railings from £25, Farrow and Ball

15. Estate Emulsion paint for walls, Colour Pink Ground from £45, Farrow and ball

16. Etch tea light holder brass £40, Tom Dixon

17. Concrete toilet brush £12 (sold out but similar available), Sainsbury's