How We Created Our Perfect Family Bathroom

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Back in August I wrote about our new family bathroom plans with mood boards and colour schemes and how I wanted it to look. Just before Christmas I knocked the final nail into the wall and hung up our bamboo shelves and the first room in our house renovation was complete!

our completed family bathroom renovation

The bathroom itself is a decent size – 270cm x 170cm and the bathroom suite we inherited was ok. It was a bit dated with dark mahogany wood and a shower over the bath, but the bath plug mechanism no longer worked, and the bath leaked slightly.

We knew at some point we would have to rip out the bath and repair so when Burlington Bathrooms asked if I would like to do a collaboration with them, we jumped at the chance.

As bathrooms go, it was functional
The bath was a decent size but leaked

Planning our family bathroom

I had already created a Pinterest board to collect ideas for our new family bathroom renovation, I wanted something quite calming with neutral colours and a hint of luxury with gold accessories.

This bathroom is mainly used by the kids as we have an en suite. But, whilst we are still in the process of renovating our downstairs bathroom, our guests also use our family bathroom so I wanted it to be functional but beautiful!

Pulling together a family bathroom mood board


I originally saw these amazing terrazzo tiles by Boutique Stone and the bathroom design was created around them! I knew that a sage green colour would work perfectly with them and that the gold accessories would help to pick out the browns and beiges, which would tie the whole bathroom in together.

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Ravello Terrazzo tiles by Boutique Stone

First of all, I changed the layout of the bathroom so that we could fit in a bath and separate shower. I wanted the tiles to be displayed around the shower cubicle so it had to be separate from the bath. I also like a stand-alone bath as it is a really lovely feature in a family bathroom. This would mean moving the toilet to create a new space for the bath.

The original bathroom layout
The proposed bathroom layout

Our builder ripped out our bathroom and we soon realised that it would be a lot of work to move the toilet to the right-hand corner next to the shower so we decided to move the toilet to the right of its current position and the sink to the right-hand corner.

This also meant that we would have to move the toilet piping from its current position so our plumber built a stud wall 4 inches from the original wall to hide all the pipes.

The back wall where the bath used to be.
The corner where the shower is going
You can see the water damage in the back corner where the bath was leaking  
The back wall where the toilet and sink were
The bath will be going under the window
The left hand corner where the towel rail sat

The problem with losing 4 inches of floor space meant that we wouldn’t have room for the radiator to go back into its previous position as the bath would be in the way. Our builder suggested lifting it to create more space and actually, this made perfect sense as it meant when you stood up to get out of the bath, the radiator would be the same height for you to grab a towel.

Our builder took off the towel rail and I decided to spray paint it

As the towel rack was chrome, I decided to paint it matt black so it matched the shower fitting in the room and wouldn’t clash with the gold accessories. 

I used Rust-Oleum Universal Black Matt Multi-surface spray paint which is a fabulous product and highly recommend. No primer needed and you just spray directly on!

Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint
First coat on
In its new position

The bath feet were also chrome so I decided to paint them the same colour.

Beautiful chrome bath feet
Spray painted black
Job done!

Our Terrazzo tiles

The first thing our builder did in the family bathroom, once all the pipes and walls were made good, was to put in our floor to ceiling tiles for the shower unit. I had to make a decision about the grouting and originally, I was going with a dark grout like anthracite grey or black.

However, I decided this would be to dark and I wanted the tiles to seamlessly blend in together. We looked at white but as the tiles are an off white, this also looked like too much of a contrast. So, we decided to go for a beige grout which had a slight gold tint to it. Although I wasn’t too sure to begin with, I now realise it is the perfect choice as it blends in easily and actually looks really good with the gold accessories.

First tiles going in
I absolutely love these tiles! Ravello Terrazzo by Boutique Stone

Choosing the colour

I wanted to keep the terrazzo tiles the main décor feature in the family bathroom, so I decided to keep the rest of the décor quite simple with panelled walls instead of tiles and neutral flooring. Sage green was the colour I wanted to use right from the beginning and I found the perfect shade – Valspar Thames Fog – for the panelling.

Valspar Thames Fog

Our builder used tongue and groove panelling with a small shelf on top and I had to prime the wood first to stop the wood knots bleeding through. I then used Valspar Kitchen and Bathroom paint on top and it needed two coats.

Building the frame for the panelling
Panelling going in
We had it put all around the room
It needed to coats of primer
And finally 2 coats of Thames Fog

Next up, I had to find some flooring for the bathroom. I really wanted a hexagonal tile which would give us pattern and texture without it being too busy. I sent off for some samples and immediately loved the Carrara Bianca Esagono Vinyl flooring from The marble pattern makes it feel luxurious and the beautiful gold grout line stands out with the gold accessories of the bathroom.

Three of the samples I was sent
Perfect flooring

Our Family Bathroom Suite

I was approached by Burlington Bathrooms asking if I was looking to update or renovate a bathroom in our house and they couldn’t have come at a better time! With my colour scheme and tiles chosen, I wanted the family bathroom suite to be white with a luxurious quality to them so I was immediately drawn to the Edwardian Basin with Gold Washstand and towel rack.

The very regal Edwardian basin gold washstand with towel rack – Burlington Bathroom


Sitting pretty next to the shower

Adding shelves

Gold towel rack

Due to the dimensions of the family bathroom, we decided on a curved 90cm shower quadrant in matt black as I knew black would be a better backdrop for the Riviera Shower valve, Fixed AirBurst Shower and Handset & Holder with Hose that I had chosen.

Curved quadrant
Black and gold
Gold valve
It looks perfect against the terrazzo

I wanted the toilet to sit quietly between the shower and bath so we went with a Regal WC with lever cistern in white with a white lid.

The loo!

Finally, we went for the Windsor 150cm double ended bath with standard feet (which I spray painted black) and finished the bath with the Riviera bath and shower mixer with handset and hose kit.

Windsor bath with gold Riviera shower and bath mixer
Get Naked
Scrub time
Gold taps
With a shower head and gold waste

The finishing touches were a round mirror from IKEA, shelf from part of a scaffolding board, bamboo shelves from Graham and Green and an abstract print I’ve had for years from Dunelm which suited the family bathroom perfectly!

Bamboo shelving
Shelf and pretty brackets

I really do love this bathroom; it provides the calm and tranquil setting I was after and the colours all work in harmony together. I just hope the kids (and our guests) appreciate it as much as I do!

Mel x

our completed family bathroom renovation

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