The small bathroom, or downstairs bathroom, or shower room. Whatever you want to call it, it probably is the most unloved room in our house and hasn’t really been touched since we had it renovated when we first moved in.
It’s such a small room that I wanted to keep it plain white and not waste any time on it to be honest, but it’s the only room that lets down my otherwise very colourful house and because I get restless easily when it comes to decorating, I decided it needed to go on my hit list. I wanted to make a big impact in this bathroom so people would be talking about my bog for years to come! Haha.
The Search Begins
So off I popped to Pinterest to start getting some inspiration for our small bathroom. We had already completed one bathroom renovation upstairs so I wanted something a little different. I have recently seen some amazing loo transformations and initially I was thinking about going down the wallpaper route.
I wanted something dramatic, but could easily be updated if needed. I also knew that I wanted to keep the tiles for now, but paint the grouting so this is what I initially starting looking at.
Wallpaper or Paint?
At first, I was going down the wallpaper route but I felt, as the ventilation isn’t always great in our small bathroom, it was a bad idea. I was looking through my bathroom saved folder on Instagram and Pinterest and realised that the images I saved the most were of dark painted bathrooms. This would also mean that the bathroom would be easy to update if we got tired of the décor.
Dark. We’re going dark! One of the things people “in the know” say about interior decorating is that, if you want a room to appear bigger, to paint it bright and light colours. The thing is, our bathroom is so small anyway, I’m not really bothered about it looking bigger whilst I’m sat on the bog.
I knew I wanted it either dark blue or dark green, but was undecided. I ran a poll on my Instagram with the two below pictures and the dark green nudged it by just 5%! I decided to go with green as it is my favourite colour after all!
We already have white square tiles in the bathroom which are good quality so I’m not going to waste any money changing them. Thing is, the grout is white and this is something I really dislike. White grout gets so grubby quickly and I love the contrast between a dark grout and white tiles so I will be using a black grout pen to manually colour in the grouting.
I know, I’m mad and a sucker for projects that take foreveeeeeerrrrr.
If we could justify the cost of retiling, then I would be looking at putting something in like this.
The sink is going pink. Repeat, the sink is going pink! Ok, bear with me on this one. I was scouring the internet and Pinterest trying to get some inspiration for my small bathroom and this image popped up. I was sold. Thankfully, Mr B was nonplussed as ever so the project was go go go. I’m not going to paint the actual sink pink as that would be mad, just the adjoining vanity unit.
Again, the toilet is in good condition and as much as I would love to move the toilet and sink around, it is not practical or cost effective. It has a built-in toilet cistern so I will be painting it pink to match the sink.
I think one of the reasons I was drawn to dark paint and in particular, green, is because I love how wooden shelves look against it. I will be putting wooden shelves above the toilet with lots of hanging plants.
Which takes me onto plants! I love plants in the bathroom, it is a room where they thrive and they tend to soften the textures of the room a little. I will be looking at hanging plants like Philodendrons, string of pearls, Devil’s Ivy, English Ivy and one of my favourites, the lipstick plant.
I will probably sway more towards lighter coloured plants so they provide a better contrast to the dark green paint.
As our small bathroom backs onto our garden, we have a window film to give us privacy. It has a beautiful pattern on it and I love the colours. Initially I was swaying towards taking it down as it can make the bathroom a little darker, but I think the colours will work really well with the paint.
The shower will be staying the same except for changing the grout to black with a black grout pen and I am going to paint the aluminium frame black too. I would also like to change the shower tray to black but we will have to look at the cost of doing so.
We currently have grey slate linoleum down in the bathroom. The small bathroom leads off from the utility room which has the same flooring and the utility leads off from the kitchen. I went for the grey slate tile effect linoleum as it matched the grey we had in the kitchen and the grey slate we have down under the range cooker.
I think this is something I will look at again once the bathroom has been redecorated as I am not sure it will work with the new colour scheme. I would like a monochrome flooring so we will either have to replace the linoleum or paint it. Or equally just hide it with pretty bath mats!
I will be covering the revamp of our bathroom over on my Instagram stories at melaniejadedesign if you want to come over and have a look! I’m quite excited about this revamp as I think it will be a drastic transformation. Hopefully it will all look as good as in real life as it does in my head 🙂