Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bathroom Moodboard on a Budget

We have a little Queenslander and we are gradually renovating. At the moment though, our bathroom is rather bland! We can't get it fully finished at the moment so I'm trying to think of a cheap way to give it a quick update that makes it bearable until the time comes.

Currently, we have grey and cream pebble tiles (not my favourite!) with a very cream gloss wall tile. For some reason there is no shower base so there is simply a shower curtain strung around one corner, with a pedestal basin the other with a large mirror above it.

The positives:
- Grey and cream can look good (Sarah Richardson does it all the time)
- The pedastal basin is quite cute
- The mirror is huge and framed with mouliding (which I plan to paint)
- There is a pretty little casement window that lets in lots of light
- A cupboard set in the corner provides a lot of storage

The negatives:
- The tiles aren't exactly the grey and cream I would use by choice!
- The shower curtain
- The terrible blue sea themed feature tile running around the room

So, I've created an inspiration board and a moodboard to develop a bit of a plan to make this bathroom look a little more presentable (but on a strict budget).

So, my inspiration - grey or cream bathrooms with a bit of a vintage twist, not that it will end up looking anything like these!

Now, the plan...

I want to tie in the grey floor tile by changing the existing beigey-cream wall colour to a soft grey or stone colour (some of my favourite Dulux greys are below).

The horrible feature tile will be painted a soft grey (it's already textured so hopefully that will keep it a little interesting). The mirror frame will be painted with a Dulux metallic paint in a vintage silver colour, and the taps on the basin will be spraypainted silver.

I'm going to replace the too-short shower curtains with a homemade curtain in cream, with a panel of the fabric (top right) along the bottom (or top?) which should tie the grey and cream together a little better. Finally, a pretty hamper and some grey and cream vintage photographs should tie it all together!

It certainly won't be perfect but it should look a whole lot better. 'Before' shots coming soon!

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