Bathroom reveal

So…it’s been a while since I finished my bathroom, but I was waiting for some LIGHT and SUNSHINE in order to photograph it. But look, we had five minutes of the stuff on Tuesday and now it’s buggered off again. So I’ve given up. Here’s the bathroom, in the delightfully dull March light we’re all now so depressingly used to. Am hoping that by posting this, the sun will decide to appear and stick around, just to spite me for not waiting a little bit longer.

You may remember my personality-less bathroom from my post before here…

Grim eh? But here it is now… *ta-daaaa*

As you’ll see, I didn’t have the guts to go for the greeny-blue walls in the end. I was massively tempted, but decided it would look out of place with the rest of the flat, which is very light and bright. And also my uber-stylist friend Poppy Norton reminded me that if you want to do your make-up in them, it’s good to keep bathrooms light as possible. The wall colour I went for in the end is Dove Tale, by Farrow & Ball, and is a really interesting shade – that goes from very pale purpley-grey to a sort of warm mushroom-brown, depending on the time of day. It’s great because it gives the cosy feel I was after, without being too dark.

The sanitaryware was a bargain – the basin (Bauhaus) and toilet (Duravit) were both from CP Hart’s trade centre. I reused my existing bath. The shower and basin and bath taps are Grohe, and I bought them on Amazon!

The flooring is from the Colour Flooring Company – and I love it! So soft and warm underfoot. The tiles are from Topps Tiles.


In total I spent just over £3k, including fitting, which I think is pretty good. It’s not perfect, and as with any interiors junkie there are a few things that I wish I could change – or could have afforded to have done – but the main thing is it has personality, is warm and inviting, and puts a smile on my face first thing in the morning!

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  • Reply
    EmmaMT from
    March 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    WOW, that looks amazing. I love the grey. Very sophisticated!

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    April 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I think you’ve done a great job – the bathroom looks so peaceful and inviting. Out of interest (as we are soon going to redo our bathroom) what are the things you wish you could change/wish you could’ve done? Was tiling the bath sides ok? I really like that look. Thanks! Lx

    • Reply
      April 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Laura! I wish I could have had the pipes from the basin cut into the wall, rather than boxed in by the floating tiled thing…and I would have also liked to have had wall-mounted taps too. And underfloor heating, and lights around the basin! But other than that, I’m really happy with it. And tiling the bath panel was fine – the fitter had to build a plywood bath surround first, to tile on top of, but it wasn’t expensive to do at all. Good luck with yours! x

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    Wet rooms
    August 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Lovely use of the space and love the tiles especially the grey grouting. Just a quick question, did you contemplate installing a wetroom, i know that some people prefer baths over showers but was just intrested in knowing.


    • Charlotte Duckworth
      Charlotte Duckworth
      August 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Thanks Tim – it’s my only bathroom so I wanted to keep a bath in there for resale, even though I only have showers. Wetrooms are cool in the right space though!

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    January 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Hi, I love the bathroom. We are looking at using the same type of flooring. Do you know the name of the colour? Thanks

    • Charlotte Duckworth
      Charlotte Duckworth
      January 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Thank you! The colour of the floor is ‘Slate’ – really recommend it 🙂

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    March 18, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Hi Charlotte,
    I came across your bathroom via Pinterest as I’m looking for a very similar theme to my bathroom. (it was the flooring that found you!) Are you in London? – if so, could you recommend a builder?! I know it’s a year on but quotes I’m getting at the moment are closer to 5k just for the fit! Did your builder put the floor down too – just wondering how specialist a job that is.
    Any advice much appreciated.
    It looks great by the way!
    I’m N16.
    Many thanks

    • Charlotte Duckworth
      Charlotte Duckworth
      March 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Helen

      Thanks for your comment – I am in London (SW), but unfortunately a family friend fitted my bathroom, and he’s based down in Surrey so he’s a bit far from N16. The flooring however wasn’t that specialist a job at all – but the Colour Flooring Co do recommend fitters who can lay perfect vinyl. You’ve probably already tried these, but Checkatrade and Rated People are both worth a look for getting fitters. Good luck!

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    November 10, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Hi! I have been looking for subway tile like this for forever-I have no problem finding 3 x 6, but your tile looks fatter, more square and that’s what I’m looking for! What dimensions are your tiles? Thanks!

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