Palette: Bathroom

The bathroom is going to be mostly white: white sanitary ware (the 1970s can keep their “period” coloured bathroom suites, I'll keep my Avocado on toast thank you very much), white gloss units under the counter, white tiles around the shower.

Clockwise from top left: 300x100mm white gloss tile; Pg 91, Elle Decoration, April 2014; VitrA Tap; Solus Gown floor tile sample; 200x200mm white gloss tile.

Clockwise from top left: 300x100mm white gloss tile; Pg 91, Elle Decoration, April 2014; VitrA Tap; Solus Gown floor tile sample; 200x200mm white gloss tile.

To avoid the risk of it being cold or dull, I’m thinking of painting the clear wall like this geometric pattern from last month's Elle Decoration. Wallpaper would also be good, but irritatingly the wall is slightly too long to be able to get away with one roll, at which point it starts getting far too expensive to justify. 

The tiles are going to be small format and a variety of sizes, laid in a stack bond and with pale to mid-grey grouting. All the better for hiding dirt my dear; not that I'm particularly slovenly (well …) but in a hard water area one needs all the help one can get. 

If you’re on a limited budget it’s always worth spending the money where you handle it daily: bathroom and kitchen taps; door handles; floor finishes if possible. This is the main reason I spent as much on this tap 

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as I did on the basin/countertop (although the latter was in the sale)

The floor is going to be dark grey. I want to spend a bit more on the floor here than the rest of the flat, not least because there is only three square meters of it so I can afford to and being a room where I'll mostly be barefoot I'll get to appreciate it. I would love to have natural slate floor, but I’m not able to afford Welsh, which means I’d be looking at (ethically/sustainably questionable) Chinese of Brazilian sources. Thus I'm going for an Italian ceramic instead, in a 300x600mm size, as it works really well for the shape of the floor I have got. 

I'm starting the tiling tomorrow, so hopefully it won't be long till the whole thing comes together.