It’s all about grey and mustard yellow!
Hey there and thanks for joining me on the blog today. This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for over six months now and I just haven’t had the time or motivation to do so. It’s basically a write up of our ensuite bathroom makeover, redesign and decoration in grey and mustard yellow.
Recently, I’ve really enjoyed writing up some posts which share some of my day job sales and marketing tips! Like this one for finding contact email addresses online, and this one about how to navigate a corporate website!
I know, I know, if you’re not a blogger this might instantly sound unappealing. But just think, next time you want to email a company because you had awful/excellent customer service, then tah-dah – email address found. Thank you 😉
and back to the bathroom!
Anyway, back to the focus of this post, my new ensuite! We moved house last July and literally the first room I wanted to redecorate was the en-suite. It was really dark and I wanted a light, airy space with a large shower.
Here’s some of my tips for making the most of your ensuite!
Don’t be afraid to change the layout of a room
When we moved in to the new house, the ensuite to the master bedroom was dark and the shower was even darker. I really missed our old en-suite which was at the top of a town house, and therefore very light and airy.
We spoke with a local plumbers and decided that to make the most of the room, we would knock down a small wall and relocate the shower to the other side of the room. Here you can see the new sink – the old shower used to be here.
Think about the view from your bedroom!
Now this was a great tip a bathroom designer shared with me. Think about the view when you walk into the bathroom. In short, you don’t want a view of the toilet! Because of where we positioned the new shower, the natural place for the sink and mirror was in the old shower space.
Decide what you want tiled
Depending on what and where you want tiled, it can start to get pricey. To save money, we simply had the shower enclosure tiled and then around the sink area.
Pick a good paint
Depending on what the walls are like before you start, you might want to apply an undercoat of white paint. Our walls were a dark grey to start and we ended up painting three coats of Dulux Jasmine White Bathroom Paint.
In hindsight we’d have been better off doing a few basic white undercoats and then applying the pricier bathroom paint. I write about this in my post on decorating lessons learned!
Think about storage
I don’t know about you but I hate how cluttery bathrooms can become. there are so many pots and jars and bottles of this that and everything else. I like to store things away and “try” and keep things minimal! This doesn’t always happen :/
Think about colour
My biggest tip here would be to think about the colours you like and how you envisage your bathroom in 18 months time. Do you find you like to mix up colour schemes or change décor themes every year or two?! OK, maybe it’s just me.
What I’m saying though is decide upfront if you’re more a grey tone or brownish/beige hue type. Greys and whites go with so many bright vivid colours. Where as browns and creams go lovely with wood and natural tones. I went with a light off-grey tile and Jasmine white paint. This has a really light cream tone to it.
The paint and tile combo will allow me to easily revamp this en-suite in the future, at minimal cost. Right now I am loving the grey and mustard yellow colour scheme. Our bedroom matches this theme and you can take a peek here.
Once your bathroom is done, it’s time to think about art work, towels, candles and trinkets. The fun bit for me! I love to mix new with old.
You’ll find treasure from car boot sales in my bathroom, bargains from the pound shops and then beautiful pieces from Next. Basically, if I see it, like it and need it (and it isn’t excessively priced), I buy it!
Do you enjoy decorating or do you prefer buying all the fun stuff once a room is painted?! I love the feeling of completing a new room and giving it a new lease of life. I feel we have achieved a light and airy en-suite bathroom which fits in with my favourite colour scheme right now of grey and mustard yellow. Luckily it seems this is the “in” thing at the moment as more and more shops seem to stock mustard yellow home stuff!