Wednesday, 18 May 2011

styling shoot: bathroom decor ideas

The bathroom is not only one of the most expensive rooms in your home to renovate and decorate, but also the one that (often) ends up most lacking. Functionality always seems to win over fun. Colours are boring. Ideas get left at the door. So when I was asked to create three bathrooms for the June issue of real living, I wanted to help people rethink how they might decorate the smallest room in the house.

British boho - was all about using wallpaper in the bathroom. It's done often in the USA and UK but not so much in Australia. It was also important to use a pendant light rather than downlights or some other meek option. And ever since I saw Burley Katon Halliday use a tribal rug in a Bondi bathroom, I've wanted to do that too.

Retro brights - okay, so the yellow is strong. But it works with the overall design scheme. Black and white work wonderfully when contrasted with another colour. I also like using a non-traditional bathroom mirror.

Modern beachy - has to be my favourite of the three spaces. That chocolate brown on the wall was so calming to look at that it made me realise I might never want a white bathroom again. I also liked it combined with the tongue and groove panelling.

images courtesy of real living and maree homer


Nat @ dear little house said...

I read that feature yesterday! Loving the clawfoot bath, I really want one for our bathroom and I think I managed to convince my other half! Wallpaper is great too.

Pinecone Camp said...

Beachy is my fave too, but I have to say, that yellow is looking pretty great to me as well.
Great post - you're such a talented girl!

Maria Hannaford said...

Wow i LOVE LOVE LOVE the modern beachey look!

Siobhan Rogers said...

Love the yellow - very brave colour but looks fab said...

Wauw beautiful this special look. thanks for sharing.

Natalie Walton said...

Looks like Beachy is winning. I had a lot of good feedback on the British Boho look - admittedly is was from Brits!


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