The House Files: The downstairs washroom

Image: DecorPad
Image: DecorPad

If you have one (and we didn’t in our old house), the downstairs wash-room is an opportunity for folly.

It’s generally the smallest space in the house, but still one of the most useful which means there are absolutely TONS of ways of making it cool, quirky, stylish and fun.

None of these words apply to my current downstairs toilet which – and I won’t mince words here – I absolutely detest.

Along with the rest of the house, it has just been painted white and left.

Perhaps that works for some people, but I need an inspiring space – even in the downstairs loo!

My husband keeps telling me that not everyone is as obsessed by home decor as I am. He says plenty of people are happy with a plain space and actually, they probably have a lot more money because of it!

People: He knew what he was getting into when he married me!

Brace yourselves. This is how we currently look.

toilet
Lovely floor huh?
WHAT IS WITH THE FLOOR TILES AROUND THE SINK? And come to that, WHAT'S WITH THE SINK?!
WHAT’S WITH THE FLOOR TILES AROUND THE SINK?!
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANYTHING ON THE WALL
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANYTHING ON THE WALL! No pictures, photos, wallpaper – nothing.

So. What to do?

Well, the hall, landing and stairs are about to be started, which means work on the toilet will start too. You can read about my plans for the hall here.

After a lot of debate, I’ve decided on the amazing Loredo tiles from Bert & May. I won’t try and play this down, I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THEM. It means they will run into the wash room as well, so that will instantly add a bit of personality.

I’m ditching a lot of the stainless steel fixtures around the house for brass or antique gold, so am trying to track down taps that won’t break the bank. Any suggestions would be VERY welcome.

Images: Hunted interior | DecorPad | Pinterest
Images: Hunted interior | DecorPad | Pinterest

Perhaps I am being swayed by the fact there is absolutely no discernible personality in there currently – but I love the idea of upcycling an old cabinet as the sink. Like these:

Images: Michael Jones Photo Studio | Beach Brights | Royal Roulotte
Images: Michael Jones Photo Studio | Beach Brights | Royal Roulotte

And I definitely want a bold wallpaper as I’m going for paint pretty much everywhere else, so this is my one opportunity to go for it with some of the amazing designs available out there.

I’ve always loved these two, both Cole & Son:

Images: Alice Lane | Oliver Bea
Images: Alice Lane | Oliver Bea

What do you think? Has anyone spotted any amazing sinks or taps that I need to know about? Leave your thoughts and comments here (so I can steal all the ideas before we start!)…

  • Comments ( 4 )

  • avatar
    Helen Robinson

    It’s going to look amazing. My husband is an eye roller when it comes to house stuff/changes/purchase/ furniture moves.

    Those tiles are really stylish.

    A friend recently used a similar floor tile in her downstairs washroom, added wood panelling half way up and painted it v dark with the Cole &Son clouds wallpaper on the top. White suite but brass taps. Looks very smart. Looking forward to seeing the results.

    Helen X

    • avatar
      Erica

      That sounds gorgeous – and right up my street! x

  • avatar
    Bryony Costin

    I’m a bit late too the party here, but I agree wholeheartedly about the downstairs loo/bathroom being a place for a bit of folly. I wanted bold wallpaper in ours and in the end opted for Apothecary’s Garden by Trustworth! I’m delighted with the result. Excited to see how yours turns out!

    • avatar
      Erica

      ooooh I am going to check that out right now!

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