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I’m so happy to finally reveal my pastel colour bathroom, a mix of period and modern, created in part collaboration with Ripples bathroom.

It’s been a labour of love.

It’s been a journey and I’ve learned a lot about doing up a bathroom, from grout colours, to paint matching, tile shapes, trims and more.

However, that’ll be another blog post on its own.

The image above is my original bathroom. Ripples bathroom helped me with the initial design plans and supplied some of the bathroom furniture and fixtures.

Here’s a little sketch of the envisaged new bathroom co-designed with one of Ripples bathroom designers.

You will see that I have changed this bathroom design slightly from the initial drawing as the refurbishment progressed. pastel colour bathroom Here’s the bathroom. Let’s take a tour.

The gorgeous eye tiles in duck egg blue for the floor are by Ca Pietra. I fell instantly in love with them at first sight, and they formed the base palette for my bathroom colour decisions.

You can read more about the eye tiles here. pastel colour bathroom The initial design suggested that the bathroom should have an all white tiled wall ( see drawing above).

However, I wanted more warmth, so decided on a colourful feature wall over the vanity unit.

I selected these gorgeous hexagonal tiles called Hayek hex blush from Claybrook studio.

I’ve used a brass trim to separate the tiles and painted wall.

It was not easy finding the right shade of pink. I finally went for a peachy pink tone. pastel colour bathroom The white tiles encasing the other walls are called Minton hollis from Topps tiles.

Strange as it may seem, I found it difficult finding the perfect white tiles.

The issues I encountered was finding white tiles of the right size, with the perfect straight edge, and one with a uniform white tone on its surface.

I’ve decided to keep these parts of the bathroom wall white, to give the room a sense of space, without competing with the other colours.

It was also the perfect backdrop for the peach roll top bath. pastel colour bathroom I’ve always wanted brush brass in my bathroom, so the finishing touch was easy to decide.

Ripples introduced me to the Hansgrohe brand.

The form, feel and function of Hansgrohe’s brassware really evoke luxury and quality. I paid a visit to Hansgrohe’s showroom in London and selected the Axor Citterio 3 hole basin mixers with crossed handles. I also selected the Axor Citterio floor standing bath shower mixer which you can clearly see in this image. Hansgrohe kindly bespoke plated them in brush brass for me. So what do you think of the  bathroom? 

I wanted this pastel colour bathroom to feel light, happy, and aesthetically me.

I also wanted it to fit seamlessly with the decor in the rest of my house, a mix of modern and period Victorian.

You can definitely see those 2 elements  in my bathroom.

The Bisque Classic radiator, original sash windows, roll top bath and Hansgrohe cross taps gives the space that period feel, whilst the colourful tiles, painted walls and bespoke vanity and shelving units adds a modern touch. pastel colour bathroom A freestanding roll top bath had always been on my wish list, so this was the perfect opportunity to get one.

This Hurlingham slipper bath has a lovely inner contour that supports my back well. It’s also deep, which means I can immerse myself properly in warm water, much like the traditional Japanese baths that I like.

Ripples kindly sourced a smaller roll top bath from Hurlingham for me. The roll top Bath has been spray painted with a peach tone paint called Antique coral from Benjamin Moore.

Talking about paint colours, I decided to use 2 colours on my bathroom wall to match both the floor tiles and the roll top bath. I used Irish mint aura and Orange sorbet from Benjamin Moore. pastel colour bathroom I’ve always wanted double basins in my pastel colour bathroom, and am so pleased with these 2 concrete arla basins from Kast concrete, supplied by Ripples.

I’ve had my eye on these basin for quite a while. I love how elegant they look, the natural smooth texture of concrete adds warmth to the white vanity unit. To compliment the concrete basins, I’ve selected this Caesarstone Frozen Terra quartz worktop to go on top of the vanity unit. Here’s another view. You can read more about Caesarstone’s quartz worktops here. The vanity unit was initially attached to the wall and suspended above the floor to create a sense of space.

The unit itself, made of wood, was quite heavy.

I became a bit nervous that the weight of the unit, heavy quartz worktop and 2 concrete basins would  put strain on the walls. To give me peace of mind, I decided to add some custom made brushed brass legs from Urban Editions.

It was probably the best decision ever, as those brushed brass legs have really pulled all the brass elements in the bathroom together and given the unit a finished look. The brass pull bar handle for the vanity unit is from Buster and Punch. The bespoke shelving units on the opposite end of my bathroom also have matching Buster and Punch handles. Here is the shelving unit with removable yellow shelves.

I co-designed the vanity unit and shelving units with mead architecture and design, made by en masse interiors. 

Mead architecture did the building work for the bathroom too. pastel colour bathroom I didn’t have much storage in my last bathroom, and I also wanted somewhere to display my lovely toiletries. pastel colour bathroom I love how I can see the displayed shelving unit whichever way I stand in the bathroom, as it is reflected off these gorgeous arch mirrors from H&M Home. Last but not least, I can’t not mention these beautiful opal wall sconces, specially designed for me, to specification, by the talented Spark and Bell.

I wanted something that would be adjustable, with a soft glow for putting make up on.

I found a lot of the overhanging wall lights cast shadows on the face, making it difficult to visualise. The opal glass diffuses the light well. pastel colour bathroom There are ceiling downlights in the bathroom to make it bright at night too, but if I want to relax with candlelight in the bath bath, I’d usually just turn the wall sconces on. pastel colour bathroom So there you go, my small customised pastel colour bathroom in happy colours. What do you think?

Finally, I’m grateful to Ripples for helping me with the initial design. They helped me source some of the bath furniture and fittings too.

(All photography of this pastel colour bathroom are the copyright of Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. Any usage of photos from this site requires permission. The worktop, basins and taps are gifts. The bath tub, radiator were discounted via Ripples. )

[AD] As a doctor, I come across lots of patients with chronic long term conditions, many of whom are on a long list of medications.

Compliance with medications can be an issue and this could be made worse by not getting their repeat prescriptions on time. So I’m all for anything that helps compliance, be it ways of reminding people to take their medications, making it easier to obtain their repeat prescriptions or having the support of their local pharmacists for advice. That brings me to Healthera, an innovative app, that is attempting to address those identified problems.

It tries to reduce the inefficiency in the system of repeat prescriptions.

Imagine cutting out that step of ringing your GP to request a repeat prescription, and not having to queue. The Healthera app is approved by the NHS apps library and securely links to your signed up GP and local Pharmacy system.

It can remind you when to take your medications and when to reorder it.

Once ordered, you can track your order and have it delivered to your doorstep free.

This means less time off work, or waiting in the phone, GP or pharmacy queues.

Some Pharmacists also provide an advice service on the app.

I’m all for efficiency in the health care system, for example, GPs can then be freed up to see their waiting patients. Pharmacists play a crucial role in the review of patients with polypharmacy. This app could help them ensure patients have safer medications intake, monitoring and compliance.

If you have repeat prescriptions or help someone with their repeat prescriptions, why not try out the Healthera app now?

The service is totally free to use.

I’m all for safe efficiency in the nhs, and supporting innovations that work towards that aim.

There is a lot of untapped potential with this app. As with all technology, it is evolving and learning from experience, and this is something we should support.

I’d love to know what you think of this idea of medicines delivery.

( This is a paid partnership with Healthera app, but all opinions are my own)

Willow ottoman bed As I write this post, my daughter is travelling back from university for a week’s break. She has not yet seen her bedroom revamp, and the new Ottoman bed.

I can’t wait for her to experience her new Button and Sprung Willow Double Ottoman bed in a Pale Rose Linwood Juno fabric.

My daughter, like I, absolutely love pink, hence it was the chosen palette for the room. ottoman bed with storage I’m sure I’m not the only mother who struggles with minimising clutter.

With my daughter being away at university, this was the perfect opportunity to revamp and refresh. Willow ottoman bed from Button and Sprung When I saw this double Willow bed at Button and Sprung’s showroom, I knew it was the one.

Prior to this, my daughter had a white wrought iron bed.

Since she spends a lot of time in bed watching You Tube, Netflix and even writing her essays on the laptop, that wrought iron headboard couldn’t have been that comfortable for her. under bed storage with the Willow ottoman bed That plush pillow headboard on The Willow bed was one of the winning features influencing my choice. Believe me, it’s super comfortable, just like a sofa. Back to the the decluttering.There were books and note folders in the room forming an unsightly pile, which I proceeded to place into storage boxes. These gorgeous heart prints above the fireplace are by Hannah Carvell. The piece de resistance of this Willow Ottoman bed is its storage space under the mattress.

The bed easily opens up with a tug and lift using the pink strap at end of the bed.

The gas strut mechanisms help propel the bed up and holds it in place. Finally, I could hide those storage boxes away, without having to take up more space. So cool right? That plush pillow headboard is so tempting. Now the bedroom is looking spick and span. I can’t wait to see her reaction when she comes home. I’ve also placed some fresh new linen bedding, with a spritz of Lavender to calm the senses. A huge thank you to Button and Sprung for the wonderful ottoman bed that has made my daughter’s room.

(bed was a gift from Button and Sprung)

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