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5 things I learned so far whilst renovating my bathroom.

Here’s my old bathroom again. Work is still progressing, and I’ll show you its current state at the end of this post.

I thought it may be fun to just document the 5 things I’ve learned so far whilst renovating my bathroom. I thought it would be a good resource for anyone considering a bathroom refurbishment.

1. Number of tiles

When ordering tiles, always account for wastage from tile cutting. I would advise ordering 10% extra.

2. Tile or stone colours

Always order a sample of the stone or tile that you are going to use in your bathroom.

I’m putting concrete basins in my bathroom and with the sample I received, I realised that the colours weren’t exactly the same as the photos I saw. It’s also important to realise that if you are using a natural stone, that variations in colours are to be expected.

Ordering samples can also allow you to put a mood board of all the colours and textures that you will be using in your bathroom together.

3. Positioning the bath furniture

If you like I, are an Instagram interiors addict, then it’s likely you would want to photograph your bathroom.

Make sure you plan out your bathroom, so you can take the best photos ( but obviously not compromising the function of the bathroom).

I don’t like photos of the toilet, so I’m trying to make sure it’s positioned in such a way that it is out of view. However, with my bathroom being so small, that may be a problem.

4. Create the illusion of space

If your bathroom is super small like mine, then you don’t want it to feel crammed.

A few things to create the illusion of space is to use floating furniture- such as a wall mount WC, floating vanity unit or bath tub on legs.

Mirrors can also create the illusion of space and make a space look lighter.

5. Finishing touches

Radiators come with valves and pipes, and most of these are in chrome.

If however, you are going for brass metalware or the on trend black taps, then you may want to consider plating the valves and pipes in the same colour.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my 5 tips on renovating my bathroom. I will be back during the course of the refurbishment to tell you more about the things that I’ve learned. renovating my bathroom I leave you with the ripped out look of my bathroom. It has progressed since this, and Samuel has been working very hard, but I’ll show you more photos in stages.

Bathroom renovation project in a London Victorian house.

Do you have a room or rooms in your house that you would not reveal on social media?

I’m guessing YES right? Well, I certainly have many rooms in my home that I don’t reveal for various reasons.

First up are my bathrooms. I have 2 main bathrooms in my house and a guest toilet.

My bathrooms have been the thorn in my side for many years, as they have not been updated since we moved into this Victorian house more than 10 years ago.

There is such a pressure nowadays on social media to show how beautiful your home is, and I do admit that I am at times guilty of that too.

So, this time I’ve plucked up the courage to show you my original unmodernised bathroom before it’s gutted out and transformed.

I am excited to be working with Ripples bathrooms on this bathroom renovation project, and I will show you the process of our partnership in another blog post soon. So here it is.

Totally unmodernised and very vanilla brown in colour.

I’ve tried my best to cheer up the room with a few decor touches.

I’ve used my favourite Pappelina plastic rugs on the floor to add colour. I’ve also styled the room with Aesop skincare products.

Can you tell I’m a fan of Aesop products? Here’s the other side of my bathroom.

As you can see, my bathroom is not terribly large.

If you look hard enough, then you will see water stains on the wall and ceiling at the top left hand corner, all from external blocked gutters.

I’m pleased to say that the gutter situation has now been remedied.

Hardly an instagram worthy room right? bathroom renovation This is what the bathroom renovation project looks like now.

As you can see, Samuel Mead, my builder/architect for this project has done the initial ripping out to check the pipework. Tomorrow, he will be removing all the tiles. Samuel has revealed some unsightly protruding pipes that the previous owners had just boxed in.

I’m really hoping that he can bury the pipes back into the wall. A bespoke shelving unit will have to occupy that space soon.

Finally, I’m looking forward to sharing with you this bathroom renovation project over the next few weeks, and I hope you will follow me on this journey.

Have a lovely day.

This post is all about the latest trends in bathrooms and kitchens, from my recent tour of PORCELANOSA in Valencia, Spain.

I’ve been thinking of re-doing my bathroom and kitchen lately, and so this showroom tour, a source of inspiration, was especially relevant to me.

We started the tour with some artistic fun, by tracing over the pencil illustrations on tiles, created by Spanish artist, Coté Escrivá.

Here is the tile wall completed. The black stone basin above, with its clean cut contemporary lines and luxury feel has now made it to my bathroom wish list. This beautiful wall mounted Noken tap, designed by renowned Italian designer, Simone Micheli, was also a favourite. How cool is this? A wooden stand with a groove for a mobile phone or ipod, that can be connected wirelessly to a sound system behind the mirror.  This is KRION™, PORCELANOSA’s next generation in solid surfaces.

What’s amazing about KRION™, is that it can be cut into sheets, joined and thermoformed to make seamless surfaces and curved shapes.

I was wowed at the live demo, showing us how resistant KRION™ was to acid and stains. This would definitely be the perfect work surface material for busy kitchens. Here is a basin shaped out of KRION™ . This white and gold bathroom is just gorgeous. The gold basin looked great when contrasted against black.
PORCELANOSA is more than just tiles and bathroom. This concrete effect wall, was made from one of their products called micro cement. We were shown how easy it was to mix and apply to walls.

What’s wonderful about micro cement is that it is waterproof, and so can be used as the walls in showers. We also got to tour PORCELANOSA’s large collection of kitchens.

How clever is this storage solution above the sink? I realised I haven’t talked much about tiles,so take a peek at the image above.

They look like wood don’t they, but are actually tiles. Rather than have wooden floors in wet areas such as the kitchen or bathroom, these would make perfect alternatives.

Hope you have enjoyed my take on the latest trends in bathrooms and kitchens at PORCELANOSA.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I was invited to Valencia, as a press guest of Porcelanosa).

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