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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. )

Winners of the VDM home and interiors photo competition.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. I don’t know if you can recall, a few weeks ago, I announced a home and interiors photo competition in collaboration with the Association of German Furniture industry.

They received a total 232 entries from 19 countries, and here are the 10 winners.

The winner for the Outdoor Living category is Silvia Ferrando from Italy ( above).

How cute is that little dog and outdoor space? Next up, is the winner for the Tiny Living category, Karst Rauhé from the Netherlands.

It’s brilliant how Karst has been able to incorporate a living room, dining space and bedroom into a small space, without compromising on style.

Absolutely love those on trend cane dining chairs too. This is Agata Dimmich’s winning Hallway photo. Super stylish and almost like a piece of still life art. Next, is this pink kitchen by a very green fingered owner, Mike Klar from Germany.

He is the winner of our kitchen photo competition category. Doesn’t this photo scream adorable? Love all the textures and likewise its cosy feel. Therefore very Hygge right?

This is the Relaxed Sleeping category winner, Anastasia Benko from Germany. This is such a pretty living room, with midcentury modern styling and pops of colours.

It belongs to the winner of the Living Room category, Roger Lemoyne from Canada,. What I would give, to lie here for a relaxing bath and hence be able to gaze out into nature.

This gorgeous bathroom photo belongs to Alex Schäler, also the winner of The Bathroom category. First of all, this is a kitchen of dreams, due to its beautiful pastel hue, bright skylight and gorgeous wooden floor, but most of all, I adore the fun little swing.

This space belongs to Elizabeth Barrett, from the USA, and she is the winner of the Living with Children category. How fabulous is it to be able to work from home surrounded by all this wonderful greenery? This is the winning shot by Vicson Chan Chua for the Working at Home category. If I were a kid again, I would so covet this outdoor play house. The winner of the Other Forms of Living category is Pepper Schmidt from Germany.

So, that finally concludes the 10 winners of the photo competition. Each winner will be awarded with a wonderful piece of German design, get a trip to Cologne and have their photo exhibited at the imm Cologne fair next year.

Furthermore, I hope you’ve enjoyed these inspirational pictures from the photo competition.

Finally, have a lovely week all.

( All photography are the copyright of the respective listed owners from the interiors photo competition. This is a paid partnership post with the association of the German Furniture Industry VDM ).

Affordable and stylish side tables to make your home look pretty.

I’ve been searching for some colourful side tables for a while.

As you know, I do love a pop of colour at home. 

I was so happy to discover that Matalan have them in my favourite colours of yellow and pink.

The prices are super affordable too. side tables This is the Lana side table in pink. Isn’t it cute?

It has a built in drawer with lots of space for all my odds and ends.

I have decorated it with some faux flowers from Matalan. Aren’t they pretty and look so real too? That French bulldog mug is also from Matalan. The mug also come in a Dachshund and cat print, so are perfect gifts for pet lovers, and at £3, is a real steal. I love that dusky pink shade on my Matalan Lana table. It’s the perfect grown up pink and really matches all the pastel shades in my bedroom don’t you think?  Next, I’d like to introduce you to my yellow Dax side table which only cost £30. I love its sunshine ochre yellow and wanted to show it off, so have placed it in front of my green sofa. I have styled my Dax side table with a few more accessories from Matalan.

Can you spot that cute smiling face cactus pot in pink? I actually have one in yellow too.

At £8, I think it’s going to sell out fast. side tables Did you know Llamas are the new flamingos? 

Remember that time when flamingo accessories were everywhere? Well, llamas are now apparently the cool new animal.

I simply had to jump on that bandwagon, and this llama planter from Matalan with a faux succulent was the perfect find. I’m so pleased with my two colourful side tables. They will come in handy for when I do photo shoots for room sets too, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them on my Instagram soon. 

(All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan. This is a paid partnership with Matalan, but all choices and opinions are my own).

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