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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. )

Fun and cool Teenage girl bedroom ideas that rock.

If I ask you to visualise a teen girl’s room, what do you see?

I’m sure the word ‘messy’ would feature frequently right?

You wouldn’t be wrong there, because ‘messy ‘ is a normal teen’s rite of passage.

Then if I ask you, where do you see your teen spending most of his or her time whilst at home? I wouldn’t be surprised if you said ‘in bed’.

Bed in our household has become synonymous with a teen’s hq, all made easy with accessible technology and entertainment nowadays, so there’s no need to get out of bed.

So a laptop in bed with headphones, watching You Tube or Netflix is not an unusual sight.

Does this all sound familiar?

The image above is how the bedroom looked before the revamp. Seeing as the bed is such a crucial location for all activity and I must admit, productivity for school work too, there’s no point in fighting against it any more.

So, ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ right?

Here is how it looks now. As you can see, I have stripped all the wallpaper off the walls and painted it white. I wanted it to feel light and bright.

I indulged in my daughter’s wish for a double bed, and got this white metal bed at the White Company Christmas sale. What I love about this bed is its height. There is ample room below for storage boxes or even a pull out mattress for when she has friends over.

A new bed means a new comfortable mattress right?  After some research, we decided to give the Casper mattress a try.

My daughter gave it the thumbs up after just one night.

Here’s a little run down on the 4 foam layers that make this mattress special:

The top layer latex foam has a springy elasticity that allows for easy movement and weight shifts. It also allows for air circulation to aid a cooler sleep, much needed with the current heatwave.

I was surprised how well my daughter slept, despite the windows being closed during this heat.

The second layer of the mattress is a memory foam that provides comfort.

The third layer is another memory foam layer that provides Zoned Support ( very important for a teen who sits in bed all day). The base layer adds durability. Teenage girl bedroom With the mattress ticked off the list, what next for a teenage girl bedroom? I reckon some comfortable and stylish bedding.

I recently experienced sleeping with some linen bedding, and I couldn’t believe I had never considered it before.

It was super soft and comfortable, and kept me cool during those hot breezeless nights.

My daughter’s pink stone washed linen bedding is from Piglet in Bed. She loves it so much, that I think laundry day may soon become a tug of war.

It’s such a beautiful natural pink too. I’m seriously having bedding envy now. Teenage girl bedroom ideas No bedroom is complete without a gallery wall.

I always turn to my favourite art print store Desenio, when looking for beautiful pieces to style. These gorgeous pink and blue Miami and California photographic prints from Desenio were selected by my daughter.  She also picked the cute pink and green palm trio of prints above the head of her bed. She then completed the look with some cool pillow cases from Urban Outfitters.  That cuddly sloth on her bed was a gift from me.  I feel so happy and optimistic when I lie on her bed, looking at the blue skies of the photos on her wall.

This is but one corner of my daughter’s bedroom. The other parts of her bedroom will be shared soon.  I’m actually lying on her bed now as I type this post ( whilst she is out partying). Teens these days! Tomorrow she is jetting off for a week with her friends to Cannes. I can’t remember my teen years being like that.

Anyway, I’m digressing. The Casper mattress is so incredibly comfortable, I’m nearly falling asleep. Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Doesn’t this Teenage girl bedroom look so much more inviting than before? ( Do scroll back up to the top of this page to see the “Before” again). I know it’s definitely being appreciated by my little sloth. I mean the soft toy on the bed lol!

It’s a calm space conducive to studying, more than Netflix at least, I hope.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography for this Teenage Girl bedroom are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is not a paid partnership but a product review post).

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