In the third part of our insider design bathrooms we visit Flat 15, Swoonworthy and The Fifth House
1. Flat 15
Philadelphia-born Gabriella Palumbo from the blog Flat 15 is a London-based interior designer and blogger who loves to document inspiring design and style from her daily life and travels. Her monochrome en suite is located in a Victorian apartment block in Shoreditch.
Where did the idea for the monochrome scheme come from?
I’ve recently been inspired by the work of French sculpture Jean-Pierre Raynaud, particularly his work from the 1970s, where he worked with geometric white square tiles and black grouting. I wanted to create this style within an interior space like this.
Which was the most important aspect to get right?
I was particular about the black taps as I wanted the aesthetic to be bold and impactful.
What was the trickiest part?
This was definitely making sure all of the squares were aligned properly. It may seem simple but this is especially tricky in a period property where the walls aren’t even and straight.
Would you say the square grid pattern is now more ‘on trend’ than metro tiles?
Though I love them, I think subway tiles have been used extensively over the past few years. For me, square tiles provide a classic alternative. Adding black grouting creates a graphic look, which is definitely on trend right now. I also liked the idea that if I want to reinvent this look it’s a simple matter of changing the grouting to another colour.
Sources: Tara wall-mounted cross taps, Dornbracht; Bilbao tiles, Fired Earth; Plant pot and toothbrush holder, both HAY
Kimberly Duran is an unashamed maximalist who describes her blog as the ‘home of eclectic boho glam’. This bathroom is in her semi-detached Edwardian home in Cheadle Heath, just outside Manchester.
How would you describe your bathroom’s style?
I wanted something eclectic with a few Moroccan elements included. I thought a fully Northern African look in an Edwardian house might seem strange so went for a blend of vintage with Eastern and moorish accents. Keeping to a strict colour palette of black, white, grey and gold helped unify the effect.
What’s your favourite bit of the bathroom?
The patterned tiles. Because the majority of these tiles are on the floor, and because most of the wall tiles are simple white hex, they’re not overwhelming in a small space.
What’s your top tip for designing small bathrooms?
Don’t be afraid to push the boat out. It may seem counter-intuitive to add a lot of pattern or texture to a small space but it can also create a little jewel box that’s much more fun. Also, tile all the way to the ceiling! The room felt much bigger once we did that.
Any unforeseen problems?
It turned out the pipework in the bathroom snaked around to the next room, which ended up resulting in a lot of costly water damage. Having a contingency set aside for unexpected problems is important, especially when working in an older property.
Sources: Floor tiles, Fired Earth; Hex wall tiles, eBay; Gold mirror, Moroccan Bazaar; Sink cabinet, Next; Sink basin, Bathrooms. com; Brass sink taps, eBay.
3. The Fifth House
Carmel Phillips of Our Fifth House is a US-based interior blogger whose aim is to help her readers find their style and ‘rock it fearlessly’. This bathroom is on the ground floor of her two-storey home in Charleston, South Carolina
What was the starting point for the design?
I started out with a fairly basic builder grade bathroom. It had good bones but zero personality. Since it’s a small bathroom with no windows I wanted to keep the space light and bright and bring in more custom finishes.
How much of the finished design was pre-planned?
I did most of the planning from the beginning, such as selecting the tiles, paint colours and fixtures. Then after seeing how that looked on a moodboard I played around with accessories, like the ladder and the artwork.
Where did you get the idea for the pink cabinet?
My front door is painted the same colour and I wanted to incorporate a bit of that inside my home. This cabinet seemed a fun place to play with the colour, which is Sherwin Williams Rachel Pink.
What’s your favourite bit of the bathroom?
I really love how the tiles came out. It actually looks much better in person than in pictures. There’s very little natural light in here, but the tiles bounce what light there is around beautifully so it really works.
Any tips on designing a pretty bathroom?
Don’t be afraid to play with colour or pattern. A bathroom is in fact a great place for a bolder design that you might not want in a space you spend a lot more time in, such as a living room or kitchen.
Sources: Stripy over-sink light, DIY project; Sink cabinet, already there; Purist 2-handle mixer, Kohler; Marble sink top, already there; Decor Wonderland oval mirror, Lowe’s Home Improvement; Ladder, Celadon; Palm tree towel, Pottery Barn; Metro tiles, hardware store; Rosa art print, Rifle Paper Co.
Article by: Emily Murray