One of my favourite parts of a project is the planning – choosing a style, colours and sourcing materials. Pinterest is a godsend for DIY projects, especially to see before and after pictures.
When we came to renovating the toilet I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted the room to look like but hey, it doesn’t hurt to have a good look through other people’s projects just to be sure, right 😉
It’s pretty clear looking at my inspiration images that there’s a running theme – different material on the bottom half of the wall, in the blue/grey/green spectrum, traditional style fixtures and fittings and all of the rooms are fairly bright and airy.
We’ve gone for a modern-traditional look in the bathroom, but after scrolling through sites like Pinterest and Houzz, I fancied having a more traditional look in the toilet – and having a more bold colour on the walls. I figured because it’s a smaller space if I don’t like it its not too much work to change!
I loved the tongue and groove panelling in some of the bathrooms above, with a stronger colour on top. Images 1 and 4 are the ones I liked the most from my inspiration searching.
Tongue and groove MDF panels are quite expensive and, I’ve found, difficult to get hold of. The cheapest I found are the EASIpanel from Homebase, but the total amount needed comes out at over £100 – a lot considering that its not a huge room and we’d still have to fit skirting and a top rail.
However, I really had my heart set on tongue and groove as I think it would give exactly the look I’m after.
After a little more hunting, I found that Wall Doctor produce a beadboard effect wallpaper, available from B&Q and which, at under £10 a roll, is a lot more pocket friendly.
Click here to see what this room looks like now.