Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Ablutions


I'm going for pink and green
Oh and with a shower with a Large glass door
Trendy toilet small hand basin
That's it
Small and colourful

The fantasy of owning a nice bathroom has followed me for years.
In Sheffield I had an avocado bath suite with thick carpet
Trelawnyd' s white bath is functional , but I fantasise about a walk in shower
Getting myself in to the bath at times is a challenge let alone manhandling a 27 kilo bulldog when she needed a pre surgery cleanse !!

I feel an Ikea trip coming on
Green tiles in the Shower
Pink walls
It's humid today, I could do with a cool shower on tap as it were.
The bulldogs are lying nipples to shady concrete and the butterflies were out well before 8 am rather than their usual 11 am .

I'm making a mood board for my bathroom
A walk in shower
I'm getting excited at the prospect


131 comments:

  1. there's nothing quite as pleasing as a wonderful bathroom.

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  2. That sounds very trendy. I remember being very excited about my avocado bathroom back in the early '80s.

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    1. My green suite in Sheffield I got used to

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  3. Good colour choice .... I’ve never liked pink but I am loving that dusty, old rose pink that’s around at the moment. Nice to have a project on the go. XXXX

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  4. If you have room for it, counter space is nice, and storage, think about storage. It cost as much as my last new car did, but I enjoy my remodeled bathroom everyday. I spent a decade planning, dreaming, getting ready. Removing the rub, and putting in a shower has made my life easier.

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    1. I have very little space so countertops are a no no

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  5. Ohhh
    I love that color combination!
    And updating your bathroom is always a plus: you feel pampered afterwards. Go for it!

    XOXO

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  6. It sounds good. If I ever replace my broken 1960 bathroom, it will have a hobless shower with grab rails and maybe a towel warmer.

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    1. Anonymous1:40 pm

      Ooooh. Towel warmer!

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  7. well, you DO have a lovely kitchen. a pretty bathroom would be a plus. make that home YOURS!

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  8. I would never have thought of pink and green together but that photo is beautiful. It will be wonderful to have a lovely bathroom.

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    1. Think of the colours and not the clutter

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  9. Go for it . . .

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    1. I am!!! Now all I have to do is pay for it

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  10. Have a built-in bench added to the shower. It is trendy and a great convenience. I had it put into my bathroom renovation a few years ago and so glad I did.

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  11. Ick, ick and a further ick!

    For me the best colour for a bathroom is white.

    And yes, I didn’t like the T shirt either...but lust after much of your art, especially the fat little pony and of course Albert....if one is allowed to lust after a cat...oh yes and your clock!

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    1. Good job you wont ever be wearing the t shirt or using my bathroom

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  12. Anonymous1:28 pm

    Love it! When I lived in my first flat ( a very long time ago now) my very very very chic neighbour had a pink and green bathroom which was GORGEOUS. The tiles were very very pale green glass and it looked amazing.

    Sally

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  13. Oh yes! And we can attest to the difference an improved bathroom makes in mood, temperament, and outlook.

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  14. Ooh, a wonderful combo...like a Swedish Princess Torte.
    You know? A white cake layered with pink raspberry jam & whipped cream, and enrobed in pale green marzipan.

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  15. I have a walk in shower but sometimes I long for a good soak in a bubble bath - trouble is I couldn't get out afterwards!

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  16. My ideal facility cleans itself!

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  17. Not a fan of the pink but the green and white is nice. Love a shower, haven't had a bath in about 10 years and don't miss it, as soon as I get in a bath I want to get out.

    Make sure you get some storage, so you can put the lotions and potions away.

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  18. Pink and green are lovely together. Like those melty mints they have at weddings sometimes.

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    1. Fresh and warm ..I will have to get the pink right..a dusky pale pink not bubble gum

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  19. I don't know if it's a thing in Wales, but heated floors in the bath are wonderful. It's not as fancy as it sounds, just heating mats under the floor tiles. The warmth drifts out and heats the bedroom too.

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  20. Just so we know you haven't been having us on, a video of you walking into your new shower, having your 'douche', and then coming out and drying yourself off, all of that would put paid to any doubters. You're not alone in "getting excited at the prospect". :-)

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    1. Don't worry. We wouldn't look at your 'naughty bits' - or maybe it wasn't those you were worried about?

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  21. It's so hot in Sheffield today that I feel like I am back in Thailand. We had lunch outside on the decking but it would have been nicer indoors. It's a hard life.

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  22. Never would have put those two colors together John.. best of luck...

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  23. I think your colour choice sounds really good. Love the bathroom picture. Do you mean a dusky pink not candy pink? Good idea to have a walk in shower with dogs. Have fun with the mood board.

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  24. It may be an optical illusion but how on earth is there enough room for that shower door to open?

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    1. I will have to be sure I can get in being a guy with thr fuller figure x

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  25. I had a walk-in shower for years. Now it's a bathtub with a shower curtain. The former is far superior. For one thing a door does a nicer job than a curtain of keeping water from hitting the floor. And of course you don't have to lift your leg up when you walk in.

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  26. May your every shower dream come true!

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    1. And sex in my new bathroom will be the next challenge

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  27. A walk-in shower is a must in our home. Neither of us has taken a tub bath in 45 years. Showers are wonderful. Do put in a bench. It makes bathing dogs so easy as they can be up higher and you don’t have to bend over as far.

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  28. The first thing I thought looking at the picture is "the dogs will knock over that flimsy tall set of shelves, and the glass vase will break." But then I realized you posted it for the colors...

    I second the recommendation of grab bars. They make quite handsome ones now. And a seat is a really good idea too. Of course you'll make it big enough to wash a bulldog in, right?
    Two things we did when we redid old baths: With one of those showerheads on a hose, I put a second hook thingy down quite low to hold it, in my case to shower my back or feet while sitting in the tub, or to shower a child; in your case for hanging it while bathing a dog. In my husband's shower on the 3rd floor (no tub) we put a separate faucet down low so that you could fill a bucket if needed for cleaning (since the sink faucet was too low.) We've been very glad for both of these.

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    1. Cappy5:14 pm

      Good idea about the low spigot/faucet!

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    2. The photo was for the colours only and not the knick knacks

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  29. I’m there with Sally S....we renovated a horrendous lime green downstairs bathroom. Bathtub was ripped out and a walk in shower put in...with a moveable shower hose. I have two >100 pound Bernese Mountain dogs now, and the walk in shower is a godsend for the clean-up factor!

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  30. Don't go for a small basin if you've room for a full-size. It will drive you spare! Love pink and green together.

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  31. My only advice is, think twice about the "small" hand basin. We have one in our second bath that is so small we can't even use it!

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    1. Mary ( see below) has already changed my mind on this one thanks Stevo xx

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    2. Mines so small downstairs I have to use the belfast nextdoor-it is a cute corner one though x

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  32. Barbara Anne4:34 pm

    Sounds lovely and the colors are soothing. I agree about the need for hand bars as (truth for us all) you're only going to get older and the towel warmer would be the cherry on top. Remember to plan for good storage for the jams, jellies, bandaids, and extra towels.
    My dad used to say he found anticipation almost better than realization. Enjoy the anticipation!

    Hugs!

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    1. My friend nigel rang me today and suggested a tracking hoist!!!!!!

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    2. Bloody hell... Might as well go the whole gloomy hog and deck out a spare room for the full time carer, a nice high commode seat adapter for the toilet, a Stannah chairlift and a wheelchair ramp at the front door, plus reserved plot over the wall in the churchyard,

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    3. Andrew - that's given me the best laugh of the night

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  33. Beautiful.
    The clear shower stall doors might be a bear to clean and keep clean looking. I might look for something that is dusted looking on the outside.

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    1. No problem keeping it clean with a squeegee. Gives you a bit of bend and stretch while you are warm and bend more easily.

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  34. I hope you're joking about pink and green. How about all white, then yellow fluffy towels or if you must, pink towels.

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    1. No muted green and pink, it looks lovely

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  35. I'm so hot that I may just have to copy those dogs and lay face down on the concrete with the nips out.... Now wouldn't that give my neighbours something to talk about :-)

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    2. I don't want to put you off your lunch :-)

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  36. Cappy5:16 pm

    Love the pink and green!

    One of the things I dream about in a shower is to have the knobs at the other end of the shower, not right under the shower head. That way I can turn on the shower without getting an unintended one! (takes about 30 seconds for the hot water to get to the shower head...)

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    1. Another good idea....I'm warming to my theme

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  37. A luxe shower will be wonderful. Do consider a multi-function, hand-held (with fixed option) spray on a flex stainless steel hose. Kohler makes a good one. This will help when washing the dogs. Also great when cleaning shower walls and glass.

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    1. I'm loving these practical tips
      Thanks susan

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  38. John dear -
    Don't choose tiles for shower - keeping grout clean and unstained from water, especially if hard water, is a horrid job (don't believe them when they say "seal it" still never works!). I have a tub with shower combo in one bathroom which is OK. Also have a good size walk-in shower in master bathroom and am longing to rip out tiled walls and floor and replace with a smooth surface which looks like marble - so easy to keep clean. I've spent so much on 'professional' re-grouting and cleaning and it never works! Glass doors are good - do require weekly cleaning to look sparkling - they are easy to do! Have an overhead shower head, but also install a removable handheld shower head - you'll need it for rinsing the doggies and cleaning the shower itself!! I also have spray jets, waste of money and would never do that again!
    Sink - definitely a large, deep one - you will not enjoy a tiny shallow one. You would find useful storage space in a cabinet (vanity) with inset sink - plus it hides the pipes.
    A niche in the shower wall for shampoo bottles is nice - grab bars essential for safety - and of course non-slip shower floor.
    As for color in a bathroom - gleaming white fixtures are always best, keep colors for wall paint, towels, accessories. Hard to sell a property later with out-dated colored bathroom fixtures, and they may soon become boring to you also. Just saying.
    Here's to relaxing showers in the days ahead. I'm off to use mine now to wash away the insect repellent after a few hours of gardening in 90F!
    Stay cool!

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    1. Good ideas mary
      I agree white fixtures coloured walls...I'm warming to wall coverings and not tiles

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  39. Sounds like a wonderful thing to get giddy about. But I'm wondering what exactly a "trendy" toilet is? Does Trendy Carol get squatters rights, as it were??

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    1. She will, of course, will have to give it the trendy seal of approval

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  40. Have a look at WetWall or AquaBoard instead of tiles in the shower. It comes in lots of colours and stays looking good. No nasty grout cleaning at all. Juliex

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    1. I second and third the Aquaboards, we have them in all our guest rooms. you can squeegy them and get them clean really easily. No grout to go gross! And easy to remove and replace if you like and a LOT cheaper than tiles

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  41. Our bathroom reno is now several years old. I still revel in the walk in shower. Money well spent.
    I hope you will be as happy with yours as we are.

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    1. I'm getting excited at the prospect

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  42. In the semi-tropics anyway, we do nothing much more strenuous than sitting on the porch sipping ice tea until it's time to check the National Weather Service's latest update. TD 11 should be TS Josephine some time tomorrow. We'll know in 3-4 days if it's time to start singing "Back in the Cone" again.

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    1. I feel I'm in the tropics today the humidity is gross

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  43. We've had some incredible bathrooms in our homes and oh how I loved them. Now, I would love to tear everything out and start over. But it's not going to happen. We made some improvements but stopped short of tearing them apart. They're not awful but they're nothing special either. I won't complain though; we each have our own.

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    1. For me, new mirrors; shower doors if appropriate, or shower curtain rod and curtain; if you don't want to replace sink, new fixtures (nobs, faucet) make a huge difference. We also replaced the shower head structure with a very cool, large one. Major improvement. Towel racks and hooks. Nice simple storage if there's room. Those things don't cost much and do make a difference. I'd like to go back in and replace all the tile (walls and floor are covered -- both nice but they don't really go together). I'll come to Trelawnyd and we can go shopping together!

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  44. Or you could just join the dogs in lying nipple down naked on the concrete and save yourself a fortune. And then still be able to enjoy a warm bath afterwards. (Dr. A. Lifestyle Guru.)

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    1. I did consider it andreit works well for winnie

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  45. When we built our house we put in a trendy toilet in one bathroom - and then found we couldn't get replacement seats for it a decade later as it was out of production. Just a word of caution!

    I love the colours you've chosen and all the good ideas you're getting from readers. I really enjoy planning something more than the thing itself most of the time so I understand your excitement.

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    1. It's like having my.own 100 virtual shoppers

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  46. Your description of the new bath sounds wonderful! I love the colors especially if you are using the dusky pale pink. We have a rain shower with an attached, removable massaging hand shower and we love it. Then you can use the hand shower head on the dogs. We also have a smooth glass shower door and I love it. The smooth glass is easier to clean than a textured one. If you are doing a walk in shower a bench seat would be nice if there is room for it. I love shopping at Ikea!

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    1. The bench , something I never thought of before. Is now a must have

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  47. I've got a 1920s bath still which is a bit too large to fill so use shower over which isn't great as I was in the room below and water dripped on my head from the ceiling.I use mainly blue but have a pinky lovenote elsewhere x

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  48. Can't wait to see how it all turns out. I am somewhat addicted to re-decorating, whether it is my home or someone else's.

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  49. It sounds lovely. Just remember to include adequate storage elsewhere if you’re having a pedestal sink. Otherwise the whole look can be ruined by essential items cluttering the space. Perhaps a cabinet recessed in the mirror above the sink?

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  50. Joan (Devon)11:43 pm

    I love dusky pink or maroon with green. A combination I never thought of until I bought a bracelet with those colours and they look good together. Good choice.

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  51. You will never, ever, regret a walk in shower. It will grow old with you. And older.

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  52. How about a mirrored ceiling John-should make it seem much larger x

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  53. Love your ideas on colour. I like pink and green together. We did our bathroom up last year; it was very tiring but the results are phenomenal. I love it. It is a very exciting thing to do John..good luck.

    Jo in Auckland

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  54. Anonymous1:46 am

    I second all of Mary's suggestions, especially with respect to the wall finish in the shower, and colours, and another's suggestion about heated flooring. If I understand correctly, you're redoing the entire bathroom. If so, consider a "comfort height" toilet. It's just a bit taller than a regular toilet, and so much easier to get up from. One last thing, another commenter suggested that it might be difficult to open the door in the bathroom pictured. I think the shower pictured has one stationary panel of glass, and another panel that slides to one side so that you can get in and out.

    You will have so much fun planning this bathroom reno!



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  55. Love your colour choice John might be wise to buy those little test cans colour wise and try them out because those colour cards can be disapointing and not true to form I thought I had found the right colour but the shade was much to dark. I have lived with 3 bedrooms halway and up the stairs with a colour I don't like, totally my fault I didn't tell my husband because he went along with my choice as it is.
    I'm excited for you a fresh new look, showers are much easier and less bending over cleaning.

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  56. Love your colour choices. Are you going to get a Japanese toilet? They do everything for you except the bodily function! Having had 2 shoulder and an ankle surgery in the past the bench and grab bar and the additional lower shower head are godsends. We have a very small second bathroom. The cupboard under the sink is exactly the same width and depth as the sink. Great for hiding toilet paper and cleaning products!

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  57. Great suggestions here. I love your colours - but I'd be sticking to white fittings. I'd be prioritising a heater, heated towel rail, electric plug, walk-in shower with a flexible rose showered and also a grab rail.
    We had to do our bathroom a while ago and I went for a 1m by 1.5m cubicle - so if someone needs help, or a seat, it's easy. Oh, and a heated mirror... but then I'm a girl! And NOT an extractor fan that automatically comes on with the light... it's way too breezy in the middle of a winter's night!
    What fun planning a bathroom reno is ... especially when you don't have to live through it yourself! But Winnie will be Chief Supervisor so the job will go smoothly, won't it.

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  58. I think tile [NOT green!] is classic and classier than the solid state panels. Which become very hard to clean as they age. There are large often rectangular tiles, often marble, that are set w not visible grout and they look like a high end 5 star hotel or spa. Easy to clean, look good forever. Be sure to get the shower head that has a secondary handheld shower head [Kohler?] for rinsing the glass and tiles and for dog cleaning. And how about a toilet with a lighted seat so you don t need to turn the lights on at night.

    Back to the green tile or green boards, they will reduce the resale value if heaven forbid you must someday sell.

    Oh and add a ceiling permanently set in heater , electric, for those cold mornings before work at 6 AM.

    lizzy

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    1. PS Will you miss your bubble baths? So relaxing....

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  59. Love the colour choice - very Art Deco! When we redid our bathroom a few years ago we put in a bath (all white suite) with a shower over - now wishing we had gone for just a shower. I painted one wall deep, dusky purple and I love it!

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  60. There was a stunning pink and green art deco bathroom in the film Charlotte Gray that I've never forgotten! x

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  61. Pale green walls and everything else white slightly distressed look, for a cottage might be worth considering/having a look at.

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    1. I was thinking of green but I think I will go green and white in my bedroom

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    2. I would be thinking about light in a small bathroom and whites of a distressed nature with pale greys/greens might be lighter than the musky green and pink.

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  62. I like the art deco pink and green. We painted a room in out first rented flat, in that colour. The landlady preferred a cream colour mixed with Izal to deter bugs!!

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  63. My perfect bathroom has a sink big enough to be able to wash your face without simultaneously splashing your feet. With TWO taps not a modern mixer tap and mounted on a re-purposed antique cupboard.

    It has a low level bathtub with shower above. Just deep enough to be able to sit in water when a cool dunk is needed and to be able to wash small dogs, but shallow enough to be able to step out of easily.

    There are old planks made into shelves for all the decorative bits and plants, and then a slimline mirror fronted bathroom cabinet for all the things you want out of sight with no obvious handle, just a push to open corner thing.

    There would be a wood effect floor and subway tiles around all the wet areas with a beautiful fancy wallpaper above.

    One day!!



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  64. Be are in the market for a new bathroom. Planning it is so pleasurable, even if the budget will eventually rein me in. I vote for underfloor heating. Pink and green is a classic combo reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts era. Sadly, even in well preserved houses the bathrooms have been modernised. I'm always thrilled when i find an unrestored pink and green gem.

    I'm reading the comments in the new blogger. Your replies are not attached to the comments they refer to, very difficult to follow. Anything I can do my end to fix it?

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  65. drawers under the sink are a must. Cupboards are poop and what ever you want is always at the back.

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  66. We have this one in the holiday cottage and everyone comments on it and asks where we got it from and dont believe it is IKEA. we got the taps else where as we didnt want twist handle we got levers as we have to think about older people coming on holiday and taps being hard. And remember to get ones with a ceramic disc valve, less maintenance long term and dont cost any different. https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/hemnes-raettviken-wash-stand-with-2-drawers-grey-s09201202/

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  67. i love the walk in shower concept! And that picture you posted is divine.

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