We know it's a difficult process when choosing to renovate a room, even a new paint colour is hard work! We've spoken to blogger Anna from Blossoming Birds to see how she found the process of renovating both her ensuite and family bathroom.
“I had been talking about renovating my ensuite for a long time, seven years in fact. It was one of those jobs that was put off as something else always took priority. It was an area that really only my husband and I ever got to see, I was glad no one else got to see it anyway as it never looked clean no matter how much I bleached and scrubbed, and the old vinyl flooring looked dull and tired.
I had the dream images all saved on my Pinterest page, there was a running theme of either patterned tiles or plain tiles in interesting shapes, metro tiles with grey grout, some bold colour and hints of different metals and woods.
I wanted to create a space that I enjoyed spending time in, should that be rushing though in the morning or relaxing in the bath after a long day. I also wanted something that reflected our style and the style of the house, more modern with a little interest and fun.
I decided (perhaps not my wisest decision) to renovate both ensuite and bathroom, together, the week before Christmas. I'll leave it there to let you imagine how wise that was, oh and my living room ceiling fell down after getting my bath fitted. Lucky I totally adore the outcome so much, it was worth it all!
My biggest inspiration for the bathroom tiles came from standing in an ice cream shop in Glasgow with my 4-year-old. I spied hexagonal tiles and they joined in with wood, I totally loved the look and knew when I arrived home I was on the search for white hexagonal tiles. Luckily with a quick internet search I found a few options from Topps Tiles and took a trip that weekend. Initially my husband wasn't sure and would have rather went for a wood effect tile but with the contrast of the white tiles, the navy-blue bath and the wooden panelling, he thinks it works really well.
My aim for the ensuite was to be a little bolder, have fun with patterned tiles but still keep a clean, crisp feel to it. Before anything I knew exactly what tiles I wanted and let those influence my choices for the rest of the bathroom. For the shower I added white metro tiles with grey grout as I wanted it to look bright and clean and knew by avoiding white grout it would hide the evidence of tan being showered off etc. and be easier to maintain the clean look.
As my hubby and I both work full time, have two little girls and it was so close to Christmas we arranged for workmen to complete the work (who am I kidding, even if we had the time we wouldn't have been able to fit the items to that standard), I would advise though to budget a little extra as it took a little longer than we anticipated and there were a few hidden costs like waste pipes and underlay etc.
We now bring family and friends to see the ensuite and bathroom whereas before the doors would have been firmly shut, I actually want to show this little space off.”