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Get the look for less with Ayton™

We're all about getting that on-trend look for less, why if you have a limited budget should you limit the style in your home?!

On average people update a bathroom in their home every seven or so years so you need to make the best investment for you; you're going to be using that room everyday so it should reflect you as a person, a family and of course meet your daily needs.

If you're a little cautious when it comes to decorating and concerned about the selling impact, we've come up with the perfect solution; a look that's modern and clean but has personality, it's neutral and therefore timeless but yet it has elements of the current trends. Let's talk you through how we achieved getting the look for less with Ayton.

The Walls...

Ayton is the perfect ceramic wall tile for your bathroom, the delicate grey shade works perfectly for a variety of looks and the accompanying decor tile adds texture, depth and that all important bit of interest to your walls.

In this look we've worked with different laying patterns to add a touch of modernity, the near wall is a classic horizontal brick bond whilst the far wall features the decor in a vertical linear stripe. The different laying patterns give both the illusion of width and height, very important in a small, fully tiled space. We've then updated the inherited bath suite by tiling the side panel rather than having a large block of white on show, again making the room feel bigger.

The wood effect floor tile, Woodeves, works perfectly with underfloor heating whilst the printed grain provides another texture; the different tones of grey keep the look interesting whilst remaining neutral.

 

The Fixtures...

Matt black is the new gold and actually more widely available, lower cost and more practical! We've found low cost options at Victorianplumbing.co.uk for both the shower and basin taps, we've then carried on the black theme with the towel holder, this one's a budget option from Made.com, the simple clean lines give it a timeless element and looks far more expensive!

If you're short on space it's a great idea to opt for a storage unit under your sink, we've hacked this Ikea Rast unit by using the top drawer for the basin waste and pipes and the bottom two drawers are perfect for storing those ugly necessities. A lick of paint and upgrading the handles make the whole thing feel more premium.

 

The Accessories...

A good area to splash out on is the mirror, it's something you'll use every day and it will help tie the room together. We've chosen a gold frame to lift the black fixtures and tie in the unit's handles. Shop around for the best mirror; Sainsbury's Home, H&M Home and Dunelm are all great options when on a budget.

Inject a little fun with the bath mat, a necessity in most bathrooms and easily interchangeable, we love this cheeky typography number from Urban Outfitters that keeps to the monochrome theme.

Finally, plants. Whether your opt for something real or artificial, they bring life to a room as well as some subtle colour. We love the current 70s trend for String of Pearls, they can hang from the ceiling or simply drape over the side of a unit or shelf, great fake options can be found at Homesense. If you're more into succulents, check out Marks and Spencers' new artificial range which are as realistic as they get without spending a fortune.

 

Using Ayton in your home? Tag us in your finished look on Instagram @toppstiles

 

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