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Pandora Maxtonís En Suite Makeover

When our house was extended some years ago our little bathroom was an afterthought. We were meant to have a large bedroom but at the last-minute our builder suggested we divide the space and make an en suite and we agreed. The roof is sloped so we only just managed to fit in a shower, Victorian style sink and a toilet. I painted the walls, tiled the shower and sink splash back, and painted the floorboards white. Some years later and after many re-sealing attempts around our shower tray and continuous flooding to the room below, it was time for a change!

I started to think about the design of my next bathroom. I considered a walk-in shower room, ideal for a small room like this but it was over budget. Instead, we opted for a cosmetic change. I'd noticed some lovely patterned Moroccan tiles around but it was the lovely Berkeley design by Topps Tiles that caught my eye. Inspired by London's Berkeley Square, the gorgeous Victorian design comes in a charcoal, which I love so it was a done deal in my mind.

I was a little unsure about using a patterned tile in such a small room, but they really work! They actually make the room feel so much bigger so if you too are deliberating, don't, just go for it. Although my choice of tile was quite traditional, I paired them with more contemporary bathroom fixtures as built-in storage was a must!

It was so much fun to watch the room transform in just five (rather messy) days. Our builders were great, especially with the little space they had to work with, but they cracked on and by Friday, it was done.

I love plants and I think using foliage in rooms like this is key to finishing the look. Supermarkets and garden centres have a great range of inexpensive plants and pots varying in size. I used a mix of plants and foliage like eucalyptus, pussy willow and blossom to help break up the harsh stark lines, particularly in the corners of the room. It's said that they relieve stress too; I certainly believe they bring calm to a room and make it an inviting space.

I'm super happy with our new bathroom and have had so many lovely comments about my tile choice, big is definitely beautiful in this case!

See more of Pandora's gorgeous home on her Instagram @pandora.maxton, you can shop the full Berkeley range here.

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