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5 bathroom styling tips with John Lewis Partnership (AD)

I know what you’re thinking. This was the longest bathroom renovation in the history of bathroom renovations. You’d be right. But in fairness, it was a big job. New boiler. Complete re-piping job. Re-plastering. Bathroom fitting, Tiling. Painting.

So I waited 5 long weeks to get to the really fun part. 5 weeks of gazing at a Pinterest board. 5 weeks of having ideas then changing my mind several times.

Finally, the styling part.

And the most exciting part of styling our bathroom is that I’ve had a little bit of help from our very clever interiors friends at John Lewis & Partners Chester.

COLOUR NOTES

Right from the beginning it has always been green. It started in my head as a fresh shade of peppermint and slowly morphed into a mixture of duck egg blue and eucalyptus against white bathroom furniture. Fresh, clean, organic and calming. Those are the colours I’m aiming for.

1 LET IN THE LIGHT

Our Great Orme cottage is south facing and the bathroom is an extension on the original property with a large frosted window. We knew that whites and greens would immediately bring in much more light than the old champagne and pink colour scheme. Early on we decided a full length mirror on the window facing wall would be perfect. We chose a modern round edged Mid Grey Mirror from the House collection at John Lewis & Partners. It’s the perfect spot for a quick outfit check before heading out to town.

2 SOFT AND FLUFFY

I’ll be honest. I’ve become completely obsessed with the colour green. I spent weeks carrying round a pile of colour charts and tile samples in my handbag. It took 2 attempts to get the towels right. The first attempt failed simply because I got over excited and chose the towels before the tiles, and that’s fatal. We finally settled on 2 lovely shades from the Egyptian cotton towel range at John Lewis & Partners – Eucalyptus and Duck Egg, with matching deep pile bath mat in the Eucalyptus green.

These colours match the tiles and the paint just perfectly and compliment each other so well. They’re soft and fluffy. The bath towels are extra large which is essential when stepping out of the bath on a chilly winter night. There’s nothing worse than a skinny towel. Am I right?

3 A WORD ABOUT ACCESSORIES

Practical things are needed.

A bathroom bin and a loo brush. We opted for matt white from the House at John Lewis collection.

A hand towel rail and loo roll holder, both chrome to match the taps and again part of the House at John Lewis collection.

I’m a huge fan of the humble soap bar as a wise alternative to single use plastic bottles. So we needed a well designed, perfectly sized, correctly coloured soap dish. Again, John Lewis came up trumps with their duck egg blue acrylic Float Soap Dish. There’ll be no soggy soap in my bathroom, let me tell you.

4 BRING IN THE BOTANICALS

Have you even styled your bathroom if it doesn’t involve a bunch of greenery? I don’t have the best record in house plant management but with a bit of advice from my green fingered Mother combined with a few choice succulents that will survive desert conditions – we may be ok.

The duck egg concrete planter from JLP adds a lovely modern touch to our sunny window sill.

I love fresh flowers too and my sweet little bud vase is the perfect shape for a few colourful garden flowers.

5 GO WITH THE GLOW

9pm is bath time in my house. Every night. With very few exceptions. The TV goes off, the tap goes on, the bubbles rise – and the bedtime routine happily begins.

Bright lights are not encouraged at any time of day, least of all at bath time. A combination of glass candles and tealights give just enough light to find the soap, and just enough shadow to melt away the day. My favourite is the True Grace – Seashore candle which comes either in a tin, or in a glass. The scent is out of this world. Fresh and natural. The smell of the sea, without the seaweed! I can imagine I might become seriously addicted to this candle.

Green toiletries are also required and for me they must be natural, chemical free, cruelty free and delicious. I love local brands like Cole & Co and the Soaping Goat – products are made just a few miles from my door. We love Nathalie Bond Organics who make the perfect “Unwind” collection in small batches in their Sheffield workshop. It’s happens to have green labelling and fills the bathroom with scents of peppermint and eucalyptus.

Now that we’re back from holiday, it’s lovely to settle into our bathroom and make it part of our everyday routine. I’m sure I will be moving plants around and relocating candles for ever more, but I’ll be happy. Also I may have bought a considerable weight of “Savon de Marseille” (the best French soap) back from my summer travels so more on that to come.

That’s all for now

Judith xx

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