Buying a new build definitely comes with its pros and cons. Everything is brand spanking new, but there’s a distinct lack of personality thanks to the uniform fixtures and fittings; you have a blank canvas on which to make your mark, but the standardised floor plans and limited options can make it hard to transform it into a space that’s uniquely you. Due to the fact we bought our house when it was already practically completed, we didn’t get to choose the internal features like you’d expect to when buying off plan (the bonus being we didn’t have to pay for them!) so we were left somewhat with a bathroom and en suite that weren’t really our style. Having just spent a ridiculous amount of money on our deposit, fees, new furniture and paint, we weren’t in a position to scrap them entirely; ‘make do for a few years’ became a bit of a mantra, so we set to work creating two sage green bathroom spaces that felt calm, comforting and very much ‘us’.
Honestly, I really don’t like the creamy beige tiles and would much prefer crisp, clean, modern white splash-backs, but having decided there was just too much to cover with tile paint or sticky tile panels the main task was to find an aesthetic that ensured they worked with our chosen style and not against it. We started off with blue walls but I quickly decided it just wasn’t working, as the colour clashed too much with the beige of the stuck-with-them-for-now walls. After lots of Pinterest-searching for inspo, I settled on a sage green as an alternative – with lots of natural textures and accessories to bring it all together.
And boy, that was the best decision I made that week. As soon as the green colour took hold I knew it would make all the difference; I could envision all the accessories I wanted and pretty much spent a week visiting every homeware shop until I’d created the atmosphere I wanted.
Having two bathrooms side-by-side, creating a cohesive look for both of them felt like the natural thing to do; two upstairs bathrooms feels a bit excessive for just us, so we decided to keep the main one for guests and bathing only – permitting a focus on aesthetics and pampering over function. The only time it’s really used is when I’m having a weekly soak in the tub or we have guests coming to stay (neither of us have even used the shower!) so it keeps itself relatively clean and tidy. We didn’t need to store lots of things or worry about practicality, so some cute little shelves and random bits and bobs helped to create a bit of a ‘show bathroom’ that I just love looking at.
So onto the details… My very talented husband made the bathroom cabinets himself to ensure we had something sturdy, space maximising and in-keeping with the style we wanted; the drawer fits around the sink pedestal to give us ample space for bits and pieces, while the main unit offers two deep shelves that I’ve filled with little baskets so it’s easy to find all the beauty products I need. The mirrors were an absolute steal, only £7.50 from IKEA, and although they’ll definitely be upgraded in the future (the mirrors I loved have been out of stock for months and I can’t find anything similar) they definitely suit for now; they serve a purpose while not distracting from the rest of the bathroom, even if the shelf is a bit flimsy.
The little shelves are an amazing find from Urban Outfitters, who have a great homeware section that’s like an undiscovered treasure trove of on-trend finds, as are my bath mats and jewellery trays; I wanted to add in natural colours and textures and these worked perfectly, offering a little added storage space and a modern shape simultaneously. Guests always comment on them, and every time I snap a picture for Insta Stories I get oodles of messages asking where they’re from!
The cosmetics pots were an old buy from Zara Home, while the other bottles and jars were a mish-mash of random finds in TK Maxx (often the best ones,) Next, Matalan and Primark. I kept the colours clean, the textures raw and added in lots of greenery to ensure the rooms felt regenerating and soothing on the soul – including some fake eucalyptus, which is always my go-to when I need a finishing touch.
Although I’d love to rip the bathrooms out completely and start from scratch, right now I’m super happy with how they’ve turned out and can definitely live with them for the next few years at least. The amount of baths I’m taking and the length of time spent cleansing in front of the mirror is testament to the joy they bring me; my sage green bathroom is a dream.
WHERE EVERYTHING IS FROM
Bathroom Cabinets | Josh Hall Furniture Bespoke
Bathroom Mirrors | IKEA | £7.50 | LINK
Bath Mats | Urban Outfitters & IKEA | £25.00 | LINK
Bath Tray | Josh Hall Furniture Bespoke
White Vase | IKEA | £8.00 | LINK
Eucalyptus | The Range | £2.29 each | LINK
Shelving Units | Urban Outfitters | £24.00 | LINK
Toothbrush Holder | Matalan | £8.00 | LINK
Cosmetic Pots | Zara | £15.00 each | LINK
Glass Bottles | TK Maxx | £4.00 each
Green Clock | Marks & Spencer | £15.00 | LINK
‘Get Naked’ Sign | ASDA | £8.00 | LINK
Wooden Boxes | IKEA | £19.00 | LINK
Plant Pots | Next | £8.00 | LINK
Towel & Toilet Roll Holders | Dunelm | £10.00 & £8.00 | LINK
Jewellery Storage Tree | Oliver Bonas | £28.00 | LINK
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