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How to create a romantic powder room in a small space

Did you know that this is one of the most important rooms in your home?

It is also the most neglected room in most homes and it is a room that all your guests use. Let’s be honest. Your guest is using your tiny powder room for a few minutes. Except for the natural, there are nothing else to do than stare at how your powder room is decorated. Being a small room, be sure everything will be noticed! The tiles, the walls, the basin, the taps, the mirror. So why not make sure you impress them! This is your chance to show cast your style and designer edge. It is a small room, so it won’t cost an arm and leg to renovate and decorate.

WHAT SHOULD YOU FOCUS ON?

Four things, here we go!

 1.  WALLPAPER AND TILES

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Go wild! Choose something that stands out and that you love! Be daring, play with wallpaper patterns and interesting tile layouts. Yes, you get wallpaper that can be used in powder rooms. In a small room a dark wallpaper or tile can work, as it will make it feel cozy. However, I prefer a lighter colour tone for a small powder room. I like to keep it fresh and romantic.

 2.  TAP WARE

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The tap ware in your powder room does not have to match the rest of your home. You can splash and be daring! Make sure it’s eye catching and not just boring taps. Try something new like copper or black. You want to impress your guests, but still be stylish.

 3.  MIRROR

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A full length mirror will make the room feel even bigger, but rather put it above the basin, as your guests don’t like to look at themselves in the mirror while using the toilet. Instead, why not invest in a loose hanging mirror with an interesting shape (round, diamond, hexagon) and bling frame. If in doubt, read our previous blog about bathroom mirrors.

 4.  FLOWERS/ PLANTS/ CANDLES

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Don’t forget the final touches. This is what makes it romantic! A scented candle, beautiful fresh little flower or even a romantic plant like an orchid. These things don’t cost much, but makes such a difference. Your powder room does not need a lot of storage except for a few toilet rolls, your spare candles or matches. Don’t overpower the small room with a huge vanity.

LAYOUT OPTIONS FOR SMALL POWDER ROOMS

Here are a few layout options for small powder rooms . Get that measuring tape and make sure you create a dazzling, romantic powder room! If you don’t know how, we can help you too!

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Click the links below and check out some of the bathrooms we have renovated in our own homes the last few weeks:

En Suite Bathroom | | Kids Bathroom  | What tradies do you need for a bathroom reno

 

Happy decorating,

eriana bredenhann interior designers hills district sydney

 

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Are stone pebbles in a bathroom still on trend?

Do you struggle to keep up with changing trends for bathrooms? Today we have a look at the pros and cons of using real pebbles instead of tiles in your bathroom.

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Using pebbles in your bathroom is extremely tricky. You need a good eye, as it can easily look like a children’s playground. Here are a few tips:

  • Stick to a neutral palette
  • Make sure the surface is as even as possible
  • Don’t overdo it, only apply in a small area
  • Have a professional install it

Here are a few examples that you SHOULD NOT DO:

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You can either purchase mesh tiles where pebbles are already prepared and ready for installation, or you can follow the traditional road and have them installed one by one. If you want the job to be done quickly and by your local tiler, the mesh option is probably the easiest. (Not necessarily the cheapest!) You could also buy or pick up your own natural stones and lay them yourself. This last method is very time consuming, but sometimes necessary if the area you need to tile is very small or difficult, for example around a bath, or a small splash back above your basin. Even if you need to tile a niche in your shower. Please, don’t try the absurd patterns in the images above!

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You can even use left over mesh tiles as place mats!

But is it still on trend to throw them around your bath?

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A few years ago everybody used natural pebbles in their bathroom. It was especially trendy to place a few around your bath. That trend has moved on now, but any natural product in a bathroom is always a winner. Make sure you apply it in a classy & elegant way, where it is not the statement in your bathroom, but rather the neutral background.

If you think you’re going over the top, you probably are! Pull back a little and rethink your bathroom layout. When in doubt, read a few of our previous blogs about bathroom renovations:

Until next time,

eriana bredenhann interior designers hills district sydney

 

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Best tips for a wet room

Hold your horses, this is not as easy as you think! The wet room is a popular bathroom trend, but can be very unsuccessful if not done correctly. For a proper wet room, you need to throw a few extra dollars into your budget.

Wet rooms started as a solution for very small bathrooms where a toilet, shower and basin had to fit in a small space, but there were no place for extra walls. It reminds me of the bathroom in a standerd suite on a cruise ship. No ways two people can use those bathrooms together. You can’t even brush your teeth without hitting your head against the shower head. However, if people now mention a bathroom renovation with a wet room, they actually want a huge wet room with a spa feeling where you can almost fit a whole sports team in.

Things to consider when planning a wet room:

1.  EXTRA COSTS

You need to do extra waterproofing as your whole bathroom might now be splashed and become soaking wet. Make sure you also buy waterproof light fittings and special sealed joinery. Make sure you plan your storage to be out of reach of any spray and steam. You don’t want to have soaked shelves every time you shower. Invest in heated floors, because they will help to evaporate water quicker. Also invest in a proper overhead shower head to prevent too much spray outside the designated shower area. I hate it when I get out of the shower and my towel is wet!

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2.  SPECIAL TILES

In a wet room there is a lot of water spraying everywhere. After your shower you might find it difficult to walk around in the bathroom without slipping. Invest in floor tiles with a bit of texture or non-slip characteristics. You can even add a timber area to create the real spa feeling and to prevent slipping.

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3.  DRAINAGE

So how will you contain all the water in the bathroom and prevent it from running down your hallway? Get a great tiler that can build a gradient in your floor and make sure that all the water flows towards your drain. In a wet room it is best to invest in strip drains that cover bigger areas. The other option is to create a total seperate space just for the bath and shower and split them from your door, toilet and basin with a floor to ceiling glass partition. It is less wet room and more open shower design, but it will still give you the feeling as if the whole room is one big wet room.

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4.  POSITION OF YOUR TOILET

Nobody likes wet toiletpaper or a drenched toilet seat. If your bathroom is too small to prevent the shower’s spray to reach your toilet, maybe you should reconsider the wet room. Always position your toilet as far away from the shower as possible. Your other option is again to seperate the toilet from the shower with a floor to ceiling glass partition.

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We would love to see photos of your wet rooms! Email them to us at: info@vanillaslatedesigns.com.au and you can be in one of our next blogs! Or, if you need help designing a bathroom, send us an email to ask for our price list.

Until next time,

eriana bredenhann interior designers hills district sydney

 

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Best tips for cheap subway tile layouts

We recently helped a client to renovate her kitchen and bathroom and let me tell you, her budget was very tight!  We all know the ordinary, nothing special subway tile. One of the cheapest on the market! We decided to use the subway tile (only $12-00 per square), but be creative in the different ways we could apply them. We still wanted an elegant look, but on a budget. Today I share with you some inspirational images we gathered for the Kitchen & Bathroom. These tiles come in different sizes, which also make it possible to create a unique look.

KITCHENS:

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This is your traditional layout, but with a twist. Use black grout to give the subway tiles more “bang”! Especially if you use some other black features in your kitchen like cupboards, handles or black taps. Which is now very on trend of course. (I also like those cute little display cabinets on the top, in stead of using a bulkhead!)

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I have not seen this layout often, but to me it suits perfectly with a kitchen that wants that bit of a vintage or retro quirkiness!

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Your tiler might charge you a bit more to tile this layout.. but this pattern is so fresh and very interesting. I think this is what I am going to use in my new kitchen!

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Modern, symmetrical, clean lines. Same subway tile, but suddenly creates a total different style.

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Who said you can only use white subway tiles? They are now available in a range of colours. White and black are still my favourite choices though. Great for re-sale value, and it will be suitable to different people’s choice. I just love the dramatic edge these black subway tiles give to this kitchen!

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Herringbone. The all time favourite! Even with simple, understated cupboard doors the herringbone pattern adds character and flair to the kitchen.

BATHROOMS:

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Play around with subway tile layouts. Look carefully how interesting this pattern is in the shower! A simple inexpensive tile quickly transformed this shower into an artwork!

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I am totally in love with this pattern layout of thin subway tiles! Modern, sophisticated tiles at $12-00 per square! Not impressed by the size of the bath, but luckily that is not what we are focussing on now 🙂

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My favourite layout again, but this time in the bathroom. It gives an interesting, but simple backdrop for the mirror, cute pendants and beautiful vanity.

I hope you feel inspired! You can save a lot of money when using these cute little inexpensive subway tiles, and just add other pretty finishes. Some of these tiles in the images might be expensive porcelain, but all of these layouts are possible with the normal subway tile. They are always on trend, and have been here for years.

Until next time,

eriana bredenhann

 

 

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8 Tips on Getting the Kinks out of a Bathroom Renovation

To tell you the truth, I thought my bathroom renovation would be a simple process without any headaches.  I thought I had done my planning carefully, ticked all the boxes and was ready for a smooth ride.  How wrong was I!  On the bright side, if everything had gone to plan, I would not have been able to give you some hands on information at all!  Here are my tips for getting it closer to perfect.

TIP 1 – HAVE A BUDGET AND DON’T BLOW IT!

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Be aware, everything is probably going to be more expensive than you think it is!  A good guideline for a bathroom budget is to not spend more than 5 % of the value of your house.   It’s also a great idea to set aside 10-15 % of your bathroom budget for any unexpected costs, because believe me, there will be! During my bathroom renovation I accidentally dropped a door on the tilers brand new IPhone 6.  Thus I had to replace and pay for his phone, screen protector and phone case before he could finish the job.  (Note to self:  Don’t do acrobatic moves climbing over rubble during a renovation process)

TIP 2 – GET SEVERAL QUOTES

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