London NW1Contemporary Bathroom, London
Contemporary clean lines, fused with the original features of an Edwardian home. No tiles were used in this bathroom, only glass, RAL colour matched to the wall paint. Floorboards stained to match the rest of the house, with a waterproof lining underneath.
Photo: Carole Poirot
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Bathroom reviewOne of the hardest (and most expensive) rooms to update can be the bathroom. However, sprucing up this space needn’t be costly. Take note of what vanity top, windowsill and shelving space you might have spare in the room, and think about what items you own that might fit into the space and make it feel a little more ‘done’ and more your style. This can be anything from a few fab plants to a carefully considered selection of candles, ornaments and shells that the kids may have collected from the beach.See more beautifully arranged bathrooms
3. Use spotlighting for a different effectRather than the tried-and-tested use of recessed spots in a ceiling, do something different and sink them into the floor to highlight a particular feature, or perhaps create a walkway. Here, the oval freestanding bath is picked out with spots, which create a gorgeous glow for night-time soaks.If you want to do this, it should be planned early to ensure all the necessary wiring is in place in the floor.
7. Dramatic stainA dark stain can look dramatic and elegant while still showing off the natural grain of original floorboards. In this bathroom, the chestnut floor looks stunning next to the white fixtures. It’s a great solution if you don’t want to rip out your perfectly serviceable pine boards but would prefer a different hue.Always experiment with stains by patch-testing on a spare piece of board or in an unseen area until you get the shade you like. Try a dark oak or walnut hue, then finish with three coats of clear varnish for a glossy, grown-up look. Don’t be tempted to use coloured varnishes on very pale boards, as chips and scratches will show through.
8. Go over to the dark sideTo get a dark finish that also shows off the grain of the timber, your first step is to stain your floorboards. This is not a straightforward process and requires patch testing various stains on sanded boards to see which one works to create your desired final colour (so find a discreet spot destined to be under a piece of furniture). You will also need to experiment with diluting your chosen stain to get the correct strength of colour and may even need to mix several tones together. The final stain must be allowed to dry completely overnight before finishing with at least three coats of clear varnish. Don’t be tempted to skip the staining and go straight in with a dark-toned varnish, or every scratch will reveal the original pale timber underneath.How to Decorate When You Have Dark Timber Floors