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Bathroom - jungle or more ''fresh'' ?

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kiwifluff25 Wed 16-Mar-16 10:58:06

We're in the process of renovating our newly bought home (first time buyers - big renovation project), and having totally redone the layout of the downstairs, we're starting to think about the upstairs. We were going to just leave in the bathroom suite and retile, but frankly it spoils the place, it's fairly new (<4 years old) but on closer inspection it's poor quality, badly plumbed in (all in wonky, sink hanging off the wall, bath & basin WAY too big for the room etc).

We plan on putting in a freestanding bath to open up the aesthetic of the floor space, a compact toilet (possibly corner, depending on ease of shunting waste pipe), and a wall mounted sink. All good so far, but I have two very different ideas of how I want it to look.

Having been in cruddy rentals for years, we really want the house to be ''us'' rather than the standard safe hotel-style beige/sterile that doesn't really say much. We don't plan on moving for many years, if ever. We're quite happy and would rather stay put than move every few years. We're quite alternative I suppose is the word, a bit bohemian and like happy colourful spaces filled with things we love rather than colour co-ordinating.

The room is 1.7m x 1.8m, so pretty tiny, but south facing with a huge window so lots of lovely light.

So the first, safer, idea is these tiles, custom timber shelves, and this flooring. I ordered a sample and the tiles are really beautiful (like sea glass), but I feel a little bit like it'd be falling into the trap of having a bathroom in such a popular and safe sort of theme/style. I do really like the tiles though and I think it could very easily look naice.

Anyway, there's a colour scheme I love but I don't know if it's a bit.... fun outlandish? I personally think it could potentially look amazing in a sort of bohemian "Jungalow" style .

These are the tiles (so lovely in real life), I'd ordered some wallpaper samples for the bedrooms from Little Greene Co. and had by chance piled the tiles on top when tidying away and it just sort of popped out at me as the colour of the tiles is in the wallpaper. I've attached a photo of the tiles and wallpaper together and of the wallpaper (in the darker shade, on an actual bathroom wall). So if I went for this crazy jungle-y idea, I'd have custom timber shelving, lots and lots of plants, and would probably paint the door an accent colour from the wallpaper (maybe a blue).

This bath, or similar

If the budget will stretch enough then this bath painted in a accent colour from the wallpaper (blue, green?) if we went jungle-y.

I way prefer a warm and cosy feeling bathroom, there's no deny that it's small, so maybe I could embrace that rather than trying to make it feel bigger by making it ''cold'' and bright?

Any opinions?

VertigoNun Wed 16-Mar-16 11:01:32

Wallpaper yes, tiles no.

kiwifluff25 Wed 16-Mar-16 11:02:23

These are the sea-glass tiles, and the two baths for anyone who can't be arsed to click through the links.

PoreofWiner Wed 16-Mar-16 11:07:20


Though the glassy tiles are gorgeous too

Sunnyshores Wed 16-Mar-16 11:55:11

The glassy tiles are beautiful, but youre right in that it wont be very unusal (although Fired Earth is out of most peoples budget so that does limit those exact tiles).

I like the jungle theme, and the red bath, but dont like those tiles.

This is your home, so do what you prefer.

Peaceandloveeveryone Wed 16-Mar-16 11:57:33

I like the jungle one, really do.

OneMagnumisneverenough Wed 16-Mar-16 12:05:13

I love the glass tiles and that is just the sort of colours that I love. It doesn't have to be boring though, there are loads of colours that contrast with that nicely, We have a purple that we've accents of in a bathroom with similar tones and lime green in another, you could look for a wallpaper of fabric using that colour and see what other colours are with it.

nilbyname Wed 16-Mar-16 12:08:12

I love those sea glass tiles, they are so so pretty.

I do like the jungle wall paper, but it is so bright! I would worry that I would tire of it, if it was a cloak room toilet then I would go for it, but if it is your main family bathroom then no.

I know it's a cliche, but I think bathrooms should be soothing, calm spaces.

kiwifluff25 Wed 16-Mar-16 12:20:48

Ooh I'm quite surprised about the tiles (I actually found them on another thread from a while back where everyone liked them!), I thought it'd be the wallpaper that people didn't like.

Good to know though, so thanks! Any suggestions for alternative tiles if I did go for the jungle wallpaper?

I think we will need some form of tiles as we'll have a shower over the bath (probably with the head coming from the ceiling), however just read that you can buy matt varnish for wallpaper that stops any build up of moisture (so long as it's not prolonged direct contact) so it might be an option not to tile?

Sunny we can only afford fired earth as the bathroom is so dinky that the sqm isn't too offensive! grin

swquestion Wed 16-Mar-16 13:46:29

I love the jungle theme but would go for a tile in one ofthe other colours (so yellow or green/blue, not coral). You could bring out the pinky/coral colour by painting the bottom of the tub, accesories like toothbrush pots and so on.

My only thing would be is the bathroom def' light enough as it looks quite a darkish paper once the walls are covered with it? The other thing you might do is order more samples of the wallpaper so you can make a decent sized square, stick it to one wall with blu tac and see how it feels. When we were doing our bathroom I ordered a few samples in the names of different family members so I could get a chunk big enough to really see how it looked. That or a wallpaper shop locally may lend you a large swatch for a couple of days in order to make a decision.

Sunnyshores Wed 16-Mar-16 15:06:46

Instead of tiles, you could wallpaper and put glass/perspex over areas which will get wet. (Ive only seen it on TV so may not work in RL!).

Afishcalledchips Wed 16-Mar-16 15:08:07

That red bath is lovely, and it would look great with that wallpaper.

I love that type of tile, but think they may be a bit too busy alongside the paper. It would feel like everything in the room is screaming at you. So I'd go for a fairly plain/understated tile and have the paper really stand out. With lovely chunky wooden shelves, I'd pick out the reds on that paper with bright plant pots and accessories in similar and clashing colours.

kiwifluff25 Wed 16-Mar-16 16:06:04

Yeah I think you're right about it being just too busy with both, one or the other would be better. I think I was just so desperate to use those tiles (contrary to popular opinion I still really love them grin ) maybe I can find somewhere else for them instead...

Great idea sw I've ordered more A4 sample sheets so I can make up a big swatch to experiment with.

I'll look into the perspex, but wouldn't condensation build up behind? I assume you seal it somehow?

If I do go for the wallpaper; the light one or the dark?

dynevoran Wed 16-Mar-16 16:18:02

I love it all. The glassy tiles are very beautiful. I kind of agree that I would do the wallpaper in a cloakroom but less likely in a family bathroom but I know what you mean about making a statement. I'd be reluctant to wallpaper a bathroom for water / peeling issues more than anything..... To be honest though do what you love. If it makes you smile every time you see it then do it!

BumbleNova Wed 16-Mar-16 16:24:06

what other colours do the tiles come in other colours? I love the wallpaper! i think it will look amazing. I would go for the dark one and make a real statement. copper or gold accessories would also look amazing.

I would still go for the tiles, i think the detail is only visible up close. I think red may be too much though?

I might steal this idea! I wish I was braver with wall paper. my mum (interior designer) uses it in places it wouldnt occur to me, I might just get her to design my house for me. (when I finally bloody move in).

MyFavouriteClintonisGeorge Wed 16-Mar-16 16:33:09

Jungle, dark wallpaper, but not with the reddish tiles. The colour is too much, I think.

I don't like the Sea Spray tiles.

LizzieMacQueen Wed 16-Mar-16 16:44:11

I'd have the wallpaper only on the wall behind the bath - with a glass creen to protect from splashes.

Could you put the mosiac red tiles on the floor? Though at £160 a sq.m that's an expensive floor.

One thing to consider is the labour cost of tiling. I've recently paid £50 a sq.m which includes grout and other materials, and the quality of the tiler.

kiwifluff25 Wed 16-Mar-16 16:47:27

bumble here's the full range: www.firedearth.com/tiles/range/arabesque/mode/grid I like colour of the ''draa'' ones too.

I'm leaning towards the darker one too, I'll try it out on the walls when the sample sheets all arrive. I think the room should be light and airy enough to handle it, it has higher than average ceilings and a big south-facing window.

kiwifluff25 Wed 16-Mar-16 16:49:49

Ooh, Lizzie is the glass screen sealed? Do you have a source by any chance? I thought maybe they'd be less garish on the floor, but not sure if they might get slippery.

LizzieMacQueen Wed 16-Mar-16 17:06:47

Oh I haven't got a glass screen myself, I was only suggesting it but I was imagining a thin glass sheath over the wallpaper from floor to approx 1.6m high. It would need to be safety glass. A glazier could advise and price it up.

theladycarolineno Wed 16-Mar-16 17:10:50

Love the wallpaper so much. I think in for a penny, in for a pound - go for the darker pattern. I'm also slightly wary of the red tiles - how are you planning to use them? Is it going to be a splashback or a border, or something around the bath?

kiwifluff25 Wed 16-Mar-16 19:31:41

Oh sorry Lizzy I'd misread your post as 'I have the...' !

wowfudge Wed 16-Mar-16 19:42:07

If you have a shower over the bath get a moveable shower head - you can't clean or just wash your hair very easily with a fixed shower head. Off topic I know.

extralemonylemoncake Wed 16-Mar-16 22:41:11

Oh OP, I love love love a bohemian jungle bathroom! Very jealous, dying to do the same with our bathroom. Have attached some more tropical wallpaper inspiration. smile

ediepop Thu 17-Mar-16 07:32:13

Do the Jungle bathroom! That wallpaper is gorgeous. But not with those tiles, sorry. Either do the tiles, or the wallpaper, not together. Together, they will be too much.

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