Before & After: A Dark & Serene Bathroom

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(Image credit: Ruth of Design Soda)

We got a glimpse of Ruth’s home in her House Call but her bathroom reno deserves some special attention. While the old bathroom was not horribly offensive aesthetically, it wasn’t fully functional (and a little stinky). After bumping the project up on her to-do list and getting to work, Ruth found herself with a darkly dramatic space that didn’t break the bank.

(Image credit: Ruth of Design Soda)

From Ruth: For a bathroom, our budget was, I believe, pretty shoe string, I thought it had been average until I read another blogger mention that she had spent £3,000 on just the bathroom suite for two bathrooms and considered herself to have bought very, very cheap. However, I’m not sure I agree with this. Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at high end bathrooms with amazing materials, but I don’t buy the idea that you can’t have a little of that dash without all the cash. We spent about a grand on the suite, fittings, flooring and paint for our bathroom (much more to install) and I think it’s a real wow space, its not high end but it is high class! The only item we really pushed the boat out for was the 3D effect cube design encaustic tiles from Mosaic Del Sur, we were lucky in this respect to have such a small bathroom, as the tiles came in at just over £300, which is great for such statement flooring.

(Image credit: Ruth of Design Soda)

The other indulgence is that bath panel (or tub surround) by Roper Rhodes from Victorian Plumbing, which at £105 cost almost as much as the bath and still needed to be painted Hague Blue to match the walls, but I’m quite sure if we’d gone for something cheap and plastic it would have ruined the whole look of the bathroom. Plus the paneling creates a nice symmetry with the paneled wall on the other side of the room.

Thank you, Ruth! You can see more photos on Design Soda.