Our downstairs toilet makeover
Let’s face it- what your downstairs loo looks like is probably way down on your ‘things to do’ household agenda- which is why it’s taken us 2 and a half years to pretty ours up. When we moved in and carried out extensive renovation work, we decided to add the downstairs toilet under the stairs, as there wasn’t one before. I’m so glad we did now, as toilet-training two toddlers would have proved tricky without it, what with legging it up and down the stairs every few minutes (believe me, this potty training malarkey is fresh in my mind having just ‘done’ child number 2!). It’s also handy if you never want to spend a penny in peace ever again, and have a small child hanging off your leg whilst simultaneously wiping your bum. As we weren’t sure what sort of look/colour scheme we would end up having throughout the house, we kept this toilet and the rest of the hallway plain white, and therefore a blank canvas. However, I have been sick of our boring hallway and loo for a while now, and having tackled most of the other rooms, it’s time to put a stamp on these areas!
^^^This is how it looked before. It’s only now, seeing these pictures, that I realised how boring this little space was! We had a great little glass shelf, a heated towel rail salvaged from the old kitchen, and my nan’s really, really old vintage mirror that I inherited from her, but apart from that it’s dull, dull, dull.
Enter: Orla Kiely! We chose her wallpaper ‘Linear Stem’ in yellow to perk up our toilet. At £52 a roll, it’s not cheap, but for such a small space we only needed the one, so I feel it was worth splashing out. I was worried that the bold pattern might prove to be too much for our little, lowly loo, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the positive change it’s made and how it really suits the room. We now just have to be careful when choosing hallway decor, so that one space doesn’t detract from, nor overpower the other. It was so hard to choose from her wallpapers, but I do love a bit of yellow, and I think it injects a bit of extra something into our house of predominantly white and grey! The little owl is from a house clearance place down the road, which I bought for £1. He has no beak, but I love him all the same!
What do you think? Honest opinions please! Do you have a quirky bathroom, or other small space that surprises people?!
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