My favourite room in the house is now my bathroom
A few months ago I went dark and changed the wall colour in my bathroom from crisp clinical white to a deep grey. I loved it, but it just didn’t work. So I decided to change it again. This is what I did.
The entire room is covered in Porter’s Paints ‘Lace’ wallpaper in Aniseed by Catherine Martin (Baz Luhrmann partner in work and life). I also swapped the vintage industrial pendant light to an amazing French Belle Epoque (c. 1900) crystal chandelier which I found in a local antique shop. One of the great things of the mid-century furniture revival is that antique objects are not so sought after and therefore more affordable. I left the ceiling white, but the wood trim is painted in Porter’s Low Sheen Aniseed. Otherwise everything else is unchanged: all the fittings, mirrors, cupboards, accessories and tiles. For those of you who knew my old bathroom and like the vintage Villemot poster, don’t fear, that’s just been relocated to the dining room where it really works.
Thank you also to Matthew Collins for his meticulous work hanging the paper. Having never done this myself, I decided the unconventional shape of my bathroom and intricate pattern required an expert. I am glad I did. Matthew is a incredibly talented designer in his own right and his range of bespoke wallpapers are beautiful and well worth perusing.
Incredible what a difference just some paper and a new light can make. Whenever I walk into the bathroom now I smile. It’s my favourite room in the house and in the afternoon when the light trickles through the windows I like to sit on the floor with a cup of tea and simply enjoy the room.
Photos and styling by Emilie Smith and me.