My Small Bathroom Makeover Update

Design Sheppard bathroom Makeover

So I thought it was about time that I posted an update on my small bathroom makeover for you guys. It’s come on really great and I’m so excited to show you our progress. (Apologies for the poor quality photos and the mess). It’s not quite finished yet so you’ll have to wait a little while longer for the final reveal I’m afraid. We’ve had the plumber in to remove all our old sanitaryware and fit the new stuff and the tiler has been round to tile the walls and floor, so we’re getting there. We just need to fit the bath panel, the extractor fan, a mirror and put up some shelves now and then we’ll be able to fully appreciate our spanking new bathroom…I can’t wait!

Here’s a reminder of what the bathroom looked like before…

The Design Sheppard Bathroom Collage Before Makeover

And here are some photos of the work in progress…

Design Sheppard bathroom Makeover

The tiles that we choose for the new bathroom are from the Form and Function range from British Ceramic Tile. We choose white ones as we hoped that it would make the space feel bigger and brighter. Although the bathroom was only magnolia before, so not particularly dark, it still felt very dingy. We also went for the matt option as I’ve never really been a big fan of shiny tiles. Having spoken to a few designy friends about the tiles, we opted for these larger format tiles as they create fewer grout lines which helps make the space look larger. We decided to tile all four walls in our small bathroom as we wanted to minimize the different materials and create a more unified space. I am so pleased that I choose these tiles. They are even better in real life than they come across in the images. They feel so lovely and the subtle, textured hexagon pattern is just stunning. The tiler was sceptical at first and said they would be a nightmare to clean, but by the time he’d finished the room he was totally won over and loved them just as much as me. We’ve already had some great comments about the tiles from people who have come to visit.

Design Sheppard bathroom Makeover

I looked everywhere to find some compact bathroom furniture and sanitaryware and I was really quite surprised by the lack of choice on the market, especially considering the fact that bathrooms in the UK don’t really tend to be that big. There is a lovely range by Ideal Standard called Concept Space. This was sadly out of our budget so I had to keep looking. I knew what I wanted and it was proving really hard to find it, until I did a google image search and found exactly what I was looking for at Victoria Plum. It was a compact unit that would cover all the pipework and that had a really compact little sink. After all, who needs a massive sink in the bathroom, right? It’s only for hand and face washing.

Design Sheppard bathroom Makeover

So, that’s the hard work all done. Now it’s just the finishing touches, which is much more fun! I’ve really enjoyed choosing all the new accessories for the bathroom. At first, it was hard to find what I was looking for, and I had a really hard time deciding on the colour scheme. I originally decided on navy blue as I thought that was a really classy colour and would look really sophisticated, it’s also my favourite colour. However, I was tempted to opt for yellow and grey as I thought it would be brighter and sunnier and a bit happier. I already have a gorgeous bin from Brabantia that I wanted to use in the bathroom which would be perfect for a yellow scheme. So I settled on yellow and grey in the end.

Brabantia retro Orla Kiely 12l bin


I used this as the basis of my design scheme and I’m so pleased that I did. I found some fantastic products from the House range at John Lewis. They are really perfect for the bathroom and it’s going to look stunning when it’s finished. Here is a moodboard that I have knocked up to show you what the final look will be.

Design Sheppard Bathroom Makeover

The bath, taps and toilet/sink unit were bought from Victoria Plum, the accessories were bought from John Lewis and the shower is from the Triton Collection at B&Q. I opted for the blue shower when I was having a navy blue scheme but I liked it so much I decided I would still buy it. Originally I wanted to go for a shower that was concealed behind the wall but after discussing it with the plumber it was a hell of a lot of work and would require us to inform the local council under Part P building regulations. Stuff that!! So I hunted high and low for a chic looking electric shower, not an easy job I tell you as there really aren’t that many on the market. I’ll do a round up post of the ones I found a little later on just in case any of you are ever on the look out for a stylish electric shower.

I think my favourite find for our small bathroom makeover has to be these absolutely amazing towels from John Lewis. They really are going to be the statement piece I was hoping for. I couldn’t have imagined that I would find such perfect towels when I first started looking. Do you love them as much as I do?

John Lewis House Geometric Towels

So what do you guys think of our small bathroom makeover? Making good progress, right? I can’t wait to share the finished project with you when it’s all tidy and dressed with all these beauties. Stay tuned for the final reveal coming soon.

Disclosure: This post has been written in collaboration with British Ceramic Tile who have provided the tiles free of charge for our bathroom makeover. However, all the opinions in this post are my own and I stress that I only collaborate with brands and companies that I genuinely like and believe that my readers will like too. There are also a few affiliate links in this post which means that I will earn a small commission should you click through to the websites and make a purchase.





  1. June 12, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    It’s looking fab Stacey, well done on all the hard work. And yes, love the towels!

  2. May 31, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    Looks like it’s gonna turn out really nicely, can’t wait to see the final results! :) We’re also doing up our bathroom soon and I also want a lot of white in our main bathroom so it looks spacious, so this is great inspo :) xx

    • June 7, 2016 / 11:41 pm

      Ah thank you! Good luck with your bathroom makeover too. It’s a lot of work but definitely worth it.

  3. May 30, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Oh this is looking brilliant Stacey! Well done, you are challenged like we were with such a small space, but it definitely makes you approach things more creatively. I LOVE those tiles – there are so many gorgeous designs at British Ceramic Tile! Can’t wait to see the reveal :) xxx

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:02 pm

      It certainly has been a challenge Antonia but I think both our bathrooms are looking rather smart now. I agree that the tiles from British Ceramic Tile are just wonderful! I’ve already had so much great feedback about them.

  4. Scotty
    May 28, 2016 / 3:47 am

    Love the looks of that toilet, very wise choice for the space. Scotty.

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Thanks Scotty. I’m so glad I found this space saving toilet and sink unit. It really has transformed the look of the space.

  5. May 26, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Love the idea of saving space with a tiny sink – you don’t really need a big one!

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:04 pm

      Exactly Jo. This little sink is more than adequate for our family needs!

  6. May 26, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Oh wow! It already looks so different. Love the tiles you have chosen. Can not wait to see the final reveal xx

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:04 pm

      Thanks Katy. I actually enjoy spending time in the bathroom now and I’m no longer ashamed when visitors ask to use the bathroom and it’s not even finished yet!

  7. May 25, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Slowly getting there and I cannot wait to see it. Love the pops of yellow :) A x

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      Thanks Ari! I am so pleased I went for the yellow in the end. It brings a lovely sunny, happy vibe to the space.

  8. May 24, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    I love the tiles. Great job! Waiting for result!

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:07 pm

      Thanks Gabrielle. Won’t be long and you can see the finished result!

  9. Pippa Jameson
    May 24, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Lovely choices Stacey! You have managed to achieve the one thing that everyone with a small bathrooms strives for – you have made the space feel bigger, lovely xx

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      That is exactly what I was hoping to do Pippa. I was a little worried that all white floor to ceiling would look a little clinical but it just looks super fresh and I love it!

  10. May 23, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    Definitely making great progress and I’m loving the bright pops of yellow! Great towels and bin too! xxx

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:09 pm

      Thanks Kimberley. I absolutely love the towels!

  11. May 23, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Starting to take shape. Looking forward to seeing the end result. We are in need of a bathroom makeover too. x

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:16 pm

      Go for it Geraldine. It was a lot of hard work and stress but the end result is so worth it!

  12. May 23, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    It’s starting to look great Stacey, love the colour scheme, just my thing :)

  13. May 23, 2016 / 11:24 am

    I’m taking notes as we’ll be doing ours soon! Got the boiler being taken out of there as I type! Looking good so far

    • May 30, 2016 / 11:18 pm

      Ooooh good luck! I hope it all goes smoothly!

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