The original bathroom
What inspired you to create such a unique bathroom?
"I had originally painted the bathroom from plain magnolia to a bright yellow with black tiles. It definitely added some character, but I didn’t really love it and it didn’t feel relaxing. My Instagram account @awholenewbuild has allowed me to draw inspiration from other home accounts who use colour in creative ways. I saw the colour Peppermint Rock by Dulux in a bathroom and I kept being drawn back to it as a perfect cool mint, so I knew I wanted to introduce that on the walls."
"I am a huge Disney/The Little Mermaid fan, and we try to have subtle nods to Disney in most rooms in our house. But I thought with the links to water, I could get away with going a bit bolder in the bathroom. We also have plans to renovate the bathroom in the next few years, so it felt like a good opportunity to do something fun in the interim without breaking the bank."
Walls painted in Dulux Peppermint Rock
What colours did you use and why?
"I painted the walls using Dulux in a Peppermint Rock from Brewers and painted the tiles in a contrasting pink before coating them in polyvine for protection against any splashes. I also spray painted our taps and towel rail in gold glitter and used a seashell print vinyl to outline the window recess and upcycle an under sink cabinet."
The beautifully updated bathroom
What is your favourite part of the bathroom?
"My favourite part of the bathroom is the flooring. We purchased vinyl and had it colour matched to the paint used making the floor bespoke, matching the colour scheme perfectly. It really brings the room together and feels so unique."
The bumblebee bathroom Mel wanted to update
Did you learn any new skills whilst decorating?
"I always feel like I learn something new with each project I take on! This time the spray painting process was new to me, but for the cost of three cans of spray, it completely transformed the taps from stark silver to a warmer tone which matches my glittered mermaid cut out which sits proudly on the wall!
I also learnt that anything can be fixed with a lick of paint. The yellow ‘bumblebee bathroom’ had never made me happy but with one coat of pastel mint, I knew I found the right colour."