My New Downstairs Loo!

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I’ve always said that when we eventually got around to decorating the downstairs toilet I would go for something quirky and perhaps a bit braver than in the rest of my home. I think the downstairs loo is the perfect room to go for something really different and creative!

This is how it looked before. Yep, you guessed it – floor to ceiling blue again! The previous owners definitely had a thing for blue tiles!!

I had my heart set on a statement wallpaper of some kind. I spent a lot of time browsing Pinterest for inspiration and decided I wanted to go with some sort of combination of a Gentlemen’s Club and a dog theme! SO imagine my delight when I came across this amazing paper from the Graduate Collection at Wallpaper Direct. It combines the two looks perfectly and is definitely the statement I was after! Dogs, in hats?! What’s not to love!!

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As it is quite busy, I decided I would use it only on half of the walls and pair it with some traditional style panelling. You can buy panelling kits from several websites but they are pricey, even for such a teeny room it was working out at over £500, so instead we decided to fake it! I actually remember seeing the idea on The Great Interior Design Challenge either last year or the year before. I found a great website selling traditional style skirting and rails. I went for a large skirting and detailed dado rail combined with some simple rails to make the panel effect. The walls and woodwork were painted in Farrow & Ball Off Black. (I told Chris I’d chosen grey so was a bit nervous for him to see it and realise it was black – but luckily he loved it!!)

We went traditional again in here with a low level toilet. However when it came to the basin I simply couldn’t find a traditional style that was small enough so had to go for something a bit more modern than I would have perhaps liked.

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I’ve always had a thing for parquet flooring so when I came across this parquet effect vinyl I couldn’t resist. It really adds some warmth into the room and is a great alternative to tiles. I have tonnes of it left so I’m determined to use it somewhere else in the house…

To add more of the Gentlemen’s Club theme I accessorised with this great bowler hat style light and a vintage shoe last toilet holder.

So what do you think? I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out! It’s exactly as I imagined!

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5 thoughts on “My New Downstairs Loo!

  1. It’s brilliant Kate! I love that wallpaper and have always fancied on of those lampshades! Well done. I need to check out that fake panelling too!

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  2. Wow Kate you have taken nesting to a whole new level!! As with your bathroom this also looks amazing, what a transformation. I love it! Thanks for the link to the panelling website too. We are decorating our hallway next and I really want to fake some panelling. The walls are so bare and boring they definitely need something but was wondering how to go about it. Will check out the website!! xx

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