How to give your small downstairs bathroom a makeover

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Pokey spaces (like a downstairs bathroom) are always hard to renovate—which is why they so often get overlooked in favour of other areas of the home. Now, more than ever interior designers are looking for ways to make these spaces both stylish and functional. Interior blogger Wendy Gilmour of ThankFifi longed to give her small bathroom a striking new look that would match in with the rest of her beautifully styled home and used some of our Laura Ashley Decorating Accessories to make that dream a reality.

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ThankFifi’s mini makeover

Somehow the downstairs toilet is often the room in the home which gets overlooked; the enthusiasm for redecorating is focussed on the flashier rooms, the bigger rooms, which make the most impact. But what I love most about the smaller unassuming rooms like this is that you can really afford to make a big impact without feeling overwhelmed. And so, two and a half years after moving into our new home, the downstairs toilet has had a major upgrade – so much so that it will be known from here on out as ‘The Powder Room’ because that seems far more fitting for this tiny, but now mighty, space.

Before the bathroom makeover:

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The original toilet, sink and flooring were in great condition and also simple so we were saved any major expense by working with what we had and our best hope to go for a big upgrade on a budget was with the walls. I wanted something to fit with the period character of the house and had my heart set on panelling. To complicate matters I couldn’t shake the notion to paper within that panelling…

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A trip to the hardware store for a wooden dado rail and metres of inch thick wooden moulding was the first step. We marked out the walls with the dado rail creating a midway point and the moulding creating the panelling frames. I wanted to choose a statement wallpaper and the Florintine Natural Paste The Wall Wallpaper fitted the bill perfectly with its strong design.

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I picked out the deepest green from the wallpaper and painted the lower half of the walls and all the woodwork with it. Laura Ashley’s Fern matt emulsion paint gave it a rich, deep look. The Laura Ashley Cotton White paint matched in perfectly with the background colour of the wallpaper for the upper half of the walls.

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We wallpapered sections within the guidelines marked out on the walls before adding the trimmed and painted mouldings to frame the panelling. The finishing touches were the small Constance round mirror for above the sink and the rattan apple basket for chic toilet roll storage.

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The transformation to the powder room is complete. The small room really holds the decor very well; the strong colour on the lower walls really grounds the space whilst the wallpapered panelling somehow opens the room up and makes it feel so much bigger than before. And where previously I used to direct guests to the bathroom upstairs, I now gladly send them off down the hall to be surprised by the powder room.

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This bathroom makeover post was created in collaboration with Wendy Gilmour of ThankFifi using our Laura Ashley paint, wallpaper and home accessories.

Do you like this wallpapered panelling in this interior makover? Let us know in the comments below.

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