When Sharleen sent in some pictures of her striking Arabesque bathroom project, I just had to find out more! On the floors, she used Majorelle Tiles; a striking design from Walls and Floors’ collection of Moroccan Tiles. Using them as a statement floor, she was able to give her bathroom all the character it could ever need! In the shower area, she used Metalico Tiles on the walls for a textured linear look. Here’s my interview with Sharleen, where I learn more about the influences behind her project…
How would you describe your bathroom before you decorated it, and what made you decide to decorate?
Our bathroom was a bedroom so we had to start completely from scratch. We decided to make the room into a bathroom as the only bathroom we had was downstairs apart from a small toilet room and that just wasn’t suitable. So basically we had an empty space to work with and as I had never had a new bathroom before I wanted to make it as good as I possible could.
I had an idea of what I wanted my new bathroom to look like but it was hard trying to find a builder who could see my vision, but eventually I did and I am pleased I stuck with my ideas and not theirs. In the end the builder said he didnt think what I wanted was achievable but he was more than pleased with the finished job.
When it came to decorating, where did you take your inspiration from?
I took my inspiration from magazines pictures but I had a lot of my own ideas that I wanted to use. I knew what look I wanted but just piecing it together took a while. We did buy the vanity (drawer) unit first so this was basically what I used to co-ordinate the rest of the bathroom around. I am not sure I would suggest doing this in future as it was really hard working in with its colour!
Did you choose your décor / colour scheme around your choice of tiles, or did you choose tiles to fit in with a scheme you’d already chosen?
The tiles on the wall by the shower and the floor were one of the last things we decided on as their was so much choice and I couldn’t decide. I wanted to make sure I chose the right ones so it was really tricky at first as their is so many to choose from. I knew what I wanted my bathroom to look like eg: the bathtub and walk in shower but other than that the rest I did as I went along. I also didn’t want to stick with traditional ideas as I wanted it to be my design.
What drew you to the tiles you chose?
I chose the tiles because I wanted our bathroom to be different to most bathrooms. I showed a friend the floor tiles and I think she was a bit shocked at first by my choice but she changed her mind when she saw the finished look. The tiles I chose for the floor have a Mediterranean feel and every time I go into the room it reminds me of the great holidays we have had abroad.
The wall tiles I wanted fairly plain but adding the brown strip just makes it a bit more interesting.
Did you do the tiling work yourself, or did you hire a tiler?
We employed a tiler to do the work as we were not confident enough to do it ourselves which I am happy with as he did a great job and finished them of perfectly with the right grouting.
What part of the project did you find the most challenging?
The most challenging part of the project would have to have been getting everything to fit. Making sure the bath and toilet would fit beside each other and making sure the walk in shower door was the right size.
When it comes to decorating your home, what would be your top tips?
My tips would be to experiment, dont be boring, go for colours or add colours as accessories, but go outside your comfort zone and dont be afraid to use dark colours in small rooms!
What’s your favourite accessory in the bathroom, now that it’s finished, and where did you find it?
My favourite accessory would have to be the swan look bath tap, it is a real feature in the room.
Have you had any compliments on your project, from your family and friends?
Everyone who has seen the bathroom has loved it. I think a nice quality new bathroom adds value to any home and it makes using the room that much nicer.
Do you have any more decorating projects lined up around the house?
We are constantly decorating at the moment but our next project is on the outside. We are adding a new fence and a raised garden bed. I would love to update the kitchen but that will have to wait.
Do you have a New Year’s Resolution for your home?
My new years resolution for our home would be to keep decorating and adding our stamp to it.
What would you say to people who are thinking about buying tiles from Walls and Floors?
Walls and floors gave us the best options to choose from. They were helpful and knew what they were talking about.
So there you have it – the influences behind Sharleen’s gorgeous Arabesque bathroom! Will you be inviting some patterned Moroccan Tiles into your home this season?
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