IBA19 Badges Nominated

Sian Evans created a contemporary monochrome scheme that exudes hotel-style luxury.

Before And After Contemporary Monochrome Bathroom Makeover 1

When Sian and Patrick Evans moved from London to Devon, they embraced a project to renovate an elegant 180-year-old house into their family home. The couple were keen to make the most of the property, particularly the disused attic spaces.

‘There are three rooms in total, and I wanted to turn the smallest one into a second bathroom, complete with a full-sized tub, WC and shower,’ says Sian. The room had previously only been used for storage and was poorly lit, unheated and had bare boards underfoot. Although the floor area was generous enough, the steeply sloping walls and limited head-height made the space hard to use. ‘I was going to plan the room myself,’ says Sian, ‘but I soon realised we needed expert help.’

Before And After Contemporary Monochrome Bathroom Makeover 3

A conversation with a local kitchen designer led the couple to visit the Devon Bathroom Centre. ‘The sta were friendly, knowledgeable and could deal with everything, from design through to completion, so were perfect for the job,’ says Sian.

A plan was drawn up to make best use of the awkward-slanting ceiling and create false walls to section o areas with limited headroom. This formed a series of vertical partitions, against which the fixtures could be mounted and neat alcoves formed in the spaces behind. A walk-in shower fitted perfectly in the corner of the room and the bath was positioned along the left-hand side to allow clearance overhead without encroaching further than necessary.

Before And After Contemporary Monochrome Bathroom Makeover 6

Despite living in a period house, Sian’s taste is modern and she opted for a contemporary look with clean lines. ‘The plan was to make it feel like a gorgeous hotel bathroom,’ she says. Sian picked a chic grey and off-white colour scheme, with large-format floor and wall tiles to accentuate the space. Lighting comprises practical overhead spots, linked to the extractor, and discreet LEDs in the alcoves and shelving.

Sian and Patrick are delighted with the way the awkward, unappealing attic has been transformed into a beautiful bathroom. ‘It’s better than we imagined and the cleverest aspect is the layout,’ says Sian. ‘We’ve managed to fit everything in and, even though it’s not large, it doesn’t feel cramped. It’s a real success.’

Before And After Contemporary Monochrome Bathroom Makeover 2

Photography: Colin Poole

Tipsy Tree Gin Advent Calendar 2019
Shopping

Editor's pick: best alternative advent calendars for 2019

If you're tired of traditional advent calendars, try out one of this year's best alternatives for your Christmas countdown, from gin and beauty buys to...
Vegan Christmas Wreath
Kitchen

4 tasty vegan Christmas recipes

Finding tasty vegan meal ideas for Christmas can be tricky, but these recipes from Jackie Kearney's new book Vegan Christmas Feasts make for a festive...
 
Casper Glow Wake Up Clock Alarm
Bedroom

6 of the best wake-up light alarm clocks

Fight off the winter blues and make dark mornings a doddle with one of these wake up light alarm clocks.
Bathroom After Makeover Harding Bathroom Concrete Double Sink
Bathroom

Stunning before and after fixer upper bathroom makeover ideas

Get inspired for your bathroom makeover with these stunning before and after real life makeovers.
Clothes Airer Opener
Shopping

Buyer's guide to heated clothes airers

Is a heated clothes airer worth the investment? Here's our guide to the best buys on the market.
John Lewis Opener Copy Copy
News

Revealed: 2019's biggest home shopping trends

John Lewis & Partners lets us in on what shoppers have been buying (and what they haven't) over the past year.
 
 
Dunelm Teddy Opener
Shopping

Teddy bear fabric: love it or loathe it?

Do you think that the new trend for teddy bear fabric is stylish as well as practical, or just a bit weird?
Annie Sloan Selfie Win
Competitions

Win a £250 Annie Sloan voucher

Join the Reuse Revolution and upcycle a piece of British Heart Foundation furniture to be in with a chance of winning a £250 voucher.
Vegan Christmas Wreath
Kitchen

4 tasty vegan Christmas recipes

Finding tasty vegan meal ideas for Christmas can be tricky, but these recipes from Jackie Kearney's new book Vegan Christmas Feasts make for a festive...
Before And After Victorian Bathroom Renovation
Bathroom

Before and after: The House that Black Built's bathroom makeover

Check out the before and after of this Victorian bathroom makeover. The interior blogger behind the transformation reveals how she did it on a small...
Hamar Vanity Console Sink Albion Bath Bathroom Trends 2018
Bathroom

Top bathroom trends for 2019 with Albion Bath Company

From luxurious free standing baths to stylish grey bathroom ideas, read our round up of 2019's most stylish bathroom trends from Albion Bath Company.
Rsz Harvey Nichols Winter Warmers Hamper   90 Win
Competitions

Win a Harvey Nichols Winter Warmer hamper for you and a friend

This month, we've partnered with luxury retailer Harvey Nichols to give away two Xmas hampers as part of our Instagram competition. Credit: Caley Dimmock (Unsplash)
White Bathroom Tiles Dreamland Walls And Floors Good Homes Magazine
Bathroom

The hottest kitchen and bathroom trends for 2019

Looking to give your home a seasonal refresh or complete overhaul? We unveil the top 2019 kitchen and bathroom trends you need to consider before...
Croydex Chetsford Lifestyle Bathroom Luxury Goodhomes
Bathroom

Croydex offers top tips to bring style to Britain’s bathrooms

Luxury bathroom specialist Croydex share their top decorating tips for making your bathroom a relaxing and stylish room to retreat to, including ways to reduce...
Ellis Bath Lagoon Colourful Standalone Bath Freestanding Victoria Plum
Bathroom

5 savvy ways to add colour to your bathroom

From colourful standalone baths to gold fixtures and fittings, add colour to your bathroom with these handy styling tips from bathroom specialists, VictoriaPlum.com.