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You’ve seen my small green bathroom, now it’s time to show you an even tinier space – my sage green downstairs loo. It’s small but perfectly formed, squeezed in-between our staircase and our new extension space (you can see the plan here). Measuring at just 65.5cm x 170cm, it’s tight but it does all we need it to do, offering simple function and a subtle pop of colour in the form of a soothing colour drenched space.
While planning my family bathroom space and working with the VitrA Bathrooms team, I knew that I wanted to gain their insight and expertise for this tricky space as well. I liked the idea of there being a common thread running through both bathroom spaces, upstairs and downstairs. So here in the sage green downstairs loo we have the same tiles as in the upstairs bedroom, just in a different colour. We also have the same floor tiles in each space and the same collection of brushed nickel sanitary ware. I think it helps create a sense of cohesion and connection in a home. The spaces relate to each other and have the same common language.
And just because a downstairs loo has a small footprint, doesn’t mean that it should scrimp on style. VitrA Bathrooms has a range of unique designer collections (as well as accessories and tiles) that pack a punch both in terms of looks and practicality. I knew I wanted to create something that was a little bit unusual, so as to create a talking point when guests come over.
I think in a downstairs loo, or indeed any tiny space, you can go for it more than you might elsewhere. These kind of small spaces need their own personality, otherwise they can become almost forgettable and not very interesting. That’s why I chose to colour drench the space in a soft sage green, so that it could contrast with the very light, bright extension space.
It also helps to consider what you’ve got to work with. This is a space without any natural light; it’s always going to be a bit dark, no matter how much I try and brighten it up. I think it pays then to embrace the moodier feel and create a cosy space that feels welcoming. I love how the off white walls of the extension frame the green interior of the downstairs loo, inviting you to step in and discover more about the space.
The centrepiece of this sage green downstairs loo is the Liquid washbasin created in collaboration between VitrA Bathrooms and British designer Tom Dixon. The Liquid collection as a whole encompasses bathroom furniture, sanitary ware, taps, tiles and accessories, enabling you to create a complete look in the same fresh, modern aesthetic. Or as here, you can use one iconic piece from the collection to create a little wow moment!
The Liquid collection is defined by curved edges and exaggerated rounded forms. Where other bathroom ranges are minimalist in style with thin, slender profiles, this range certainly stands out for going against the grain and creating something chunky and solid. Dixon says he was inspired both by Victorian bathrooms and a space-age aesthetic. He explains: ‘It [the Liquid collection] is expressive enough to be recognisable but neutral enough to work in different environments. I was looking to make something feel contemporary but also timeless.’
I love how the sink feels of the moment, yet connected to history. There’s something familiar yet unexpected about it. I also love that the waste is the same colour as the sink – it’s all in the little details.
I chose to pair the Liquid basin with brushed nickel sanitary ware from the Origin collection to create a simple, timeless look that hopefully won’t age any time soon.
The back to wall Sento Rim-ex WC fits in neatly into the tight space, with plenty of room to enter and sit comfortably. I think it has such a seamless look without any superfluous details, which also incidentally makes it really easy to clean!
We used the PRO Color khaki tiles to create a half wall or datum line around the space, finished with a simple off white tile trim. I then used Veneto Verde paint by Pickleson to draw the colour up onto the walls and ceiling. I love how the cistern is hidden away, creating a small shelf to display a print and a few objects. I think that’s all you really need in a space like this.
Another detail that I’m really pleased with is the painted extractor fan. Even though the space isn’t going to get very damp or wet, we needed an extractor fan in the downstairs loo for building regulations. Our builder found us this one from Vent-Axia and suggested we used a Zinsser primer so that it could be painted the same colour as the ceiling, and therefore blend in. Genius!
Then once the key pieces were in the space, it was about adding the personality to give the room it’s own identity. I’ve added framed prints and postcards to create something of a gallery wall (which I might add to later down the line, slowly over time). I wanted the small space to feel really homely. I’ve also installed a soap dispenser for some nice soap and a curvy organic mirror that reflects the curves of the sink. It feels like such a sweet space now and it always gives me pleasure when I go in there to wash my hands.
I think it’s important for small bathrooms, cloakroom WC’s and under the stair loo spaces not to get forgotten or disregarded just because they’re small. You can still inject a bit of style and have fun with your decor choices. Don’t feel like you need to be limited by size!
Source list [asterisk indicates a press product]:
Sink: Liquid washbasin by Tom Dixon, VitrA Bathrooms*
Taps: Origin built in basin mixer in brushed nickel, VitrA Bathrooms*
Sage green wall tiles: PRO Color in light khaki, VitrA Bathrooms*
Tile trim: Antique White Matrix tile trim, Topps Tiles
Floor tiles: Cementmix light grey, VitrA Bathrooms*
Flush plate: Loop R flush plate, VitrA Bathrooms*
WC: Sento Rim-ex wall hung WC, VitrA Bathrooms
Toilet roll holder: Dotmaison [Ad – affiliate link]
Flush pocket door system: Eclisse
Door panel: Howdens
Paint colour: Veneto Verde by Pickleson*
Ceiling light: Twentytwentyone
Pendant light: Light & Lamps (currently reduced!)
Hand wash and soap: Austin Austin*
Soap dispenser holder: Etsy [Ad – affiliate link]
Basket: old H&M Home
Light switches: Dowsing & Reynolds*