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the one room in my home i would change if i could would be my bathroom. a while back c.p.hart challenged me to design my perfect bathroom, which got me thinking about all the design elements i would incorporate into my perfect space. i always lust after details such as brilliant white subway tiles contrasted with dark grey grout, and clean, contemporary hardware, but do you know the one practical thing i feel is hugely lacking in my tiny bathroom? storage space.

browsing inspirational imagery on pinterest i’ve noticed lately that there’s a shift away from tiny built-in storage under the basin and mundane, functional wall units (my bathroom only has the former – a nightmare for 3 girls sharing!) to swoonworthy modular furniture that is brought to life through an exciting use of colour and asymmetric design.

i’m really taken by the juxtaposition of open and closed storage in some of the examples, adding interest and depth as well as providing hidden space for those less than attractive toiletries we all currently stash under the sink around the plumbing! i’m a fan of bamboo wood in the bathroom for an exotic, spa-like feel, and love the large recessed rectangular mirrors show above, with handy shelf ledges for displaying your most decadent of bathroom essentials.

in the slideshow i’ve also pulled out some of my favourite spaces that utilise bold colourful geometry and quirky printed tiling. alongside storage, this is another vital component in creating a perfect bathroom in my mind. just how awesome is that graphic splash of sunny yellow working it’s way across the floor and halfway up the wall in ruth campau and michael mørk’s copenhagen home? or the dazzling, diamond-shaped pattern in trixie and johnno’s home?

unfortunately i can’t make any such dramatic changes in my rented home, but i started to think about the plain white walls in my bathroom and how much the space could be elevated with the simple addition of a few pieces of artwork. do you have art in your bathroom? it seems silly that we have such a large blank canvas in our bathroom just crying out for adornment, yet i’d never thought of it before! it doesn’t even have to be a framed image hung on the wall – i love the simplicity of tacking up pretty photographs on your tiles, using that most wonderful of inventions, washi tape!

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