Back in the spring of this year, British Ceramic Tile invited me to create a moodboard using their tiles, for my dream tile project in my home. I jumped at the opportunity, as I had been wanting for some time to update the tiles in my bathroom. When I moved into my house, it was very tired and neglected. Whilst I was able to completely redecorate the whole house to freshen it up, I decided I needed to ‘make do’ with the plain white tiles which were already around the bath and shower. It would have been a luxury to replace them all at the time, and I knew I wanted something beautiful!
First of all, they asked me to come up with some ideas and a mood board to share the vision I had for my bathroom. I’ve got a thing for tiles in shades of green and turquoise, so I browsed Pinterest, and created a board of luscious tiles and colours. I also love to include lots of vintage elements in my home, and I’m very much drawn to the retro feel of soft green mixed with the beautiful patterns and designs of Victorian and Edwardian tiles. I also take a lot of inspiration from the stunning Riads in Marrakech, with their incredible antique tiles round even corner.
It was a tough decision deciding which tiles to go with, but in the end I decided to go for these simply beautiful Duck Egg Artisan tiles by Laura Ashley. I love the very slightly rustic, uneven look to the edges that create a handmade appearance.
So, fast forward to today, British Ceramic Tile gifted me these Laura Ashley tiles, allowing me to bring my mood board project to fruition! It has been a lengthy process getting the work done. Being an old house, when I removed the tiles, it revealed crumbling 100 year old plaster! (My top tip - there are lots of really helpful videos on YouTube that show you how to remove old tiles without damaging the wall!) My wall was too far gone, so we had to take it back to the brick and have it re-plastered for the mirror finish needed for tiling. So, one plumber, one plasterer and one tiler later, here is my gorgeous new bath/shower area!
I really love the slightly retro, summery feel of the duck egg blue, and the tiles look so clean and fresh. I really do feel that these tiles have turned my very ordinary looking bath/shower area into something completely fabulous! And as for the flowers? I have always wanted to fill my tub with blooms, and my new tiles mean that I now have the perfect excuse!