When we first moved into our 1970s bungalow, the bedrooms and bathrooms were the first areas we wanted to renovate before tackling the kitchen and living areas. The bungalow has a bit of an odd layout in that there’s no main family bathroom, but each of the existing three bedrooms all had en-suites – all of which were extremely dated and tired, and in serious need of an update.
We chose three very different styles for each bathroom which I’m planning to share with you over the next few months. For the bedroom en-suite that we chose as our own, we decided to create a natural slate wet room, covering the entire surface area, including the floor, with slate tiles. The idea to not have a shower tray came half-way through the project when we realised that continuing the slate throughout the shower area would give a more elegant overall finish.
Natural slate tiles
At the time of the renovation we’d recently got back from our honeymoon in South Africa where we’d stayed in some amazing boutique hotels and took some inspiration from some of the places we stayed.
The tiles were all sourced from Topps Tiles. We chose a large format natural slate tile with a rustic uneven finish and rusty colours running through. I love how every tile is totally unique. We opted for a feature wall running up behind the sink which adds a real focal point and creates a feeling of height in the small room.
Once the tiles were fitted, we treated them with a clear sealant to protect them from water damage and give the natural slate wet room a more polished finish.
Fixtures and fittings
For the suite we opted for straight lines with a square toilet and rectangular sink which I think sit really well alongside the rectangular tiles. We followed the style through to the fittings with a square shower head and rectangular waterfall feature tap.
One of the lessons we learnt when we renovated our previous home (and stole from one of the honeymoon suites we stayed in) was to place the control for the shower at the entrance to the shower rather than directly below it. Not only does this mean that we don’t have to stand under scolding hot/freezing cold water whilst trying to get the temperature right – but it also keeps it away from water marks until the next clean (which doesn’t happen as often as I’d like you to believe!)
We chose minimalist fittings to create a modern feel – the shower hose is hidden behind the wall and we chose a simple chrome lever for the control. The floating sink basin also helps save floor space in the small room, and we opted for a vertical chrome towel heater which fits perfectly on the wall behind the door to the room.
What do you think of our natural slate wet room? Have you recently renovated a bathroom? Do you have any tips to share?