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January 18, 2018 27 Comments
dark grey downstairs bathroom

It might be the smallest room in the house but our downstairs loo is one of my favourite rooms in the house. I love sharing a good makeover, especially with before and after photos and I'm so pleased with how this turned out that I thought I'd share it with you guys. Everything I used is linked down below. I've called it a downstairs bathroom dark grey makeover but its not really a fully fledged bathroom, although it is super spacious thanks to it being a new build.

Thanks to it being so large and light I knew it could handle a dark colour much to my husbands horror. If you watched my Weekly Vlog back in August I painted the back wall with B&Q Colours paint in the shade Ashalt. Its a super dark grey but really lovely. I started by painting just the wall but in the end decided to paint the pipe boxing too. I coated the  boxing and shelf with an acrylic glaze just to protect the paint so I can pop plant pots on it and wipe it down if I need to.

Thanks to some Pinterest inspo I knew I wanted a couple of floating shelves and found these bargain ones that match our oak engineered wood floor really well. On them I've dotted some succulents, gold accents and some towels which Ben jokingly calls my display towels ha ha. I'm turning into Monica from Friends with all my towels. I just really love the look of rolled up towels like you get at the spa and mixed plain grey and one of my palm print towels.


downstairs bathroom makeover before


Downstairs Bathroom dark Grey Makeover

I've tried to stick to gold hardware where I can but I haven't been too strict and changed the taps or vanity cupboard handles. I did struggle to find a nice gold towel rail and happened upon a B&Q set which had everything in. I only used tow bits from it but for £17 for the lot it was worth it. We debated for ages about a light fitting and I actually had a cage fitting at one point but in the end we went for a simple gold fitting with an industrial black and white cord and a filament bulb.


downstairs bathroom dark grey and gold with shelves


downstairs bathroom dark grey and gold with shelves
Downstairs Bathroom dark Grey Makeover
downstairs bathroom dark grey and gold with floating shelves
downstairs bathroom dark grey and gold with floating shelves
downstairs bathroom dark grey and gold with floating shelves

Lots of the bits I bought for the bathroom were bought so long ago now they have sold out. I snapped up things when I saw them even though we hadn't even moved in yet. The Palm print towel and storage boxes I spotted in Next and I'm so glad I bought them as they didn't hang around long. I love that they add some pattern and design to the room and when I want to switch up the style I can just buy new towels with a new pattern. 

I have a faux succulent buying habit so I had no problem populating the room with a bit of greenery and one of my faves is the big fake plant from Homesense which sits in a shiny gold plant pot from H&M.

My mirrors were a bit of a diy. I bought a set of three cheap plastic mirrors from B&M Bargains and painted them gold and decorated with Annie Sloan gold leaf to give a sort of distressed look and its made them look much more expensive. I love how they turned out.

downstairs bathroom dark grey and gold with floating shelves
fake plant in gold plant pot
downstairs bathroom dark grey and gold with floating shelves
downstairs bathroom dark grey and gold with floating shelves
downstairs bathroom dark grey and gold with floating shelves

I really wanted a mirror above the sink but as the window is there I opted for putting my hexagon mirror propped up on the windowsill instead. This was a bargain buy which I painted gold. I've added gold and marble touches with my soap dispenser and reed diffuser. To keep privacy we have a really pretty blind which is semi sheer with a fern design on it. It lets in lots of light which is great as we do have it all the way down most of the time as the window is on the front of the house.

grey downstairs bathroom
downstairs bathroom dark grey and gold with floating shelves
palm print towels
marble reed diffuser
palm print towels

And thats it!! A little look at our Downstairs Bathroom dark Grey Makeover! Who thought a toilet would be so worthy of a blog post ha ha. I'm hoping to share more of the finished rooms on the blog over the next few weeks so do let me know which you'd like to see next?


SHELVES - In Oak colour
LIGHT FITTING eBay with filament bulb in
FAKE PLANT - Homesense
GOLD PLANT POT - H&M medium size
MIRRORS - B&M Bargains painted gold
HEXAGON MIRROR - The Range painted gold



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  • Kate January 18, 2018 at 9:28 am

    I live what you’ve done, looks fab, the plants really add to the room keeping it fresh.

  • Ashley January 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Wow!!! An amazing transformation! You’ve inspired me to try Annie Sloan Gold Leaf.

  • LAFOTKA January 19, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    This is so blooming lovely! :)

  • Rebecca Ellis January 23, 2018 at 12:22 am

    I love what you did with the space! Can you come and design the rest of my room haha x


  • Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb January 25, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Debs it looks fabulous!! I would never think to use a dark colour in such a small room but it works beautifully. Love the palm prints and the gold touches… no wonder you love it so much!

    Catherine x

  • Susie January 31, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Love! Thank you for sharing! Can you please share the dimensions of this room?

  • Jennybell February 17, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Oh dear, himself is all relaxed and chilled, when he heard the dreaded words, I REALLY LIKE THIS BATHROOM IDEA!!!!! He KNOWS me.
    You’ve done an amazing transformation in this little room. Loving the accessories
    I too am a faux succulent nut, you are not alone. Well done, I simply love it x

    • Bang on Style February 19, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Jenny. I’m so glad to find another succulent addict!! xxx

  • jacqui March 1, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Wow what a difference! I love seeing make overs and can’t get enough of the TV shows about doing houses up etc. Thanks for sharing. Jacqui

  • Heidi March 4, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    What blew my mind is that I didn’t even realize that you had a radiator until I saw the ‘before’ picture!! The radiator simply disappears against the dark background! Lovely..

  • Arielle March 10, 2018 at 10:49 am

    That is amazing you have a beautiful home

  • Kimberley levesley March 17, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Hi i love what you have done with this room. What colour have you used for the lighter colour walls please

    • Bang on Style March 18, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Kimberley,

      Glad you love it. The other walls are just standard white emulsion x

      Debs x

  • Linda Curry March 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Inspiring! Have you thought of going professional? I would book you, to come here, tomorrow!!

  • Alice Bettington May 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Hi Debs,

    This looks amazing. Weird question, but what toilet is this?

    Thanks, Alice.

    • Bang on Style May 24, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Alice

      Sadly I don’t know as this was the toilet that was already here, put in by the builder. So sorry I cant help more.

      Debs x

  • Howard Lent May 14, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Wow how amazing transformation you did in your bathroom with dark grey. I am just impress on it. I can’t wait to see this on my bathroom as soon as possible. I am going to do this with in next month. Can you tell me how much cost you needed to complete this project? Thanks in advance for your answer and also for sharing your experience with all of us.

    • Bang on Style May 24, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Howard,

      I probably spent around £150 on all the paint, shelves and accessories.

      Debs x

  • Mk May 18, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Just AMAZING!! I love it! It even looks wider with that color combination. 😊

  • Jan May 18, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Hi the transformation is gorgeous but hoping you can tell me the brand of the toilet! We’re doing a bathroom remodel and I can’t find one I like!

    • Bang on Style May 24, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Jan

      Sadly I don’t know as this was the toilet that was already here, put in by the builder. So sorry I cant help more.

      Debs x

  • Kim May 29, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Did u use Matt or silk paint please

    • Bang on Style June 12, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Hi Kim, it was the matt version x

  • Amy November 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Hi I LOVE your makeover. Just wondering where you got the shelves from? Thanks in advance :)

  • Dan May 20, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Hiya. Love youur makeover. Just wondered what the dimensions of the room are? We’re in the process of trying to design a build (without an architect, yikes) and are working out how big the downstairs loo needs to be. Yours looks compact but not cramped. If you could let us know if you have time, that would be great.

  • Chelsea June 8, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Hi what colour paint is this please

    • Bang on Style June 30, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Its B&Q own range Asphalt

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