6 do’s and don’ts for decorating a bathroom that won’t embarrass you in front of guests

Whether your bathroom is your own personal spa or a tiny space shared with three roommates, it should be a place of order, freshness and calm.

Take a good, hard look around, says designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors in Alexandria. “The perfect look and feel of a bathroom is one that meets the end users’ needs,” she says. “It’s different for everyone, but I think that a space that is functional and flexible is key. And your bathroom should be the cleanest room in your home.”

Cavin-Winfrey says she is amazed at how many things people leave scattered on bathroom vanities, shelves and floors. “I think a bathroom should always be uncluttered. The average human makes so many choices and scans so much information in a given day — your daily rituals at home should be easy to maintain and not require any extra work to find things you need.” She says always keeping the bathroom tidy has its benefits, including being ready for guests at all times. “That can help make entertaining stress-free,” she says.

Whether you have a dedicated powder room for guests or everyone must share the one bathroom in your home, these dos and don’ts might help you clean up your act.

Don’t put a rug in your bathroom. A bathroom is not a place for wall-to-wall carpeting or area rugs. These cannot be properly cleaned in this environment. Think of the germs on a bathroom floor and how a damp rug or mat could be a magnet for mold. ­Cavin-Winfrey suggests providing a machine-washable bath mat (with or without rubber backing) for use right after a shower or bath. Then let this dry on the side of the tub or shower when not in use. She uses the no-slip CB2 lateral teak bath mat ($40, cb2.com).

Do stock both bar and liquid soap. In a powder room, Cavin-Winfrey prefers a pump bottle so there is no gooey soap bar left in a pool of water by a previous guest. She would choose ElizabethW’s Vetiver hand wash ($22, elizabethw.com). If you have a guest staying the night, it’s a nice welcoming gesture to leave a fresh bar of soap atop a stack of clean towels on the bed. She likes Crabtree & Evelyn goat milk soap ($8, crabtree-evelyn.com).

Don’t think of toilet paper as an accessory. Stacking a Costco-size tower of toilet paper rolls next to the toilet is not necessary or attractive. Why not reduce clutter and store your roll stockpile in a linen closet or in the garage? If you like to keep a roll or two nearby, use a small holder that fits nicely on the tank or discreetly on the floor. So many of her clients needed an attractive TP organizer, Cavin-Winfrey now sells this Matahari woven rattan two-roll model ($72.50, scwinteriors.com). Also, it’s thoughtful to have a box of tissues around so guests won’t have to rip off a piece of toilet paper to blow their nose or adjust makeup. Extra points for a tissue box cover, such as the one in white lacquer from the Container Store ($13, containerstore.com)

Do minimize products. Your shower, bathtub ledges and countertops should not look like you are a tester for a shampoo or beauty company. Eliminate the excess and store items not used daily elsewhere. “I myself am a product junkie but find unique ways to contain clutter with small trays around the tub or the vanity,” Cavin-Winfrey says. “If your shower doesn’t have an integrated niche, consider wire baskets to mount on the tile.” She prefers the WEBI 12½ -inch rectangular stainless-steel wire caddy ($29, amazon.com), which should be fixed to the wall. As for prescription drugs, medications or personal-hygiene products, tuck them inside a cabinet or drawer.

Don’t use plastic bags to line bathroom trash cans. Do you want to take your style tips from motels? Hopefully not, so don’t use your Target bag as a trash liner, Cavin-Winfrey says, or buy rolls of mini trash-can liners. It seems wrong for the planet to be buying small plastic bags to corral trash in your teeny-tiny wastebasket, she says. Instead, buy good-looking metal or recycled plastic wastebaskets that can be easily and frequently wiped out and sanitized. This hammered-nickel wastebasket ($39, potterybarn.com) fits the bill.

Do use hooks for bath towels, not bars. How many people neatly fold their large towels when they hang them up over a bar? Do you really expect guests to do that? Hanging towels on an oversize hook makes them dry faster and looks less messy, Cavin-Winfrey says. She often uses the large Restoration Hardware Spritz hook ($39, restorationhardware.com) in her projects. Using a bar is fine for hand towels, though.


Revealed: Favourite decorating styles across the UK


A new survey carried out by Hillarys has uncovered the country’s favourite decorating trends region by region.

Those in Yorkshire are most likely to deck out their homes in leopard print, while other notable findings include the East of England’s love of animal-themed designs and the North West’s preference for girlie glamour. Here are the the most popular styles by region:

  • East Midlands – 1950s (29%)
  • East of England – Animal (14%)
  • London – Scandi (31%)
  • North East – 1970s (21%)
  • Northern Ireland – Vintage (41%)
  • North West – Girlie glamour (27%)
  • Scotland – Travel (30%)
  • South East – Bright and bold colours (19%)
  • South West – Ecofriendly and natural (15%)
  • Wales – Shabby chic (17%)
  • West Midlands – Nautical (29%)
  • Yorkshire & Humberside – Leopard print (28%)


‘Not all of the styles and outcomes are what we expected. It’s interesting to see that people in the West Midlands, a landlocked region, are most likely to plump for nautical themes, while those on the coast opt for other styles,’ comments Hillarys’ Zoe Ashton.

Respondents were also asked whether they were more likely to try out daring new fashion styles or home trends – with a quarter (24%) stating they’d be prepared to take bigger risks with their interiors.


Given this willingness to experiment, it’s perhaps not surprising that 67% had been criticised by members of their own family for their interiors choices!

The survey polled 2,944 British adults. All respondents were aged 18 or over, with an even spread of respondents from around the UK.


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5 top tips for decorating with Colour of the Year Cherished Gold


Every year paint manufacturer Dulux gathers a team of design experts to predict colour trends for the year ahead. ‘The common thread coming through for 2016 was yellow – and gold in particular. We drew inspiration from all the different tones of this colour, including bold metallic hues and earthy shades, bringing them all together to create Cherished Gold,’ explains Colour Design Manager Rebecca Williamson.


Rebecca shares her expert advice on how to create a stunning scheme with this winning hue.

  1. Consider the size, ceiling height and, most importantly, the amount of natural light in the space you’re decorating. For instance, if it’s a big, north-facing room that gets less light this will suit using warmer hues. Charcoal grey and chocolate brown work well for a traditional scheme or select rose pink and putty for a more contemporary feel. In a south-facing room, cool colours will be less intense when the light floods in. Try duck egg blue and pale grey.
  2. Stick to just three colours in your scheme for a cohesive look.
  3. It’s unusual to start with a completely blank canvas as most of us have things we love and want to keep, like certain pieces of furniture. Base your Cherished Gold colour palette around these pieces to create a scheme that works with them.
  4. Add extra wow-factor with a paint effect. A technique that’s taken off this year is to paint the bottom half of your room in a different colour to the top. You can either create a sharp line where the two colours meet – at the height of a traditional dado rail – or merge the two colours in a subtle ombré effect.
  5. If you don’t want to completely redecorate, have a go at upcycling furniture and accessories to bring in accents of Cherished Gold. Even on smaller areas, such as plant pots, shelves or cupboard door handles it can make a big difference.


World-leading heptathlete and Rio hopeful Katarina Johnson-Thompson was chosen to be the face of Cherished Gold. She describes her first foray into colour scheming at home. ‘I wanted a space that was cosy and comfortable but with bit of glitz and glamour. So I teamed soft throws and cushions with really nice gold wall art and accessories.’

Visit Dulux and search Cherished Gold for more information.


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Bring the sunshine inside with these gorgeous spring decorating ideas


Use delicate shades of buttercup yellow, pinky coral and pale celadon green for the freshest spring decorating ideas.



Create depth and character by contrasting pared – back, contemporary pieces with classic styles from different eras. Toning shades of yellow unify the scheme (above).

Alcoves papered in Wild Flowers New Contemporary Two Collection, 69/11143, £72, a roll, Cole & Son. Chimney breast wallpapered in Scrapwood PHE-08, £199 a roll, Piet Hein Eek at Rockett St George. Rug, Gaїa natural flooring in Makai fibre, natural colour, £295 a sq metre, Flock Living. Rosina armchair, £495, Loaf. Sullivan coffee table, £219, Swoon Editions. White painted vintage glass front cabinet, £540, Home Barn. Linda Bloomfield pouring bottle, large, £60; Nobue Ibaraki bottle, £78; all Maud and Mabel. Mizuyo Yamashita Miniature oval sculpted vase, £60; Mizuyo Yamashita Miniature Lined sculpted vase, £60; both Maud and Mabel. Zinc centrepiece, £13.95, Pale & Interesting. Vintage mirrors, £54.95, Loop the Loop. Mizuyo Yamashita hand sculpted cups, £45, Maud and Mabel. Cushions on sofa (l-r) Scattered Fern linen, £45; Spiral Hearts linen, £59; both Clarissa Hulse. Meadows Edge, £38, Angie Lewin at St Judes. White linen cushion, £45, Design Vintage.




Brighten up a neutral scheme with accessories in primrose and lemon yellow.

Rosina armchairs, £495 each, Loaf. Scattered Fern linen cushions, £45 each, Clarissa Hulse.



By adding a coral tablecloth to a neutral dining area, the space is given an uplifting focal point. A scrubbed wood floor, striped rug and modern country pieces keep the look relaxed.

Tongue-and-groove panelling, £23 for a 60 x 120cm sheet, Scumble Goosie. Painted in Blackened Estate emulsion, £53 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Rustic table, £735; cafe bistro chairs, £95 each; both Home Barn. Tablecloth in Coral plain weave linen, £32 a sq metre, Volga Linen. Small white porcelain plates, £8 each, Design Vintage. Arles linen teatowel, £14, The Linen Works. White fluted milk jug, £24.95, Graham & Green. Two tone zinc vase, £30, French Connection. White linen napkins, £7.50 each, The Linen Works. Enamel cutlery, £44 for a four, Dee Puddy. Sue Paraskeva porcelain speckled bowl, £50, Maud and Mabel



Soften the look and feel of wooden benches and chairs with lots of cushions. Mix and match different patterns by choosing designs of a similar scale and limit the colour palette to two or three shades.

Cushions, £30 each, Bohemia at notonthehighstreet.com



Allow the coral hue to stand out and spread its welcoming warmth by using off-white china, enamelled cutlery and napkins. Include texture with chunky earthenware and natural linen.

Tablecloth in Coral plain weave linen, £32 a sq metre, Volga Linen. Marble-effect melamine plate, £10, Rockett St George. Small white porcelain plate, £8 each, Design Vintage. Linen Napkin, £7.50, The Linen Works. Enamel cutlery, £44 for a four, Dee Puddy.​



A complex combination of patterns, shapes and textures comes together to stunning effect in this vintage chic bedroom.

White Brick wallpaper, £32 a roll, Rockett St George. Peg rail, £41 per 6 peg length, Scumble Goosie. Annabelle bed, £329, Marks & Spencer. Have a seat stool as side table, £69.95, Design Vintage. Vintage chrome pendant lamp, £89, Idyll Home. Crushed linen Seagreen duvet cover, £265 for a double, pillowcases, £45 each, all Volga Linen. Ticking quilt, £145, Design Vintage. White and Grey linen cushions, £45 each, Design Vintage. John Robson Ikat cushion, £79; John Robson Charua cushion, £89; both Idyll Home. Nobue Ibaraki bottle, £70, Maud and Mable. Victoria medicine bottles, £10, Home Barn. Kiko zinc frame portrait, £12.95, Nkuku.



Metallic details add an extra layer of interest to a simple colour scheme and this tin trunk is perfectly suited to the retro theme.

Metal trunk, £89 for for two, Idyll Home. Classic Clarendon cushion, £65, Tori Murphy. Tumbler, £14, Re.



Contrast the hard lines white brickwork walls with a collection of shapely vases filled with fresh blooms.

Rustic drawer chest, £1,495; painted Carver armchair, £225; both Home Barn. John Robson​ Ikat cushion, £79, Idyll Home. Ribbed vase, £55; footed clear Mari bowl, £19; both I&JL Brown. Nobue Ibaraki bottle, £70, Maud and Mable. Grey candlestick, £35 for a pair, Pimernel & Partners. Cakestands, from £29 each; Old Chippendale glass jug, £30; all Re. American tin tile, £16, Dee Puddy. Pleat lamp, £145, Original BTC.

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