Mum creates stunning Scandinavian bathroom and shares before and after pictures

Nathan Law

A woman has shared before and after pictures of her Scandinavian-style bathroom after a £5,000 remodel. Adele Armstrong is a criminal justice worker with an obsession for interior design on the side. The 34-year-old mum-of-two bought the house back in November 2016 and her hygge home is a warm, cosy […]

A woman has shared before and after pictures of her Scandinavian-style bathroom after a £5,000 remodel.

Adele Armstrong is a criminal justice worker with an obsession for interior design on the side.

The 34-year-old mum-of-two bought the house back in November 2016 and her hygge home is a warm, cosy oasis full of neutral tones, natural woods and minimalist decor.

“I would definitely describe my style as Scandinavian, but also as warm and modern,” she told Drench.

My favourite room is probably the bathroom, as it’s the room we waited for the longest to do. We lived with the old bathroom for four years, so it felt amazing to finally get it done.”

Adele was working with a very basic, monochrome suite, including a very long and unflattering shower hose that connected to the bath filler.

One of the positives that Adele had on her side was space. She was able to install a large wall mounted vanity, a walk-in shower and a freestanding bath.



Adele’s bathroom now has a sleek Scandinavian sauna vibe

“The main thing we do to keep to a budget is doing most things ourselves.

“My husband is a joiner and can turn his hand to most things. I’m always happy to get involved and do all the painting etc.

“We are about to start another bathroom project and got a massive quote to add some micro cement. Instead, I’ve sourced the materials myself and I’m going to give it a go.

“I also spend a lot of time scouring the internet and comparing prices or trying to find similar looks for less.

“I completely stripped back the bricks to ensure that everything was done properly, which included laying a new subfloor, adding new insulation and reframing the walls.



Adele's bathroom was basic and monochrome
Adele’s bathroom was basic and monochrome

“From there, fitting the bathroom suite started, and it was finished off with tiling and wood cladding.”

Adele said Pinterest was a big source of inspiration, and also loves interiors books.

“Before decorating a room, I usually save tons of pictures and ideas, and then look to see what the common theme is,” she said.

“From there, I shop around and always recommend creating mood boards to pull everything together.”



The bathroom is now a hygge haven
The bathroom is now a hygge haven

Another inspiration for Adele were images of bathrooms abroad, and she wanted the space to have a kind of “resort feel” in the form of natural, warm space.

According to research by Drench, making the bathroom more modern takes top priority during renovations. Almost half (47%) of Brits are making their bathroom modern.

Drench monitored their own searches and sales data, observing for rises, in order to unveil their top bathroom trend predictions for 2021.

These are some of the trends Adele has used in her Scandinavian bathroom, according to Drench.

Bringing in the outdoors



Plants bring the outdoors indoors
Plants bring the outdoors indoors

Whilst 2020 was largely spent indoors for many Brits, it appears that this has had an effect on Brits’ interior choices in the bathroom. Quite simply, Brits are seeking to bring the outdoors in wherever possible.

For example, we have seen sales of natural wood elements rise an astonishing 197% throughout 2020, indicating that this could be the second biggest trend for 2021.

What’s more, neutral tones, such as wood, are perfect for enhancing your wellbeing and creating a spa-like feel in the bathroom, which we can see Adele has executed perfectly.

Dominic Lees Bell, a bathroom expert at Drench, also recommends, “Much like Adele has done, pair the outdoorsy look with luscious greenery to be right on trend – snake and ivy plants are great for the bathroom”.

Brass bathroom details



Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's bathroom is the fairest of them all?
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s bathroom is the fairest of them all?

Sales for brass elements have increased a huge 120% over the past year. Brass immediately adds warmth to often cold bathrooms.

The most popular brass item in 2021 appears to be brushed brass showers, with this item seeing a 160% increase in searches on site.

This shower can be seen in Adele’s stunning bathroom. A brass shower is sure to make a statement, and there’s plenty of gorgeous colour tiles you could pair this with. Dark blue tiles with brass is a timeless colour scheme, or go for a moodier look with a grey slate.

“It can be hard to find modern bathroom pieces, especially in finishes like brass or black, that don’t come with giant price tags,” Adele told Drench.

Adele’s bathroom features products from the Drench Just Taps VOS brushed brass collection. Adele agreed that the VOS brushed brass assets added warmth, but still had that modern, clean look that she wanted.

Black bathroom features

Despite black bathroom features being a trend that emerged a few years ago, they still prove to be popular. You have Instagram and Pinterest to thank for that – black accessories are often found in the most popular bathroom posts.

Adele opted for splashes of black in her accessories, such as the flush plate, lampshades, plant pot and cabinet above her bath.

Black is a timeless colour that pairs well with most colours and styles, so it’s not so surprising that black accessories and fixtures have seen a 123% growth in sales for us in 2020.

To bring this trend into the New Year, Dominic Lees-Bell says, “We are particularly loving black fixtures against one of the top bathroom colours for 2021 – pink.

But, even if you don’t want to be as daring with such a romantic colour, black really does work well with most colours, and can give that instant flair to your interiors.”

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