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This small bathroom has been transformed into a place to relax

This small bathroom has been transformed into a place to relax

One of the best things about renovating a home is that you can create the perfect space for you and your family – this could be adding bedrooms; design a spacious, open-plan living space or create the luxurious bathroom of your dreams.

“This bathroom was part of a larger house renovation project,” says the owner, interior designer Julia James, who shares her 1920s-built house in Wales with her husband, Steffan , and their two children.

“We had lived in the house next door for 12 years and when our elderly neighbors decided to move out, we took the opportunity to buy their property, making it a bigger house.

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small bathroom with Moroccan tiles

Create the Perfect Layout

“There were two small bathrooms in neighboring properties,” Julia explains. “After years of living with a small bathroom, we felt we deserved a generous space.” They built a new master bathroom by knocking out a wall in a bathroom, stealing space from a bedroom and ripping out a staircase.

“In our original bathroom we had a shower over the bathtub. This time I wanted to have a separate walk-in shower, as well as a large claw-foot bathtub to soak in,” says Julia. The shower sat neatly in one corner of the room, with the bathtub in another recess, created by building a wall to hide the entry area.

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Small Moroccan-inspired bathroom with terracotta tiles and decorative tiled walls

Moroccan-inspired design

“In my interior design work, I’m known for mixing different interior styles with bright colors for an eclectic look, and I wanted to bring that aesthetic into my own home,” says Julia.

In keeping with the age of the home, she chose a classic-style vanity and traditional brassware, as well as floral-inspired tiles that have a beautiful antique finish.

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Small Moroccan-inspired bathroom with terracotta tiles and decorative tiled walls

“The pretty blue hue of the tiles was the starting point for the color palette,” she says.

The herringbone pattern of the terracotta floor tiles introduces more texture, adding to the room’s rustic appeal and contrasting beautifully with the pearlescent glaze of the almond wall tiles surrounding the bathtub.

“Together they have a rustic look that reminds me of a Moroccan riad,” adds Julia.

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Small Moroccan-inspired bathroom with terracotta tiles and decorative tiled walls

The traditional style faucet echoes the age of the home, while the black finish adds a contemporary touch. Julia also spray painted the chrome knobs on the vanity unit navy blue to match the taps.

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close-up of black taps in small bathroom with Moroccan tiled splashback and wooden shelf

Add character with salvaged finds

Typically used as a garden screen, Julia used a Moroccan-inspired trellis design that echoes the pattern of the wall tiles, obscuring the swimming area from the entrance hallway.

Hot towels are easily accessible when exiting the bath thanks to the practical position of the wall heater.

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Small Moroccan-inspired bathroom with terracotta tiles and decorative tiled walls

Second-hand and salvaged items also have their place in this stylish space. To make a linen cupboard, Julia upcycled a pair of louvered cupboard doors, painting them Blackjack by Frenchchic and an antique washboard was transformed into a practical bath rack.

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Small Moroccan-inspired bathroom with terracotta tiles and decorative tiled walls

Juila found a wooden ledge on Etsy and used it to hide the ugly pipes behind the sink and to add another element of natural texture to the room.

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Tanger Antiqua Decorative Pattern Wall Tiles

Tanger Antiqua Decorative Pattern Wall Tiles

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Blackjack Painting

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Composite garden screen