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feeling BLUE; This cool blue Victorian-style bathroom borrows ideas from the bedroom and living room to add glamour to what is often a clinical space. It's ornate, luxurious - and soaking in that tub would be bliss...


CHOOSE ornate glass and mirrored accessories. If it's ribbed, etched, diamond-cut or mitred, it will fit in nicely, thank you. The Victorians knew how to manipulate a piece of glass!

KEEP the basics basic. The walls, floor tiles and shower enclosure follow pared-back classic design, allowing the star of the show - that rolltop tub - to take centre stage.

DON'T be square. Add frills and florals to fabrics. Tie-backs will give your curtains the appearance of an opulent ballgown and pretty flowers on a cushion will add interest with pattern.

FIND unusual knick-knacks. Look out for pre-loved treasures that can be restored or given a new function. Re-upholster and paint an old armchair or wax a worn wooden bench.

CREATE your own candles in wicks are available from craft shops, such as Hobbycraft ( Melt the wax, place the wick in the centre and keep in place with a bamboo skewer balanced across the top and simply wait for it to set.

PAINT walls in soft, powdery shades. Blues, greens and pinks are relaxing colours and suit the bathroom setting.

SCALE things down if space is limited - but not your mirror. A big, statement mirror will make ADD more colour by choosing a tub with a paintable exterior and it can be changed every time you decorate.

HIDE toiletries that don't fit in with the period style in an old wooden or leather trunk or Cornwall 100% linen fabric, PS38.50 per metre, Natural Curtain Company Damask Mirror, PS179, Marks & Spencer Bird and foliage cushion, PS24.95, Rigby and Mac Scented Candle Jar, PS8, Cargo Homeshop Roma freestanding bath with ball and claw feet, PS329.95, Victorian Plumbing James paint, PS32.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene Chateau Mirror, PS49.99, The Range (available instore only) Venetian trinket box with lid, PS8, Wilkinson's Finntorp armchair, PS70, Ikea
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2013
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