Disney Stock – Instagrammer mum transforms dull bathroom into Disney-inspired Mermaid lair
An Instagrammer mum has transformed her boring bathroom into a Mermaid’s lair.
Mel Hamblett, who shares her colourful home designs on the social media platform, converted her bathroom after being inspired by her favourite Disney film The Little Mermaid.
As a self-proclaimed mermaid enthusiast, she’s adorned the space with bright pink tiling and shell patterning – completing the project for just £350.
She documents her DIY progress to her home account @awholenewbuild, after having also transformed her bedroom with bold Dalmatian print wallpaper, while her child’s bedroom boasts a fun feature rainbow wall.
Speaking with bathroom specialists Drench.co.uk, Mel said she wanted to create a ‘whimsical’ space, ideal for a sense of escapism in lockdown.
“Originally a standard magnolia new build bathroom with no character, I knew I wanted to create a relaxing space that was still fun and whimsical,” she said.
“Themed around my favourite film, The Little Mermaid, I searched for pastel pink and mint shades to paint the walls and tiles, then created accents of gold on the taps, wall art and accessories.”
She fitted an under-the-sink cabinet and decorated it with shell vinyl from Get Kooky, which she also applied to the window area for contrast.
Mel added artwork to the walls and playful accessories from independent retailers, including The Gifted Few and Salt and Pebble Designs on Etsy. She ordered bespoke flooring from For the Floor & More to tie in the paint colours.
“It really brought the room and mermaid theme together,” she added.
Dominic Lees-Bell, interior design specialist at Drench says Mel’s bathroom meets some of the design trends of 2021.
Drench monitored their own searches and sales data to see what was popular, unveiling a list of top bathroom trend predictions for this year.
“We love what Mel has done with her once plain bathroom,” Dominic said.
“She has transformed it into something so quirky and fun yet kept so on-trend. “
Design trends used in Mel’s mermaid bathroom:
1. Brass detailing
While black fixtures appear to be a continuing trend, brass could be even bigger. Drench says sales for brass elements have increased a huge 120 per cent over the past year.
Brass immediately adds warmth to often cold bathrooms, they say.
2. A focus on pink
Drench expects Brits to move away from monochrome bathrooms this year and bring colourful bathrooms to the mix, such as pink. Searches on their site for this playful colour have increased a staggering 79 per cent since last year.
Drench took to TikTok to see which colours are trending most and #pinkbathrooms has well over 1.8 million views with all other colours between 50-500k views.
For a really colourful decor, mint green or blue complements pink beautifully, they say.
3. Bring the outdoors in
Whilst 2020 was largely spent indoors for many Brits, it appears this has had an effect on interior choices in the bathroom – homeowners are seeking to bring the outdoors in wherever possible.
Experts have recently found that placing some plants and greenery around your home can make a huge difference in reducing stress and improve mental health.
Dominic said: “Luscious greenery is right on trend – snake and ivy plants are great for the bathroom”.