Bath/Shower Quick Five – Good, Clean fun!

bathroom traditional

A few weeks ago, Bandita Suz told us about her new kitchen and bathroom and shared some lovely pix. At the same time, Doc Cambridge and I were talking to our plumber about redoing the bathroom attached to our master bedroom. We’re getting the bath replaced with a walk-in shower. Neither of us uses a bath and it is a pain to step into with my bad hip. Besides there is one in the family bathroom.

At the same time, we need to replace our boiler and the plumbing in our house has never been right, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to sort it all out. Then, of course, we thought it made sense to redecorate. J

That sounds easier than it is. Choosing all the bits and pieces that go into a bathroom, even a small bathroom like ours is a complicated business. Sink, toilet, shower, tiles for the walls and floor … the list goes on.

Bathroom modern

Then there are the important decisions like mixer tap or two taps, old-fashioned or modern, and the all-important colour scheme. Currently the tiles are a boring white, but the shower curtain has a cute design with red and blue beach huts on it. In fact, when we redo the bathroom, I’m going to upcycle the shower curtain to make some bathroom art with those beach huts. Plus, we both like bright colours, so are thinking we’d like red, white and blue in our redecorated bathroom.


I know it will be wonderful when itโ€™s all done – but the thought of such a big and disruptive project is somewhat daunting! Iโ€™ll keep you posted as to how it works out!

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to have a bath/shower quick five.


So over to you:

1. Do you prefer bath or shower?

2. What colour scheme does your bathroom have?

3. Do you like traditional or modern fittings?

4. Do you wash your hair first or body?

5. Favourite fragrance of body wash/soap

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  • Hi VA, just been through the refurb, so I feel your pain but I feel the excitement, too!

    Love red, white and blue as a colour scheme, I’ve got a variation of those in each of my boys’ bedrooms. Love putting the Union Jack or Stars and Stripes with it in a cushion or a bedspread. Good luck!

    1. Do you prefer bath or shower?


    2. What colour scheme does your bathroom have?

    Grey and white.

    3. Do you like traditional or modern fittings?

    Traditional but still fairly clean lines

    4. Do you wash your hair first or body?


    5. Favourite fragrance of body wash/soap

    Crabtree and Evelyn La Source Body Wash. Someone gave it to me when I had my second baby and it always symbolises those few minutes of peace while I had a shower and someone else was looking after the kids!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Congrats on getting a day with that pesky bird – hope you put him to good use!

      I love Union Jacks and Stars and Stripes too – we have a lovely quilt on our bed at the moment that is very reminiscent of both!

      Oh I love the sound of your La Source!

  • Ooh, I got the rooster!

    And I must apologise to all who commented on my post that accidentally went up this afternoon. I’m so sorry I messed up my dates and had to take it down again.

  • Mozette says:

    1. Do you prefer bath or shower?

    I’d love to have a bath, but my place doesn’t have one. Showers are lovely though, I don’t mind them, but I would love to have long hot bubble bath where I can stretch out and enjoy it… unlike the bath recess I have now where it’s just a deep square piece where children can have a bath but not adults…. it sucks.

    2. What colour scheme does your bathroom have?

    The colour scheme is beige and white… very boring. But I’m looking at blinging it up with some bright, thick curtains… as the others I had there were lace and crappy…

    3. Do you like traditional or modern fittings?

    When it comes to bathrooms, I like a bit of both. I love the modern towel racks and bathroom cabinets, but not the mixer taps… as the latter make such an awful noise if they’re not fitted properly.

    4. Do you wash your hair first or body?

    Hair first, then the rest of me… then conditioner and then I wash the soap off and then then conditioner is washed off… doesn’t take me 10 minutes to have a shower. I don’t know how people can have 20 minute showers and claim they haven’t finished washing themselves or their hair… it really doesn’t make sense. o.O

    5. Favourite fragrance of body wash/soap

    I use Nivea. It’s fragrance free and isn’t tested on animals… it’s also been around for over a century. I use their skin care products too…

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I know what you mean about blinging up the bathroom up – we did that with the blind and shower curtain. I can’t wait to have some colour in the tiles!

      I don’t get people who spend forever in the shower either!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Anna
    We have had a new bathroom put in and then later on when we had extensions done we had an in suite done so we have been there ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love a bath but I just can’t get in one anymore so a shower for me

    The main one is grey and white the in suite blue and white

    We have traditional

    Hair first

    I use plain saperdome soap

    Have Fun

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I think bathrooms and kitchens have to be the most disruptive, don’t they, Helen?! At least in this house we have more than one loo!

      I must say that we’re veering towards traditional for most of the fittings, but a very sleek, modern shower!

  • pjpuppymom says:

    How exciting! When I had the house I loved “changing up” my bathrooms with new paint colors. I do like color! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Do you prefer bath or shower?


    2. What colour scheme does your bathroom have?

    Light blue in master. Cafe Au Lait with green accents in the guest bath.

    3. Do you like traditional or modern fittings?


    4. Do you wash your hair first or body?


    5. Favourite fragrance of body wash/soap.

    I’m sensitive to fragrances so it’s unscented for me.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      We’re sisters under the skin, PJ! We love colour too! When we first got home from the US, we didn’t bother with painting because we were just pleased to finally be able to have our stuff up on the walls. But, as time has gone by, we’ve added colour to all the rooms downstairs. I hope, one day, to do our bedroom!

  • Teresa Hughes says:

    Hey Anna!!!!

    I love a bath! One reason I can kick back with a glass of tea and a book and let go of all the stress.

    Our color in the bathroom is hunter green and burgundy.

    Everything in our house is traditional.

    I always was my hair first. As my hair is really long I like to get it clean and then put it up so it stays clean!

    Bath stuff is anything but Vanilla. Vanilla scents scents give me a dreadful headache!

    Good luck on your remodel. And Happy Mother’s Day to all!!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Oooh your bathroom sounds lovely, Teresa! What fab colours!

      Funnily enough, vanilla scents give me a headache too. Enough that I wince when I read about heroines with vanilla scent! LOL

  • Pissenlit says:

    1. Shower in a bathtub. It’s less claustrophobic and being short, unless the stand-up shower is very large, the spray never seems to be in the right spot. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. White and grey with a dash of black and greys that are thinking about leaning towards blue.

    3. Modern, maybe with a hint of traditional.

    4. Hair first.

    5. In no particular order, The Body Shop’s Pink Grapefruit shower gel and Yardley London’s English Lavender and English Rose body washes…but the UK version of Yardley London, not the American one…because years ago, I gave their lavender body lotion(that thankfully no longer exists) a try because it was much cheaper than the UK version…and it slowly turned me, and everything I touched, a purplish grey. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Anna Sugden says:

      OMG! That’s shocking from Yardley! Lavender always makes me think of my lovely MIL who also loved Yardley’s English Lavender.

      I’m keen to find a really nice apple fragranced shower gel that isn’t too drying. Over here, it seems an impossible task!

  • Shannon says:

    1. Do you prefer bath or shower?

    2. What colour scheme does your bathroom have?
    White with hints of blue and green

    3. Do you like traditional or modern fittings?

    I’m confused. It seems like the old fittings are new and the in-between-ones are something else. I like the mixer, so I can regulate the temp coming out of one spigot. I also like cupboards in my bathroom so those lovely stand alone sinks just don’t do it for me.

    4. Do you wash your hair first or body?
    Hair first. That water rushing over me finally gets the eyelids to open fully.

    5. Favourite fragrance of body wash/soap
    Irish Springs Moisture Blast; it’s not so much the scent as it’s one of those that a) doesn’t dry me out and b) doesn’t leave me feeling sticky or greasy.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I know what you mean, Shannon. Especially in a small bathroom, like our en-suite! I love the look of the pedestal sink.

      We managed to find a nice traditional looking radiator/heated towel rail. Most of the stuff looked so modern it was ugly!

  • Congrats on the GR, Christina! It has been a while since he visited you. Guess he decided you needed a Mother’s Day visit, although I think you celebrate on a different date in Oz?

    Your new bath is going to be lovely, Anna S! I do not envy you the aggravation, but I know it will be worth it.

    1. Shower on a daily basis. However, a nice hot bath is nice once a week or so to soothe the aches and pains.

    2. One bathroom has a black and white color scheme. The other has a sand beige and ocean blue color scheme.

    3. Traditional fittings definitely.

    4. Hair first and then body.

    5. Crabtree and Evelyn lavender body wash. I love the scent of lavender and it is very relaxing.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I know it will be, Louisa – and if it was only the refit I’d be okay. But with a new boiler and pipes, that means floorboards up and a whole lot of mess! *sigh*

      We celebrate Mother’s Day in March, per the church calendar – don’t know about the Aussies.

      Ah another vote for English Lavender!

  • catslady says:

    1. shower – while growing up we had to take baths – my mom said showers made a mess?? Personally I think it’s the other way around lol.
    2. yellow – someone gave us free wallpaper lol.
    3. Either is good – we’ve redone our bathroom a couple of times.
    4. Hair first
    5. Nothing real perfumy – natural scents are my favorite.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Isn’t that funny, catslady? Baths used to be the done thing and people frowned on showers. Now, it’s the other way around!

      LOL don’t knock the free wallpaper!

  • Jane says:

    Hello Anna,
    1. Shower
    2. Off white
    3. A little bit of both. I’ve always wanted a clawfoot tub.
    4. Hair first.
    5. I like the fresh ocean and citrus scents.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hi Jane! Hope you’re enjoying the playoffs!

      I’ve always wanted a clawfoot tub too – even though I never take baths. They just look gorgeous – especially an antique rolltop!

  • Hi Anna! Ouch, bathroom renovations. Brings back memories of doing my bathroom in my flat in Sydney. It was supposed to take a week and took nearly two months. I’m still not quite sure why. Had to laugh – I put a bath IN!!!!

    OK, here’s my answers:

    1. Do you prefer bath or shower?

    A bath. Although a shower’s quicker.

    2. What colour scheme does your bathroom have?

    White with black trims.

    3. Do you like traditional or modern fittings?

    Either if they’re nice.

    4. Do you wash your hair first or body?


    5. Favourite fragrance of body wash/soap

    Rose or vanilla. Or maybe lavender. Sigh – I like smelly soap so I’m pretty easy to please in that way.

  • Anna, good luck with the plumbing and redecorating! Those are gorgeous bathroom pictures.

    As to the questions–bath for relaxing and de-stressing, shower for getting clean.

    Color scheme is white walls with floral wallpaper halfway up in dark blue, peach, and cranberry with royal blue trim.

    I prefer traditional fittings.

    I wash my hair first, going top down, as it were.

    Favorite fragrance is Crabtree & Evelyn lavender.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks, Nancy! I think we’re having a sink and loo like the traditional pic – but our bathroom is a fraction of the size!

      It looks like most people wash hair first, then body. Wonder if it is indeed a top down thing. I know I get my hair done first to leave time for the conditioner to work.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I love the modern/old-fashioned bathrooms
    I wash my hair first (always start at the top and work your way down I was taught)
    My bath is mostly white, but I have a dark pink sink and counter which I know is completely out of date, but I love it! It’s one piece, easy to clean, my hair color has never stained it, the list goes on and on.
    I take showers when I am dirty, but love my baths for a good soak.