stylish dark bathroom in the home of designer Abigail Ahern with moroccan plaster tadelakt walls, lots of green artificial plants a shaggy wool rug

My Super Cool Bathroom!

I am so super excited to share with you guys my bathroom. Its been 15 years in the planning can you believe!  Our bathroom was the first ever room  we tackled when we got the house, and it kind of just fell by the wayside. My style changed but the bathroom didn’t. 

Dark bathroom in the home of Abigail Ahern with textured walls made from millboard decking and a black oval shaped bath and black taps

However last year with the kitchen being revamped I wanted this other very important room in the house to look equally as gorgeous. The biggest change and the one that has had the most impact was the wall finish which is Tadelakt. I’ve long admired the glossy, seamless walls of this traditional Moroccan wall surfing technique.

dark bathroom in the home of designer Abigail Ahern - the cement sink with a black top is surrounded by plants while the walls behind are made from moroccan plaster tadelakt

Did you know its composed of lime plaster and black soap made from olives.  Its made entirely from natural materials and its so cool.  We worked with dé,  these guys are a UK based collective of artisan plasterers trained in the traditional crafts of Moroccan tadelkat. I sat down with Ian who heads up the company to drill into this technique further:


There seems to be a big upsurge in people discovering and embracing Tadelakt, Pinterest is full of the most beautiful images. Why do you think this is? My theory is that through the power of insta and social we are now accessing and seeing some of the most incredible interiors, often from hotels and the hospitality industry and its filtering down into residential interiors would you agree?


I think the popularity of Morocco as a holiday destination started it, that's particularly true for myself!  But then, as you say, social media has spread tadelakt far and wide.

What is the most popular colour?

Dusty pink is very popular at the moment.

Can you use it in any room?

Yes, its perfect for walls and ceilings in any room.

Can it be applied to any surface?

In a bathroom it should be applied to a tile backer board, elsewhere it can be applied to skimmed plasterboard.

How do you care for it?

A simple wipe down with a damp cloth is all that is required. Avoid bleach and harsh chemical cleaners.  

What is the cost per meter?

Tadelakt is priced at £147.50 plus VAT per square metre.

I am also totally in love with my new basin from The Poured Project, super cool.

Check it out here: BASINS

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