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Design a Vintage Bathroom

Looking for a different way to update your bathroom?  Try making it over in vintage style.  Representing the 1920s through 1950s, this era resonates with people as being a time when products were well-made and long lasting.  Higher quality materials coupled with timeless design help make this one of the most popular time periods to emulate in interior design.

 

If you’re running short on ideas, we have a list that will help kick start your design concept, however, there’s no need to give up on the modern amenities you love for the sake of decoration.  Use this list as your guide to successfully blending the old with the new and preventing the final product from looking incongruent.  

 

The Floor

Consider a mosaic tile pattern that will bring you back in time when you step in the room.  If you have a large surface area to work with, try installing a border and creating an inlaid tile rug pattern to add drama.  Some vintage style tile patterns are:

  • Basket-weave
  • Herringbone
  • Hexagonal
  • Black and white checkerboard

 

The Walls

To draw the eye up, use a distinctive look for your walls as well.

  • White bead board wainscoting, with paint color on the top half of the wall
  • Bright, patterned wallpaper (floral patterns were popular during this time)
  • Subway tiles (white is the most popular, but don’t be afraid to use color)

 

The Fixtures & Accessories

These pieces are hallmarks of vintage style. While each piece does not have to be in the room, make yourself familiar with them for the sake of inspiration.  Each suggestion will help you build on your design and assist in accessorizing the space.

  • Claw-foot porcelain tub
  • Wall-hung or pedestal sink
  • Vanity Table with chair, gilt mirror, and tray featuring perfume bottles and hairbrush set
  • Crystal knob hardware on drawers and for door knob
  • Medicine Cabinet
  • Polished chrome/nickel piping and tub fixtures
  • Porcelain faucet handles
  • Crystal chandelier for ambient light
  • Light, lace curtains for the windows
  • Wall-mounted metal towel rack
  • Wall sconces with mirror/crystal features
  • Upholstered Bench
  • Glass jars for cotton swabs and cotton balls
  • Tin trash bin
  • Artwork featuring antique advertisements for washroom products
  • Gold or silver leaf accents