A vintage aesthetic in a bathroom is easy to replicate, and if you execute it well, you can have your bathroom looking retro in no time. From pastels, to country, to shabby chic, there are quite a few approaches to designing a vintage bathroom (or any room for that matter).
Here are tried and tested interior design tips and ideas to achieve that vintage bathroom look:
With regards to the walls (and even the floor and ceiling) of your bathroom, you have several choices, depending on how committed you are to making it look vintage. It goes without saying that the easiest and most versatile option is a white wall. Whether it’s concrete or wood, a white wall is clean, crisp, serene, and easy to spruce up with the right decor.
You can also opt for pastel colors like pinks and lavenders. Or, if you really want to up your vintage game, go for wallpapers in floral or pastoral themes.
The Tub or Shower
The most popular vintage style bathtub are clawfoot and roll top ones. These are freestanding tubs that you can place at the center of the bathroom, especially if you have a large space. Or, if you don’t have enough space for a tub, you can opt for a freestanding shower.
As for the faucets, knobs, showerheads, and other hardware, go for brass or aged metal ones.
The Basin and Backsplash
While you might think that a sink serves a purely functional purpose, choosing the right look and material can go a long way towards achieving that perfectly vintage look. For the basin itself, you can choose between metals and ornately designed ceramic ones, while for the structure, the most common vintage sinks are pedestal sinks and console sinks. Finally, if you want some attention to detail, opt for 2 taps- one each for hot and cold water- instead of one.
For the backsplash, small stenciled or patchwork looking tiles are just on the right side of cute and dainty. Although, if you want to keep things plain, you can try hexagonal tiles.
Yes, you read that right. Vintage bathrooms often have furniture, which can be unheard of in modern (and cramped) bathrooms. An upholstered chair with beautifully intricate woodwork and a storage unit that is either a solid color, distressed, or whitewashed, are must-haves in a vintage bathroom.
The most obvious item in terms of decor are vintage posters (do make sure to frame them lest you want them getting wet from splashes and steam). You can also put up wood or chalkboard signages, and use glass jars and bottles for your soaps.
Speaking of soaps, stock up on ornately wrapped ones and store them inside vintage metal tins. Also, line tabletops with lace runners, and don’t be afraid to populate your bathroom with thrift store finds!