If you find modern, minimalist bathrooms with fitted cabinets and neutral colour schemes lacking a spark, we have some great news for you! There is a wind of change in the air, heading us into a more playful realm in terms of bathroom design. Vintage aficionados and passionate collectors have been testing the waters for a while now flirting with classic furniture in their modern-day bathrooms, and the results are just stunning! An eclectic approach to bathroom design is making a glorious comeback winning us over as we rethink our traditional views on decorating.
From luxurious claw-foot tubs to salvaged cabinetry, let’s take a look at the best ways to give your bathroom a touch of vintage chic.
1. Make a splash with an elegant free-standing tub
The resurgence of reminiscent design and old-world elegance propelled the popularity of the queen of all bathrooms – a clawfoot tub. Its classic silhouette and meticulous details provide the visual overdose, while its deep basin promises a heavenly relaxation time.
Once reserved only for the rich, for many a claw foot tub is no longer just a dream. The superior quality of these vintage pieces made them stand the test of time while remaining as powerful and desirable as they once were. And with so many affordable finds out there, a free-standing bathtub is the best way to add flashes of sparkle into any bathroom.
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2. Spice things up with some funky lighting
Make use of bold vintage lighting to give a touch of glam to your loo. Designed with unparalleled craftsmanship and eye-catching quality, these striking gems will bring an unexpected twist and elevate the space.
Whether you opt for antique chandeliers, space-age inspired mid-century fixtures or currently super trendy art deco globes, be rest assured that your investment will indeed make a huge difference.
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3. Rethink the bathroom vanity
If you’ve tested the waters and now feel ready to give vintage a chance, start with a bathroom vanity. A dresser, a sideboard or an old workbench, any of them can easily be converted into a vanity and used to anchor the vintage theme in a modern bathroom. To recreate a restored look while keeping it current, try pairing it with an oversized round mirror, mosaic tiles and contemporary faucets.
A common misconception here is that wood is not a good candidate for the task, but many homeowners who’ve tested it claim otherwise.
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4. Make the pedestal sink cool again
A pedestal sink comes in various forms, colours and price ranges. With some thoughtful styling, it can truly stand out and be used to weave in the retro mood inside any bathroom. An underappreciated classic, this sophisticated silhouette is so easy to decorate with. It lands perfectly into small sized bathrooms as it doesn’t really take much room. But it doesn’t provide any storage space either, so don’t forget to plan for some to support it.
Simple but striking, this art deco inspired feminine bathroom is the epitome of the new wave elegance. Just look at that sink and tell us if it isn’t a stunner?
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5. Celebrate the weathered mirrors
Make use of antique mirrors to provide interest to an all-white space. The nostalgic character of these period pieces gives a charismatic nod to the bygone days and packs an unexpected pop of visual variety. Mount it above the sink or the dresser in a modern bathroom and watch it be transformed into an eclectic haven.
You can choose to go antique, bohemian, art deco or midcentury modern, either way – we’ve got you covered.
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6. Repurposed storage
Compared to its sleek contemporary counterparts, one of the biggest disadvantages of the old-school bathroom is its amount of available storage space. But with some creative thinking and thoughtful planning, vintage-inspired bathrooms can be fully functional and equally stunning.
A vintage dining chair can come in handy for storing the towels and clothes, an old wine rack can serve as a towel rack, while rattan baskets keep the laundry out of sight.
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7. Make use of ladders and clothing racks
Move the ladder or the hat stand into your bathroom to serve as towel stations. These handy solutions do the lion’s share with keeping the everyday clutter organised, while at the same time providing a subtle push towards the trending raw, unfinished aesthetic.
These handcrafted wooden ladders that marry fancy with rustic became such a buzz recently that you have probably already come across their fast furniture mock-ups. Other than the humble elegance, what makes this piece of furniture so sexy is the fact that it barely takes any room.
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8. Bring in some unexpected artwork
For an unexpected twist, outfit your bathroom with some vintage artwork. This is a perfect solution for those who don’t shy away from making a grand entrance. Moving a painting from the living room into the bathroom will give it an instant boost of elegance and a fabulous centerpiece. The fact that we are not used to seeing art in our bathrooms will make it stand even prouder. But why stop with traditional portraits? Go wild and introduce vintage movie posters or some fun prints.
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9. Vintage faucets and small mirrors
Swap out your sleek vanity fixtures and go back to the roots. Nothing screams high-quality like some great vintage faucets in brass, polished chrome or gold. Being one of the easiest and cost-effective upgrades on the list, this one deserves a special shout out.
Notice how glamorously these vintage fixtures pop next to the modest subway tiles.
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10. Don’t shy away from larger storage units
If the space allows it, consider adding a vintage dresser or a cupboard to store all your goods. Together with colourful mosaic tiles and artwork, a vintage wardrobe in a playful shade will provide the room with a pop and make it feel light and bright. Just make sure to coordinate the colour scheme.
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Still looking for that perfect piece to update your bathroom? Discover endless pool of vintage gems here at Vinterior.
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