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Vintage is making a comeback in interior design; you can see it in the living rooms, bedrooms, or even the kitchen. Unfortunately, as usual, bathrooms are getting left behind on this vintage remodelling bandwagon.


Because bathrooms are small spaces compared to the rest of the house, the easy assumption is that there’s not much you can do with them without knocking out a wall. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. To make your bathroom look vintage, you only need to redecorate it to give it a classy, elegant ambiance. Here are a few suggestions to make your bathroom look vintage, without spending any money on a full-scale remodel.



Classic Fixtures

There are plenty of fixtures you can install for both bathtubs and standing showers, so you don’t have to pick a side in baths vs showers when undertaking this remodel. An exposed showerhead and piping will add a vintage feel to even the most modern bathroom. A detached tub recalls a time when indoor plumbing was scarce, but now looks gloriously spacious. You don’t have to do much to recreate a vintage look.



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Simple Colours

The Victorians were obsessed with cleanliness, so all their bathrooms were decorated in pure white tones. A Craftsman style was inspired by nature, and so had a lot of greens and browns. The Art Deco age brought about an interest in vibrant hues, such as yellow, blue, green, and pink. Paint your bathroom in the style you like most, or mix and match for a modern twist.



Vintage Pieces

Replace your modern mirrors and lighting with select vintage pieces. A vintage mirror would look gorgeous hanging on top of the sink; the more ornate the frame, the more antique it will look. A chandelier instantly adds class and elegance to a tiny and otherwise dull bathroom, but make sure you choose one that won’t overwhelm the room. If you opt to replace your bathroom cabinet with a distinguished pedestal sink, put a vintage armoire in the bathroom to hold all your necessities.



Dull Metals

The shiny chrome metals that currently adorn most bathrooms give off a distinctly modern feel. Instead, replace your taps will dull metals, such as copper, nickel, or oiled bronze. Your bath or shower will look more dated by installing a copper shower rail. Towel racks no longer fade into the background if they’re made of oiled bronze. If it matches your new antique mirror, then it will complete the overall look of your bathroom.



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An easy way to suggest a certain period is by using tile treatments that are inspired by early lavatories. Wood flooring was one of the earliest types of smooth flooring available, which made it a popular choice for early bathrooms. Marble has a very Victorian edge to it, so why not try for square floor tiles with a marble print. If Art Deco is where your heart lies, use hexagonal tiles with bright colours to give you bathroom an Art Deco vibe.



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  1. April 19, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    This is such an inspiring blog post. Bathrooms can be expensive and unrewarding to remodel, so these small, easy tweaks will be a great solution for many people aiming for a vintage inspired space. Choosing classic fixtures is perhaps the most effective way of creating a vintage vibe in your bathroom. Thanks for sharing these great tips!

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      April 19, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      They certainly can be expensive, glad you liked the post. Thank you for commenting. Elf x

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