Everything Old Becomes New Again
It’s no surprise that fashion and design trends from the past are coming back into the spotlight these days. Why? Simply because they never really went out of style. Retro, a genre that came out of the 50’s, 60’s and continued into the 70’s has made a comeback into mainstream once more. As they say “everything old becomes new again”. With its popularity on the internet and specialized showrooms, it can no longer be denied that old-fashioned things such as clothing, furniture, and even bathrooms are very popular right now. Let’s explore vintage bathroom decoration ideas and find ways to add a classic and elegant decor theme to your home.
Get That Timeless Feeling
When you choose this design concept for your washroom, the sky is the limit because of the diversity of the genre. However, with some creativity and hard work, you can give your bath a makeover to create classical charm as well as up-to-date conveniences. All you have to do is search the internet for historical samples that will help you in your quest for a retro themed bath. There are numerous sources online that provide you with examples of this enduring trend, so no need to worry, just get ready to explore! However, while the door is pretty much wide open if you are planning on redesigning your bathroom based upon this “throw-back” theme, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you get going in the right direction.
Finding the Right Accessories
From cheap mass produced knock-offs to highly personalized and expensive fittings, this trend is everywhere. Cast-iron towel hooks and porcelain-handle faucets are a great way to set the stage. But where do you find those special pieces that will go well with your theme. Unfortunately finding the perfect retro designed fixtures in a typical bath store might be difficult so instead use the internet to source the widest variety of options and to get the best deals. Another place you can look into is your local antique store but this can be a very expensive option since these pieces are normally hard to acquire by the art dealers.
Luxurious Claw-foot Tubs
The bathtub is a very integral visual que when it comes to getting that retro feel and comes in many different styles such as free-standing, drop-in bathtubs, and claw-foot models. The Claw-foot design is one of the oldest and most recognizable nostalgic basins with its antique fixtures and classical styling. Clawfoot tubs are normally the centerpiece of most bathrooms and with their luxurious aura combined with practical functionality has made this tub a timeless and beautiful addition to any bathing space.
What Color to Use
Choosing the right paint for your bath could be a daunting task but colors such as silver, copper, and gold are a good starting point for your retro bathroom theme. Eye-opening vivid green and turquoise subway tilework also reflect a retro spirit. Or you can take your bathroom way back by painting the walls sunny yellow and adding aqua tile accents. Another popular trend was whimsical 1950s fabric patterns. Black-and-white checkerboard or colorful linoleum floors offer another blast from the past.
Antique Hardware Vs Modern Style
So you are all excited about your new retro style, but stop for a moment and think. Your bathroom’s design and style must coincide with the rest of your home. If you choose stock or custom antique vanities that have decorative moldings, raised embellishments, and distressed finishes, make sure you have some of these elements somewhere else in your home. Unless your residence is obviously eclectic, then incorporating a period design into a modern type house may seem a tad bit out of place so use common sense when planning what changes to make.
Vintage Toilet and Basin
To effectively bring your period theme together you have to choose a stylish toilet and basin. There are many elegant traditional bathroom sets available that reflect the understated, vintage elegance you want your bathing space to exude. Today’s manufactures produce retro designed fixtures to last and look good for all styles and budgets. With water efficient technology for vanity basins, sinks, baths and toilets, you can choose from a variety of styles and sizes to incorporate into your new theme.
Illuminate the Room with Old-Fashioned Styled Lighting
Round off that nostalgic feel with the proper lighting. Choosing the appropriate illumination helps add that classical atmosphere to your decor. Brighten your bathroom with period lighting available as pendants, wall sconces that can double as vanity lights, or as ceiling lights for those older, dimly-lit bathing spaces. You can even use traditional metal or aluminum with big lampshades that were popular way back in the 1960’s and 70’s. If in doubt, visit any lighting manufacturer’s showroom and consult an expert regarding the effect that you want to achieve.
Nostalgia at Home
Retro bathroom design can be easily adapted to showcase the style of one or more eras into your modern home. If you’re updating an old bathing space or installing a new one, you can find inspiration from the internet by going to sites with period-specific profiles that set the stage for early 20th century home design. Vintage décor elements can be used in just about any bathroom design style to provide a historical charm that hints at a time long past. From stainless steel medicine cabinets to heirloom armories for linen storage, with a little research, you too can bring back that nostalgic and ageless atmosphere into your home.