I’m well aware that modern bathrooms with all the conveniences are trending these days. But there’s something so endearing about a vintage bathroom that creates a comforting vibe not found in updated bathrooms. Check out these examples and see if you agree.
Vintage is used to describe anything that’s at least 20 years old, although some people say 50 years or older is more accurate. A bathroom designed in 2000 doesn’t feel very vintage to me, so I fall into the latter camp.
I like to see a little pattern in a bathroom, like the flooring shown in both the above and below photos.
Pattern can easily be added with wallpaper, too – like the foxglove print below. This vintage bathroom enjoys a small fireplace and wood floor. A screen outside the window provides privacy but still allows light to stream in.
If you’re the lucky owner of a vintage bathroom with elements like a claw foot tub, consider adding a modern vibe with a boldly painted ceiling or window trim.
Another way to add a bit of modern appeal to an older bath is with fixtures like an unexpected sink choice.
Subway tile and penny tile, both popular in the 1920s, make an appearance in this light and airy bathroom. I’d like to use penny tile in my downstairs bathroom. My floor is in dire need of replacing!
A vintage bath can be elegant, too. Lots of wood work details and elegant finishes make this bathroom a true respite from the world.
And finally, another appearance of subway tile – this time in green – with a checkerboard floor. Such a unique space in a Victorian style home!
Okay – so I’m sneaking a tenth one into the mix because I came across this gorgeous metal tub!
So which do you prefer? Are you a modern bathroom person, or do you enjoy the charm of a vintage bathroom?
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