Making a vintage-styled bathroom is far from easy, but the end result is usually more than worth it.
While there are always those obsessing about everything new and modern, there are those who know how to appreciate the past. Of course, we are not talking about people reading history novels or going to the museum, but people trying to recreate a bit of this past in their own homes. Still, making your home vintage doesn’t mean just piling a bunch of old stuff everywhere. It is much more complex than that. In order to help you out, here are a few tips on how to create your own vintage-styled bathroom.
If there is one thing that can make your bathroom truly vintage, it is the detached elements in your bathroom. A nice claw-foot porcelain tub is something you can only see in old movies or those set in that era. Still, even though they are aesthetically quite unique, they are not something you can expect to see in a contemporary bathroom. Still, there is no reason to stop here. Why not also go for a pedestal sink instead of hanging one? If you aim to give your bathroom that easily distinguishable Victorian look, this is one of the things you might want to consider. Finally, a toilet with a detached chain and a handle is an absolute must (like the one in the restaurant in The Godfather).
Go for Metal
The next thing anyone notices about vintage is that people back in the past relied on different materials in their interior design. Sure, today we have PVC everywhere, but not so long ago, different kinds of metals like copper, wrought iron, nickel, and oiled bronze were all the rage. These dull metals gave one’s home a completely unique look and truly opened it up spatially. Sure, there may not be much room for this kind of design in the bathroom, but you can always leave the pipes exposed and covered in one of these nuances. This brings two advantages. If any accident happens, pipes on the outside are easier to fix, plus you get that industrial look many people are falling for these days.
One of the things that haven’t changed much over the course of years is a bathroom floor. If money is not the issue, there is literally nothing better for your flooring than marble. Still, seeing how this can cost an arm and a leg, there are some other options you may want to consider, as well. The first of them is hardwood flooring. Sure, some may claim that wood and moisture don’t really go that well hand in hand, but a highly polished hardwood that is maintained properly can withstand nearly anything. If you are still not convinced, you can simply go with ceramic tiles. For these purposes, hexagonally shaped ones are a safe choice.
For your bathroom lighting solution, there are several things to be done. First off, you need to decide if you are going with ceiling lights or a chandelier. Most people go with ceiling lights since they are more practical, but choosing a small chandelier can bring your bathroom’s style one step closer to being fully vintage. Next, what you might want to do is replace all your incandescent light bulbs with the LED ones. The thing about incandescent bulbs is that they use most of their energy on heating, which is not their primary function. This is why according to chart an LED bulb of only 6-8 Watts gives as much lumens as incandescent one of 60 Watts.
Finally, the big issue about any bathroom is what color it should be in. While many people out there recommend soft, pastel accents like pink, blue or turquoise, some bathroom renovation experts advise going full white. As a universal color, it matches any appliances you may decide to go with perfectly and gives your entire bathroom a completely new dimension. Still, if this is not your cup of tea, nothing prevents you from going with anything, from earthy brown to bright yellow. The choice is all yours.
Making a vintage-styled bathroom is far from easy, but the end result is usually more than worth it. Seeing how this is one of the most functional rooms in your home, it might not hurt to add a sentimental dimension to it, as well. This way, every time you visit it, you might get an impression of stepping into a time machine and exiting into a different era, one more to your liking.
Images via Diana Smith, the author of this article, is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls. Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.
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