Vintage Bathroom Ideas – Create a Feeling of Nostalgia

vintage bathroom

There may be a lot of interest in contemporary design, but there is still a real love for vintage style, and the bathroom is the perfect space to create a feeling of charm and nostalgia.

Classic details such as traditional freestanding baths, pedestal basins and crosshead taps look stunning in bathrooms evoking a sense of indulgence and elegance from another era. Modern vintage bathrooms mix up luxe materials and rustic finishes, and incorporate technology such as underfloor heating, power showers and mood lighting for a space that’s welcoming, stylish and functional. So, if you love vintage style, then you’re going to love these vintage bathroom ideas.

silver freestanding bath

An elegant freestanding bath should be the focal point of any vintage bathroom. Perfect for creating a look that will stand the test of time and an authentic vintage feel, a freestanding bath provides a truly relaxing and indulgent soak, especially at the end of a long day!

Don’t have the space for a freestanding bath? Then fit tongue and groove panelling to a straight standard bath instead and you’ll add instant vintage style to your bathroom.

Why not keep your bathing essentials close to hand with an old-fashioned bath rack?

Vintage wallpaper

Vintage wallpaper

Another idea is to incorporate vintage wallpaper into your bathroom; perfect for creating a cosy and welcoming space. You could create a feature wall, or wallpaper part way down and then fit tongue and groove panelling. We’ve spotted some gorgeous vintage wallpaper at Little Greene. There’s an array of patterns to choose from so you can be sure to get that authentic vintage look in your bathroom.

Stylish window shutters

vintage bathroom

Fitting shutters to the window provides a great way to add vintage style to your bathroom, and they instantly add character and privacy, even if your property is a new build.

Ornate mirror & pretty accessories

If your home is lacking in original features, you can easily create a vintage look to your bathroom by accessorising. Fit a large ornate mirror for wow factor, which also enhances the sense of space in a small bathroom by bouncing the light around. White washed floorboards are perfect for getting the vintage look too, but make sure to keep the flooring protected with a pretty bath mat.

Mix vintage with contemporary

traditional shower system

If you don’t want to create a full-on vintage look, then why not mix modern fittings with vintage accessories for a bathroom that combines classic and contemporary style? Consider opting for a traditional basin and toilet, and combine with a sleek wet room glass screen, then complete the look with a stylish shower.

Vintage inspired display

rustic bathroom shelves

Vintage inspired displays are one of our favourite ways to add character and functionality to the bathroom. Instead of buying shelves, go down the DIY route for a more rustic and authentic look. With a little imagination and effort, shelving can be made from an array of items such as old scaffolding planks, fence planks and even unwanted crates and ladders. Once completed and fixed to the wall, you can then use them to display decorative objects and bathroom products.

Check out these DIY rustic bathroom shelves on Seeking Lavendar Lane.

Colour schemes

blue vintage bathroom

There are many colour schemes that work well in a vintage bathroom. Warm colours such as beige are really flattering, while pastel shades create a sense of calm and relaxation. A unexpected neutral colour such as grey is really easy to accessorise, and is timelessly chic. Pops of colour can easily be added to a grey colour scheme with towels and fresh flowers.

Finishing touches

glass bathroom shelf

Decorative accessories look right at home in a vintage style bathroom. Old fashioned toothbrush holders and toilet roll holders, and other accessories in chrome or even copper really enhance the vintage look. Extra toiletries and towels can be stored in baskets, and don’t forget to add a couple of key features such as a vintage bath soap advertisement and an antique alarm clock.

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