Vintage is all the rage right now, but there are some instances in which vintage rarely works. This is because vintage is extremely difficult to get right and it’s all too easy to end up with something which just looks shabby, rather than artfully dated. Bathrooms are a prime example of where vintage can go wrong very quickly, especially if you’re opting for true vintages pieces, rather than recreations.
Nevertheless, even though it’s more frequently the case that vintage bathrooms end up going wrong, it is still possible for them to go right. And when a vintage bathroom is done out properly, it will look absolutely gorgeous. So if you’re thinking about creating a vintage look in your bathroom, err on the side of caution. Do your planning, follow these tips and have a backup plan – just in case.
Selecting an Era
‘Vintage’ is not an overarching concept, as so many people seem to believe. It’s actually a rather loose term which refers to any period at least 20 years in the past. Most modern vintage tends to be extracted from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, as these periods have been heavily romanticised by modern marketing. If you’re not too bothered about creating a cohesive look then it can be fun to mix and match from different eras. However, if continuity is key then it’s wise to fully research each time period’s interior design trends, to ensure you end up with accurate décor.
Marry Old and New
Perhaps the trickiest part of creating a vintage look for your bathroom is ensuring that your modern fixtures and vintage décor mesh well together. This is perfectly possible, but will require a little extra creativity on your part. Instead of choosing vintage fixtures, opt for vintage repro or custom-made. Co-ordinate your linen and use it to divert attention away from modern elements such as a boiler. If you must have modern tiles, select them in a colour or natural style which will fit in with your overall theme.
Create Your Design
Modern vintage designs are not just about copying what’s gone before. Above all, they are a product of their creator’s imagination. When you sit down to design your vintage bathroom, be as creative as you like. Use images as inspiration, create a moodboard on Pinterest and go vintage shopping for cute pieces which might fire up your creative juices.