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Give Your Bathroom a Vintage Makeover With These Ideas

Sometimes, you just want to have a little fun when it comes to your bathroom decor.

May 1, 2024 at 12:19 AM PST
Bathroom Vintage-Inspired Bathroom

Give Your Bathroom a Vintage Makeover With These Ideas

Sometimes, you just want to have a little fun when it comes to your bathroom decor.

May 1, 2024 at 12:19 AM PST

Whenever anyone talks about renovating an area of their home, that usually means they’re updating the space to keep up with the times. Modern updates like new fixtures and coats of paint that reflect trendy colors replace an outdated aesthetic. But what if you have an appreciation for the classics and want to incorporate a retro look? It may be a step away from the clean lines and minimalist look, but you can still have modern elements while capturing the vintage charm of an earlier decade. Here are a few ways to get that vintage look in your bathroom.

Embracing the Vintage Aesthetic

To truly embrace the vintage aesthetic in your bathroom, decide what decade you’d like to draw inspiration from. This will keep the theme consistent and pinpoint exactly what kind of look you want to capture.

The 1950s

In terms of design, this era was all about clean lines, pastel colors, and modest shapes. Think chrome accents, black-and-white patterns, and playful motifs like floral patterns. Add elements such as pastel colors, chrome fixtures, and retro-inspired wallpaper to give a feel of the 50s.

The 1960s

The 1960s welcomed a new era of bold colors, psychedelic patterns, and free-spirited design. This was the age of flower power, mod fashion, and pop art. To channel the spirit of the 60s in your bathroom, go for vibrant hues like orange, lime green, and electric blue. Consider incorporating bold geometric patterns, shag carpeting, and statement-making wallpaper to create an atmosphere inspired by this iconic decade.

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The 1970s

The 1970s were all about earthy tones, natural materials, and a laid-back vibe. This was the decade of disco fever, bell bottoms, and . . . avocado-green appliances. Pick warm, earthy colors like harvest gold, burnt orange, and olive green. Incorporate natural materials such as wood, stone, and rattan to add texture and warmth to your space. And, don’t forget to add a touch of glam with gold accents and funky light fixtures for a true 70s-inspired look.

The 1980s

The 1980s were a decade of excess, characterized by bold colors, neon lights, and music that struck a chord of rebellion. This was the era of MTV, shoulder pads, and arcade games. To bring the spirit of the 80s into your bathroom, go bold with vibrant colors like hot pink and neon green. Consider adding patterns like (tasteful) zebra and leopard print, mirrored surfaces, and metallic accents.

The 1990s

The 1990s marked a return to simplicity and minimalism after the excess of the 80s. This was the era of grunge fashion, minimalist design, and sleek technology. Achieve this toned-down look with more neutral shades like white, black, beige and grey. Keep the design clean and streamlined, with simple lines and understated details.

Photo credit: Andreas von Einsiedel

Add Statement Pieces

In addition to color and decor, a statement piece or two will help anchor the look of the decade. They don’t have to be actually vintage, but if they are and still function well, why not go for it?

  • Vintage Fixtures: Choose fixtures with retro-inspired designs, such as chrome faucets with sleek lines or porcelain handles with intricate detailing. Look for clawfoot bathtubs, pedestal sinks, and high-tank toilets for an added touch of authenticity.
  • Mid-Century Modern Furniture: Incorporate furniture pieces with floral patterns, or clean lines and organic shapes, teak vanities, walnut cabinets, or Eames-inspired chairs. These pieces will add warmth and texture to your space while paying respects to the design aesthetic of the mid-20th century.
  • Patterned Tile: If you want to take things a step beyond painting add bold and graphic patterns in your tile selection, such as geometric shapes or intricate florals. You can also use patterned tile as a statement wall or as an accent in shower niches or backsplashes.

Incorporate Retro Accessories

Statement pieces take you back in time, but it’s the accessories that keep your nostalgia in place. Look for items such as retro-inspired artwork like prints featuring music and silver screen icons, antique advertisements and magazine covers, antique apothecary jars, vintage perfume bottles and decorative mirrors with intricate detailing. Have fun with your bath mats, rugs and towels, too! These can serve as a refresh of new items that can nod to the times.



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