It can be exhausting to keep up with design trends that often seem to change overnight. Today’s doorless showers and minimalist fixtures could be obsolete tomorrow. Instead of giving yourself a headache trying to keep up with all the latest styles, why not go vintage with your next bathroom remodel?
- Claw-footed tub. The stand-alone, claw-footed tub is a classic element of a vintage bathroom remodel. If you can find an antique claw-footed tub in Indiana, so much the better—don’t worry if you can’t, though, because some companies also make reproduction tubs.
- Console sink. Bathroom sanitation became very important in the 1910s, and sinks with exposed plumbing helped with both ventilation and thorough cleaning. For a more opulent look, try a sink with marble detailing.
- Hexagonal and subway tile. Along with the claw-footed tub, black-and-white hexagonal tile is the hallmark of a vintage bathroom. Remember, though, that you don’t have to stick with black and white; taupe, grey, or pastel colors are just as authentic, and can be easier on the eye. Subway tile also gives walls and showers a classic Victorian look.
- Built-in shelves. Since console sinks lack storage space, you’ll need to carefully consider how to give yourself space in your bathroom remodel. If you have a small alcove, installing shelving shouldn’t be difficult, or your general contractor can easily add a niche or two.
- Pastel colors. Pastels were popular at the turn of the century, and pale yellow, light blue, and spring green can add light and space to an otherwise dull bathroom.