Getting the Vintage Look, Now: Brand New Colorful Bathrooms that Celebrate the Past

Getting the Vintage Look, Now: Brand New Colorful Bathrooms that Celebrate the Past

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Nancy Mitchell
Feb 21, 2017
(Image credit: House Beautiful)

Lately I've been noticing a beautiful and intriguing new trend for the bathroom: new bathrooms designed to look like old bathrooms. If you think there's nothing more beautiful than an Art Deco bathroom covered in Art Deco tile, or if you secretly love the all-pink 50s numbers that everyone else hates — well, this look's for you.

(Image credit: House Beautiful)

The project that first turned me on to the look was this one from House Beautiful. These two brand-new bathrooms, one proudly pink and the other green, look like they could have leapt right out of the 1930s (also lead image above).

(Image credit: House Beautiful)
(Image credit: House Beautiful)

It's one of the peculiarities of design that sometimes old styles, when they come back around, can feel quite new. Coming off of years and years of most neutral bathrooms, there's something so fresh about these unabashedly colorful spaces. In the pink bathroom, running the tile only halfway up the wall keeps the look from being overwhelming. Likewise, the green tile in the second bathroom is paired with white for a clean yet colorful look.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Roberts)

Rather than go whole hog with colored tile, Elizabeth Roberts, in her design for a Brooklyn Brownstone, paired green and black wall tiles with a vintage-style hex tile floor. Worth nothing are the tile wall accessories, which provide spots for soap and a cup, and the tiny black and white border that runs along the wall and around the tub.

(Image credit: KML Design)
(Image credit: KML Design)

For a distinctly vintage feel with less of a strictly vintage look, this bathroom from KML Design pairs green subway tile with a black and white border and pink walls. The resulting bathroom is colorful, with a certain timeless charm.

(Image credit: Mission Tile West)
(Image credit: Mission Tile West)
(Image credit: Mission Tile West)

This bathroom, from Mission Tile West, pairs together all kinds of different tile, for a look that definitely veers more towards the Art Deco.

(Image credit: Door Sixteen)

If you love the quirky, vintage look of colored fixtures, but an entire room of colorful tile isn't your thing, soften the look a bit by pairing a vintage tub and sink with fresh new white wall and floor tile, like this bathroom (spotted on Door Sixteen).

Of you can go whole hog and have both. This bathroom, by English Heritage Homes of Texas, may look like something straight from the 1920s, but it's actually brand new. Everything old is new again.

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