3 Color Directions for Vintage Bathrooms

3 Color Directions for Vintage Bathrooms

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Adrienne Breaux
Jun 1, 2011

We love a sleek, modern bathroom but we also adore a charming, 1920s-1960s vintage bathroom. The old-fashioned tiles, the cozy size, the old appliances, all of it sings to our personality-loving soul. There's usually one problem though: how do you pick a color palette with such odd or strong existing colors?

Not everyone's vintage bathroom comes with odd colors, but boy have we seen a few doozies. Our own vintage bathroom has a powder blue tub and wall tile scheme that we've decided to punch up with red, black and white. So far, so good. As far as we can tell, there are three basic ways to handle a personality-filled, odd vintage color palette in a bathroom.

1) Keep it neutral Don't try to fight it. Keep towels, shower curtains, bath mats and accessories either white, black, gray or some other neutral. Pretty much guaranteed you won't clash, but can't promise it won't be a bit boring.
2) Try to complement Consider the color wheel. Find your existing colors and see what the most complementary colors might be (it's those colors that oppose each other on the color wheel). The upside is you'll get a dynamic space; the downside is you might end up with a bathroom with even more colors you're not particular keen on.
3) Go the complete opposite Throw all color theory and logic to the wind and just choose what colors you like, existing colors be darned. You might end up with a horrible hue mess, or you just might stumble upon an eclectic and personal palette perfect for your home.

What's your vintage tile attack method? Do you like to keep things neutral? Do you like to find a common color ground? Or do you decorate as if your walls weren't pink or teal or some other Mid-Century Modern color?

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