The most sterile (at least we hope it is) room in your house doesn't have to be stylistically
sterile. If you don't want your bathroom to look like a hotel (or even worse, a motel) or a store showroom, incorporating a piece of vintage or antique furniture can add a big dose of character and charm.
And you don't have to spend a lot. In fact, you may find a mismatched chair or inherited dresser that has been cast aside elsewhere in your home. A thrift store or garage sale chair will often do the trick, especially when covered with a stack of towels. And an old dresser brings the added bonus of extra storage space. If you do use a pricey antique piece, be careful about water damage; wood pieces can be coated with a special protective stain to protect the finish.
In the photos above, vintage furniture has been simply added to existing bathrooms — but not repurposed or converted into vanities. That is a whole different ballgame.
A weathered old chair, candelabra and towel rack in a bathroom in Country Living
. Of course, it helps to have a claw foot tub and stained glass window…
Formal and elegant from House Beautiful
Over the top drama from Country Living
Another from House Beautiful
. Love the old china cabinet.
One more from Country Living
A vintage 1940s wing chair softens up the Ann Sacks Carrara marble in this bathroom designed by DC-based interior designer Daryl Carter. Found on wreckorated
I just love this bathroom from photographer Justin Bernhaut, courtesy of Desire to Inspire
8. Marie Claire Maison
9. Habitually Chic
Images: As credited/linked above