New Antique Style Pieces for the Modern Bath

New Antique Style Pieces for the Modern Bath

Colleen Quinn
Sep 17, 2010

Bathrooms are an excellent place to showcase your love of all things antique, even if you are living in a brand new home. Though you can often find vintage bathroom fixtures and accessories, there are also plenty of companies that offer the look of antique pieces but with the functionality, efficiency, and warranties of new fabrication. The same companies are also great resources to replace a broken fixture or accessory without losing any of your vintage bathroom's charm.

Clawfoot tubs are an indulgent reminder of a different time, a haven of water and bubbles better suited to a relaxing evening than to the morning rush to work. If you have the space for a clawfoot tub, it can certainly transform your bathroom into an old-world space. The acrylic slipper tub pictured above is $1,030 from Vintage Tub and Bath.

Vintage bathrooms often have wonderful tilework that sets them apart from their modern counterparts. If you want to recreate the look, tiles are an easy approach. Many of the porcelain accessories are much more difficult to find but whether you are starting from scratch with a new bathroom, or just looking to enhance the look of your existing vintage bathroom, the Chandler Porcelain collection from Rejuvenation is a great resource.

Most modern bathrooms incorporate a cabinet under the sink in order to provide extra storage in an already cramped space. Though the ability to hide things away in the bathroom is important, sometimes a pedestal or console sink can actually make a small bathroom look and feel larger. Though there are many companies offering new vintage-style sinks, the Park Rounded Metal Console Sink from Restoration Hardware embodies all that is wonderful about this antique look.

Cabinet knobs and hardware are an easy way to add vintage style to any bathroom. The glass knobs pictured above are just one of the many collections of reproduction antique hardware available from House of Antique Hardware.

One more way to enhance the antique feel of your bathroom is to choose apothecary jars to hold your soaps, cotton ball, etc. These distinctive glass jars call to mind an earlier time, but can also work with more modern fixtures to add some vintage flair. Vary the sizes and even the colors of the jars to create the look of a collection that grew organically over many years.

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