The Classic Traditional Bathroom: 7 Ways to Get the Look

The Classic Traditional Bathroom: 7 Ways to Get the Look

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Nancy Mitchell
Jun 3, 2015
(Image credit: Canadian House & Home)

There's a 'new' trend in home renovating that we can't get enough of: new bathrooms that look like old bathrooms. Here are a few ways to get this classic look.

1. Classic fixtures.
There are a lot of bathroom fixtures available right now that will give you that vintage look, without the trouble of tracking down (and installing) actual vintage fixtures. We especially like the look of the exposed showerhead and piping, and the dramatic brass shower curtain rod, in the bathroom above from Canadian House & Home.

(Image credit: Godrich Interiors)

2. Celebrate your sink.
A pedestal sink will give any bathroom a classic touch — and it can help to open up a small room, too. Photo from Godrich Interiors.

(Image credit: Domino)

3. A freestanding bathtub.
Is there anything more beautiful than a clawfoot tub? Bathroom from Domino.

(Image credit: T Magazine)

4. Subway tile.
Subway tile, as seen in this bathroom from T Magazine, imparts a classic look, in addition to being quite affordable. Try it with dark, or light grey, grout, to make cleaning a little easier.

(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

5. Hex tile (or other smaller format tile).
Hex tile (and its tiny cousin, penny tile) figures prominently in older bathrooms, and is just the thing to give your new bathroom a little antique flair. Image from Desire to Inspire.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

6. Simple colors.
There's something really striking about a black and white bathroom, like this one from Design Sponge.

(Image credit: Per Jansson)

7. A modern take on the above.
I include this photo (from Per Jansson) not because anyone would mistake it for a vintage bathroom, but because it has a lot of the elements of the bathrooms above (a freestanding tub and sinks, hexagonal tile, a simple color palette) but with a streamlined, modern twist. If you love this look, it doesn't mean your bathroom has to look like a time capsule.

(Image credit: Living Etc)

8. Vintage pieces.
Where are you going to put all your stuff now that your cabinet has been replaced by a lovely pedestal sink? Try a vintage armoire or cabinet (like this one in a bathroom from Living Etc). Find more ways to incorporate vintage pieces into the bathroom here.

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