Everything Old is New Again: Jungle Bathroom

Everything Old is New Again: Jungle Bathroom

Nancy Mitchell
Oct 16, 2013

Trends in interior design are always coming and going. If you're partial to a particular look that has fallen from favor, chances are, if you're very very patient, you'll see it come back again. My personal theory that the cycle takes about 30 years appears to be confirmed by the emergence of a modern-day version of this verdant '80s bathroom.

Just this past weekend I was just chatting with some fellow Apartment Therapists about how houseplants are back in a big way. (Which is good news for interior air quality, bad news for the black-thumbed.) Case in point: this lushly planted bathroom from Juanita's tiny Austin apartment, one of the entries in our 2012 Small Cool Contest. The tapestry, corrugated metal panels, and off-center chandelier give this space a more insouciant, bohemian vibe than its 80s forbear, but the overall idea is the same: bathing surrounded by greenery of all kinds.

What do you think? Do you love the original? The modern version? Or should plants stay out of the bathroom entirely?

The top photo come from the Los Angeles Times California Home Book, published in 1982. It's no longer in print, but if you'd like to re-live a little bit of 80s interior design, or experience it for the first time, you can snag a copy on Amazon.

(Images: as linked above)

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