Certain bathroom materials have stood the test of time, chosen again and again for their endless appeal and functionality. Still, it's always refreshing to see new takes on these looks — reinterpreted and customized — and not smacking of bathrooms in every other person’s home. Here are some ways to elevate these classics to something extra special, while still keeping what you loved about them in the first place.
Shiplap Walls: Like bead board, these horizontal planks add texture and interest to flat walls. You usually see them in white, but the black ones in this bathroom from Better Homes & Gardens (lead image above) read less old-school and more modern.
Subway Tile: Sarah Sherman Samuel alternated the direction of these white standards, resulting in a modern herringbone pattern that looks anything but old. It’s classic with a twist.
Clawfoot Tub: This tub’s hot orange hue brings vibrancy to an otherwise clinically clean bath, not to mention its location inside an enclosed glass shower. From Dorrington Atcheson Architects.
Checkerboard Floors: Black and white tile A Beautiful Mess shook up the traditional block pattern in favor of triangles cut from linoleum before being laid.
Penny Tile: Neither the brown shade of the tile, nor its use on the walls and the ceiling of this bathroom from Studio MRS, says status quo.