Retro and vintage bathroom: 6 ideas to exploit

Today, most bathrooms are white, with white tiles and white walls. But this was not the case in the past. This is why some tend to go back and go for a retro and vintage decoration. They mix antique furniture with modern furniture, make relevant paint effects and adorn their bathrooms with more original finds than the others. It’s a great way to give personality to a room that is all in all very personal and for intimate use.

In order to truly transform your bathroom into a retro wonderland, you need to consider everything from the tub and the sinks to the lighting, floors and walls. Here are 6 easy ways to create a vintage and retro bathroom.

The bathtub and sinks

These are the star elements of the bathroom. Those who will set the tone for the room. Unearth a bathtub and make it enthroned in the heart of your bathroom, it is this that will bring all its cachet to the space. Old-fashioned bathtubs are traditionally rounded in shape, most often on legs and mostly made of cast iron. You can accompany it with basins, which at the time were square in shape. You can also opt for very large elongated basins, both original and practical.

The taps

If you choose the retro and vintage option for your bathroom, the faucet is a must-have. Of course, you can install a vintage faucet. But some brands offer them that are in an old style although brand new. These are made from the highest quality materials. They delight all design lovers of years gone by.

The walls

The coating

When it comes to tiling, there is such a choice that you can really have fun. Select a style that matches the desired decorating era. In addition to the floor, you can glue the tiles to the wall. Lay your ceiling tiles halfway up and choose a baroque pattern.

You can also choose wallpaper, but it’s really riskier. If your bathroom is family-friendly, with a lot of traffic, forget the idea. But otherwise, a nice graphic wallpaper with a beautiful pattern can complete your retro and vintage decoration.

The colour

A vintage bathroom cabinet with a pretty floral paper is still a must. If the wallpaper scares you, you can simply hang a splashback with a floral pattern. Then apply a beautiful pale pink color and voila. With a baroque bathtub, as long as the floor and ceiling remain white, you can afford a lot of colors. A blue, for example, bringing depth, will be the most beautiful effect.


Do you dream of a huge 1930s-style chandelier in the heart of your bathroom? For security reasons, it is probably not recommended. Instead, place spotlights above the tub. And bet on period mirrors or wall lights that work perfectly. You can also find very ornate and more elaborate candles and candle holders. The good thing about vintage is that it allows you to easily mismatch. You can therefore mix the wall lights. You can also easily fall for golden lighting elements.

Floor covering

The coating

Tiling remains the most practical floor covering for the bathroom. You can find great looking vintage tiles in most home improvement stores. You can, if you are more adventurous, and if you use your bathroom sparingly, opt for a parquet. This will bring a lot of character to the room and create consistency with your retro and vintage decoration.

The colour

For a 1930s-style bathroom, black tiles will look great. If black and white is not for you and is too strong a bias, you always have the option of selecting more subtle colors. Choose, for example, terracotta, in shades of gray. It is a great solution for a vintage bathroom.
The accessories

The best for the end ! These are all the must-have details like mirrors, towel rails, cabinets, plants, candles, etc. When it comes to mirrors, the retro and vintage look has many ornate frames in the style of the 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, etc. These objects complete a retro atmosphere in a bathroom: they are often the ones who give them all the charm. You can create a full wall of mirrors and you can introduce pocket mirrors for an even more stunning result. Regarding the towel rails, it’s not easy to find old ones. If you find vintage ones, nothing prevents you from painting them to harmonize them with your bathroom. To be diehard, push the retro and vintage theme to the front door. Why not place a pretty heart-shaped decoration there? And then, if you’re the polish-up type, consider finding a themed toilet brush and a soap dispenser adorned with baroque curves! There is a fine line between retro vintage nostalgia and absolute kitsch: be very careful!

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