How to Make Your Modern Bathroom Look Period


How to Make Your Modern Bathroom Look Period

John Smith
| March 31, 2020 Last Updated 2020-04-01T01:38:50Z

Most bathrooms need the occasional style update in the interest of boosting value. The trouble is that the bathroom can be famously expensive to renovate, which makes transient trends unattractive renovation prospects. Enter the period-style bathroom - there’s something about the good old-fashioned style that lasts through the ages, saving you plenty of money over time. If you are considering a classic bathroom design, it’s worth noting a few key points.

Classic colors work harder

A color scheme can seem like a non-committal decision, since the wall color can be updated at any time, but when you consider the amount of work involved, you’ll see the value in choosing a timeless shade. Whites and neutrals may not always have been on-trend, but they have played central roles in bathroom design many seasons over, and the reason comes down to their flexibility as a backdrop to everything else in the room. The choice of a basic wall color will give you the freedom to make a short-term investment in key pieces you like for right now, knowing you’ll have an easy job swapping them out if you so choose later on.

Basic fixtures aren’t so basic

Once you have your color scheme worked out, selecting fixtures should be an easy task. The main question, beyond which tone of silver, gold, copper, or matte you fancy, is how you plan to have your fixtures installed. Exposed fixtures make for a classic period look, with the added bonus of aesthetic intrigue, and as is the case with your wall color, they’ll help you establish a long-term color scheme. Beware trendy shades like metallic rose gold or pastels, especially if you would like for your bathroom style to stay fresh long-term - instead, opt for a classic silver or gold, and coordinate as closely as possible throughout the room.

Embrace the freedom

Nothing says old-fashioned chic quite like a stylish clawfoot bathtub. Not only are these freestanding, giving you the ability to move them around and slot them into tight crevices if needed, but they’re also a great investment in terms of value retention. Clawfoot baths are a textbook example of a period trend that kept its timeless appeal, and in good condition, they’re often worth a decent sum. In the interest of functionality, opt for one made from porcelain, and you’ll enjoy an easy cleaning ritual for many years to come.

Focus on function

Storage space is a commonly-overlooked piece of the bathroom puzzle, possibly because it isn’t usually as essential or expensive as other key features. Depending on the size of your bathroom, it’s worth devoting some space to a roomy cupboard or a nifty set of storage racks to hold personal care products, towels, and maybe even cleaning products. Other functional space-savers include wall-hung towel racks or hooks, shower caddies, and anything else that helps you keep the essentials off the floor and out of the way.

Don’t be afraid of bathroom art

The bathroom may not be the first place you think about when it comes time to hang your favorite new artistic acquisition, but when you’re getting into an old-fashioned design, or simply looking to cement your chosen color scheme, a great piece of art could do the trick. It may even be enough to distract from a dodgy tiling job in case you can’t spare the change to fix it. When choosing your art, the most important qualifier is the color scheme, so opt for something with at least a tinge of your tile or wall color in the mix.

Bathroom renovations may not be cheap or easily done, but making the right changes can make a significant difference to the look, feel, and value of the room. A period-style renovation is just one of many options on the table for homeowners, but it is a great long-term investment for those longing to bring a touch of classic vintage style to their homes.

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