Vintage-Charm Bathroom Makeover

A brand-new master bath is designed with timeless details to suggest it might have been built at the turn of the century.

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    Charming Centerpiece

    Before renovation began, the homeowners knew they wanted a claw-foot tub situated in front of bay windows in their turn-of-the-century-inspired bathroom remodel. This reproduction bathtub is a fitting centerpiece in the bathroom and creates a pleasing contrast with the yellow hexagonal floor tile. Not only good looking, the tub is practical for nightly baths for the homeowners’ young sons. 

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    Chrome Accents

    The handheld shower on the bathtub provides both convenience and vintage-style good looks. The chrome faucet sparkles in the light streaming in from the trio of windows. 

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    Storage Galore

    A white vanity rises above the hexagon floor tiles on furniture-style legs, lending a sense of airiness to the piece. Recessed medicine cabinets add more storage to the room and are accented with historically accurate woodwork made from a pattern found in an old millwork catalogue. 

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    Not-Too-Big Shower

    Research was crucial to create a timeless bathroom. The not-too-big shower is tucked in a corner to suggest it was an afterthought, added, perhaps, during the 1920s. Though it accommodates up-to-date amenities, it embodies a vintage sensibility with subway tiles and obvious grout lines.

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    In the Details

    To get a vintage-look in the shower, the homeowners used white subway tile separated by thick lines of dark grout to reflect the overall style of the bathroom. The shower is made modern with multiple showerheads and a handheld chrome sprayer.

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    Smart Shelves

    Pastel tiles were popular at the turn of the century, so the homeowners chose buttery-yellow hexagon tiles to bring a sense of history to the room. Inset shelves in the shower break up the wall of white tile and are perfect to keep shampoo and soap off the shower floor.


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