Vintage-Inspired Bathroom Remodel

After: Past in the Present
A remodel backdates this bath with vintage character but weaves in plenty of modern luxuries.

Vintage Vision

To incorporate it into a home steeped in vintage character, this once tired bathroom needed an update from shabby to chic. With an enticing fusion of colors, textures, architectural details, and amenities, the bath is now a treat for the mind, body, and spirit.

Updating a Classic

A refinished claw-foot tub sits in the corner of the bathroom, basking in the plentiful light streaming in through the windows. Roman shades in a French toile fabric add a splash of personality and can be closed for more privacy. Radiant-heat flooring keeps the hexagonal porcelain tiles nice and warm after a relaxing bath.

A Hint of Glamour

The refinished claw-foot bathtub perfectly suits the bathroom's vintage character. The bright silver finish of the fixtures, such as this gleaming high-arch faucet, makes the space look even more elegant and chic.

Style Statements

Hand-painted shutters and thick molding anchor the small windows and make a unique style statement. Architectural details, such as this stone-topped shelf that camouflages an awkward bump-out in the wall, add even more character and interest to the space.

Bathroom Storage Details

Elevated cabinets keep towels and washcloths out of sight. The crisp white paneling and glass knobs blend perfectly into the bathroom's elegant mix of vintage and contemporary styles.

A Splash of Pattern

A touch of pattern goes a long way. Here, geometric linen upholstery on a custom-designed bench is accented by a burst of color from a bright green pillow. The room is light and airy, so accentuating it with points of drama is what makes this bath so stunning.

Privacy, Please

Before the remodel this bathroom was more rudimentary than romantic, with plywood flooring and a toilet in plain sight. A makeshift shower -- consisting of a pan, copper piping, and unfinished wallboard -- facing the entry made the first impression even more unfavorable. Now the shower's two frameless walls give it a transparent presence, which makes the space look and feel larger. Meanwhile, the shower's tile-lined plumbing wall creates a private space for the toilet.

Rain Over Me

This shower has come a long way from its old cobbled-together self. Now a rain-style showerhead produces a soothing spray and its sleek silver finish adds a modern touch to the vintage-inspired room.

Opening Statements

To create a breathtaking first impression, a stunning sink area was designed to fill the space where the old shower once stood. A beautiful white porcelain console sink sits in front of a display ledge and a mirror. The pale green subway tile that spans the lower half of the entry wall is softened by white-painted trim and cabinetry. The mirrored medicine cabinet with Gothic arches provides closed storage for toiletries.

Focal Point

The console sink, display ledge, and mirror create a stylish focal point for the room. The dark stone that tops the ledge provides contrast in an otherwise light space.

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