Antique Bathrooms - The Charm Lives On
However, there are no hard and fast rules and there is no right or wrong! Don't be afraid to mix and match either by using contemporary elements in your period-style bathroom. The old and the new can compliment and accentuate one another beautifully.
How Much Space do You Have?
Your room does not have to be big to create a vintage bathroom.
Perhaps the one bathroom design element most often associated with Victorian bathrooms is the claw foot tub. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be positioned anywhere: in the center of the room if you have the space, in an alcove or against the wall if the room is smaller.
In small antique bathrooms the tub can be encircled with a shower curtain and the faucets adapted to cater for bathing and showering.
Quite often beautiful cabinets are modified as antique bathroom vanities. If space is a problem, a pedestal sink with curvy lines will match perfectly. Beautiful wall mounted sinks are also available for a period bathroom. Note though, you may have to add bracing to the wall to support the weight.
Where to Get Your Vintage Pieces
If it is the really old pieces that you are after, it may take you some time collecting odds and ends.
The pleasure of this decorating style though is that it can grow over time or ornaments can take turns to be displayed.
The Victorian bathroom showcased here has pieces salvaged from building sites, found at antique shops, flea markets or garage sales and even fittings rescued from the garbage dump.
Some were lovingly restored by the homeowner or given to a craftsman to restore. Be careful to whom you give your vintage piece though. You do not want it looking brand new through over restoration. Old scratch marks and the patina of age are all telling a story.
This bathroom was initially built for a twelve year old girl.
She has grown to appreciate the history of the furniture and over time has added her own collectibles and personal touch.
Of course you don't need to use only vintage pieces. There are many companies that manufacture reproduction period pieces, which may also be less expensive than reconditioned fixtures and fittings.
Antique bathrooms, although it has a sense of the romantic, can be enjoyed by anyone - male and female, young and old.
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