It’s time to take the principles of “classic style,” a topic we’ve covered in the past, and apply them to the bathroom. How can you create a bathroom that stands the test of time and offers flexibility to tie in with changing trends? Simplicity and quality products are the key. Bartelt shares tips and examples to create a classic look.
For a clean and elegant look, basketweave, hexagon, or herringbone tile patterns are timeless, adding texture to the floor. Keep it simple with black and white or all white with a contrasting grout. Choose a creative mosaic pattern. Select a classic Carrara or Calacatta marble or maybe a travertine. There are many opportunities to showcase your style through these time-honored options.
Simple drywall will never go out of style, but if you’re looking to add some character to your space without getting too trendy or ornate, there are many options. Subway tile, beadboard, and wainscoting are just a few examples of architectural details that add interest, but don’t overpower the room.
Many homeowners either opt for a furniture-style vanity or no vanity at all. First, let’s examine what we mean by “furniture-style.” These vanities often look like freestanding pieces of furniture, featuring details such as legs, feet, varying heights and depths, inset drawers and doors, and base molding with a recessed toe kick. They can be a new, custom piece or a reclaimed piece of furniture. Another classic look is a pedestal sink or wall-hung lavatory. Above the vanity, recessed medicine cabinets can be a nod to a bygone era as well as wall-mounted faucets.
To create a classic look, use historic finishes. Polished nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze are often popular choices for plumbing fixtures and knobs. Marble, travertine, white painted woodwork, and dark wood tones are also examples of finishes that stand the test of time.
The Shower and Tub
There are many options to create a timeless, yet modern shower – frameless shower doors, subway tile, marble, a bench, built-in niches, and a series of hand sprays and shower heads are just a few selections. The bathtub is another opportunity to insert a classic flair. Freestanding tubs, especially claw-foot tubs, remain the hallmark of a classic bathroom. They add an air of luxury and are available in many shapes and sizes to suit your style. Add water supplies and tub controls on risers that come off the floor for a complete classic look!
For your light fixtures, consider restoring an antique chandelier and sconces or choosing lights that mimic the style of a vintage fixture.
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