How to Create a Vintage Style Bathroom

Today, as the fourth in a series of fantastic guest bloggers, we’re excited to welcome Susie Earlam. Susie is the creator of the popular and multi-award-nominated Old Fashioned Susie, a UK lifestyle and interiors blog. With a particular penchant for quirky vintage design, we knew she’d be the perfect person to share how to get fantastic vintage style in your next bathroom project. 

Whether you are going for a complete refit or just a quick update, getting that vintage look in your bathroom is easy and really worthwhile.

There are many reasons to go vintage. Of course, you might just like the style but there’s a reason people look to the past for inspiration; it’s because many of the designs and shapes are now considered classics. Timeless features that don’t date – isn’t that what everyone wants in their homes?

Today I’m going to share with you my top tips for giving your bathroom or kitchen that classic vintage look.

A true quintessential vintage look for kitchens and bathrooms is the use of tiles. In particular white subway, or metro tiles. They can be bevelled edged or completely flat (personally, I prefer the flat ones for bathrooms) but both give that feel of a classic and timeless space. This is one of those looks that will never date so it is no wonder they are still so popular. Go for a dark grey grout to look really authentic.

Pictured below is a beautiful example of these tiles inside a vintage inspired bathroom. You can really see how the dark grey grout really adds a sense of faithful vintage style.

Vintage bathroom with gold fixtures

Also seen here is the use of gold or brass fixtures and fittings. Using gold/brass instead of the silver chrome taps and so on, also adds a real sense of a classical styling. Demand for more choice from consumers has brought back the gold look, and the availability has increased dramatically in the last five years. Previous to that here in the UK. it was tricky to get hold of something other than silver/chrome.

If tiles aren’t your cup of tea then Tongue and Groove panelling also gives an authentic vintage feel.

Seen in this shot is a vintage map used as wallpaper – another great way to add character to a space. The fixtures in this space are obviously chrome but because of the tongue and groove and the map, it still gives an overall authentic vintage flavour. So even if you aren’t changing everything about your space, there are small ways to add the vintage look.

Vintage style bathrooms with maps as wallpaper

If you have enough space, a roll top bath or a slipper bath is the perfect way to add a stunning vintage statement to your bathroom.

This copper bathtub below is just gorgeous and teamed up the other aspects of the room; the window shutters, the bare floorboards, the wooden chair, the radiator and the light fixture, it gives an overall feel of simple vintage luxury. A real space to retreat at the end of a long day.

intage style bathroom with copper roll top tub

So what happens if you put some of these elements I’ve mentioned already into one space?

Gold Taps and pipework- check!

Subway tiles– check!

Statement bath- check!

Vintage glam bathroom in black white and gold

Uber glam vintage inspired bathroom- CHECK!

So consider how you can incorporate this look into your bathroom. You don’t need lots of money (ie, old maps on the wall) just a bit of knowledge and imagination.

Take some time and figure out what elements would work in your space. Is it a statement mirror or light fitting? Is it just switching the taps from chrome to gold? Perhaps a new floor is all your bathroom needs to give a nod towards the past.

Want to give your bathroom true vintage style? Check out our full range of metro tiles here.

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Vintage maven and Instagram addict Susie Earlam writes Old Fashioned Susie, a lifestyle and interiors blog with a sprinkling of fashion and travel thrown in for good measure. Susie’s journey in renovating her Edwardian home and the mixture of old and new within, make her blog a really inspiring and affordable read. Susie has a Fine Art background and loves timeless, classic styles- but also has a great eye for quirky antiques and one off’s. Mostly likely to be found in a junk shop juggling children, drinking gin cocktails or planning her next renovation project on Pinterest. Susie lives South of Manchester with her husband and two daughters.

As a multi-award winning interior design content creator, Kimberly Duran is an Interior Design-obsessed American ex-pat, who chronicles her decorating journey and dispenses interior design advice in her personal blog, Swoon Worthy. When she’s not helplessly drooling over all the latest trends in design, she’s adding things to the imaginary ‘shopping basket’ in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects with her partner in crime, Wayne, stalking eBay for vintage bargains and filling her home with her favourite neutral – gold.