One of the hottest bathroom trends we’re seeing emerge is the modern vintage mix. Suitable for traditional and modern homes, the modern vintage mix effortlessly combines traditional statement pieces with contemporary elements to create that elusive style without it feeling gimmicky. We’ll show you how you can emulate this approach, using furniture you already have as well as key pieces from The Bathroom Showroom’s range.
Bathroom suite styles
A vintage bathroom doesn't mean your bathtime routine has to be old-fashioned. The key to this trend is to mix ultra-modern tech with vintage-inspired styling.
We love claw foot tubs like the iflo Herita Rolltop combined with a rainforest showerhead. If space permits, a walk-in cubicle with a smart shower is the epitome of modern vintage. Enhance it further with metro-style tiles in sumptuous jewel tones like emerald or sapphire and a matt black walk-in shower frame.
If you’re a keen DIYer, you can even custom-build some vintage-inspired bathroom furniture for a truly bespoke finish. Head to your nearest reclamation yard or vintage store and pick up an old vanity table or dresser and plumb in a sleek and modern sink for a contemporary twist.
And don’t forget the bathroom accessories. Smart designer heated towel rails, mirrored bathroom cabinets with LEDs and built-in speakers all add to this trend and can help bring any vintage-style inspired pieces into the 21st century.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the colour palette of the modern vintage style. Either choose heritage-inspired colours like rich blues and greens and an injection of colour like a neon skirting or door frame or go for clean and contemporary colours. Consider bright whites and slate greys and add a pop of colour with custom cabinetry or coloured bath panels, like the Heritage Buckingham in a stunning duck egg blue, or statement-making pieces of pop art.
If you’re looking to create a unique guest bathroom and children’s bathroom, we love using wall panels. Easy to install and available in a variety of colours and patterns, they can instantly change the look and feel of any room. For far-out colour combinations and striking prints, check out our Mermaid range of bathroom wall panels.
Tiles and flooring
Metro-inspired tiles in rich colours like emerald green or peacock blue are evocative of vintage bathrooms. Think London and Paris metro stations with Victorian designs and you can’t go far wrong. Metro tiles look just as good when used across a whole wall as they do as a splashback around sinks and bathtubs.
Adding floor tiles in natural materials like stone or wood is a great addition to the trend and gives a nod to the vintage bathroom style but add underfloor heating for a touch of modern luxury.
To bring the whole scheme together, we recommend choosing vintage bathroom lighting like our SPA Vela chandelier and adding task lighting like the SPA Cali. Pair that with an LED mirror to effortlessly combine vintage with modern.
We love changing fixtures and fittings like taps, handles and even showerheads to something with a more vintage feel in antique bronze, nickel or gold for an instant vintage vibe.
And for that final flourish, decant shampoo and shower gels into glass apothecary bottles for a truly decadent modern vintage mix style.