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Are you designing a vintage bathroom and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Cabinet Hardware designed by Taylor Grysiewicz
Cabinet HardwareDesigned by Taylor Grysiewicz
Bathroom Mood Board designed by Kim Bush
Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Kim Bush
3rd floor bathroom designed by Rebekah Cook
3rd floor bathroomDesigned by Rebekah Cook
Bed + Bathroom Mood Board designed by Sydney Sand
Bed + Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Sydney Sand
Bathroom (whimsical) designed by Caroline Smigocki
Bathroom (whimsical)Designed by Caroline Smigocki
B A T H R O O M designed by Rebecca Barnell
B A T H R O O MDesigned by Rebecca Barnell
Ceiling designed by Sarah Barnett
CeilingDesigned by Sarah Barnett
Untitled designed by Kara Allcox
UntitledDesigned by Kara Allcox
Bathroom Mood Board designed by Lyndsay Sheets
Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Lyndsay Sheets
Bathroom Mood Board designed by Madi Johnson
Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Madi Johnson
Half Bathroom Opt 1 designed by Christy Barnett
Half Bathroom Opt 1Designed by Christy Barnett
Guest Bathroom Accessories designed by Victoria Grimes
Guest Bathroom AccessoriesDesigned by Victoria Grimes
Primary Bathroom designed by Cecelia Crimmins
Primary BathroomDesigned by Cecelia Crimmins
Bathroom designed by Helen Hanna
BathroomDesigned by Helen Hanna
Primary Bathroom designed by Savannah Henderson
Primary BathroomDesigned by Savannah Henderson
Primary Bathroom designed by Kayla Ringle
Primary BathroomDesigned by Kayla Ringle
Primary Bathroom designed by Natasha Nicholson
Primary BathroomDesigned by Natasha Nicholson
Wallpaper - Guest Bath designed by Sarah Barnett
Wallpaper - Guest BathDesigned by Sarah Barnett
G's Bathroom Style 1 designed by Myranda Eckert
G's Bathroom Style 1Designed by Myranda Eckert

Design tips for decorating a vintage style bathroom

Here’s how to achieve the vintage aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a vintage bathroom?

On one hand, bathrooms are undeniably practical spaces. They serve a very specific purpose and are often the smallest rooms in any home. On the other hand, bathrooms also double as havens for cleansing and self-care, an intimate escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Small room, big personality.

Designing a vintage bathroom that's both functional and stylish involves combining practicality with aesthetic appeal. Whether you're in the process of a bathroom remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design**:

  • Tile: Tile is typically the first choice you’ll want to make when designing a bathroom. You may opt to tile the entire bathroom or just the floors in a powder room or backsplash for the shower or bathtub area. Select tiles that are durable, non-slip, and easy to clean. Tiles range in all different shapes, sizes, materials, and layouts. From penny rounds to large format floor tiles, zellige to subway tile, or checkerboard to herringbone, your choice of tile will set the tone for the whole bathroom. And don’t forget the grout! Your choice of grout color can completely change the way your tile looks in the space.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: If you don’t choose to tile your walls, you’ll want to select a paint or wallpaper that can withstand moisture and humidity. Vinyl wallpaper is best for this application. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Bathroom Vanity: The bathroom vanity should balance the vintage style with functionality, offering adequate storage and countertop space. The vanity provides place to wash hands or brush teeth, and storage for toiletries and personal care items. It’s common for modern bathrooms to include a vanity with a double sink. Sink options include under-mount, vessel, and pedestal sinks and range in materials from porcelain, stone, or glass.
  • Mirror or Medicine Cabinet: Choose a mirror or medicine cabinet that complements the vanity in size and style. Consider a framed mirror that matches the bathroom’s vintage design style, or a frameless mirror for a sleek, more modern look.
  • Toilet & Sink: The modern standard for toilets and sinks is white porcelain. But if you really want to make a statement, consider going with a color! Colored fixtures are having a comeback moment or you can source a vintage option.
  • Shower or Bathtub (for full baths): Depending on the size and layout of the bathroom, you may opt for a shower or bathtub (or a bathtub with shower combination). A shower will consist of a showerhead, faucet controls, and a shower enclosure (shower curtain or glass door), while a bathtub provides a space for soaking and relaxation. If you have the space, you may opt for a separate shower and a freestanding clawfoot tub.
  • Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood. Sconces are popular options for vanity areas.
  • Faucets: Faucets are an opportunity to add a decorative touch. Select finishes that match other metal elements in the bathroom, such as cabinet hardware or lighting fixtures. Consider water-saving models for environmental sustainability.
  • Vintage Bathroom Decor: From bath mats and shower curtains to soap dishes, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, bath accessories should be both functional and decorative. Coordinate the color and pattern with the overall color scheme and vintage style to bring your design vision to life.

If you are looking for more inspiration or need an extra hand with your bathroom design, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Bathroom.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a vintage bathroom design?

The vintage interior design style is a nostalgic nod to the rich history and diverse aesthetics of the 20th century, dwelling in the sweet spot between the new (made within the last 20 years) and the antique (100+ years old). This style is defined by its mix of furniture and decor drawing from various decades. Eclectic vintage interiors blend various elements—textures, time periods, styles, trends, and colors—all woven together to create an ambiance that is both familiar and endlessly intriguing.

To create a vintage aesthetic in your bathroom, choose softer, muted tones and gentle pastels for your base color palette and layer in patterns, textures, and colors of yesteryears. At its heart, vintage design is about the stories that objects tell, each piece a memento of a bygone era. So get out of the house and on the hunt (who doesn’t love a vintage thrift find?).

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