Vintage style bathrooms add elegance and style to a modern property and are sympathetic to an older one. By taking style cues from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, you can create a gorgeous vintage style bathroom that will be the perfect place to relax at the end of the day.

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Set the Scene: Floors and Walls

A wooden floor can looks stunning in a vintage bathroom, and with modern luxury vinyl wood effect tiles or ceramic wood grain tiles you can create the vintage effect with modern low maintenance convenience. Otherwise a black and white tiled floor is timeless.

There are two obvious choices for vintage effect walls – tongue and groove and subway tiles. Both are easy to maintain, hygienic and stylish. Keep the look light and airy in clean and bright white. A striking wallpaper would be in keeping with the vintage theme, perhaps in a subtle geometric or floral print.

The Centrepiece: A Free Standing Bath

The key piece for a vintage style bathroom is, without doubt, a stunning free standing bathtub. Original cast iron baths make a striking centrepiece – try an architectural salvagers such as http://www.wilsonsyard.com/products/bathrooms/baths-new-cast-iron.html for the genuine article.

Choose a bold and architectural pedestal sink, or an airy vintage style vanity with graceful and slender legs. For something unique, recycle a suitable piece of vintage furniture with either an inset or console sink. Brass or chrome cross head taps are in keeping with the vintage style, though a contemporary and sleek floor standing bath filler and matching taps will add a modern edge.

Lighting: Add Glamour

Wall mounted globe lights are in keeping with this look and make excellent task lighting round a vintage mirror. However, for real glamour, why not try a central chandelier? Recessed spots are discreet enough to add general lighting without intruding on the vintage theme.

Accessories: The Unexpected

A large vintage mirror in an ornate frame will make a spectacular addition to the room and open up the space if it’s on the small side. Do consider adding a period style chair if you have the space, as this lends a real sense of luxury to a vintage bathroom. Open shelving with apothecary jars and neatly folded towels are in keeping with the look, and a lush bathrobe and slippers will add a touch of luxury.

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