Don’t scoff at that “ugly” vintage bathroom. They have a lot they can teach us about decorating. Here are five things that our resident Oprah, Dootsie, is stealing from vintage bathroom design.
1. There’s no need to be literal
Where I grew up, it’s totally on-style to pick a room’s theme by its purpose. Kitchens, for example, are often decked out with apples or chickens (and eggs.) But take a look at most vintage bathrooms, and you might notice that their décor is more focused on carrying out a colour palette or pattern than some sort of elaborate theme. It’s great to be inspired by a theme, but there’s no need to make it so obvious.
2. Play with patterns
The caretakers of vintage bathrooms sometimes went overboard with wild wallpapers and tile arrangements. We could learn a lot from that adventurous spirit! Bathrooms are usually among the smallest spaces in the home, making them a perfect test lab for new painting techniques or wallpaper prints. Obviously, patterns have a place in all parts of the home, but if you’re feeling a bit sheepish, try it in this small space first.
3. Plant life
Vintage bathrooms have all kinds of green matter growing inside. It gives a certain lushness and liveliness that only organic material can provide. Sometimes, vintage bathrooms just feature a single potted plant while others have whole built-in plant beds. Even if they’re silk, it still feels refreshing.
4. Take a walk on the tiled side
The wet environment of a steamy shower makes the use of tile a smart choice, but vintage bathrooms were rarely shy with using this fabulous building material! They look beautiful on the floor, up the walls and even outside of the bathroom. And obviously, the more wild the tile, the better.
5. Geometry lessons: Lines, squares, circles, boomerangs and more!
Vintage bathrooms feature all sorts of strange shapes. Clever use of geometry can maximize the space (ever seen a mid-century corner tub?) or change the feel of the space. Either way, clever shapes always feel unique and add visual interest.
Got any vintage bathroom-inspired decor tips that YOU’VE stolen over the years?