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3 Retro Elements That Are Perfect For A Vintage Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom additions offer an average of 86.4% ROI for homeowners. That being said, if you’re considering updating your bathroom in 2018, you should take the time you need to find a style or design that you’ll be happy with for the long term. While spa bathroom designs and styles are growing in popularity, there are just as many vintage bathroom ideas that are gaining momentum as well. Here are just a few vintage bathroom ideas to consider during your remodel.

Cabinets And Countertops

Your bathroom’s cabinets and countertops will serve as some of its defining characteristics, and with that in mind, installing a vintage wooden cabinet or countertop can really bring the entire vintage style together. There are also countless options for ceramic tile countertops with some one-of-a-kind vintage patterns that will add a unique flair to the old-fashion designed elements. But remember: While typical countertops are 32 to 34 inches off the floor, you still need to consider how your sink will add to or take away from the countertop’s height.


Investing in some vintage bathroom accessories shows true commitment to the theme. When your guests walk in to see hairbrushes and other styling tools neatly stored in vintage-looking containers, they’ll think they’ve stepped in a time machine and returned to the 1940s. For larger storage containers, consider unfinished, natural woods. And for other accessories such as towels and bathmats, opt for thick cotton with fringe or lace. This goes for shower curtains, too!


Finally, vintage bathroom decor helps to tie the entire theme together. Vintage decor can incorporate a number of items, styles, and looks, and you can find it at both thrift stores and modern stores. If you’re not sure where to start, turn to your bathroom walls. In particular, retro-style wallpapers and paneling can really tie your vintage bathroom theme together.

“Wallpaper featuring chic, soothing, subtle prints in floral or pastoral themes would feel right at home in a 1930s or 1940s bathroom, and it can make a great addition to yours as well… vintage movie or military recruitment posters from the 1940s have a distinctive, colorful and visually striking style and can add plenty of color and a sense of history to your bath space,” writes Sean McEvoy on HGTV.

Ultimately, taking these retro bathroom ideas into consideration can help you make your remodeling dreams truly come to life. For more information about vintage and spa bathroom ideas, contact HT Renovations.