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Retro Bathroom Ideas For Your Modern Home

February 18, 2024
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Bathrooms are one of the areas in your Ridgefield WA homes where you can have more fun with decorating because they’re not seen as often. You can get away with bolder colors and patterns than other rooms where they may be more overwhelming. You’ll find that recent trends in home decor, in both color and style, lend themselves to bathrooms with a retro or vintage style.

Powder rooms are perfect for going big and bold with color and pattern, especially when it comes to wallpaper. While many people prefer to avoid wallpaper in a regular bathroom, a half bathroom is ideal. A vivid jungle pattern or a dark but colorful floral design with hints of William Morris make for an eye-catching design. Add some interesting light features – ranging from sconces to chandeliers – to complement the theme of the wallpaper.

Pastel tile with black tile framing is a retro classic. Light yellow or pink tile, framed with black tile–covering the lower half of the walls–is a great nod to vintage 1950s style. You’re hardly limited to those colors, so choose what works best for you. Also, if you’re not ready to go that bold, you can always keep tiling throughout, but use white tile with a smaller amount of colorful tile to frame it out, such as a bright teal that is ideal for bathrooms.

Another way to bring retro color and style into your bathroom is the inclusion of sinks, bathtubs, and toilets in a pastel color–pink, blue, yellow, etc.– and using that color as an accent against white wall tiles. A pastel pedestal sink, bathtub, and toilet can be the main color with smaller accent pieces or tilework for a finishing touch.

Another option is to turn to the floors for your retro style, with everything from the classic black and white checkerboard tiling to other decorative patterns made from tiles. You can go with big starbursts or small flowers, square or rounded tiles,and the color can be whatever you choose, depending on the overall color plan. For a retro, but spa-like bathroom, consider vintage tile patterns but in iridescent blue, green, or violet.

You can also turn to mirrors, wall decor, and shower curtains to bring in some period style if you’re not ready to go big and bold with colorful sinks and toilets. Art Deco mirrors and wall sconces, or decorative sinks and cabinetry in period styles, can make a big impact. Even just using primary colors with towels, rugs, and other accessories can easily turn a bathroom into a Pop Art space with little effort or cost, but with big style.

As you start thinking about what you want your Ridgefield WA homes to look like, explore the styles of different eras and see what really appeals to you. You can recreate a vintage space or take elements of it and convert it into a decor that is unique and uniquely you. Our bathroom layouts offer a lot of flexibility as it is, so contact us today to start building your own stylish new home.

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