Minimalist sinks and sculptural tubs aren’t for everyone. When it comes to the bathroom, a traditional look is often ideal, especially if you live in a period home. What traditional definitely doesn’t have to mean is stuffy or dated. Think cross-handle faucets, claw-foot tubs and pedestal sinks — all markers of classic, timeless bathroom style and likely to look as good in 10 years as they do now.
Slipper tub – Free-standing bathtubs come in all shapes and sizes these days, but the slipper version offers a special kind of indulgence. Originally a Victorian design, it features a higher back at one end, which provides support as well as privacy when you sink into the bubbles, wallow and relax. This luxe room ups the traditional look further with a wall of oil paintings, a Victorian-style towel rail and a gleaming wooden floor. I love the floor-length curtains too.
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Sink skirts have been a lasting style, derived more out of necessity to cover unsightly plumbing fixtures or bathroom toiletries than for aesthetics. But they’re not only highly functional and economical — they also provide softness to both kitchens and baths.
Each of these sinks includes a towel bar that also acts as a guard to prevent contact with the chrome pipes, which can get very hot when you’re running extremely hot water. These wood sinks are naturally gorgeous. That is, their appeal comes from the natural beauty of the wood grain. It might sound surprising, but with the right finish, wood sinks can last for generations. Most finishes need to be reapplied periodically, often every year.
Shell – Give a coastal style half-bath an elegant upgrade with an oversized shell sink basin. You can find an authentic one if you’re willing to hunt, but be prepared for a hefty price tag. Composite reproductions can save money but won’t look as genuine. Tip: If you do find an authentic shell, the edges can be sharp and dangerous. Ask your contractor or builder to carefully file them down so your sink is safe.