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.
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.
Shower ring – A curved metal shower rail not only is practical for when you want to shower over your free-standing tub, but it also adds a lovely traditional vibe. This classically styled bathroom manages to make even a bidet look chic, while the geometric floor tiles somehow pull off timeless, of-the-moment and traditional at the same time.
Black and white – Black and white tiles have long signaled that you’re in a traditional period bathroom. A border of black — on walls, the floor or both — adds a focal point and is elegant, timeless and chic. Also note how the vintage cast-iron radiator is painted to match. The console sink is another stylish traditional touch.
Another gorgeous vintage-inspired pedestal sink keeps the space open and makes it seem larger. These small sinks punctuate the wall with two dashes of white, which underscore the two circular mirrors. Only minimalists need apply for these!Have you ever seen sinks tiled on the underside like these? It’s brilliant!
The small detail of cantilevered vanity keeps it from looking clunky. If you have an outdated vanity, look closely at the hardware on this unit. A coat of paint and new hardware can bring your bathroom up to date. This vanity keeps the bathroom looking much more open. In order to have a look like this work, you will need storage elsewhere in the bathroom. One thing I suggest is seeing if your contractor can install a closet or a nook large enough for towels and toiletries in the bathroom wall. Sometimes you can borrow the space from a bedroom closet that backs up to the bathroom.
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