Recent times have seen the majority of Australian homeowners opting for simpler clutter-free minimalistic designs which include modern amenities and color schemes that are easy on the eye. Period bathrooms, however, allow one to enter a world of chique design and fun, producing a more creative and unique result. So, we invite you to read ahead and explore the classic features of a period bathroom. While all the features may not be to your taste, they will definitely compel unique thought when considering the renovation of your bathroom.
Being a major purchase for any bathroom, a freestanding tub is the heart of a classic period bathroom and provides a supremely elegant look as they serve as beautiful centerpieces for bathrooms while also creating more of a sanctuary type environment. Clawfoot bathtubs are the ultimate in timeless luxury and became incredibly popular during the time period of the mid-1800s to the 1920s, with vintage models made of almost all cast iron, however, there are various other materials that can be chosen from such as acrylic, or even stone. The most popular shapes would be the oval or square baths, but other shapes are also available. Enamelled cast-iron tubs can be purchased and placed either extending out from a wall or even exactly in the middle of the bathroom if your plumbing allows. Freestanding bathtubs definitely bring a significantly different look to the modern built-in tubs and always draw attention due to their positioning and eye-catching design.
Antique Wooden Furniture
Modern bathrooms always seem to be dominated by hard, shiny surfaces; wooden furniture is a great choice for those looking to bring a classy look to their bathroom as well as re-introduce warmth into the space allowing one to want to take their time, relax and unwind. Jumping on board with this trend does not necessarily mean spending a fortune on a custom-built cabinet, pieces such as dressers or sideboards can often be found in antique shops to be used as extra storage space or even as vanity units. Marble and wood can be used in conjunction to produce a fresh look. Use of wooden furniture can bring an Edwardian finish to your bathroom which can be of vintage nature.
Tessellated and mosaic tiles are an extremely popular implementation when it comes to designing bathrooms due to their diverse and vast range of patterns, and colors as they can be adapted to any size or shape of the room. Tiles can contribute to different types of looks such as casual, formal, grand, rustic or authentic, it all depends on what your preferences are. Edwardian bathrooms embrace black and white square tiles on the floor with decorative tiles being used on the walls as they make a striking addition to a traditional bathroom. The opportunities are limitless when it comes to the arrangement of tessellated patterns and you are only limited by your imagination. The diversity of tiles is one of the main reasons why they are so popular.
Opt for a Washstand/Pedestal Sink
Just like the modern-day bathtubs being different from freestanding bathtubs, a washstand is a more interesting and artistic option as opposed to a regular washbasin. While it is completely different from modern-day washbasins in regard to looks, it is an excellent period design feature that adds a sense of space, especially in smaller bathrooms or when you are on a tight budget. Their sleek design can make your bathroom appear larger creating more room for additional creative features to contribute to your period bathroom. Some features that can go well with a classic washstand are armed wall lamps or chequered floor and subway wall tiles, it can also work perfectly with vintage-style taps. Such features along with the washstand itself add an amazing traditional touch to the bathroom.
Wallpapers are a great way to transform a room as they do not take up usable room, yet they are instantly able to inject personal style. Wallpapers inspired by traditional prints and designs are a fantastic addition to a traditional bathroom. Opting for something bold and bright is a great idea if your bathroom has the luxury of high ceilings and abundant natural light as it does not make the space feel overwhelming. Darker colors can also be chosen for a more dramatic impact. However, when using wallpapers to decorate a bathroom, it is important to make sure that the wallpaper does not come into contact with water on a regular basis as this can prove to be damaging to the wallpaper itself. Having the wallpaper not directly around the bath, shower or sink would be ideal.
A period bathroom does not have to cost a lot, even though it exudes luxury and style. If you do your research keenly and look in the right places then such a bathroom can be constructed on a very similar bathroom budget as the minimalist bathroom. This, of course, will be unique, one-of-a-kind and awe-inspiring.
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