Updated Classics: The New Old Bathroom
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With the high cost of renovating a bath or building one from scratch in a new home, it is best to avoid design choices that will appear dated within a few years. One approach is to select fixtures, tile, hardware and finishes that have become proven classics over the years and incorporate them in a bathroom design with a modern attitude and updated function. Trend elements can still find their way into the design through paint and accessories or slight twists on the classic selections.
When taking a second look at this bathroom one sees that each one of the elements is an updated take on the original. The subway tile features a modern beveled edge, the penny tile is a beautiful blue, the free standing tub is a modern take on the old classic, as are the sink and fixtures.
Craftsman style medicine cabinets, a free standing tub, black and white hexagon tile and wainscoting all are classic choices which will stand the test of time. What is modern here? The addition of a second pedestal sink.
Traditional wainscoting, basketweave mosaic floor tile, nickel fixtures and neutral colors can be dramatic when a stylish venetian mirror is thrown into the mix.
From the subway tile lining the walls to the marble basketweave tile running the length of the floor, this is a stunningly beautiful and classic bathroom. The elements that bring in a touch of modern are a deep angular shaped sink and the simple glass partition at the shower.
Here is another bathroom covered with classic materials, even down to the vintage styled bath fixtures. What makes this space modern? Installing the dual shower heads.
Nothing is more classic in a bathroom than a claw foot tub, particularly when paired with hexagon tile in white paired with a black and white mosaic border. So what is the modern element? The intensely dark and dramatic paint color featured on the walls above the wainscoting.
A beautifully classic bathroom gets a jolt of updated style through black paint highlighting the lower portion of the exposed sink and the updated subtle geometric wallpaper.
Custom cabinetry with white glass knobs and an abundance of marble are choices that could have been selected years ago. What is new? A large steam shower, what a wonderful luxury!
All the selections in this bathroom are classic, but what sets it apart and makes it modern is the vibrant blue color selected for the walls above the beadboard.
This is such a smart way to bring a unique personality to a bathroom. Paint is inexpensive and easy to change down the road if one chooses.
This classic combination doesn't get old: subway tile, a claw foot tub and a pedestal sink. What is new in this space? A dramatic round skylight, which defines the design.