A retro bathroom can add a hip, edgy touch to your home-and show off a sophisticated sensibility. Of course, a little retro goes a long way-go overboard, and you'll wander into kitsch territory. Here are a few tips for going retro with style and class.
Don't go overboard. A single accessory that's reminiscent of a specific time is one thing-pairing it with colours, drapes and fixtures that do the same is something else entirely.
Choose neutral fixtures. You'll have to live with your fixtures, bathtubs and sinks for years-but you can easily change your wall colors, your bath mat and your artwork.
Look carefully for the right accessories. The perfect retro accessories may not be found in an average outlet store.
Choose fixtures you can live with. If you do go for real retro fixtures, bathtubs and showers, bear in mind that these items were replaced by newer models for a good reason.
Don't clash with the rest of your house. Have a modern house? Unless you do it subtly, a very retro bathroom may look out of place.
Moisture-proof your art. The bathroom is a steamy, moist environment-where mold can develop and excess moisture can ruin porous materials.
Avoid clutter. The bathroom is a small space-you can't get away with the same amount of accessorizing as you can in larger rooms, so you'll have to choose your pieces carefully.
Go for retro bath amenities. Items like old shaving brushes with antique bowls or old-fashioned coloured glass bottles for scents and soaps can be useful as well as decorative.
A retro bathroom can be edgy or romantic, depending on the era you choose. With these tips, you'll be able to develop a dramatic retro bathroom from any era.