Creating a retro theme in the home is a piece of cake once you have the know-how. Just like Oh So Lovely bloggers, Stef and Erin advocated in their recent post about retro-modern styling, it’s all about prints, patterns and lovely little accessories. But fabrics and pretty accessories just aren’t practical when it comes to your bathroom, so how do you achieve the same look without breaking the bank?
Transforming your bathroom into a luxury retro retreat is simple if you know a few easy tips and tricks. And here are 5 great ideas to get you started.
1. Get on board with the upcycling trend
It seems that everyone is upcycling at the moment (yawn, right?) but upcycling is great not just because it’s beneficial to the environment and because it’s bang on trend, but also because it’s the cheapest way to inject a little retro styling into the home. For instance, this upcycled bike has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind vanity by designer Benjamin Bullins.
2. Get retro monochromatic tiles
This look is so chic and so simple to achieve, and it can do wonders for your bathroom in an instant. If you can’t afford to renovate the whole bathroom, start with this simple trick and add an element of drama without having to change anything else other than your tiles (view black and white tiles on this website). Finish off with simple black and white bathroom décor.
3. Update your bathroom with an art deco mirror
For small decorating budgets, the easiest and most affordable way of updating your bathroom is to add a simple yet effective art deco mirror. You can find art deco mirrors from antique shops, charity shopping sites, flea markets and auctions and you can usually find great bargains if you know where to look. The art deco look is 20s and 30s inspired and can be defined by its application of geometric shapes. For more art deco bathroom inspiration, take a look at this post from HousetoHome.co.uk.
4. Use retro colours to celebrate the decades
Bold reds and blues just cry the fifties, and bright pantone shades such as hot pink or vermillon orange signify the screaming sixties. Injecting colour into your bathroom is easy and this can be done with a simple vase of pretty flowers, a new lick of paint on a feature wall, or by painting your bathtub or bathroom vanity.
5. Opt for antique gold or bronze for bathroom taps
For the ultimate retro look, steer clear from modern taps and finishes. Stainless steel and chrome are uber-modern in the home, so for a more vintage or retro look, choosea stylish antique gold finish, brass or bronze taps. You can tie the look together with a gold, brass or bronze soap dish or soap dispenser, or some nice antique door handles.