Vintage, Modern Mix Suits Bathroom Remodel
One of today’s hottest design trends — mixing both vintage and modern styles — can be tough to pull off. It’s one thing to create a modern minimalist kitchen or fill a living room with more traditional touches. But it’s another task entirely to mix these styles in a way that seamlessly blends materials, colors, and fixtures into a cohesive space.
If you’re trying to master this look, take a lesson from our good friend Christina at Christina’s Adventures who recently remodeled her master bathroom as part of the One Room Challenge.
“Since our house was built in 1902, we like to add finishes and decorative touches that don’t look too out of place in an older home,” Christina says. “But when you’re using vintage pieces, it helps to add something contemporary so your space doesn’t look like it could be in your grandmother’s house — unless that’s the look you’re going for!”
As the only full bathroom in their home, the space needed a complete renovation to accommodate this family of four. The couple saved money for two years to complete the project which included ripping out old plaster and tile, moving plumbing, leveling floors, and relocating the doorway.
“We went for a vintage-inspired farmhouse style with lots of white, various wood tones, an eclectic mix of metals, and a pop of pattern with vintage tiles in the shower,” Christina explains. “Adding lots of texture with shiplap, a brick wall, wood ceiling, and layered Turkish towels really gives the room life.”
For lighting, Christina chose to mix both vintage and modern styles. A Primary Schoolhouse Gooseneck Light makes a statement over the large vanity. She customized this American-made light with a small globe, Weathered Brass finish, and G11 gooseneck arm.
“The light draws your eye up making the room seem taller and it brings that authentic vintage look into our room,” she notes. “And the aged brass finish is the perfect fit with our aged brass faucets adding a warm feel to the bathroom.”
To balance the vintage touches, Christina chose four Downtown Minimalist Adjustable Sconces to flank the mirrors. These sleek wall lights are customized with a Textured Black finish and 1910-Era 40 watt Edison bulbs.
“The contrast between the aged brass finish of the schoolhouse light and the minimalist sconces helps add visual interest to the space,” Christina explains. “While the design of these sconces is contemporary, the Textured Black finish tied in with some of the vintage-inspired matte black finishes we had in the room so it was a perfect blend of the two styles.”
With this last major renovation completed, Christina admits that the bathroom has become her favorite room in the house.
“This room was last because it was the most expensive and we wanted to make sure it functioned well for our whole family,” she says. “I want to hang out in my bathroom all day — is that weird?! When I’m bathing our kids in the soaker tub, I can look around and smile knowing how hard we worked on this space and now we get to finally enjoy it for years to come.”
Photos courtesy of Christina’s Adventures