The vintage bathroom (post-1900) was a practical room that highlighted durability, cleanliness and functional beauty.
The dark wood floors of the Victorian era were replaced with stark clean tile floors. Moreover, tile was placed on all exposed surfaces including walls and floors, so that the bathroom was strictly clean and sanitary, with practically no place where dust, dirt and moisture could collect. A true vintage bathroom featured a pure white inviting bath tub with an overhead tub/shower combination. A classic porcelain enameled tub featured a four and half inch roll rim and nickel plated fittings.
Bathtubs were outfitted with a ring carrying a waterproof curtain fixed over the bathtub. Pedestal sinks were of vitreous china with large basins. Many of the old, quality faucets and fittings were either solid brass or nickel. The lower priced chrome-plated brass faucets did not become popular until the 1930s. Today there are many reproduction vintage bathroom fixtures or vintage theme fixtures like pedestal sinks, high-tank toilets and claw foot tubs. Thanks to the suppliers who make reproduction fittings and faucets or vintage style bathroom faucets there is no reason why you cannot complete your period bathroom with accurate fittings.
The featured photo of a vintage bath design by Leivars Interior Designers & Decorators features bright white ceramic subway tile. The subway tile layout can be described as “Offset Joint”, the most popular subway pattern. A bathroom tiles design such as this offers a timeless look for almost any age period home. With each joint centered over the tile below, this pattern resembles classic brickwork. These tiles are Retro Metro tiles from Fired Earth and offer a versatile and crisp feel – and adapt well for all styles of old homes - they simply feel and look just right wherever they are used. The tiles are flat with no bevel to the edges which gives it a very clean finish.
The traditional claw foot tub is painted in a soft calming color, Pale Powder, by Farrow & Ball. Today, replica claw foot tubs are molded in four traditional styles; classic, double ended, slipper and double slipper. You can enjoy a long, relaxing soak in one of these soaking masterpieces. A circular shower ring features a crisp white shower curtain, reminiscent of days gone by. Circular and oval enclosure rings add charm to a vintage bathroom design and are available today in many finishes and sizes. Web sites, such as Vintage Tub and Bath, offer a wide range of fixtures and products to create the perfect vintage bath design.