It’s no secret, I love old houses. And with old houses come old bathrooms. Many people tragically think vintage bathrooms can’t be beautiful, but all of those original elements are priceless. And just because a bathroom is vintage doesn’t mean it can’t be a relaxing, beautiful space! Styling a vintage bathroom means enhancing the original elements and adding some modern touches.
Styling A Vintage Bathroom
The bathroom at Flip 5 was saturated with beautiful vintage mint green tile. To be honest, it’s what sold me on the house! I love that tile because it reminds me of Mac’s bathroom at Flip 3. I had zero plans of ever disturbing that tile because, for the most part, it was in pretty great shape. Even though I did end up having to bust out a few of those tiles, the majority of them remain intact!
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Last year Joanna Gaines posted a series of styling options for a mint green bathroom. I really loved how she chose to incorporate moody & vibrant colors, so I used that as my inspiration to style this space.
Tips For Styling A Vintage Bathroom
Add A Vintage Inspired Small Area Rug
I know most of us usually pick up a bath mat at TJ Maxx or some other home store, but adding a vintage-inspired rug can not only add vibrant colors but accent the vintage tile.
I purposefully chose an area rug that didn’t have green in it since the room is already so full of greens. So I chose bold, complimenting colors. I tend to pick up all my rugs from Boutique Rugs like this one in the living room & this one in the kitchen. Tip: Don’t try to be matchy-matchy with the rug. Pick up a rug with contrast colors to add warmth & texture to the space! Also helpful to check labels if they require dry cleaning or can be easily machine washed.
Make Use Of Vertical Storage
In this bathroom there is an awkward space with no cabinetry or storage. I had originally purchased a cabinet for storage in there, but it always felt wrong- it was such a heavy piece. But to break up that awkward space, it needed something, and since this bathroom desperately needs storage, I decided to turn that wall into storage.
I picked up a wood & marble hanging rack for $12 at TJ Maxx! What I loved about Joanna Gaines’ styling was that she incorporated more wood elements, and I loved the contrast it had with the mint green tiles. So I tried to throw in some wood accents here & there. If you’re wanting a more traditional hook, I really like these, these, & these. I also LOVE these $6 towels from Target that have hanging loops already sewn into them- perfect for hanging on these hooks.
Hang A Fabric Shower Curtain
One of the ways a bathroom can lose a spa-like feel is by the shower curtain. Stop using cheap vinyl shower curtains! Fabric shower curtains come in a variety of designs and can offer warmth, design, and luxury to a space. And the best part, they aren’t that expensive!
I picked up a fringed fabric shower curtain on Amazon. I specifically looked for one that mimicked the colors & design in the rug. As with the rug, make sure you check to see if the curtain is easily washable. While you’re picking up a new cloth shower curtain, swap out plastic shower rings for stainless metal shower hooks & an updated curved shower curtain rod. If you’re planning on updating your vintage bathroom, make sure you check out this post about updating the tub & shower!
Add Woven Baskets For Storage
One thing that drives me crazy when I’m visiting someone’s home, and they don’t have toilet paper readily accessible- which means you have to scrounge through their cabinets. Each of my bathrooms have a large woven basket filled with toilet paper. Guests can easily grab a new roll if needed. I picked up this woven basket at TJ Maxx to complement the wood grain color and to also add additional storage.
To you can also incorporate stair-step height baskets for additional storage for things like towels, products, magazines, etc. Also consider adding a basket to hold potted plants as well!
Add Plants- Faux or Real
I don’t have a green thumb- it’s more like a black thumb. So I tend to purchase good quality faux plants & succulents. I incorporated some faux succulents throughout the bathroom to add the appearance of organic life in the bathroom. These can be purchased for $10-$15 and come in a variety of designs, styles & colors!
Make It Smell Good
I always keep a candle burning in a bathroom. I tend to pick soft scented, smaller candles (this one is my fav)- I love having them burning when taking a bubble bath. But you can also incorporate plug-ins, room spray, or a Scentsy burner. Psst- you can spy that DIY plumbing cover I mentioned in this post.
The Vintage Bathroom Design
I had no desire to change this bathroom. I wanted to keep it as original as possible & just enhance its appeal through strategic design & styling choices. If you think you need to gut your vintage bathroom, try restyling it to give it a whole new feel!
I see so many “Frankenstein houses” where people have sadly gutted each room throughout the years, and it no longer feels cohesive. One thing I love about Flip 5 is that it has been mostly preserved throughout the years- a rare treat with old houses!