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8 Retro Bathrooms That Prove Modern Isn’t Always Best

8 Retro Bathrooms That Prove Modern Isn’t Always Best

Over the years, we have seen parts of our house that are fair with well-designed modern bathrooms. From a half duplex bathed in light in North Vancouver with a black marble bathroom jutting into a Los Angeles boho-chic residence with a striking zeale green tiled main bathroom to a minimalist Lower East Side apartment with a dramatic guest, jet black bathroom, Tour library our home is filled with amazing houses with modern bathrooms that are trending.

That said, we would be remiss if we ignored charming houses with relatively “outdated” retro bathrooms. Offering a pedestal porcelain sink, clawfoot tub, and square subway tile backsplash, this retro bathroom is full of pleasing design details that are too often misinterpreted as being out of date. Need to be a little more convincing? Up front, we have put together 14 retro bathrooms that prove that modern is not always the best. Continue scrolling to see everything.


1. The Retro Bathroom With a Pedestal Sink and Flat Panel Wainscoting

In a light-filled bathroom, Scott Horne’s stylist, porcelain pedestal sink, and flat panel trim treatment from retro vibes. Meanwhile, round metal-framed mirrors, sleek silver taps, and contemporary art show that some renewal can provide a long way to give retro space a bit of modern excellence.


2. The Retro Bathroom With Penny Tile Floors and a Clawfoot Tub

Charming details are present in the bathroom designed by Emma Reddington, chief editor of House & Home and founder of the popular design site The Marion House Book. Complete with penny floor tiles, pedestal sinks, wainscoting beadboards, and clawfoot tubs, these retro showers are proof that sometimes more is more.


3. The Retro Bathroom With Hexagon Tile Floors and a Clawfoot Tub

Hexagon floor tile? Check the walls of the subway square tiles? Check the clawfoot bathtub complete with shower pipes and faucets that are open and the shower curtain mounted on the wall? Check, check, and check. In other words, this retro-inspired bathroom designed by Anthony Dargenzio from Zio & Sons checks all the boxes.


4. The Retro Bathroom With an Open-Framework Double Sink Console

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Before and after time ? This is the kids’ bathroom at #parkslopelimestone . . What to keep? The BEAUTIFUL plaster crown, and the window out to the sweet back garden. We wanted the crown as deep as possible so the tile could die into it rather than stick out, so we had to remove everything below it. (“Dying into things” is a term we use frequently at the office, does anyone say that out in the real world? It matters in design. It just means ending cleanly without sticking out.) Anyway, the contractors did an amazing job pulling off all the old plaster wall without damaging the crown. No one was sure if it would survive and it was a relief when it did. . Otherwise we updated everything, as it really needed a refresh. No agonizing about the wood paneling this time 🙂 . We did design a custom tile pattern (our client wanted it pretty bright, and fun) and worked with @prattandlarson tile here in Portland to make it all come together. When I say ‘we’ that one was 100% senior JHID designer Chelsie Lee whose great eye and design chops are all over this project!! With the tile pattern we felt like it was important to have it end before it met the walls, it feels so much more deliberate and special that way, and the patterns that creates are extra pretty. . The kids are young so just a tub was what we needed now, but it can become a tub shower with a curtain or a glass partition, in the future. Oh, and we swapped the location of sink and toilet so when the door is open you see the cuter stuff 🙂 . #jhidbeforeandafters

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Although almost everything in the vintage-inspired bathroom designed by Jessica Helgerson of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design is new, it exudes retro vibe space, thanks in part to the open double-framework console, cent-tile flooring, and brass fittings. Plus, many classic white subway tiles for a good size.


5. The Retro Bathroom With an Enameled Cast Iron Double Sink

There is no harm in the salient features in this retro bathroom: a double sink made of cast iron enamel equipped with a pair of classic curved faucets. The penny floor tiles and square subway tiles add to the retro aesthetic of this charming bathroom conceptualized by the designer behind the Nune interior design studio.


6. The Retro Bathroom With Penny Tile Floors and Subway Tile Walls

Leave it to Leanne Ford to design a retro-style bathroom that attracts all stops. Seriously, this room has everything: penny floor tiles, subway tile walls, vintage-looking faucets and showerheads, and ornate clawfoot bathtubs. Even white palettes are all classics that will never get old or go out of style.


7. The Retro Bathroom With a Weathered Cast Iron Clawfoot Tub

Nobody says retro is quite like a weathered cast iron clawfoot tub, as shown by this vintage bathroom. Instead of traditional bathmat, luxurious carpet covered with vintage carpet, adds a tactile element to the room that contrasts with an outdated bathtub. The large mirror visually doubles the square footage of the small space.


8. The Retro Bathroom Boasting a Dramatic Green Hue and a Clawfoot Tub

At the same time vintage and modern, this amazing bathroom was designed by a talented team at a design studio based in New York City representing the best of both worlds. Dark green paint covering the walls and mold in the room, immediately makes the historic architectural details of the room look and feel new and modern. Contemporary chandeliers and abstract paintings are increasingly updating retro bathrooms.