Hello! I will be doing many different bathroom posts along the way because there are soo many different styles of bathrooms that I love, it would impossible to squeeze it all into one post! When it came to decision-making time for my own house, I found it soo difficult to settle on one particular style. In fact, I changed my mind over and over again (which of course didn’t bother my boyfriend at all!!) but I finally decided on a design that I felt best suited the shape of the room and provided us with what we needed for a main bathroom. That’s the thing, you can find so many beautiful photos in magazines and on websites but that doesn’t mean you can copy them exactly into your own bathroom for a number of factors. Room shape, daylight, placement of windows, doors, plumbing and of course budget! But that doesn’t mean you can’t be inspried!
Here are a few beautiful bathrooms that inspire me:
image via www.iwantiwantiwant.com.au
To me, this bathroom is just beautiful. The bleached floorboards, clawfoot tub, vintage french metal table, cute window shutters and a fabulous arrangement of vintage mirrors sitting on simple timber ledges. Fantastic alternative to conventional bathroomy pictures or traditional wall art. The mirrors also throw lots of natural light back into the space. And those little window shutters are so cute! I wish I could see a better image of the lovely antique iron bench we see on the left!
What drew me to this image was the grey painted cladded walls and again, the vintage mirrors. I love how the mirrors don’t match and the metal baskets underneath give a subtle industrial touch.
image via www.countryliving.com
I think this is so beautifully put together. A large utilitarian sink with with a fabulous toile skirt (have I mentioned how much I adooore sink skirts?!) and then two vintage flea market finds either side for storage! So pretty and soo much character. A lot of people would be afraid to attempt something like this but if you keep the colours similar like in the image above it shouldn’t look too chaotic. The creams and whites work well together here against a neutral background and the crackled patina of the little cabinet and curtain add texture.
This image that I used in my teaser is one of my favourites. After seeing this, my decision was made. I had to install beadboard paneling in my bathroom, it simply had to be done! (unfortunately I have not yet managed to do it yet but believe me, it will happen ) I like the black scrolly metal shelving attached to the wall holding delicate vintage bottles, it offers a nice contrast against all the pale colours in this room. The flooring is pretty cool too, it’s actually timber floorboards painted in a chequerboard pattern with cream and greige (have you heard of this new colour? It is the new neutral. A combination of grey and beige-fantastic versatile colour to work with, in any scheme whether it be vintage or contemporary.) Another thing I loooove is the beautiful vintage lace panel delicately draped over the curtain rod. I have used vintage pillowcases, small lace tablecloths and hessian grain sacks draped across small windows before. Who says it has to be a blind?!
image via www.countryliving.com
Another of my favourites because of the mixture of white and warm wood tones. A reclaimed fire surround acts as a sort of backdrop for the bath as well as providing shelving. This room actually looks as though the window was intentionally set up this high to accommodate the fire surround! Excellent example of embracing the features and quirks that exist and making them work instead of trying to conceal them.
This one is quite different from the others I’ve shown but just said I’d include it because I love it so much! This is how I will decorate my bathroom when I buy my Tuscan villa!! (heeheehee) I love everything about it especially how this cabinet has been re-purposed into a vanity unit. Doors have been removed to expose shelving for towels etc. and a simple white bowl sink has been fitted on top with a gorgeous oil rubbed bronze faucet next to it. I love re-purposed furniture and will be doing a post on this soon!
image via www.especialfurniture.com
Ok, I had to include this picture. This a ladies only room. No boys allowed whatsoever. For most of us, a bathroom like this will only remain in our minds (and our dreams!) It is utterly girly, vintage and is the epitome of rustic luxury. I don’t think I would be alone in saying that if I approached my other half with this image as a basis for the design of our bathroom he would say “You’re having a laugh!?”
You will notice that most of these bathrooms have featured antique free standing baths which of course I adore. But there are other styles that I love also that also fit into a vintage decorating style which I will be doing a post on also. It was really hard for me to narrow down my favourites to fit into this post! There are so many! I love all of these bathrooms and have taken little pieces of inspiration from each one so I hope that you will find them helpful also. And as always, I would love to hear what you think!
Until next time,
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