Period-style bathroom design tips
In the interior design world there are lots of buzzwords tossed around. While you may have the vintage concept down pat, the term refers to a larger theme. It’s similar to period-style, which speaks of certain points in time, usually spanning a decade. However, depending on what era you are referring to, it can cover a longer period.
Understanding period style
Not only does period style notate a point in history, it can also mean regional design. As the zeitgeist or spirit of the times changes, new aesthetics are created and take on mass appeal. Here are tips for your vintage bathroom design:
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) describes the 20s as a glamorous decade. In Europe, modern furnishings were starting to appear in the home. The decor was influenced by Hollywood and travel. In America, during the Jazz Age, murals were often used, even in a bathroom. By this point, clawfoot tubs were mass produced and seen as an economical item. They were sometimes replaced by built-in units. However, in today’s interior design world, clawfoot tubs are widely sought after as a high-end addition to a bathroom. Antique fixtures and pedestal sinks were part of the design as well.
This period is marked in Europe by the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. A new middle class was available to buy more goods, and the home was an indication of status. According to the BBC, people of the era routinely browsed magazines to stay in line with fashion from various areas. This resulted in a mix of different influences and a high degree of ornamentation. A roll top bath with claw feet was used widely in this time period. Moulding was also a big part of this design. So if you’re completely overhauling your space, have your contractor add extra moulding to the ceilings and floor boards.
This period represents the next ruler after Queen Victoria. It was a short reign lasting from 1901 to 1910. However, designers took a chance to ease up on the heavy hand of their predecessors. The feel was fresh and light, with a more informal vibe that was still feminine. Window coverings in a vintage bathroom design were light and airy. They hung lace curtains that allowed light to shine through with a dainty touch. The wallpaper was often floral with colorful lilacs, roses and sweet peas throughout the room.
Period design in your home
These are just a few of the design themes that make up period style. You could also decorate your home in a gothic, Georgian or art nouveau style. A good place to start is with the art from the time. There you can find a color story or shape that you would like to repeat in your space. Also, you can’t go wrong with a sturdy cast iron freestanding tub. The quality is unmatched and looks refined when paired with other antique bath fixtures.