Friday, June 29, 2018

Vintage Bathroom Upgrades for Selling A Home

clawfoot tub

When homeowners decide to remodel a bathroom, they often think about how it could be perceived years from now by a future buyer. The problem with the most up-to-the-minute styles is they become dated fast. Instead of trying to stay one step ahead of the trends, many find going with a vintage option is ideal.
Home buyers appreciate a cohesive design that has many of the elements of a classic bathroom from the 1920s or the 1950s, with fixtures and equipment that will hold up well into the future.


The ideal flooring for a vintage bathroom tends to revolve around creative tile patterns and natural stone. Marble is a classic choice that can be cut to virtually any size, with design inlays that feel fresh from another time. The shades ranging from bright white to a glossy black could support elements of a mid-century modern theme or a swanky hotel.
For tile, the hexagon shape harkens back to many decades in the distant past. Small urban apartments offered these designs in various shapes, laid in a geometric pattern. Black and white tend to be the most popular. The grout color can create an aged sense, or make it appear as if it was installed just last month.

Mirrors and Fixtures

Using simple fixtures keeps the eye drawn to the most important elements. In a current bathroom, people often choose chrome or matte finished fixtures and mirrors. For something that speaks volumes about the 1920s or 1930s, it is perfectly acceptable for homeowners to bring back the gilt. Gold and brass colors make a wonderful contrast for the common black-and-white flooring. These finishes tend to show a little wear, but it adds to the charm of the room.

Walls and Decor

Nothing says renovation like changing the paint color on a wall or updating the decor of a room. It is no different in a bathroom. People who would think nothing of adding color or design to a bedroom or living room might worry about putting too much on a bathroom wall. Homeowners may love framed prints of old-school advertisements for tooth powder, medicine, or makeup. They may decide to forgo paint and instead opt for wallpaper in the subdued colors of the 1930s or the bold designs of the 1940s.

Sinks and Countertops

Back in the day, the bathroom sink was a primary place of washing. Yet, it did not often offer the degree of storage people see in the modern bathroom cabinet. Vintage bathroom sinks are excellent for bathrooms with limited space. These sinks tend to be in pedestal form, or attached directly to the wall. For added storage and room, the homeowner might decide to add a retro or vintage table and chair.


The clawfoot tub was a standard option for decades, and it is easy to see why. It is a timeless look that almost anyone can recognize but offers much of the convenience of the modern century. Although truly antique bathtubs may have a fairly basic shape, vintage styles present elements of whimsy and interest. Any design based on an older trend usually has the benefit of being larger. Homeowners will appreciate the advantage of a deep soak, angled for perfect relaxation.
Finding the ideal bathroom style is a mixture of use, design, and future value. People are wise to decide they want a bathroom that will retain its value years after they complete the renovation. With these vintage options, there is no need to compromise on function, comfort, or delight. Homeowners will enjoy the upgrade and may find they do not have to change much when they choose to sell the home.

Guest Author: Justin Havre is a real estate agent, home decor enthusiast, Calgary native, and owner of Justin Havre & Associates.

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