on Apr 04, 2011 in Interior Design
Bathrooms are such a fun space in the house to decorate..you can spend lots of cash on fantastic, new, modern fixtures and fancy surfaces. But at the end and beginning of your day, what you want is a space which makes you feel refreshed, comfortable, clean and functional.
I am going to show you some elements of a traditionally inspired bathrooms. Just because it is traditionally inspired, doesn’t mean it has to be dowdy…traditional design has longevity and is timeless, you just have to make it ‘modern’. Make it relevant to today’s lifestyle.
This bathroom is STUNNING, it is large which allows for the symmetrical vanities. The bright white surfaces and large windows give it a super fresh look and is undeniably FANTASTIC. I love this bathroom,.
Another bright bathroom, white always works! the cutout detail on the base of the cabinets and paneling on the tub skirt gives that traditional touch.
This bathroom is still bright, but has more of a creamy look. The paneled details on the walls and very traditional lighting provides an elegant traditional look.
A warm colour scheme of creams and yellows will automatically give you a more traditional look
Colours like HC 26, HC 27, OC 12,OC 44and HC 27 from Benjamin Moore are great warm creams which will not only flatter your face, but give you a warm all over glow.
Storage in a bathroom is just as important as in the Kitchen. Use the same philosophy in designing your bathroom as in your kitchen by starting with what your storage needs are.
A Black and white checker floor is always right...whether in a Foyer or a kitchen or in this case a bathroom. You will get a classic, yet modern feeling whenever you do a black and white checker floor. Instant graphic statement!
This tile pattern is a classic, put it in your shower, or on the entire floor...you can't go wrong with this.
Double open washstands are another old design, but used today with clean lined accents and minimal pattern gives a modern bathroom that traditional touch.
Freestanding tubs were a staple in Victorian days. The Maax tub you see here is a modern rendition of the old style. Clean lines, sexy curves...gorgeous.
Details on your cabinet doors which are from the past like these library pulls.
Marble is a stone which has been used for centuries, it is always right for a bathroom. It can look modern, traditional, eclectic, whatever you want. There are various price points which allows most people the luxury of using it in their bathroom renovations. This tub has been clad completely with Marble...what an opulent use of such a fine material.
This light fixture has what I call a traditional modern look. The shade softens the look while the square base gives you that modern crispness.
A traditional faucet will have curves, softer lines, and a classic style. This style faucet can be used in a very period looking room or to give a more modern bathroom a traditional look.
Wall treatments will give you a more traditional look...notice the light fixtures are made from a warm metal..this is also a way to add a more traditional look, as opposed to doing a polished chrome or polished nickel.
This Traditional bath is BEAUTIFUL...the soft colour scheme of cream and white give you a warm feeling while being uncomplicated. Even with the paneling which gives architectural detail found in period homes. The wood vanity looks like an antique credenza and is the piece which makes this bathroom so Classic and Fabulous. This is a bathroom which could be at the Four Seasons in Paris...how can that be anything but a good thing.
Another unique vanity...you can experiment, find an old chest of drawers and retrofit it to fit your bathroom...you will get a piece of history in your new bathroom.
That’s all for now….As you can see, a Traditional bathroom can have a very modern feeling, you just have to use creativity and a willingness to express your personality. Traditional design will always be the style which will transcend all the trends…you simply have to freshen it up with modern conveniences and inject the modern expression of today’s design trends to make in a ‘modern traditional’.
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