8 stylish vintage decorating ideas for the bathroom

Vintage decorating ideas for bathrooms

The bathroom may not be an obvious setting for some of your flea market finds, but then again, isn’t it that element of the unexpected that makes a room stand apart from the norm? Even one or two vintage pieces – an ornate mirror or a Midcentury cabinet, could turn your mediocre downstairs loo into an glamorous powder room. For bathrooms in need of a personality injection, consider these vintage decorating ideas.

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VINTAGE VANITY UNIT

Vintage bathroom vanity unit painted pink

Mother of two Brianna Heiligenthal made a vanity unit from a dresser which she found on Craigslist. She then painted it ‘Retro Pink’ by Behr and simply dropped in the round sink. See more of her lovely home and covetable vintage style on Wit & Delight.

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OVERSIZED MIRROR

Oversized mirror in the bathroom vintage decorating ideas

A Melbourne apartment by interior design firm David Hicks boasts an enormous lavish mirror in the bathroom. Not only does this make the room seem twice as large, it creates the effect of two spectacular chandeliers for the price of one.

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RETRO VINTAGE CABINET

Vintage cabinet sink decor ideas

This colourful West Country family home designed by Godrich Interiors is full of one off vintage finds and Midcentury furniture, such as this cabinet turned wash basin. The look is completed with a mint green medicine cabinet, pale pink metro tiles and a frameless vintage mirror.

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ANTIQUE CABINET

Dresser in the bathroom vintage decorating ideas

In this Tennessee home featured in Country Living the owner has made a feature of her grandmother’s antique mahogany china cabinet and used it to store bathroom essentials­. The cast iron bath was also found at an architectural salvage shop in Nashville.

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MIDCENTURY SIDEBOARD

Vintage midcentury sideboard sink

Ohio blogger and graphic designer Bre Bertolini showcases her love of vintage and DIY on her site Brepurposed. Here, she renovated her master ensuite in just six weeks. It features a vintage vanity she found on Craigslist which has been beautifully paired with Art Deco style wall lights and a Midcentury style round mirror.

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PERIOD LIGHTING

Dark walls in the bathroom with vintage mirror and modern corian sink

There really is an art to mixing old and new, as demonstrated by this bathroom interior design by Corian® which was spotted on Mad about the House. The grand lighting, period style brassware and an ornate mirror contrasts with the crisp lines of the Corian® basin which comes from their readymade range.

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VINTAGE PORTRAIT

Vintage in the bathroom in John Derian's New York apartment

This bathroom forms part of an East Village apartment renovation by designer John Derian, as featured in the New York Times T Magazine. The portrait creates a focal point whilst shabby chic details contrast with glamorous gold brassware.

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MARBLE TOPPED CREDENZA

Marble topped credenza in the bathroom

A Midcentury sideboard is the ideal piece for housing twin sinks. US blogger Sarah Sherman Samuel combined her vintage walnut credenza with a marble worktop, making it extra waterproof. And if you’re feeling uncertain about bringing vintage wood furniture into the bathroom, I’d recommend this guide to using vintage furniture as a bathroom vanity from Apartment Therapy.

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Love vintage? You might also like 10 ideas for decorating the bedroom with vintage and 10 vintage decorating ideas for kids bedrooms

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).