Sunday, September 8, 2013
1920s: Vintage Bathroom Styles
In researching a bathroom remodel, I found some vintage home magazines from the mid-1920's that show in great detail how well planned and decorative bathrooms had become by that time. I am planning a facelift for the bathroom in my century old bungalow, and while the 1920's were more modern, there are so many ideas in these photos that could work in my small cottage. The sink with twin mirrors flanking the vanity mirror has nice fixtures along with details that we can use as inspiration today in our own homes.
This wall elevation reveals typical tile layouts that were used in homes during that time, and may be good for current projects in homes of this age, or where a 'vintage' bathroom look is wanted. The illustration also shows us wall sconces, an ornate vanity mirror, and pedestal sink.
A full bathroom that has both shower and bath was also growing in popularity at that time. These double sets are still found in homes from the 1920's and 30's. The novelty of the built-in shower was balanced by the practical use of a bathtub alcove.
While current home decor trends lean towards the use of marble or granite in bathrooms, the tradition of tile has a strong appeal in the older home. There are so many decorative options with tile that are often forgotten today, and its nice to be reminded of how glamorous vintage bathrooms can be.