Vintage Bathroom Decor Ideas

Explore vintage bathroom decor ideas, and prepare to add a classic and elegant decor theme to your bathroom.

Items Stored in Vintage Drawers

Drawers of Lotions and Potions

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Photo courtesy of Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien

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If you're updating an old bathroom or installing a new one, vintage bathroom decor ideas can help you decide on the style for your space. Vintage decor elements can be used in just about any bathroom design style, providing a historical and charming element that hints at days not-too-long past.

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White Modern Bathroom With Lush Living Wall

Luxury Bath With Blue Mosaic Tile

Traditional Bathroom With Stone Tub

Modern Red Bathroom With Bold-Patterned Wallpaper

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With a View

Traditional Powder Room With Brown-and-Blue Wallpaper

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Joni Spear

Bathroom with Blue Painted Walls and Black Granite Sink

Large Bathroom With Double Vanity

Blue Coastal Bathroom

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Rustic Bathroom With Wood Ceiling and Walls Plus Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Stunning Contemporary Powder Room

Modern Bathroom with an Earthy Stone Shower

Custom Carved Limestone Sink and Sunburst Mirror

Rustic Cowgirl Bathroom With Distressed Red Vanity

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Asian-Inspired Bathroom With Textured Walls

Traditional Luxury Bathroom with Picture Window

Peter Rymwid View original photo.

Feminine Master Bathroom in Pale Green and Pink

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Amanda Swaringen

Master Bathroom With Robin's Egg Blue Walls

Cheryl Clendendon

Fresh-Cut Tulips Bring Life to Tropical Bathroom

Neutral Transitional Bathroom

Dazzling Master Bathroom in Black and White

Frameless Glass Shower in Contemporary Master Bath

Neutral Bathroom With Fireplace and Sitting Area

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Warm Transitional Bathroom With Dual Vanities and Chandelier

Red Claw-Foot Tub in Green Bathroom

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo Edward Addeo View original photo.

Transitional Bathroom With Pink Armchair and Wallpaper

Rustic Master Bathroom With Exposed Brick

Bold Designer Bathroom That is Small on Space But Big on Style

Tiny Pink Victorian Bathroom

Contemporary Spa Bathroom With Hexagonal Mirrors

Transitional Bathroom With Terra Cotta Accent Wall

Light Blue Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Neutral Transitional Bathroom With Spacious White Shower

Taupe Guest Bedroom with White Fixtures and Dark Wood Accents

French Country Bathroom

Bathroom With Large Bathtub and Bamboo Framed Mirrors

Vintage Gray Bathroom With Marble And Silver Sink

2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick View original photo.

Contemporary Master Bathroom with Spa Tub

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Rustic Neutral Bathroom with Exposed Beams and Stone Mosaic Floor

2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick View original photo.

Orange Accents Brighten Up a Contemporary Powder Room

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Teen Bathroom With Pink Mosaic Tile

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Traditional Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Eclectic Bathroom with Pocket Door

Traditional White Bathroom With Double Vanities

Elegant Traditional Master Bath

Modern Bathroom With Marble Walls and Warm Wooden Vanity

Cottage Bathroom With Soaking Tub

Modern Bathroom With Textured Gray Wallpaper and Trough Sink

Brown Transitional Master Bathroom

Hollywood-Inspired Bathroom

Traditional Bathroom With Elegant Vanity

Gibbs Smith, Charles Faudree Interiors, Charles Faudree, Jenifer Jordan (photographer) Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan View original photo.

marlbe countertop and vanity

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe

Neutral Bathroom With White Slipper Tub and Brick Columns

Blue Glass Tile Shower in a Charming Kid's Bathroom

Traditional Bathroom With Patterned Wallpaper

Master Bathroom With Calacatta Marble and Console Sinks

Marianne Brown View original photo.

Colorful Floral Girls Bathroom

Small Earthy Bathroom With Stone Bathtub Surround

Old World Master Bathroom With Carrara Marble Floor

Japanese Master Bathroom

Matthew Coates Ellis View original photo.

Small Bathroom With Subway and Mosaic Tile

Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub

White Updated Girly Glam Bathroom

Naomi Stein View original photo.

Contemporary Bathroom With Mounted Double Sinks

Eclectic Bathroom with Patterned Wallpaper and Bold Mirror

Bathroom With Neutral Tile Walls, Contemporary Vanity and Glass Shower

Sleek Bathroom Style

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Neutral Bathroom With Victorian Tub

Contemporary Master Bathroom With Dark Wood Vanities

Light Gray Tiled Bathroom With Vintage Tub

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Black and White Striped Bathroom With Dark Brown Accents

Tiny Powder Room With Larger-Than-Life Wallpaper

Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Gray Bathroom With Subway Tile Tub Surround

Contemporary and Sophisticated Bathroom

Traditional Master Bath With Marble-Surround Tub

Neutral Cottage Guest Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

Modern Bath in Neutral and Warm Wood Tones with Red Accents

Modern Green Powder Room With Mosaic Tile

Asian Bathroom With Kimono Fabric Wallpapper

Dramatic Asian Bathroom

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Master Bathroom With Spacious Walk-In Shower

Crisp White Powder Room

Beautiful Master Bathroom With Ornate Column

Black and White Bathroom with Pops of Yellow

Yellow Floral Wallpapered Bathroom

Light Blue Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Transitional Master Bathroom with Skylight

Eclectic Master Bathroom With Moroccan-Style Tile Wall

Powder Room Floating Vanity by Lori Dennis

Spacious Contemporary Bathroom

Transitional Gray Powder Room With White Pedestal Sink

Bathroom Vanity with Accessories

Elegant Transitional Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Stylish Bathroom With Graphic Wallpaper and Salmon-Colored Vanity

Vintage decor is generally defined as incorporating accessories and other decor elements that are from or inspired by design eras less than 100 years old. Most design experts agree that once a decor item passes the century mark, it graduates to antique status — but prior to then, most will fit snugly in the vintage category. Currently popular vintage eras generally stretch from the 1920s to the 1950s. While it's not uncommon for items from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to be referred to as vintage, a design dictionary might be more likely to define these as "retro" until they've celebrated a few more birthdays. Additionally, many design elements created from the 1950s on tend to fall into the contemporary or modern design categories prevalent during the post-war era, whereas vintage design is generally viewed as a more fitting description for items crafted from the roaring twenties through World War II.

When it comes to individual decor elements, a great place to start incorporating vintage items into your bathroom design is on the walls. Wallpaper featuring chic, soothing, subtle prints in floral or pastoral themes would feel right at home in a 1930s or 1940s bathroom, and it can make a great addition to yours as well. Artwork featuring advertising for all manner of toiletries and bath products from the 1920s, some more snake-oil-seeming than others, can provide entertainment for guests and family members alike. Vintage movie or military recruitment posters from the 1940s have a distinctive, colorful and visually striking style and can add plenty of color and a sense of history to your bath space.

Accessories can also be a great way to create a vintage feel in your bathroom. Hairbrushes and other styling accessories from years gone by can be stored decoratively in vintage containers, helping to unite the decor theme. Other storage options like bins and containers for toiletries can feature unfinished, natural woods for a hand-made, 1930s farmhouse effect. Chairs, benches and sink cabinets can follow the same style to complete the design.

Finally, consider incorporating vintage style into your linen choices. Luxurious, thick cotton towels, bathmats and shower curtains can hint at eras gone by when quality and durability were paramount in textiles. Shower curtains might feature fringes or elegant lace top and bottom designs, in a style that would fit in a 1940s or 1950s bathroom as well as it could in yours.

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