Antique Bathroom Fixtures

Get all the info you'll need on antique bathroom fixtures, and prepare to create a bath space with classic, historical charm.
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By: Sean McEvoy

Antique bathroom fixtures can enliven the visual interest of any bath space, especially those with a vintage or traditional design approach.

The first thing to decide if you're considering antique bathroom fixtures is whether you want to source them as true antiques, or if replicas of antique or period styles will do. In general, the replica route is cheaper, but if you're a stickler for authenticity, there are many local, national and online retailers of antique fixtures you can explore.

Bathroom Faucets

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Gold Faucet

A gold faucet adds luxury to a bath or powder room. This elegant gold-finished faucet by California Faucets features woven detailing and a curved spout.

Contemporary Faucet

Kohler's sleek Alterna faucet features a unique, crescent-shaped spout and lever handles. An interesting faucet can serve as a focal point for the bathroom.

Old-Fashioned Faucet

The Vas single-control ceramic faucet by Kohler creates a relaxing sound of flowing water. Inspired by a porcelain vase created during the Ming dynasty, the Imperial Blue design portrays traditional strength and wisdom. The faucet also has graceful water flow and quiet operation.

Old Meets New Faucet

Gold finishes usually bring a traditional look to the bathroom, but this brushed gold faucet from Kohler's Purist collection is unique. The finish feels timeless and sophisticated, while the sleek design adds a modern touch.

Touchless Faucet

This touchless electronic faucet by Kohler features Tripoint technology that is more accurate than infrared sensors. The faucet is factory set, so there's no need to calibrate.

Water-Saving Faucet

Moen's Fina two-handle high-arc faucet features a laminar stream, which allows for clear and quiet water flow. This eco-friendly fixture also conserves water without sacrificing performance. Photo courtesy of Moen

In general, antique fixtures will call to mind a specific era in bath design. Two common examples include Victorian and Colonial. Antique Victorian bathroom fixtures are often ornately designed, sporting gilded metals, intricate shapes and occasionally sculpted leaves or wildlife. Colonial style, on the other hand, was much more simple and utilitarian. Simple, oil-rubbed brass fixtures with straightforward, efficient designs prevailed.

Lighting fixtures are another option if you're considering antique style in your bathroom. Brass is a prevalent material for these, as its durability and availability made it a great choice across several eras of bathroom design.

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