Old-World Bathrooms

Get all the info you'll need on Old-World bathrooms, and prepare to create a classic, bright and airy bath space in your home.

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Sconce lighting and Asian-inspired wood panels create an old world feel in this powder room.

By: Sean McEvoy

Old-World bathrooms are often characterized by traditional "Old-World" or European design elements. They tend to be bright, airy and open spaces, filled with classic features like claw-foot tubs and porcelain pedestal sinks.

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Zen and Now

Shelly Riehl David uses multi-colored tile to give this Zen-inspired steam room a relaxing glow. A fountain and ample seating make this space much more than your average bathroom.

From: Shelly Riehl David

Moorish Masterpiece

A bedroom is converted into an oversized Moroccan restroom fit for a sultan. Every tiny tile was hand cut in Morocco. A canopy tub adds a luxurious touch to this North African- inspired space.

European Elegance

Didier Michot brings us this rustic, Old World master bath. A neutral palette, natural materials and plenty of stone give a European flair to a modern bathroom.

South of the Border

Rounded corners and textured walls create a southwestern flair in this large, walk-in shower by Steve Appolloni. This look would work in a home that embraces Native American, Latin or even Spanish style.

French-Asian Fusion

If you can't decide between a clean, Asian aesthetic or French country style, check out this bathroom. HGTV fan inputplease uses stone flooring, travertine sinks and detailed woodwork to create a bathroom that speaks of both cultures.

Photo By: HGTV fan inputplease

Beautiful Bali

Subtle details give this room island flair. HGTV fan BoBendana modeled her bathroom after the style of the Indonesian island of Bali. The vanity is made of carved teak, while the golden seashell mirrors give the room an exotic glow.

French Dynasty

This vanity echoes to the days of Louis XVI. An elegant piece such as this can give your home regal flare without breaking your non-royal budget.

Mind Over Matter

Prayer beads, flags, Buddhist art and shades of red create a bathroom that's undoubtedly Asian. This space is an escape from the rest of the home. Larger bathrooms allow homeowners to use them for more than personal grooming. This space is also used to practice yoga and meditation.

Country Retreat

The distressed blue walls and cabinetry in this master bath by Ken Kelly are a replication of French country cabinetry prevalent in southern France during the 18th century. Piped-in music and a flat screen television mounted behind a tempered two-way mirror make the space modern.

When In Rome

Picture yourself soaking in an ancient Roman bath. Now make that dream a reality with the help of designer Troy Beasley. An oval-shaped cutout and sunny, yellow floor-to-ceiling tiles create a luxurious space with Italian grace.

From: Troy Beasley

One of the keys to creating an Old-World bathroom design is to steer clear of synthetic materials as much as possible. Plastics and other synthetics didn't exist in the Old World, and they'll feel no more at home in your bathroom design than they would have there. Stone, wood, glass and porcelain, however, are great materials to use for an Old-World bathroom.

When it comes to fixtures and furniture, don't be afraid to go big, assuming you've got the space. Tubs were particularly grand affairs in the Old World, so a dramatic claw-footed tub makes a great focal point for the bathroom.

For accessories, consider wrought iron, wood or stone for things like bath towel racks or mirror frames. These materials were all prevalent in the grand bathrooms of pre-war Europe, and they'll feel right at home in your Old World bathroom design.

Finally, don't be afraid to experiment with pattern and texture. In particular, wallpaper in Old-World bathrooms is often intricately designed and artistic.

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