Tell a story about the place you live. This bathroom is in the former whaling town of Sag Harbor, New York. The harpoons over the door and the blubber spade in the corner, along with an eel trap and shellfish basket, reflect the town’s history. “Make it a little tiny museum made of interesting objects,” says author Susan Sully.
This bathroom gets more of a vintage feel with pedestal sinks and wood walls. It is tucked into the upper level of a farmhouse and was designed by Michelle Fries. She made up for the lost under-sink storage by using open shelving with baskets to hold supplies.
On one side of the sink, a miniature antique chest holds hairpins and rings to keep the area tidy. Salve jars, a porcelain cold cream jar and a vintage dish filled with antique buttons finish off the space. Author Susan Sully says that the lids on these jars are probably made of Bakelite, an early plastic that is now a collectible.
The largest bathroom that luxury tiny home builders, Tyson and Michelle Speiss, have ever built, this space measures at a whopping 29 square feet and features a 4-foot antique-style clawfoot tub, hardwood floors, a modern vanity and more.
A washstand is a great choice in a bathroom where storage isn't an issue, like this feminine powder room. Designer Christina Stillwaugh of Jessica Lagrange Interiors combined the gold sink and sconces with a dramatic, large-scale floral wallpaper that celebrates the pink tones in the stone floor.
TriplePoint Design Build fashioned many of the decorative items in this master bathroom to mimic the vintage styles of the 1920s. For example, they installed a decorative-patterned frosted glass half window over this storage chest for a classic touch. It coordinates beautifully with the black and white tile of the room and yellow and black sunflower arrangement.
Two vanities are featured in this master bathroom on opposite walls for 'his and hers'. The driftwood finish on the cabinetry was chosen to give the space some reference to the beach, as was the pebble tile. The sconces are a bit antique looking to combine new and old giving a vintage and eclectic feel to the space.
For a budget bathroom update, Patti Wagner and her husband replaced the damaged green floor tiles with inexpensive hexagon-shaped white tiles in their Minneapolis home. “The white floor really makes the room look bigger,” says Wagner, a senior product designer for Target. They also maximized the small space by keeping the existing pedestal sink and large medicine cabinet. Towel hooks also are great for small bathrooms, because they don't take up much space and you can place them anywhere, she says.
Create interest and texture with a collection of everyday and vintage bathroom items. This Victorian Gothic wall cabinet is filled with vintage cosmetic jars, ivory grooming implements, shells, sponges, towels and soaps. “If you have glass-fronted shelves, use it as an opportunity not just for storage but for display of interesting objects,” says Susan Sully, author of the book “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” in which this home was featured. Sully also recommends painting the back of a cabinet a dark color to make light objects really stand out.