How many of you have a vintage tile bathroom in your home? I mean, a circa 1950/ 1960 tiled bathroom in a crazy color! If you do, how do you feel about it? We have two, one in a rose-y pink color, and one in a soft, yellow color.
These pretty bathrooms have sat in somewhat of a time capsule for the last 56 years, and I am trying to decide what to do with them. I have been torn with the options for decorating this space for a long time. Do we do a complete remodel? Do we work with what we have and spend our money on other things? I have recently read that the home market is back open for these older bathrooms, and that if you do have a minty green, a poppy pink, or a powder blue, then it is advisable to leave them be.
Well, I’ve been working with what we have for the time being, and I wanted to share some of the pros and cons and that I’ve been thinking about, and some pictures to encourage you to style, in case that you find yourself in the same dilemma as me.
VINTAGE TILE BATHROOM PROS:
- One major pro that stands out to me for keeping the tile, is the environment! Keeping your vintage tile bathroom can actually keep all of those materials out of our landfills.
- Being unique! Styling your vintage tile bathroom can be a lot of fun. It makes you think outside of the box in terms of color scheme. Don’t get me wrong, I love the white bathrooms that are being shown everywhere these days, but they can be a bit mundane.
- Saving money! A total bathroom renovation can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, even if you are handy and do it yourself, chances are it will cost the price of a wonderful vacation…I guess priorities, huh?
VINTAGE TILE BATHROOM CONS:
- You may actually hate the color that you own. Some vintage bathrooms are already white tile so if you’re going for a neutral look then you’re fine, but if you have minty green and you only love neutrals, well that is a dilemma. I also would like to say that it has taken me a long time to embrace our soft yellow tile in our master bathroom.
- Cleaning the old grout. This can be a problem because it is really hard to clean mold and grime out of old grout. Prepare to spend a lot of time with bleach and a scraper (don’t forget a mask).
- Replacing broken tile. This may be a bigger puzzle to solve. I have researched and read about companies that are trying to make tile that mimics vintage tile, in vintage color palettes, so this may be an option. I have personally never seen a cracked vintage tile bathroom. They are usually in pretty good shape, so hopefully you don’t have that problem in your home.
My Vintage Tile Style:
In my bathroom, I worked with the soft yellow to create a color palette that is calm and soothing, and works with the color instead of against it. When I saw this West Elm shower curtain, I couldn’t believe my eyes! I was seeing a shower curtain in almost the exact same color as the vintage tile, and with a feature that I love…butterflies! It was the perfect fit. Unfortunately, it was no longer available for purchase, so I had to find it on amazon. I purchased this bath mat at Target, which incorporated the grey from the shower curtain and the yellow from the tile. I chose the towels in the dark and soft greens to compliment the yellow, and add depth. The shelf is also from Target and adds a modern touch with its dark wood and brass handles.
We painted the walls in Benjamin Moore Baltic Grey, and the cabinets in Benjamin Moore’s Mysterious. This is a color that we are so in love with, that we have used it in several ways throughout our home.
I hope that this post has encouraged you to rethink your vintage tile bathroom decor. As a lover of everything vintage, it’s nice to see these things saved for future generations. Although I would love to have a double sink, this works just fine for now. Hopefully that is something that we can add without destroying this beauty.
Let me know what your thoughts are on styling vintage bathrooms. Do you agree or disagree with these points? If you have a vintage tile bathroom that you’ve styled to perfection, I’d love to see! Tag me on Instagram @adornbypriscilla