15 Vintage Bathroom Ideas That Are Timeless But Updated

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Looking for vintage bathroom ideas that will be timeless? Check out this bathroom makeover that has a retro vibe with an updated look!

If you are looking for retro bathroom inspiration that is timeless but updated you are in the right place! The featured black and white bathroom was designed by my friend Samantha Birtwell.

It’s literally so good I asked to share it on the blog and she said YES! That said using the images provided I’ll go through the little design touches that will have a big impact on your space.

This bathroom is perfect for anyone looking for a modern twist on a retro design. If this sounds like you check out all the resources below.

This post is all about vintage bathroom ideas that will be timeless but updated.

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How can I make my bathroom look vintage?

There are details in this design that are classic and timeless. I cover these in more detail below but here is a quick overview:

  • Subway Tile
  • Hex Tile (White with Black Accents)
  • White Vanity
  • Simple Color Palette
  • Brass Accents
  • Ornate Mirror
  • Vintage Touches

What bathroom never goes out of style?

The classic black and white bathroom will never go out of style. Using white subway tiles with black and white hexagon tiles will have a timeless look that will last for many years to come.

If you are looking to get the most from your remodel go timeless rather than trendy. There’s nothing worse than walking into an expensive bathroom remodel 10 years later and feeling like it’s dated or out of style.

Avoid this design dilemma by choosing timeless hard finishes that’ll stand the test of time. You can always update your bathroom decor, artwork, and accessories on a budget for an updated look.

Vintage Bathroom Ideas

vintage bathroom ideas collage

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1. Crackled Glass Sconce // 2. Gold Flush Mount // 3. Crystal Door Knob // 4. Vintage Black Mirror // 5. Geofloral Knobs // 6. Bistro Tile Vanity Tray // 7. Waterfall Bathroom Faucet // 8. Double Bathroom Vanity Set // 9. White 4 in. x 12 in. Subway Tile // 10. Black Hexagon Mosaic Floor Tile // 11. White Hexagon Mosaic Floor Tile // 12. Mapei Warm Gray Grout // 13. Elongated Toilet // 14. Gold Wall Mounted Shower // 15. Gold Farm Shower Door

Vintage Bathroom Lighting Ideas

gold bathroom sconce

One way to add a vintage touch to your updated bathroom is with lighting. The two wall sconces feature a gold base with cracked glass covers. The classic silhouette is both modern and classic.

The overhead lighting design is a crystal flush mount fixture with gold trim. Both fixtures tie back to the sophisticated look and feel of this elevated bath design.

1. Crackled Glass Sconce

cracked glass simple bath bar

2. Gold Flush Mount

crystal gold flush mount

Either of these gorgeous light fixtures will help to elevate your bathroom remodel.

Vintage Design Features

vintage bathroom with black and white tile floor
gold knobs

Adding vintage touches is another way to get the retro vibe in your bathroom. You can add a crystal gold doorknob for a touch of glam a la the Victorian era.

The ornate black mirror shown above features gold touches that highlight the vintage floral motif. If you are short on space a medicine cabinet may function better depending on your needs.

3. Crystal Door Knob

crystal and gold door knob

4. Vintage Black Mirror

vintage black mirror vintage bathroom ideas

Vintage Bathroom Accessory Ideas

vintage bathroom knobs

Vintage knobs are another design feature that adds interest, texture, and dimension to a classic white vanity.

5. Geofloral Knobs

vintage knobs

6. Bistro Tile Vanity Tray

ring tray

Accessories like the fun ring tray add personality and style to this simple design. Love the hex print in black and white with the touch of gold that ties back to the color scheme beautifully.

Vintage Faucet & White Vanity

bathroom with 2 black mirrors

Adding gold faucets, knobs, and accessories to a simple white bathroom vanity will create a focal point in your bathroom. The gold touches add a pop of color and interest to the design.

7. Waterfall Bathroom Faucet

Waterfall Bathroom Faucet

8. Double Bathroom Vanity Set

white double vanity

This waterfall bathroom faucet features a two-handle curved lever design for perfect temperature control. Add a touch of sophistication and a retro vibe to update your classic vintage bathroom.

This simple clean white vanity will add a modern touch to your bathroom design. If you are looking for a more traditional vibe go for the turned leg silhouette.

Vintage Bathroom Tile Ideas

black and white penny tile bathroom floor
subway tile in shower vintage bathroom ideas
black and white vintage bathroom

Classic hexagon 1×1″ tile as shown above is one of the most inexpensive tile options on the market. The beauty of this tile is that you can create a pattern by adding black hexagon tile into the mix.

In our bathroom remodel we did a border in black that really elevated the look of the tile floor. This bathroom features a geometric diamond pattern on the floor and in the shower niche box.

The simple black and white design add so much personality and interest to the otherwise all-white tile floor.

The Bathroom Tile

9. White 4 in. x 12 in. Subway Tile

white subway tile

10. Black Hexagon Mosaic Floor Tile

black hex tile

Classic subway tiles are timeless but can have a modern look or traditional just by changing the grout color.

The tried and true subway tile is the 3×6″. If you go with the featured 4×12″ style the look and feel will be classic but current.

The stacked subway tile pattern creates a trendy vibe whereas the classic brick pattern is timeless. Either will look fabulous it’s just a matter of taste and preference.

I should add that the warm gray grout color will highlight the tile but has a classic look. Black grout will have a farmhouse modern vibe.

11. White Hexagon Mosaic Floor Tile

white hex tile

12. Mapei Warm Gray Grout

Mapei Warm Gray Grout

The white and black hexagon pattern is sold as a sheet of solid color. When adding the pattern using the black tile your installer will need to cut into the mesh backing to separate the sections. It sounds more complicated than it is… trust me!

The black and white tile floor is a super inexpensive way to create an elevated look on a budget.

If you have several projects going on or want leftover grout go for the Mapei warm gray premix grout. This way you don’t have to worry about getting the color right the next time you mix the grout.

The premix grout is perfect for storing extra for when you need it later.

Vintage Brass Details

vintage bathroom ideas with white subway tile

The stunning gold rain shower head design and the handheld system is the star of the show against the simple subway tile design.

Just a little obsessed with the gold trim shower barn door that completely updates this classic bathroom design.

13. Elongated Toilet

white toilet bowl

14. Gold Wall Mounted Shower

Gold Wall Mounted Shower

15. Gold Farm Shower Door

gold shower barn door

When shopping for a toilet we have found the elongated silhouette to be the most comfortable. Just thought I’d let you know in case you are a first-time toilet bowl shopper.

There is usually a short or elongated option so go long! Just my opinion in case you were wondering.

And that’s a wrap on the vintage bathroom ideas that will update your home. Let me know in the comments below if you try any of these products out.

I hope this was inspiring and helpful as you plan your bathroom makeover.

This post is all about vintage bathroom ideas that will be timeless but updated.

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Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Nicole DelaCruz

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