Working The Vintage Bathroom Tile
While many of us delight in the legacy of mid-century design, there
are probably far fewer of us who relish the bold tile choices associated
with retro-era bathrooms. And admittedly, pepto-bismal pink tiles are
not the easiest to ignore or "tie in" quietly. The key seems to be in
playing into their funk.
• 1. February's Lonny Magazine showcased
Lizzie Bailey's retro pink-tiles bathroom, which she decked out with an
Albert Hadley black and white patterned wallpaper. The paper adds a bit
of graphic modern flair but also relates well to the classic vintage
vibe of the space. She also used black and white Albert Hadley sketches
and black and white photos to tie the wallpaper further into the decor.
• 2., 8.
Admittedly black and white is probably the easiest tile choice to work
with, but I was so taken with the simple chic solutions that Alex
incorporated into his old tiled bath that I couldn't help but include
it. Black is hardly a common choice for the bathroom, but Alex took a
cue from his black and white tiles to give his retro bath a chic
masculine feel. He plays up the old world appeal with a billowy navy
blue curtain, nautical paintings, and brass accents. Check out his full
house tour here.
Apartment Therapy New York's talented Geoff Bentz's fabulous bathroom
makeover. I would never have thought red and white stripes could look so
good with baby blue! I think this is a perfect example of going full
steam ahead with a bold idea. Using a milder color could have left the
bathroom feeling mushy or too cutesy, but the barber shop stripes and
strong-statement vintage accents bring out the tile's best. To see more,
including before pictures, click here.
• 4., 7.
If you haven't noticed by the number of times I've referred to this
image, Nicole and Colin's bath is one of my favorites. They worked
their mustard yellow and black tiles in by choosing a shower curtain
that contained the same saffron color, and then they painted the walls
the other silvery sage color contained in the shower curtain. For the
final touch, they used black and white art to tie in the black of the
bullnose tile. To see their whole house tour, click here.
• 5., 6. Another house tour favorite of mine is Mara and Micheal's
pink and cream tiled bath photographed by the talented Laure Joliet of
Apartment Therapy LA. Mara painted the large graphic floral pattern in
colors that compliment the original pink and creamy yellow tile, while
also adding some modern spunk to the old bath. See the full tour here.
• 9. In
my own retro bath makeover, I played up the boldness of the black and
white vintage tile with an equally bold wall color, and then tempered it
by painting a black silhouette scene of my daughters and adding in a
few other black and white accents. Check out the full makeover here.