Adding trim tile for that vintage effect.
Top left: Bathroom by Clay Squared to Infinity image via Houzz |Top right: Bathroom by Good Home Construction | Bottom left: Bathroom by Bungalow Tile image via Apartment Therapy | Bottom right: Bathroom by Good Home Construction
We won’t be going over the top trying to be historically accurate to any set period in our vintage bathroom renovation. Instead, it will probably be a mix of Art Deco and bungalow styled bathroom details.
One area that I’m particularly obsessed about, however, is the tile. As I mentioned, we want to do white subway tiles with beveled edges like the ones found in the Parisian Metro. And it would be great to be able to add some classic retro trim details like the examples here.
Art Deco motif shower | Mint subway tile bathroom | Vintage barber shop with subway tile. Credits unknown.
The above image is work by design gods Roman and Williams. The detail here is crazy amazing. The design duo had the tiles specially made for Ben Stiller’s home bathroom renovation. The tiles are now commercially available through their creative partnership with Waterworks.
To evoke American athletic clubs of an era past, Alesch and Standefer sought tile that looked like it had been soaking up steam for a century — not the typical glossy, looks-new subway tile. So the designers worked with Waterworks to create a custom tile with an aged patina. “It’s a surface that looks a little like bone or stained teeth,” Alesch said of the variations in the tile. “The fire really caramelizes the glaze.” They also designed a decorative tile that avoided the “pregnant molding” syndrome of so many tile collections. “We wanted the decorative tile to lie flat, not bulge out like cake frosting,” he said.
*Sigh*. While we won’t be developing our own “aged patina”, I will be trying to source some vintage tile components to add to the mix.
Some great links for retro tile motifs and historic bathroom inspiration:
- Subway ceramics website is a great source of inspiration. I am particularly keen on the different components available for edge finish. Like these P-cap mouldings.
- American Restoration Tile has excellent examples of classic tile motifs including hexagon, penny round and border patterns.
- The blog 1912 Bungalow has wonderful images of historical bathrooms and vintage plumbing fixtures collected from old plumbing supply catalogs.
- The blog Hanbury House has a great collection of retro tile work from the 30s, 40s and 50s.
- See Vintage bathroom fixtures and 600+ images of bathrooms I think are beautiful on my Pinterest boards.
- I just ordered Jane Powell’s Bungalow Bathrooms. The first review from Amazon says it all:
This lady knows so much about antique bathroom fixtures it’s SCARY!
Really, you don’t know how much that excites me!!!