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  1. 1. Opulent Antique Bathroom Design For A Trul... by S. Lewis - http://www.homethangs.com/blog/2012/01/opulent-antique-bathroom-design-for- a-truly-lavish-period-style/Opulent Antique Bathroom Design For A Truly Lavish Period StyleWhen it comes to designing a truly peerless bathroom, you really have to go all the way. You see, a designerbath isnt just one thing - not your bathtub, not your shower, not your vanity, but the way all the parts interplay. Fora modern style bathroom, this is pretty easy to do - all sleek lines and minimal decor in a matching color scheme,and youll have something unified. But a regal, antique style bathroom requires a little more coordination - whilethe period of your pieces dont necessarily have to be historically accurate, or even corresponding, texture, color,and light become much more important. For a bathroom suite thatll make you feel like royalty, youre really goingto have to put the decorating back in your decor and put a little attention into the details.You Dont Necessarily Need A Lot Of Stuff For A Lavish Vintage StyleIn the several hundred year period across multiple European countries that we broadly consider "antiques,"bathrooms were a quite a bit different than they are today, not the least because of a lack, in certain times andplaces, of indoor plumbing. Put simply, for a long time, bathtubs were always freestanding because plumbingwasnt a consideration - so in a period style bathroom, its freestanding or bust, and unless you opt for a coppertub, clawfoot is really the way to go. There are lots of shapes and styles, from elegant slipper tubs like thisCharleston one to simpler rolled edge soaking tubs. As well, you would have found a pitcher and a bowl set atop adresser in place of a sink, so opt for a vanity like this Walnut Tesla that has the look and feel of a piece of furniturerather than something to set your sink on. page 1 / 4
  2. 2. Opulent Antique Bathroom Design For A Trul... by S. Lewis - http://www.homethangs.com/blog/2012/01/opulent-antique-bathroom-design-for- a-truly-lavish-period-style/Then Again, If You Really Want A Show Stopper, Going All Out Is The Way To GoTexture is also incredibly important. Historically, the big mansions and palaces youre basing your bathroom onhad fabric wallpaper or tapestries and big, thick rugs, each with its own unique character. Now, while you probablydont want to hang gilded velvet wallpaper in any room, adding fabric to a bathroom is a great way to instantlyramp up the level of luxury. Its unexpected and opulent - whether you actually go for textured walls or wallhangings, a nice thick rug, heavy, ornate window treatments, or simply opt for a cloth (rather than plastic) showercurtain, swags of heavy cloth will give you the depth and texture you need to manufacture something truly lavish.Pair that with more furniture styled vanities like this Buttercream and even a few pieces of actual accent furniturelike this Tola Slipper Chair and that nice low Cocktail Table, and your bathroom will start to feel like a place torelax, bathe, unwind, dress, and ready yourself for the day or for bed - which is exactly what bathrooms used tobe.I Could Kiss The Designer Of This Gorgeous Princess BathroomOf course, you should have a little fun with it. This canopy style shower curtain over this Slipper Tub is one of themost fantastic design elements Ive seen in a long time, paying homage to antique decor without being restrictedto anything too traditional. Again, though, the thick, furry rug and textured walls - to say nothing of the fabulousshower curtain - add a lushness and depth to the decor. And note that this room pairs a gorgeous Wing Chair witha Louis IV table style Console Vanity and a second over-the-tub table in a similar style, carrying the curvy antiquelegs throughout the room though each of the pieces is inspired by a different period. The inclusion of those twobig, beautiful Mirrors doesnt hurt either - not only do they pick up elements of the decor, but they also reflect thespace back on itself, making the room look even larger and more lush than it is, and helping to brighten a slightlydim room. If theres one thing you really want to go bold with in this type of bathroom, its the mirror - opt forsomething like this curvy Cleopatra, which is classy and classic but also quite eye catching. page 2 / 4
  3. 3. Opulent Antique Bathroom Design For A Trul... by S. Lewis - http://www.homethangs.com/blog/2012/01/opulent-antique-bathroom-design-for- a-truly-lavish-period-style/Simple, Classical Elegance Can Go A Long WayCoordinating colors is another way to help unify an eclectic antique style. Opt for creamy, golden or rose-toned offwhites rather than pure white to give your bathroom a radiant glow. Sticking to the same color family throughoutwill make your bathroom look pristine without being sterile, with the lovely warmth of aged ivory. In this bath,pairing a deep roman tub with a simple, architectural deck mounting evokes the Classical inspiration behind manyperiod styles. Again, the subtle use of texture in the curtains gives the room a lavish feel, while the simple BenchSeating adds both functionality and that little hint of parlor style opulence youre looking for. And adding in a fullmarble fireplace doesnt hurt either!Stark Contrast Can Be Breathtaking - Just Make Sure You Have Lots Of Light To Balance It OutThat said, dont be afraid of contrast, either. Add a few pops of pure black to that cream-and-ivory bath for a muchmore dramatic look. The dark/light contrast is a little more modern, but you can see the similarities - a black ratherthan white Console Vanity and accent shelves, a Taliaferro chair in a darker color scheme, a cast iron ClawfootTub with a black finish, and even a set of black Besty Lamps. These are very simple swaps, but make for a muchdifferent overall impression. And, heck, many genuine historical bathrooms were done in dark red, gold, wood,and copper, so anything short of neon green and youre probably kosher. page 3 / 4
  4. 4. Opulent Antique Bathroom Design For A Trul... by S. Lewis - http://www.homethangs.com/blog/2012/01/opulent-antique-bathroom-design-for- a-truly-lavish-period-style/ Lavash Classical Style Chandeliers Add Unexpected Elegance To A Classic Bath Lighting is also absolutely crucial to a good royal-suite style bathroom. If you hadnt noticed, many of these bathrooms have one or more crystal chandeliers. This one, which is overall a slightly more contemporary approach with strong antique elements, has three just counting those visible from a single angle, and each one is subtly repeated by the rooms many multiple mirrors. Not only does this ensure that youll have all the warm, bright light your heart could desire, but the historical crystal design of something like this Crystorama Chandelier also helps your vintage theme ring authentic, and adds a heaping helping of opulence to your decor. So if you truly want a decadent bathroom - something period inspired and fit to make you feel like royalty, dont just think "bathroom" - make the space something you want to live in, combining eclectic antique and vintage pieces, rich textures, creamy, regal colors, and lots and lots of light. Whats your favorite period-style splurge? Whats the one thing youd need to want to live in your bathroom? www.HomeThangs.com - Home Improvement Super Store info@homethangs.com Phone: 267-670-3883 Toll Free: 1-866-278-0880 Circle HomeThangs on Google+ Like HomeThangs on Facebook Follow HomeThangs on Twitter Follow HomeThangs on PINTEREST page 4 / 4Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)