Five ways to transform your bathroom using reclaimed and vintage pieces


A traditional Victorian or Edwardian bathroom is an elegant choice, especially if you opt for authentic pieces such as a high-level toilet with overhead cistern and an ornate pedestal basin or washstand. But you can really bring the look up to date by adding a little drama and opulence with colour and accessories.



Rich colours are the perfect way to introduce a touch of opulence to the bathroom. Deep shades from peacock blue to plum, khaki to moss green are all on-trend this year, and elegant jewel colours work beautifully with both traditional reclaimed and contemporary suites paired with flashes of chrome or copper finishes on metalwork, including lighting, mirrors, radiators and vintage roll-top baths.



For a calm, restful space, keep your bathroom clutter-free. And we don’t just mean hiding all those pots and potions! Wall-hung storage and pared-back elements such as wood, baskets and rustic textures bring the natural world in.


Country house

The country house look is all about understated luxury and a few well-chosen antique pieces. A large freestanding, claw-foot roll-top bath (consider colours including black, powder blue or pink for the finish), traditional-style sanitaryware and a reclaimed or antique wooden washstand or dresser encapsulate the look. The key is for pieces to blend, but not match perfectly (such as this bathroom, pictured, at Goodnestone House) and it should feel less formal and more homely than a classic traditional scheme.



The key to the boho look is all about quirky accessories inspired by global adventure. A neutral, desert-inspired colour palette of sand, terracotta and earth tones evokes the Moroccan riad. Lift the scheme with plenty of plants and botanicals, and add reclaimed pieces in natural materials such as wood, bamboo and stone.


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