We’ve always been fascinated with the simplicity of colonial times, when design was born from necessity and made beautiful through earthy colors and meticulous craftsmanship. Luckily, modern technology affords us many luxuries unavailable during that time (like, for instance, indoor plumbing), but that doesn’t mean we can’t still gain inspiration from the design. Defined by traditional patterns, no-machines craftsmanship and simple, clutter-free homes, old American style is popping up in homes everywhere–with a new contemporary-meets-colonial spin.
Here are five stylish ways to get the look in your bathroom.
Romance the sink. Pfister’s Unison bathroom faucet evokes the design of colonial times in an updated, contemporary way with its sleek curves and strong base. Choose the rustic bronze finish, paired with a freestanding pedestal sink, to get an old-fashioned look with a contemporary juxtaposition of finishes.
Bathing in Beauty. Nothing channels the romance of a bygone era more than a claw-footed tub. Early Americans considered these luxury items reserved for the highest castes–and we can’t blame them! Soaking in this sturdy cast iron tub lined with a silky coat of enamel will make anyone feel like royalty. Outfit your bathroom with Waterworks’ Beaumont model, a generously sized freestanding oval bathtub with sturdy claw feet. OurSavannah tub and shower faucets (see top image) match the claw foot tub beautifully.
Light of Ages. Hanging a sconce in a historically themed bathroom is a must. We’re partial to Circa Lighting’s Savoy Sconce for its simple details and elegant curves. Place the double-armed sconce between two his-and-hers sinks to shed a dim glow on both sides of the vanity.
A Vintage Touch. When decorating a home, many designers subscribe to the idea of incorporating a mix of both new and old pieces. In the bathroom, vintage pieces can take the form of a weathered wooden dresser or an old-fashioned pitcher and basin set. A great idea is to arrange a group of rolled up white hand towels around the pitcher for instant decor and easy prep when guests come by.
Time to Tile. Add a hint of color to a colonial-style bathroom with patterned ceramic tiles in earth-inspired hues reminiscent of the time–think yellows, soft greens, muted blues and rusty reds. We like Ann Sacks’ Elements collection for its simplicity of pattern. Looking for a more budget-friendly option? Try a braided rug or hanging tapestry in a similar palette.
With some careful crafting you can merge the simple beauty of colonial and simple lines of contemporary. We hope you’ll find some inspiration and give the look a try in your bathroom. Let us know which of these great items you’re most likely to add to your bathroom.