16 vintage bathroom ideas to put a classic look back into your home

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Vintage style bathrooms can be stunningly stylish (Image credit: Real Stone, Tile & Bathroom Company)

While it's natural to assume a vintage bathroom may be one in need of a serious overhaul, dated sanitaryware has nothing to do with it. Instead, when it comes to bathroom design, vintage bathroom ideas are about a curated aesthetic. It's a look that embraces the past but has a level of quality set in the present.

But in an environment focused on cleanliness, how can you combine old and new without it looking messy - or dare we say it dirty? Very easily is the answer and we're here to show you how.

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Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan, CBE, invented Chalk Paint™ in 1990 and has continued to refine and improve her formula since. She is widely considered one of the world’s leading authorities in paint, colour and style. In 2023, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to interior design.

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Grazzie Wilson

Grazzie Wilson is head of creative at Ca'Pietra, a luxury stone and tile brand based in the UK.

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Nicholas Cunild

Nicholas Cunild, is Managing Director of Matki Showers and sister brand Swadling Brassware based in Yate Bristol.  All their products are made in the UK and they have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.

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Lisa Cooper

Lisa is the Head of Product for Thomas Sanderson. Since joining the business in 2015, she has been instrumental in launching many new collections, including the latest range of garage doors. Lisa is passionate about motorisation and smart electric products. 

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Leigh Price

Leigh Price, Co-Director of Real Stone, Tile & Bathroom has been in the construction industry for 35 years, and has worked in the tiling and bathroom industry for the past 16 years. His favourite aspect of running the business is guiding a client through the design process for their project, and consequently seeing it come to fruition.

Sarah Harley
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Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.