How to get a retro look in your bathroom

Your bathroom is one room that you spend a significant amount of time in – but at the same time, it's also a room which is often overlooked when it comes to redecorating. It's a shame, since as what is usually a smaller room with little to no furniture, it takes relatively little time and effort to update (or in the case of retro décor, back date) your bathroom, unless you're planning a remodel as well.

If creating a retro look throughout your home is your aim, then you may be able to accomplish this with a few fairly small touches. For starters, your bathroom is most likely painted white – and if this is the case, there's really no reason to change that for a retro look.

If your tiles, bath and fixtures are in line with the style you envision for the room, then you can probably get away with just a 60s inspired show curtain, hand soap dispensers and towel racks; but if you want to go a little further, then you'll want to think about the following.


Small hexagonal or square black and white tiles are a classic design which is as stylish now as it was in the 50s and 60s (or for that matter, even in the 20s when this style first came into vogue). A monochrome floor like this is actually very suitable, since you can add colour to the room through your shower curtain – or even adding some colourful bath towels.


It can take a considerable amount of time and work to scavenge for vintage bathroom fixtures, not to mention having to determine whether or not these pieces comply with modern building codes in your city. However, a growing number of manufacturers are now producing new fixtures which feature vintage looks and these may be a better choice if you're pressed for time.

Window Treatments

For windows in your bathroom, choose treatments which allow in the maximum amount of light. Sheer voile, especially voile panels, are an excellent choice for bathrooms which could use a little more light. These can be used on their own if you don't have any privacy issues or teamed with white or black wooden blinds.


Your bathroom light fixtures are one place where you can definitely change things up. Sometimes, natural light filtering in through the voile panels just won't be enough; but it's fairly easy to find 60's style light fixtures to add task lighting (such as vanity lighting) or overhead light which matches the retro look of your old, but new again, bathroom.

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