If you’re thinking about upgrading your bathroom, there’s no doubt you’ve been reading up on the latest bathroom design trends. The retro look is hot right now. Homeowners are picking their favorite decade – be it the 1930’s, 50’s or even 70’s – and using style notes from that time period in their decor.
As NYC plumbing contractors, here’s what we’ve learned about making this look work for the homeowner:
Let Function Lead Form
For most families, the bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in the house. There are certain key plumbing fixtures – namely the toilet, sink, and shower unit – that need to deliver reliable performance as well as style. And today, we’re prioritizing energy efficiency and water conservation differently than we did back in the day. For that reason, your best bet is to choose contemporary fixtures that have the look of your favorite era, rather than trying to find authentic period pieces.
Lighting Sets the Tone
Many Manhattan bathrooms are on the smaller side, and often, there’s not a lot of natural lighting. For that reason, you’ll want to choose your light fixtures carefully. The good news is that finding retro-style lighting fixtures is easier than you might think. Again, modern versions of older looks will give you the energy efficiency you’re looking for, and are often safer and more reasonably priced than vintage versions.
Heat What You Can
There’s nothing more luxurious than having a warm towel waiting after you get out of the shower. No matter what time period you’re trying to create with your vintage bathroom, having your NYC plumber integrate warming features into it will delight you. Radiant floor heating, heated towel racks, and warming/cooling vanity drawers are among the top bathroom renovation features for vintage bathrooms identified by the interior design experts for Forbes.