Of all the decisions you’ll make throughout your bathroom remodeling process, one of the first and most important will be the design style you select. Regarding your options, there are four distinct design styles: contemporary, transitional, rustic and traditional.
Each style has its own unique characteristics. Deciding which style you prefer can be tricky. If you’re unsure, take a look at other areas of your life—your fashion sense, the car you drive (or want), your hobbies and family can all influence your style. [Uncover your design style in these 8 familiar places.] If you’re still having trouble choosing, take this design style quiz.
Whether you’re a fan of sleek elegance, rustic warmth, vintage touches, or some combination of these, knowing how to create that style in your own home can be intimidating. From flooring to wall tiles, furniture to fixtures, and even fabrics, there are dozens of choices you’ll need to make in order to pull off the look you want in your new bathroom. We’ll be covering the four distinct design aesthetics in the coming weeks, but first, let’s break down the elements of traditional style.
The traditional aesthetic is warm and familiar, with deep roots in early 19thcentury European décor. Traditional bathrooms are typically formal in style, featuring classic architectural details, natural stone, rich wood, and vintage fixtures. But don’t get the wrong idea; traditional style doesn’t mean stuffy or outdated. If you appreciate classic styles and elegant touches, this style might be for you. From the vanity to the tile, and every element in between, no detail goes unplanned – or unnoticed. Let’s take a look at the elements that create a timeless, traditional aesthetic.
Warm tones and dark woods set the stage for a traditional style bathroom. Choose a soapstone, marble or slate countertop to ground the space and add time-honored embellishments, such as graceful curves. A vintage, subway tile backsplash can add equal parts elegance and whimsy. Dark, wood floors are a mainstay in traditional style spaces, but real wood won’t hold up to the amount of water in a bathroom. Instead, opt for engineered wood flooring. The look will fool even the most discerning eye, and water is no match for its no-nonsense construction.
When it comes to traditional fixtures, think opulence in moderation. A luxurious porcelain sink perched on a rich, cherry wood pedestal or oil-rubbed bronze hardware fit the bill perfectly. Copper and brass also work well in a traditional style bathroom. Choose a satin finish to keep the look from appearing too modern. The centerpiece in this space is typically the bath or shower. A majestic, claw-foot tub or a walk-in shower with a natural stone wall surround offers a distinguished touch. Traditional light fixtures are bold and elegant. Add character to your traditional bathroom with an antique chandelier or candelabra.
Symmetry is key in traditional spaces. In a master bathroom, consider two separate pedestal sinks rather than one large vanity. Consider adding built-ins for storage and wide, decorative moldings for an elegant touch.
Crisp linens in muted tones are the hallmark of an elegant, traditional space. Picture creamy white window coverings draped gracefully over an arched window framed by wide moldings. Hang thick, monogrammed towels over muted metal towel racks or hooks.
Break the rules
While these are the tried-and-true style rules of a traditional aesthetic, don’t be afraid to break from tradition, as it were. When it comes to your new bathroom, go with your gut and choose elements that strike just the right mood for you. Our design consultants have incredible style sense and great ideas when it comes to making a space your own.
Whether you want an elegant, tasteful space filled with character or another style altogether, Re-Bath can help. Schedule a free in-home design consultation today and get started on the bathroom of your dreams.