Vintage style is popular for bathrooms, and while designs have moved on from the fussy schemes of the past, today’s interpretations still achieve a distinguished period look, in an understated way. Pair an ornate suite with a subtle scheme, or style simple sanitaryware with a flamboyant backdrop for an up-to-date look.
Painted wood panelling will give both contemporary and classic sanitaryware a traditional feel. This luxurious scheme from Zucchetti.Kos showcases its Morphing range, with sanitary ware in Cristalplant, a solid-surface material, and lacquered furniture.
The collection includes this basin and console, H90xW80xD51.5cm, from £2,100; freestanding bath, H56xW80xL150cm, from £3,900; round mirror with metal frame, Dia.85cm, from £800; and Faraway small round table, H57-80xW42cm, from £700.
Choose a classic roll-top bath with a ready-to-paint exterior and team it with decorative patterned flooring. This Porto Santo solid cast-iron tub, H67.5xW68xL170cm, has cast-iron feet and comes without tap holes for a sleek, clean finish. Priced at £2,500, and also available with chrome feet, it is shown here with a H31cm Hartlebury deck-mounted bath-shower mixer, £375, and chrome standpipes, £395, all Heritage Bathrooms.
Following the current trend for all things metallic, this beautiful handmade bâteau-style tin bath is a stunning focal point for a traditional scheme. H70xW71xL175cm, it is designed to be paired with freestanding or wall-mounted taps, and costs £3,900 from Indigenous. A similar tin design, with a copper exterior, H65xW80xL170cm, costs £3,600.
Gold brassware looks opulent teamed with a lavish chandelier. Teuco’s luxurious Autoritratti Accademia range includes this basin console, H85xW65xD45cm, £3,060, and bath, H59xW80xL181cm, £6,396, both in composite Duralight, with golden basin legs, and handpainted gold leaf on the tub’s feet. In a gold-effect finish, the Skidoo wall-hung basin taps are £960. The floorstanding tap, H90cm, is £2,476.
Team period-style fittings with a contemporary bath for an up-to-date scheme. The Elegance range by Vitra includes this ceramic washbasin with pedestal, H90xW72xD54cm, £375; WC pan with low-level cistern, wooden seat and chrome fittings and pipe set, H100.5xW51xD67cm, £875; and mirror, H70xW100cm, £515, as well as a range of brassware. Vitra’s Cocoon bath, H47xW80xL180cm, is made from high-grade acrylic and costs £2,615.
Inspired by the distinctive octagonal-shaped sanitaryware of the 1930s, Duravit has designed a range of ceramic basins, bidets and WCs, aptly named the 1930 Series. Pieces include this washbasin and pedestal, H78.5xW70xD50cm, £854; close-coupled WC, H70.5xW36xD67cm, £918; and floorstanding bidet, H39xW36xD60cm, around £413.
Contemporary sanitaryware can look stunning in a traditional setting. This stylish scheme by Bathstore includes an Apex close-coupled WC, H82.5xW37xD65cm, £299; Apex basin and pedestal, H84.5xW60xD43cm, £229; Cambridge freestanding bath with modern resin feet, H63.5xW78xL169cm, £599, and Portland 950 radiator, £549. The room is tiled with Chelsea wall tiles, W10xL20cm, and Victoria Carrara floor tiles, W33xL33cm, both £27 per/m2
If you like the idea of a freestanding bath, but want a fitted style, this H45xW75xL170cm Kildwick design from Frontline ticks both boxes. It costs £615 and has been painted to match the Dust Grey Aquamode furniture pictured: a vanity unit and ceramic basin, H86xW59x
A black-and-white scheme is a classic combination, so introduce pieces such as a high-level WC and decorative basin console for elegant, luxurious style. This Greenwich cast-iron boat bath, H67.5xW43.5xL170cm, comes primed ready for painting, £4,651. The Henley range includes a high-level WC, H200xW43xD72cm, £1,228; black basin, H21xW68.5xD49.5cm, £708; and chrome stand, H68.5xW84xD49.5cm, £1,664. All exclusive to CP Hart.