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Retro Bathroom Designs Zooey Deschanel Would Love

Posted by Daltile Team on Aug 11, 2015 8:30:00 PM

Octagon & Dot in Matte White on the floor with Rittenhouse Square in Matte White 3 x 6 on the wall.

Some celebrities can pull off the retro look so perfectly nobody even bats an eye. When was the last time you saw Taylor Swift or Scarlett Johansson and thought they were anything less than stunning? Yet both have a flair for 50s style. Zooey Deschanel or Adele’s 60s style never looks out of place because they know how to make it work in a contemporary world.

Ready to add a little retro style to your bathroom as flawlessly as your favorite celebs? Here are seven things you can do to get a look that is timeless but flavored with retro.

1.    Basic Colors

Nothing says retro like classic black and white. It’s as basic as it gets. It also makes a great foundation for the decor of the rest of the room. You can add color, mix in textures, and play with shape to enhance the space.

Permatones custom mosaic.

2.    Little Tiles on the Floor

Hex and penny round tile have been fixtures in design that harkens back to the golden age of tile. Anything—even shaped tiles like the lantern—under two inches in size in a solid color will work. Try a hexagon and dot or windmill pattern in black and white for a classic look, or get creative with colorful penny rounds.

3.    Subway Tile on the Walls

Speaking of the golden age of tile, subway tile is another retro look you should consider. Lucky for you, subway tile is ultra-popular at the moment so it’s easy to find and has more options than ever. Classic white 3 x 6” is an excellent choice. Or you can transition the look to something a little more updated with a colored, textured, or larger size tile.

4.    Stylized Sink

A pedestal sink can center the room in the retro look. Choose one with classic styling rather than contemporary curves. A pedestal sink also opens up a cramped bathroom and give you a bit more space.

Skybridge in Gray 10 x 14 on the wall and Off White 18 x 18 on the floor.

5.    Freestanding Tub

A freestanding tub characterizes a retro look, especially if it’s a clawfoot tub. It is a timeless classic that translates to many different styles. In a retro bathroom, it grounds the style with sophistication.

6.    Retro Fixtures

Faucets, handles, and shower heads that have an antique look can take a basic bathroom to the next level. Right now, this style is widely available so you don’t actually have to find old fixtures. You’ll get the benefit of new functionality with the look of retro.

7.    Pieced Furniture

Retro style is surprisingly sleek. Large, blocky cabinets emerged as the standard in bathrooms more recently but that doesn’t mean that you have to deal with less storage space. Add in some furniture pieces that match the retro era and you can maintain the look without sacrificing the storage.


Pull off beautiful retro style in a contemporary time with ease. A few details go a long way to letting you take a step back in time without sacrificing the modern conveniences.

Topics: Bathroom Tile Ideas, Subway Tile, Trends

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