The classic Art Deco bathroom look conjures up glamorous characteristics such as striking geometric shapes, luxurious detailing, bold colours and symmetry. However, it’s not easy to add these heritage touches to your space without it feeling contrived. Instead, Houzzers are opting for Art Deco-inspired elements and bringing them up to date with a modern spin – think decadent marble details, vintage-style pendants and flamboyant chevron patterns for a new twist on the lavish bygone era. Take a look at these inspiring examples of on old-meets-new glitz and glamour.
Mix vintage accessories with contemporary pieces
Updating a contemporary space with some vintage Deco touches couldn’t be simpler. Try scouring op shops for ornate mirrors featuring decorative edging, for a unique display above your modern streamlined vanity unit. Highlight the mix of old and new further with retro patterned towels that tie the modern fittings with the period styling.
Add modern monochrome tiles
Bold black-and-white schemes were typical of the 1920s era, so if you’re not keen on adding ornate Art Deco fittings, then by simply sticking with this colour palette your bathroom will definitely be a nod to the style. However, choose contemporary tiles to bring your scheme into the 21st century – try angular chevron tiles, sleek white subways with black grouting and a black-framed mirror to pull the scheme together.
Consider graphic Crittall windows
A popular architectural feature of ’20s and ’30s buildings, Crittall steel-framed windows are a huge trend right now and would be the perfect addition to evoke an Art Deco feel that’s befitting of this century. The graphic lines of the windows add an equal dose of period and contemporary styling to the space, with a timeless appeal you’ll never tire of.
Create a balanced symmetry
There’s nothing more soothing and relaxing than a neatly designed bathroom, and as Art Deco style favoured symmetry, it’s a great source of inspiration for a well-planned layout. If you can squeeze in a double vanity with dual basins, mirrors and lighting, the pleasing aesthetic created from the symmetry will encourage you to unwind.
Look to marble for a classic addition
It’s no surprise that luxurious marble was big news in Art Deco interiors that favoured elegance and grace. Now, with marble’s resurgence in popularity, it’s a winning ingredient in an old-meets-new bathroom. You can go the whole hog and add a slab of marble behind the vanity, on the bench or in the shower. Alternatively, pop in a few glamorous marble accessories, such as soap dispensers, tumblers and jewellery trays. Either way, it will definitely give your bathroom a decadent touch.
Bonus tip: Thought white marble was opulent? Black marble will double the drama thanks to it’s flamboyant nature. Think Gatsby glam and you’ll create a Deco decadent bathing space that’s very much from this era.
Fit standout taps
There’s something inherently traditional about these high-end contemporary chrome taps that have been mounted on rounds of black marble. They combine two deluxe materials with refined styling that will ensure a smart, classic look.
Hunt out period fittings
If you have a heritage property and you’re keen to step back in time with a decked out Deco space, find fixtures with a 1920s feel that will connect your modern bathroom with your period home. Introduce elements like an ornate Art Deco mirror or a traditional pedestal basin, and set them against a contemporary backdrop of sleek lighting and modern gloss finishes for a harmonious blend of old and new.
Pop in surprise touches
Whether you decide to plumb it in for toasty towels, or prefer to simply use it as practical storage, a traditional heated towel rail will evoke the grace and charm of the Art Deco era in an instant.
Likewise, a traditional bath bridge offers a heritage touch to any style of bath and will enhance the bathing experience by keeping soaps and sponges within arms-reach.
Choose a memorable wallpaper
A bold, dark wallpaper with a distinctive Deco theme creates an elegant flourish and hints at sumptuous grandeur. Don’t be afraid to go dark in a small space, it will add to the drama and make the tiny space more captivating.
The Deco period also saw bright, rich colours decorate the walls, and one example is this stunning yellow wallpaper, originally designed by Flora Scalamandre in the 1930s. The deep intensity of the shade is upbeat and enriching to guarantee a happy vibe on every visit.
Heighten the glam factor
For a more modern vibe, introduce metallic elements that will bounce light around the room and will capture the lavishness of Art Deco style. Go for glamorous gold features, like an iconic shimmering wallpaper or gleaming taps. This gives a nod towards the exotic side of the Deco look, while also embracing the trend for warmer metals.
Discover vintage lighting
If you want to track down some period wall lights but still want to retain a modern touch, look out for smart cylindrical sconces with an Art Deco-inspired design. Fit them either side of a mirror or cabinet and you’ll have a soft glow rather than a harsh overhead light.
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Credit: Louise O'Bryan 8 December 2016
Houzz Australia Contributor. As an Interiors Stylist and Writer, with over 15 years