Revival of retro design trends in modern bathrooms
White minimalism is still commonplace, but retro trends have made a serious comeback in modern bathroom design. Homeowners incorporate pop colors, classic fixtures and patterned surfaces. Despite being often static and traditional spaces in the house, bathrooms have certainly undergone major changes over the years. The candid 1970s brought vibrant colors like avocado green and mustard yellow, but the 80s introduced more subdued pastel ceramic tiles. Meanwhile, this century has set the ideal for white and marble surfaces, a smooth gloss finish, and silver fixtures. However, despite the fact that this pure white appearance continues to play a leading role, bold retro enhancements have been revived, harmonizing with contemporary elements to create an elegant yet vibrant atmosphere with powerful characters. I am producing.
What exactly is retro?
In essence, the term Retro Interior design refers to reviving the trends of the 1950s and 1980s by incorporating them into modern spaces such as colors, accessories, furniture, geometric shapes and patterns. Nonetheless, this does not mean that the design needs to be old or old, but an eclectic combination of old and new. In other words, it incorporates a modern look with a refreshing retro feel that conveys a certain nostalgia. Today, a modernized version of this retro is popular among homeowners (especially millennials) who are fascinated by the more unique and playful aesthetics that escape the classic white canvas.
From classic fixtures to colorfully patterned walls, many past design elements can be incorporated into the bathroom to achieve this contemporary retro style. Here are some of the trends that have made a comeback and the timeless material used to achieve them.
Colorful ceramic tiles
Nothing retro screams like bold colors, such as flooring, walls, sinks, toilets, and tubs. Vibrant pastel colors such as dusty blue, mint, peach and salmon all appeared throughout the bathrooms of the 80’s, combining seemingly incompatible tones to create a fun atmosphere. This color scheme became obsolete in the 90’s, but seems to be back. But rather than a completely saturated space, modern bathrooms integrate color pops mostly in the form of ceramic tiles.
Many modern homes encapsulate this aesthetic, including a small granite home with pale green tiles covering a chimney-style shower. Similarly, the interior of House L & W is mostly pure white, but it’s also featured in retro-style showers covered with mint ceramic tiles and iconic films such as the 70’s very popular bathroom shades (The Shining). )contained.
Other examples are non-residential projects like Lavabo Tri Suave and these mixed bathrooms that are gender insensitive. Both contain huge pastel pink tiles (either flooring or walls) that were huge in the 1950s, which makes a modern space with a retro atmosphere comfortable.
Thanks to their versatility and timelessness, ceramic tiles have been used in the bathroom for decades. In addition to being durable, low maintenance and lightweight, they are available in a variety of colors, sizes, finishes and patterns, providing great design flexibility for a variety of layouts and applications. In this way, they can be customized according to the desired decoration of the room, enabling this modernized retro style.
Bold fixtures with metal accents
When it comes to bathroom fixtures, concepts like “lively” and “bold” don’t immediately come to mind. But the increasing trend of colorful sinks, bathtubs and toilets with gold metal accents will probably change that. Inspired by the 50’s and 60’s, tones such as bubble gum pink and turquoise have been revived and combined with a modern, minimalist form.
Chrome fixtures have long been dominated by modern bathroom design, leaving behind the gold-polished brass of the last few decades. But today, vintage-inspired gold tones are reappearing in champagne bronze, brushed gold, and natural, matte, and glossy finishes. The golden trend, for example, found in faucets, showers and accessories, conveys a retro atmosphere with a modern twist, along with a colorful atmosphere.
With this in mind, manufacturers like the British company Kast have developed new versions of traditional colored concrete sinks. Due to the versatility and flexibility of concrete, they offer engraved surfaces, highly defined textures, and bold colors that convey a strong retro impact, especially when combined with gold elements. Therefore, you can reflect the look with just a few retro-inspired elements.
Unique vibrant pattern
Inspired by the movement of pop art, the swaying 1960s interior design featured expressive textures, geometric shapes, and saturated colors. Thus, it also saw a heavily patterned wall rebellion using tiles, terrazzo, and fun wallpapers.
Today, we see the revival of these vibrant patterns in modern bathrooms, integrating unique shapes with retro color schemes. This is the case for the Fagerstrom House bathroom suite, where the architect created an immersive hexagonal pattern using green tiles on the floor and walls. Similarly, House HC’s refurbished bathrooms incorporate geometric tile patterns in different shades of bright yellow.
Apart from ceramic tiles, terrazzo was huge at home in the 50’s and 60’s until it became unpopular in the disco era. However, it didn’t take long to revert to modern interior design, primarily due to its durability, design flexibility and ease of installation. Modern bathrooms like House P integrate a colorful terrazzo surface, while other bathrooms like Cats’ Pink House use playful wallpapers that mimic the retro look of the material. I am.
As with fashion, design trends are always coming back. But to survive, they need to be reinterpreted, refreshed, and combined with modern elements. When it comes to bathrooms, it’s important to strike a balance between retro trends and contemporary, minimalist style and composition. Only in this way is it suitable for a more renewed building, while being a unique and vintage-inspired building.