Creating an Unfitted Bathroom
When designing a new bathroom there are many ways to make it looked "lived in." The unfitted look--with furniture-style cabinetry and decor--has become all the rage with some designers as it creates a very warm and inviting space. It also can make a new bathroom look as though it's aged well.
New Bathrooms Combine Trendy With Timeless
If you're thinking about creating this look in your new home, start with the cabinetry. A double or single bowl vanity with carved legs, fluted vertical molding, and a glazed finish can help set the tone.
Then look for a countertop that blends in. Many old-fashioned bathrooms had rustic marble or limestone countertops which are readily available today. Look for one with a honed or tumbled look to emphasize timelessness.
Next, select your floor and wall materials. Instead of a shiny marble floor, consider the same "tumbled" marble that was used on the countertop or pick a complementary pattern or another rustic stone.
There also are many porcelain and ceramic tiles designed to look like old stone. Many are sold with coordinating edge and accent pieces that allow you to create interesting patterns in the shower stall or around the tub.
Finish it off with Furniture
The finishing touch comes with your furniture accents. If the room is large enough, add an old dresser for storing linens. The dresser can be left with its worn finish or restained or painted to fit the décor. Lighting, mirrors, and knick-knacks add personality.
The unfitted look can bring a warm feeling to any bathroom, regardless of the size or design. All it takes is a little creativity--and an eye toward combining the right furniture elements.
Allison E. Beatty is an avid old house enthusiast who has been renovating houses and writing about them for more than 10 years. She contributes regularly to national newspaper, magazines and web sites. She lives in an 1888 Victorian era home.
By Allison E. Beatty