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As it often happens that history repeats itself, vintage is back on! We are now facing the rise in vintage-inspired decorations and rooms completely equipped in that manner. What makes vintage so characteristic now is that it looks like your grandma passed it on to you (and it is like that in the majority of cases), which evokes sentimental feelings in almost any person.

When it comes to redecoration, bathrooms are especially tricky. Since they are usually small, you do not have so many things to do but reinvent the wheel. So, if you do not have a grandmother to provide you with necessary equipment, go straight to a flea market in search for these things which will help you turn your little bathroom into the cutest vintage-style one.

Start with Walls and Floor

The easiest way to start your time travel is via walls. Avoid bright, dashing colours characteristic for contemporary design, and use soothing pastels and gentle white. Find wallpaper or tiles featuring floral or old advertising prints which bring about the feeling of 1920s, 30s or 40s, or some vintage movie poster that can add a distinctive, (monochromatic) touch to the space.

Pastoral themes are also a great way to (re)introduce an old feel in your bathroom, whereas old recruitment posters can add colour and striking effect to the style you are aiming at; just for little fun.

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Details in the Walls and Floor Add Interest to this White Bathroom

Can’t Go Wrong with Mirrors

Adding mirrors to any space will create the illusion of it being bigger than it actually is, and we can use this fact in our advantage if we add old, decorated carved frames onto them. You can either find them separately, or use some old picture frame and repurpose it with a mirror. Frames are a great way to revive the space and even a plastic imitation will do the trick as well and achieve the effect we are aiming at.

Use Unusual Mirrors to Create Interest and Detail

Use Unusual Mirrors to Create Interest and Detail

Change Fixtures

Bathrooms as we know them today did not used to be a standard part of a house – they were a completely new thing for a Victorian, for example. This is why in old houses they seem kind of off – as if they were not supposed to be there in the first place. So, if you want to achieve this effect, you will have to do some major plumbing installation movement and change the fixtures.

With the help of commercial plumbing company, you can completely transform any type of room into a bathroom, just like the old Victorians did back in the day when bathtubs and advanced plumbing started appearing.

For example, instead of a shower, you simply have to install a clawfoot or antique tub (movable tubs were a completely normal thing, so why would your tub not be like that as well?), and a pedestal sink instead of a vanity compartment. You can never go wrong with white, distressed wood, and when it comes to fixtures – old-style works magic.

Claw Foot Tub and Wallpaper give this Bathroom a Vintage Look

Claw Foot Tub and Wallpaper give this Bathroom a Vintage Look

Add Accessories

The last thing you can use to add a touch of vintage style into your bathroom are accessories. Old hairbrushes are a simple must-have; they used to be packed in old decorative containers, usually with a common theme or decoration. You can also recycle old step ladder or an old chair, repaint them into white and repurpose – use them as towel holders or hangers, for example.

If you have found an old cupboard in your grandmother’s house, you can use its nicely carved drawers as storage containers in your new (old) bathroom. If you have old teacups, you can turn them into flower pots and place them wherever you see fit.

Old houses usually had wealthy owners, so let accessories including lush bath robes, quality towels with initials, and fancy slippers – become standard items in your bathroom. And if you want to spice things up a bit, let an old, carved, wooden chair be the crown of your bathroom – which was a completely normal thing in vintage bathrooms.

Adding Accessories and Artwork Add Charm and Personalization

Adding Accessories and Artwork Add Charm and Personalization

Bathroom items can be tricky to work with, but as you can see, if you invest some time and devotion to them, you can do wonders with the slightest changes made. Follow your instincts and take every old item you see, give it a new look and find a place for it in your (new) vintage bathroom.

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to interior design and latest DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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Beach, Nautical and Coastal Interiors

Decorating interiors on the beach is always one of my favorite locations to work.  You can’t get much better than working on the water.  I am so inspired by the water, sand and sea life that comes from this type of living.  If I had to choose just one place to work…it would have to be the beach.  There’s something serene and peaceful with the sounds of ocean waves crashing and seagulls squawking.  As an interior designer in Orange County, California, my work has taken me to several homes near the water.  From East Hampton, New York to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  When designing a beach house or home on the water it only makes sense to bring the water elements into the interior design.

Living Room Coastal Interior Design
Living Room – Coastal Interior

If you are wanting to create a comfortable and laid back look to your coastal interior design project then read further for some key elements of coastal interiors.

Take a look at some of our completed projects on the beach (click on the links below to view)…

East Hampton, New York

Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, California

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

If you have never experienced the beach on a personal level, look at magazines dedicated to coastal destinations, or better yet, contact a Coastal Interior Designer to take all the guess work out of it for you!

Living Room Nautical Design
Use Blue and White in Coastal Interiors

Key Elements of Coastal Interior Design


Coastal interiors and decorating on the beach mean different things to different people when it comes to choosing the furniture style.  The most important thing is to keep the design casual and simple.  Use materials such as reclaimed wood, bamboo or wicker furniture and keep in mind certain types of wood aren’t recommended for ocean air.  Try to incorporate stripes and patterns that relate to the beach.  For example, use navy blue and crisp white for that nautical look.  Linen fabrics are also a good choice for drapery and pillows.


Keep your wall colors light and airy.  This will help bring the true coastal experience into your home.  Soft color palettes work best for homes on the water.  Although I don’t typically like white walls…on the beach it gives you that clean, crisp feel.  White also works well as an accent on such architectural details such as wainscoting.


Less is better when considering a coastal interior design style.  However, if you are seeking privacy there are many window treatments available that can marry the two together nicely.  White shutters are a good choice as they will not only compliment the wainscoting, but will also provide you privacy when needed.


Stick with hard surfaces when decorating on the beach by using hardwood floors or tiles.  Clean and simple and uncluttered is best.  Lighter colors for hardwood and throw rugs will help bring the room together as well as hide the sand that may be tracked in from the beach.


This is a great area to bring in the details of coastal interiors.  Add small touches here and there that will bring these elements to life.  Add a net, use some rope or bring in some shells.  Stay on the lookout as you’re walking on the beach…an old piece of driftwood that has weathered from the constant beating of the waves is a great accent.  Use some live tropical plants such as giant birds of paradise or a kentia palm.  Use images of sailboats or rope in your artwork as shown below.

Sailboat Artwork
Accent with Nautical Artwork
Nautical Rope Artwork

Nautical Artwork


Rattan or wicker works nicely with lamps, or add another type of texture that reminds you of the coast, like sea shells.  Wrought iron is also a good choice to bring an element of metal to the room.

Coastal interior design is not only a fun and creative way to decorate, but it can also bring an element of Feng Shui into your home as the ambiance can be cathartic to your soul.  You will just breath easier in your new coastal interior surroundings as they remind you of the care free days at the beach.

Do you have any favorite tips or ideas that you like using when it comes to decorating on the beach?  Share some inspiration from your coastal interior design projects.  Send in some pics and comments…I’d love to see what you’re up to!

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