a Victorian-style bathroom
Photo: Karen Melvin

Period Perfect

Thanks to their deep soaking tubs, graceful fittings, and clean tiled surfaces, turn-of-the-century bathrooms are making just as much of a splash today as they did more than 100 years ago. It's no wonder, then, that when remodeling this bath in an 1890s home in Saint Paul, Minnesota, designer David Heide retained its original layout—down to the placement of the fixtures. "Almost everything in the room is new, but it appears as if it's always been there," Heide says. To keep the look authentic, he opted for trim tiles and flooring made of Carrara marble, as well as a leggy console sink and a pedestal tub. He also incorporated artistic touches by propping a painting over the radiator and covering the walls in blue-gray Venetian plaster, a technique popular during the Victorian period. See more ways to achieve this romantic, century-old style.
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