Create an Updated Victorian Bath
A whitewashed cottage space with creative period details feels clean-lined and cozy
Sometimes the best way to update a space is to look to the past. In this master bath, Victorian-era style blends with select contemporary elements to create a washroom that feels fresh and inviting. A pair of elegant marble-topped console sinks supported by brackets and shapely metallic legs evokes an earlier time when "modern" exposed plumbing and polished-nickel fixtures were points of homeowner pride. But this isn't a strict period setup. Other time-honored touches—picture-rail-height hanging hooks, candle-style library lighting—get reinvented in the bath setting. And the natural textures of wicker storage baskets and rustic pedestal tables add an unexpected twist, warming up the room's hard surfaces.
Like what you see? Read on for more ways to refresh your own bath with been-there-forever charm.
A reclaimed ponderosa-pine wood block that has been kiln-dried approximates the weathered side tables.
We coated ours with a protective conditioner made of beeswax and orange oil. About $190; realwoodworks.org
This spout matches the ones at left, and its adjustable 8- to 16-inch center makes it a perfect fit for the variable spreads you'll find on vintage sink tops.
Kohler Pinstripe faucet, about $590; amazon.com