Minimalist sinks and sculptural tubs aren’t for everyone. When it comes to the bathroom, a traditional look is often ideal, especially if you live in a period home. What traditional definitely doesn’t have to mean is stuffy or dated. Think cross-handle faucets, claw-foot tubs and pedestal sinks — all markers of classic, timeless bathroom style and likely to look as good in 10 years as they do now.
Pedestal sink – Pedestal basins fell out of favor for a while. But they’re starting to look just right again, and it’s easy to see why. They have a period feel and simple lines, and this classic design effortlessly hides ugly pipes. If you have the space, two pedestals side by side can look particularly magnificent. And they work nicely with traditional beveled mirrors.
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Wainscoting – Vintage-style wallpaper paired with tongue-and-groove wainscoting gives this compact bathroom a cozy atmosphere. Also note the toilet with a high tank — a classic historic design. Swap slick modern spotlights for a decorative chandelier, like this brass number, to keep things traditional. Claw-foot tub – A rolled-edge, claw-foot bathtub is a timeless luxury. For an indulgent, traditional look, combine it with wallpaper, plantation shutters and a marble-topped vanity. Painting the sides of the bath a dark color, like this French navy, adds a period detail.
Making use of one of the large drawers seemed to make the most sense. This pull-out is made out of two dove-tail drawers with a door that connects the two. The designers added a surface to the bottom drawer, and cut two holes into it for a hair dryer and curling iron. For the hair dryer, they put in a rubber holder for gripping different sized hair dryers. Powder-coated steel lines the curling/flat iron holder.
The unique shape of the cabinet front, including the angled doors, makes these sinks into showpieces. The space between these sinks is quite generous. Guidelines from the National Kitchen and Bath Association suggest at least 30 inches from centerline to centerline between double sinks. These integral sinks blend seamlessly into the modern design of this bathroom. Integral sinks are molded basins that are actually part of the countertops. Most are remarkably easy to maintain because there are no seams to collect dirt or develop mold or mildew.