Big Ideas: A vintage bathroom

This is the first of the Big Ideas room sets from the 2019 Ideal Home Show, and I’m sure it’s a first in that I’m posting about the show while it’s still on. it’s amazing what an early-in-the-show visit can do isn’t it?

The Big Ideas to add glamour to a vintage bathroom are:

  1. On-trend shades: using pinks and greens to create a Miami vibe

  2. Roll-top bath: adding a bespoke finish or a freestanding finish, or both

  3. Statement walls: using decorative wallpaper and a panelled effect

Pinks and greens in a Miami style at the Ideal HOme Show

It’s quite a statement bathroom isn’t it?

And it’s totally got the Miami vibe. I’m not sure it’s for me, but it was one that was drawing the crowds and encouraging discussion from the strangers viewing it. Most of the comments when I was there was about the size of the roll-top bath. It is quite diddy.

Not all roll-top baths need to be large

And quite high up.

The conversation I had with four ladies I’ve never met before, centred around how we’d get in, and once in how we’d get out, as well as if it was possible to stretch out and relax in a bath like this. None of us were sure about any of those, although we seemed more convinced about getting in, than getting out. But only with a step ladder, which might spoil the look.

I’m not sure this roll-top bath is for me.

A look at the storage in the vintage bathroom room set at the Ideal  Home Show

I do like the wallpaper though. Even now I’m trying to work out the pattern, and which birds have their wings up and which have them down. I think the overall effect, along with the pink clouds (?) give the sense of movement and I have to wonder where we’re flying off to.

panelling painted green and a white scalloped sink at the Ideal Home Show

Remember my trends from the Ideal Home Show? Well one of them was ‘wire furniture’ - well this bathroom, has one I didn’t clock until just now. Like the commenter on my earlier post, I’m not sure about the functional-ness (yes made up word alert) of this kind of furniture. The basket/stool above looks great, but put stuff in it and I’m sure it’s charm evaporates. It’s not ideal for a washing basket now, is it?

Even vintage bathrooms need somewhere to hang their towels

And how about that for a radiator and towel rail that’s in keeping with the style of the room? In fact, it’d look great in any kind of room, but what’s your view on this room set, and what about the bath, could you get in and out of it easily?

Big Ideas: An Oriental spa bathroom

This bathroom definitely has the wow factor, and while I’m not usually drawn to Oriental decor I’d happily make an exception for a bathroom like this. I’m not sure I’d spend much time anywhere else though. It’s a very well put together roomset, but has one element that i think is completely impractical, no matter how pretty it looks. I think you’ll spot what I mean fairly quickly…

The Big Ideas for this bathroom are:

  1. A sunken fish tank - yeap - the impractical element. It does provide a focal point, but most of us only have an indoor water feature when something’s leaking, right?

  2. Japanese screens: the frosted screens provide diffused light, and their sliding design would also work well to divide a room.

  3. A modern bath: another standalone bath, and a shape that works for me. I’m much more of a simple clean lines kind of girl, rather than the fancy, twirly approach.

  4. Zoned floor: it works here, I think because the space is big enough. In a smaller space I’m not sure it would have quite the same impact.

  5. The white suite: I’m in the “why would you have another colour suite” gang, but then again I’ve replaced a couple of avocado baths…

A touch of the orient in this big ideas room set at the Ideal Home Show

I like the flowers in the sunken stream, but I’m clumsy enough to fall into it regularly. So even if it was feasible, I’m still not convinced on the practical side. And don’t even mention pets or children. Or coming home a little bit tiddly.

That bath, that screen  - pure gorgeousness

I do love the screen though, isn’t it fabulous? Although I think I’d need the bath facing the other way so I could spend my time in the tub imagining the fish swimming about, how relaxing would that be?

A bathroom that exudes calm at the ideal home show

The other thing that’s pleasing is the grouting and its straight lines, which are also calming and another thing to let your eye wander over while relaxing. I know that sometimes if I let my mind wander on things like this, then suddenly whatever my mind has been wondering and pondering over becomes clear. I think this bathroom would be the perfect antidote.

An inlaid stream one of the more unusual features

But maybe not the stream…

It looks good but I'm not sure how practical it really is

Although I do have to admit it does look pretty. Just, as I said before, not very practical!

Big Ideas: A floral bathroom

This floral bathroom has a completely different feel to the Industrial bathroom I’ve already shared in this Big Ideas series, it’s a lot softer and romantic, but like the previous room set needs a fair sized room to reproduce. The roll top bath and large mirror look great, but they both need space don’t they?

The Big Ideas for this bathroom are:

  1. Decorative beading: a characterful and quick way to update a room

  2. Vintage mirror: mirrors always make rooms appear larger

  3. Freestanding furniture: storage, that’s easy to move

  4. Roll-top bath: make it the real focus of the room

  5. Real flowers: scent and luxury all over

A standalone bathtub and mirror

Roll top baths have to take centre stage, don’t they? And this one’s angled to really shout about its presence - the large free standing mirror is giving it some competition. But the fresh flowers, don’t they add a touch of luxury, how practical they’d be longer-term I’m not so sure, but they do look pretty and add to the overall feel of the room.

Beading on the walls as panelling
freestanding furniture and real flowers

The beading gives the room a classic feel, and are relatively easy to add - you can buy beading painted white so that removes a job, although the trickiest part is still likely to be mastering the mitred corner, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not quite so bad.

What do you think?