How To Pick The Perfect Historic Bathroom Color

19 Aug

We’re back, with another post in our new “Pick the Perfect Colour Series.” And we’re writing to those of you who are decorating historic homes or wanting to create a primitive, historic or antique look in your bathroom.

Bathrooms can be a little tricky to decorate authentically, because, not many homes may have had indoor plumbing during the time period you are trying to represent. Believe it or not in 1940, only half of rural American homes had indoor plumbing.

So how do you choose an authentic bathroom color that will work in your home? Here are some tips:

1. Do some research. What colors were popular in homes during the time period you are trying to replicate? Make some notes about typical colors and color combinations.

2. Dream. What three words would you like to describe your bathroom? Peaceful, fresh, and calm?  Striking, warm and lush? These words should help you choose between the typical colors used in the time period you are hoping to replicate.

3. Sample your choices in person. I know I sound like a broken record, but you need to order one or two paint samples. You’ll be surprised at how different the color looks on the walls of your bathroom than it did on your computer screen! Even if the color is perfectly represented online, it will have a unique hue depending on the light from your windows, and light fixtures. Does it look beautiful in your bathroom, and match the time period? We have a winner!

4. Aim for continuity. It would be a little weird for you to have a really fancy Victorian bathroom if the rest of your home is decorated in a simple white early Colonial style. Unless you are planning on re-doing the entire home, choose colors that echo or complement what you already love and enjoy in your home.

Here are a few photos for fun and inspiration!

Primtive Bathroom

Primitive Bathroom

Primitive Bathroom. The sink in this bathroom is an amazing center piece, and it really shouts primitive. The cream walls are a nice contrast to the blueish plank that they’ve used.

Victorian Bathroom

Victorian Bathroom

Victorian Bathroom Green was a popular color in Victorian times, and they’ve used it as a subtle backdrop here to lots of other items that point to that time period. The beautifully shaped mirrors, details on the legs of the vanity and window all say, beauty and attention to detail, hallmarks of the Victorian mindset.

Colonial Bathroom

Colonial Bathroom

Colonial Bathroom Can you feel the warm breezes of the South by looking at this picture? I can. I love the contrast of the bright white to the hardwood floors. And the print on the skirt below the sink, the mirror, fixtures, even the plant, and shutters are nice colonial touches.

We hope this helps, as always, feel free to contact us with questions or for ideas, or ask the entire Old Village Paint Community your question in the comments section. They are amazing! Happy painting!



2 Responses to “How To Pick The Perfect Historic Bathroom Color”

  1. Debi November 29, 2015 at 5:04 am #

    What color did you use for the Victorian bathroom

    • oldvillagepaint December 1, 2015 at 12:14 am #

      I would recommend Antique Sage Green to closely match the shade in that Victorian photo!

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