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12 Ideas for Bungalow Baths

Kick-start your bathroom restoration with these stylish, period-friendly takes on the bungalow bath.

    Classic white bungalow bathroom

    The classic "sanitary" white bungalow bathroom. (Photo: Chris Considine)

    Restoring a bathroom in your bungalow? Congratulations—the fun is about to begin! The market is overflowing with period-perfect products for turn-of-the-century baths, from gorgeous hex tiles to luxurious pedestal tubs. Whether you go for a strict era-appropriate restoration with “sanitary” white fixtures or an interpretive approach that plays on some of the Arts & Crafts movement’s decorative touches (think hammered copper and handmade art tile), the ideas below will get you started on the right foot. Limited space? Check out our tips on how design a small bathroom.

    The Classic Bungalow Bath

    For a bathroom with universal appeal, you can’t go wrong with white fixtures and chrome accents. Both were de rigueur at the turn of the 20th century, thanks to new thinking on keeping germs at bay—white made dirt (and thus, germs) easier to see, so it was considered sanitary. This combo looks authentic in any bungalow.

    The Wood & Copper Bungalow Bath

    Woodwork and metalwork (especially copper) are intertwined with the Arts & Crafts movement’s emphasis on all things handmade, which makes wood and copper accents—especially those with a hand-finished feel—appropriate for a more creative take on bungalow baths. The best choices give a nod to hand-worked effects and a mix of textures and patinas.

    The Artistic Bungalow Bath

    While white ruled in bungalow bathrooms in the early 20th century, the rest of the house was typically awash in rich earth tones. If floor-to-ceiling white strikes you as too sterile, we suggest reinterpreting the preferred palette of the era to create a bathroom that puts the “art” in Arts & Crafts.

    Published in: Old-House Journal October/November 2011

    { 1 comment }

    Libby Cone August 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I need to replace the pink hex tiles in my bathroom; the floor has to be leveled. The room tile is already a combination of variegated aqua and coral. I don’t care for the little white hex tiles with the dark grout around them. I want to get some matte-finish or textured tiles to make th floor nonslip, but am having trouble finding some that would match the old-Florida feel of the bathroom. any suggestions?

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