A white bathroom can be home to both sleek and vintage furnishings

May 5 2011

White bathroom fixtures can be offset by natural tones in wood or tile.
White bathroom fixtures can be offset by natural tones in wood or tile.
Lovers of vintage furnishings don't have to give up the sleek, uncluttered look of contemporary fixtures if they want a traditional style in their bathroom.

"Sleek modern fixtures can look at home with curvy traditional cabinetry if you choose them in white and pale neutral tones," according to The Learning Channel's HowStuffWorks.com. "Best of all, the unity provided by white somehow makes everything go together, regardless of how disparate their origins or styles may be."

The website features one design that has all white pedestal sinks, a built-in bathtub outlined in subway tiles, wall cabinets and ceiling lights. But the focal point of the bathroom is a stained wood, French country armoire that provides storage in a chic way.

A similar effect can be achieved with an old wooden nightstand in the bathroom for storing small towels or toiletries and providing a surface for hand mirrors, candles and accessories. A wicker chair, woven baskets and a sisal rug soften the look of all-white décor and add texture alongside sleek surfaces.

A good choice for window treatments in such a bathroom is bamboo woven wood shades, an eco-friendly material that comes in variations of wood color and finishes. The treatment's natural look blends well with soft colors and vintage-style furnishings.
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