Glitzy Art Deco Bath Remodel

by Jane VanOsdol on August 23, 2011

In two previous blogs, we’ve looked at historical bathroom remodels in the Victorian– and Craftsman-era styles. Today we conclude this series with a look at an Art Deco bathroom remodel.

Art Deco was a style that first became popular during the Roaring 20s. World War I had ended and a feeling of prosperity and frivolity reigned. Women had the right to vote, jazz music was all the rage, transportation was modernized, and skyscrapers were becoming a soaring fixture in big cities.

Consequently, Art Deco is an eclectic mix of styles, yet a few things definitely stand out: sleek aesthetic, symmetrical geometric shapes (which took their cue from the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 and the immediate craze of Egyptomania that overtook the world), and bold bright colors like yellow, green, blue, purple, ruby and turquoise. Patterns such as zigzags, sunbursts, chevrons, and Moorish arches were popular architectural elements added to homes and buildings. Building materials become more opulent with the introduction of tiles, steel and glass, which added glitz to the homes of the rich and famous. As the Great Depression hit and World War II loomed on the horizon, the Art Deco craze died out and gave way to the stark realities of the day.

Nevertheless, today Art Deco remains a popular style, and an Art Deco bathroom remodel will give you a bathroom that is both fashionable and historic. If you’re undertaking an Art Deco bathroom remodel, here are a few pointers to keep in mind.

  • Bathing niches were a popular feature. Stand-up shower stalls and semi-enclosed bathtubs were often recessed into the wall and set off with arched openings (Moorish arches). This gave a modern look and concealed the plumbing behind the wall.
  • Tile was huge for walls and floors in both square and octagonal shapes and in bright colors. The colored tiles were often outlined with black tiles and elaborate patterns of black tile as a border, often taking the place of baseboards at the floor. The pattern was repeated about halfway up the wall where the tile ended.
  • Pedestal sinks were popular, their lines reflecting the lines of the modern skyscrapers. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a historical home and have an original pedestal sink, hire a professional for a sink refinish. It will restore your sink to its original beauty, and the cost is cheaper than that of buying a new one. You can do the same thing for an original tub. A bathtub refinish can restore an old one to pristine condition.
  • Glitzy finishes were popular in the Art Deco craze. Look for polished chrome or nickel faucets and frameless etched-glass medicine cabinets to set an opulent tone in your bathroom.

Indulge your taste for glitz and glam with an Art Deco bathroom home improvement. It’s a historic style with modern appeal that will be a showstopping transformation.

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