reclaimed vintage bathroom

Installing a vintage bathroom in a listed house

Salvaged pieces and a bold use of colour have restored this room’s heritage

By Paula Woods | 26 January 2022

Creating a vintage bathroom offers a great opportunity to seek out unique, salvaged materials that can really inject character into a room. Take inspiration from this timeless bathroom renovation, which uses reclaimed and vintage pieces befitting of a Georgian townhouse.

Nick and Catherine Gilpin’s Grade I listed home in Bath, Somerset, had been student accommodation for years before they bought it.

‘Catherine was daunted by its dilapidation,’ says Nick, the music producer who worked on the Mamma Mia! stage show. But he was confident that, with the help of architect Jonathan Rhind and designer Nicola Harding, they could turn the warren of rooms back into a single, cohesive home.

Vintage bathroom ideas: vintage bathroom decor in a Georgian townhouse

Photo: Paul Massey

Commissioned to secure planning and listed building consent, as well as implement layout changes and install new services, Jonathan also worked on the repair and the original features. Nicola concentrated on the interiors.

‘Having worked on our previous home, Nicola understood our desire to respect the past but not live in a museum,’ says Nick.

Seeking vintage bathroom ideas that work in a modern home, the couple briefed Nicola to draw out the character and find room for a shower in the guest bathroom. The new layout has a vintage bath and basin along one side, making space for the shower and loo on the other.

Vintage bathroom ideas: salvaged refurbished bathtub in pale green against dark walls

Photo: Paul Massey