Retro sanitary-ware in a contemporary bathroom

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Guidelines for furnishing a contemporary bathroom with retro sanitary-ware, creating a very modern and trendy environment with both a classic and modern look

September 24 2021, at 08:30
Cristina Di Francesco
Cristina Di Francesco

Retro sanitary-ware: how to combine them


If you are thinking of renovating the bathroom or maybe even just renewing it, at least for a moment you will have to take into consideration the retro sanitary-ware.

They are present in every collection of the major manufacturing companies and in all the large multi-brand bathroom furniture showrooms, the retro sanitary-ware stands out for a classic and refined design, inspired by the ancient productions of sanitary ceramics.


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Perhaps you have discarded them because they will have seemed to you aesthetically too demanding or not suitable for a more contemporary style.

Retro sanitary-ware is actually a bit difficult to contextualize and if you are not helped by a professional in the process of the renovation of your bathroom or in the purchase of sanitary-ware and furnishings, not even considering them is certainly the simplest choice you can make.

In this article I want to give you some guidelines to insert this elements correctly in a contemporary bathroom, creating a very current and trendy environment, whether you prefer a more modern look or a more classic one.


Classic sanitary-ware: the timeless charm of black and white


The black and white color combination goes really well with the choice of retro sanitary-ware because it characterizes the bathroom with its elegance and its timeless charm.
Bagno completo di Kerasan sanitari serie RetròPhoto 1 - Complete bathroom of Kerasan sanitaryware series Retrò

With this simple color palette but centered on strong contrasts you can combine the glossy chrome finish, perfect for taps and all bathroom accessories, from the towel holder to the soap dispenser.

In the photo above you can see an example of a black & white bathroom retro sanitary-ware by Kerasan.


You can also find them in the Paestum line by Ceramica Globo, which includes retro sanitary ware, bathroom furniture and various accessories. In this collection, the exeptional materials are the protagonists of a bathroom with a fresh and contemporary style.

Ceramica Globo bagno completo con sanitari retròPhoto 2 - Ceramica Globo bathroom with retro sanitaryware collection Paestum

You can choose a worked black frame, for the mirror of your washbasin, and use the same type of frame for the monochrome prints that will decorate the walls of your bathroom in a refined way.

Lavabo Kerasan RetròPhoto 3 - Retro Kerasan washbasin

Light up the environment with a wall lamp with a black or white fabric lampshade and for the central ceiling light point also consider a modern style pendant chandelier, with contained dimensions.


Modern materials and retro sanitary-ware: the new bathroom trend


It may seem that retro bathroom fixtures are only suitable for a classic style, but this is absolutely not the case.

By mixing retro bathroom fixtures with modern materials they are able to create very current and trendy environments, where diversity enhances the value of each element.

Sanitari retrò Linea Charme di Azzurra CeramicaPhoto 4 - Charming line sanitary ware by Azzurra Ceramica

We must mention, for example, resin, concrete or oxidized metal effect coatings, large sizes that reproduce marble slabs with a minimal design, but also paints in the most stylish and unusual shades.

Jubilaeum serie di Sanitari retrò by Azzurra CeramicaPhoto 5 - Jubilaeum series of retro sanitary ware by Azzurra Ceramica

There are many series of vintage sanitary-ware available on the market that are well suited to even more modern environments.

Bagno completo con sanitari retrò di Gsi CeramicaPhoto 6 - Complete bathroom with retro sanitary-ware by Gsi Ceramica - Classic line

The Classic line with its balanced and harmonious shapes fully expresses the idea of elegance by GSI Ceramica. Several models of suspended or ceramic column washbasins are available in the series and can be combined with sanitary fixtures of the same type.

Coppia di sanitari linea Charme di Azzurra CeramicaPhoto 7 - Couple sanitary-ware from the Charme line by Azzurra Ceramica

Jubilaeum and Charme are the series of retro sanitary-ware proposed by Azzurra Ceramica Spa. Thanks to the reworked classic quotations and their sinuous connections and tapers, they give life to timeless lines, innovative in technological equipment.


Retro style bathtub or shower for your bathroom


As with all bathroom environments, regardless of which style you prefer, the choice between tub and shower will depend primarily on the space available and the layout of the room, as well as on personal needs.

Bagno completo di kerasan sanitari serie RetròPhoto 8 - Bathroom with Kerasan Retro series sanitary-ware

In a bathroom with retro sanitary-ware, the bathtub is absolutely freestanding and can be transformed into a shower if necessary with a vintage-style curtain supported by an oval or circular ring with ceiling attachment.

Kerasan sanitari serie RetròPhoto 9 - Kerasan Retro series sanitary-ware bathroom

If, on the other hand, for personal reasons, you prefer the shower solution, a retro-style shower curtain can be the most aesthetically consistent solution as long as the profile of the shower tray is high enough to prevent water from escaping.

Sanitari retrò linea Efi di Ceramica FlaminiaPhoto 10 - Efi retro sanitary ware by Ceramica Flaminia

In a bathroom with retro sanitary-ware but with a modern look, you can easily consider the inclusion of a walk-in shower ny choosing the whole shower set in vintage style.


The boiserie in a bathroom with retro sanitary-ware


If you want to give your bathroom with retro sanitary-ware a contemporary but refined style, you can decorate the walls with boiserie.

There are different types, from those consisting of wooden or even ceramic panels, ideal for the most humid environments, to the lighter and cheaper ones created with plaster, stucco or polystyrene moldings.

Sanitari retrò linea Efi di Ceramica FlaminiaPhoto 11 - Efi retro sanitary ware by Ceramica Flaminia

The Efi 70 wall-hung washbasin by Ceramica Flaminia Spa with its support base in polished chromed brass is among the best retro sanitary-ware models available on the market. It0s one of the models that best suit a wall decorated with boiserie in a modern bathroom with an elegant mood.

This washbasin is an integral part of a versatile and dynamic collection characterized by refined lines inspired by ancient English productions.
Proposed in combination with different materials and modern furnishing elements, it becomes a contemporary style solution halfway between the minimal and the new baroque.

All the sanitary fixtures in the series are available not only in white but also in matt black or milky white.


Classic elegant bathrooms: The Bentley series from Kerasan


If retro sanitary-ware does not seem suitable for you and your style but you still want a classic and contemporary look for your bathroom, you can let yourself be inspired by the Bentley series by Kerasan.

Sanitari classici linea Bentley di KerasanPhoto 12 - Classic Bentley sanitary ware by Kerasan

Classic sobriety and material contrasts are the balance point of this unconventional bathroom collection with a great aesthetic impact, absolutely contemporary in style, where the sanitary fixtures become furniture and the furniture is at the same time sanitary fixtures.

The cold lucidity of the ceramic contrasts with the warm porosity of the ash wood that defines the most important details such as supports and panels that enrich the sinks.

Kerasan sanitari bagno completo serie BentleyPhoto 13 - Kerasan complete bathroom fixtures Bentley series

This luxury line, designed by Marc Sadler and inspired by the neoclassical style, is distinguished by the selection of the very best materials.

The most amazing precious ceramic, which is robust and strong against scratches, stains and bumps, also works against mold and bacteria. This model, however, is also available in wood, which is suitably treated against humidity, dust and mites.

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