If you love the look and glamour of an art deco bathroom, but don’t have a huge budget to spend, don’t despair. Whether you just want to add a few art deco touches, or totally revamp your bathroom to reflect the era, with creativity and careful shopping, you can create a sophisticated and glam art deco style bathroom on a budget.
The glamorous art deco era of the 1920s and 1930s, with its bold geometric shapes and strong colours, works brilliantly in bathroom design. In fact, whether you prefer contemporary or traditional, you can create your art deco bathroom to be as modern or retro as you desire. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Colour schemes for an art deco bathroom
The monochrome, contrasting colours of black and white are a popular choice for an art deco style bathroom. Despite being classic colours, they’re still very much regarded as contemporary today, and with the majority of bathroom furniture being white, are easy to apply.
However, art deco doesn’t just have to be black and white – any combination of bold colours could work, such as dark blue and white, green and gold or red and silver.
Use elements from the Camberley bathroom suite to create that art deco look and feel
Handy hint: Apply colour accents to the walls, floor or through bathroom accessories and towels.
Art deco style bathroom furniture and fittings
If you’re replacing or updating your whole bathroom suite, then the angular shapes of art deco styles are often represented in modern bathroom furniture and fittings.
Look for pedestal basins, toilets or bathroom suites that are square or angular in shape, such as the Camberley Range.
Pay attention to the style of taps you choose too – look for angular or rectangular designs, such as the Cubik Taps, which add a glam, luxury feel.
Handy hint: If you can’t change all your bathroom furniture, why not just update the fittings?
Cubik Basin Mixer Tap.
Art deco style tiles, walls and flooring
At the heart of the art deco style are geometric designs and bold patterns and both of these are widely available and ideal for tiles, walls and flooring.
Classic black and white tiles, used either on the floor or wall, can be simple and relatively inexpensive. Vinyl floors have developed in leaps and bounds over the years, and tile effect designs can look as good as the real thing.
Sticking to wall tiles in essential areas, such as around the basin, bath or shower, is an economical way of adding tiled finishes to your bathroom. For a bit of glitz, add a few metallic or shiny mosaic tiles. With a small budget in mind, paint the remaining walls.
If you love geometric designs, look out for bathroom wallpapers. There are lots of gorgeous geometric wallpapers available; just remember to pick a design suitable for use in a bathroom. For a stunning feature, paper one wall only.
Handy hint: To save money, look for end of line or discontinued tiles and wallpapers.
Finishing touches: Bathroom accessories
Bring your art deco bathroom together by adding finishing touches in the form of bathroom accessories.
A wall mirror or two are essential in a bathroom and can help add light into a small room, or a bathroom without natural light. Look for bevelled mirrors with a luxury, glitzy finish, or a simple angular mirror.
In terms of materials, items including frosted glass and chrome were popular in the art deco period. Choose chrome or frosted glass accessories, such as a toothbrush, soap holder, towel hook or robe hook.
Camberley Ceramic Soap Pump Dispenser
If you’ve got room for a chair in your bathroom, add a lively cushion, such as this geometric embroidered cushion for under £10.
Handy hint: Look for accessories in sales, featuring geometric motifs or patterns such as zigzags, hexagons or chevron designs.
If you want a more in-depth look at the style, take a look at this handy infographic, charting the history of art deco or our recent blog post all about the art deco inspiration you can find throughout the UK.