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Help! My bathroom suite is stuck in the 1970s
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Help! My bathroom suite is stuck in the 1970s

Posted by Adam Chard in Style guides | 8 years ago 3 min read

After taking a look at bathroom designs that were acceptable in the 80s, we turn our attention to another decade of bathroom blunders.

Outdated bathroom suites left relatively untouched since the 1970s are not as uncommon as you might think. As many of us make the decision to renovate our homes slowly, on a basis of one room at a time, it is inevitable that one space should be left behind. In this scenario, it is often the bathroom that is last to make the turn to modernity as it is the room in which we spend the least time.

A typical 1970s bathroom suite

The good news is that it doesn't take much to grab your bathroom and pull it out of the 70s. A modern bathroom is an essential part of a modern home. Here, we take a look at a few things you can do to bring your bathroom into the 21st century.

Typical 1970s bathroom

A typical 1970s bathroom. Image credit:


The 1970s bathroom was known for its unique colouring. The chances are that your walls are decked out with tiles slightly off in colour, giving the 'cigarette smoke' tinge that so few of us look for in a bathroom design. Today's bathroom colours are simple. In fact, if you need a breather after the intensity of your old suite, you can't go wrong with plain white tiles.

The suite

On the off chance that your tiles weren't frightening in colour, there's a good bet that the suite itself was. Faded pea greens and dark vanilla were all the rage back in the 70s but colours this strong tend to suck energy from the modern bathroom. Begin by replacing these with a white suite, but it's the design of these which will make the real difference.

The basin

We've already mentioned the colour change which your bathroom should prepare to undergo, but let's move onto the style. Modern basins can be less intrusive without becoming nondescript. A particularly popular and modern basin design is the counter top basin. This allows you to maximise storage space underneath the bowl, without sacrificing any room within the bowl itself. It's also a great opportunity to opt for an interesting style.

Wye bathroom suite

You can't go wrong with a contemporary white suite like this one from the Wye collection

The shower

The walk in shower is more popular than ever before. If you've got the space in your bathroom, it's time to do away with combined baths and showers, not to mention folding doors. The walk in shower provides a feeling of luxury and space which would be alien to any bathroom from the 1970s.

The bath

It's time to rip out that 70s tub and replace it with something that will help you unwind. Freestanding bath tubs are becoming increasingly popular with an air of elegance about them that will have you pining to spend more time in your bathroom. For those with smaller bathrooms who are still keen to find room in the bath, corner tub is a great option which can help bring your bathroom right up to date.

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Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Style guides | 8 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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