Awesome Replica Vintage Bathroom Wall Art To Inspire You!

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Modern Bathrooms in our homes are a necessity. A growing number even enjoy the comforts of en-suite bathrooms too. To create a relaxing, welcoming environment, bathroom design is now at the forefront of many homeowners’ minds. One of the most influential styles currently are Victorian bathrooms. However, focus is not just on the fixtures and fittings. The finished rooms often include replica vintage bathroom wall art, but why is this interior style so fashionable? 

The Birth Of Bathrooms

Roman Baths

The bathrooms we are familiar with in our homes today are a far cry from those of our ancestors. Surprisingly however, records of bathrooms existing as far back as 3000BC indicate a need to be cleansed, often associated with religion. The Ancient Egyptians harnessed the flow of the Nile to create irrigation systems that supplied water to the Royal Palaces. Although, it took the Romans to introduce efficient, widespread sewage and water supply systems before we see anything like our own hygienic approach to ablutions. The Romans recognised the importance of sanitisation; indeed, they enjoyed socially interacting at public baths and communal latrines, and genders mixed. Everyone became responsible for sanitisation.

Sanitisation Slumps

Despite this progress, when the Roman Empire fell, so too did public hygiene levels. Christian moralism saw the public baths and latrines banned. As Giovana Martino explains, ‘people’s relationship with hygiene, went from a basic and collective need to an almost sinful individual practice.’ (For a fascinating insight into the history of bathrooms, read her full article in Arch Daily). Although many see the Middle Ages responsible for a steep decline in bathing, this is not entirely true. In fact, it is during this period in history that soap production began, indicating at least some desire to be clean. Of course, this primarily led to noble houses adapting a room for specific toilet and bathing purposes. The majority relived themselves in chamber pots, emptied onto streets, empty land or into rivers. 

Feeling Flush

Rules of The Bathroom Replica Vintage Bathroom Wall Art

In 1592, Sir John Harrington, godson of Queen Elizabeth I, designed a water closet that flushed waste away. He built one for himself and one for The Queen. However, it took a further 200 years before Alexander Cummings introduced an ‘S’ shape bend in the pipe to reduce odours. By the 19th Century toilets remained a scarce commodity for many. With sewage spilling into water supplies and disease rife, the Victorian government finally acted. In 1848 it decreed that every new house must have a water closet or ash-pit privy (usually located in the garden or yard). 10 years later, the government commissioned the London sewage system. Following its completion in 1865, typhoid, cholera and other waterborne diseases dropped significantly.

Victorian Inovation

Thomas Crapper Vintage Advertising Sign

In the late 19th century Thomas Crapper invented the ballcock, water tank filling mechanism still used in toilet cisterns today. In addition to this, he developed the valve and siphon system. Thomas Twyford developed the enamel toilet bowl. Wealthier Victorian households, thanks to the industrial revolution, soon had the means to introduce bathrooms into their homes. Plumbing and fixtures proved very expensive. Gas water heaters could be used to heat the water for baths, although the risk of them exploding left many to rely on heating water in the kitchens then carrying it up to the bathroom. 

Victorian Splendour

The vast expense involved when creating a Victorian bathroom led to the design of fixtures, fittings, and décor to reflect the wealth of the household. Clawfoot tubs, a popular choice, fitted into the spaces perfectly. Made of cast iron, to retain heat, and lined with porcelain, for comfort, often the Victorians painted the baths gold. Elegant, patterned tiles, hand painted sinks and toilets plus wooden surroundings for sinks, to make them look like furniture, all added to the elegance. Sumptuous mirrors, handsome gas lights and carefully selected artwork, added the finishing touches. It is this luxurious classic look that is experiencing an exciting revival in modern day bathrooms.

Style Your Victorian Bathroom

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When creating a Victorian inspired bathroom, careful consideration must be made in your selection of artwork. High moisture content can lead to pieces of art and their frames becoming warped and damaged. Our metal wall signs negate this problem beautifully. The replica vintage bathroom wall art we offer is easy to hang and durable. Complementary Victorian bathroom wall art suggestions include our Pears soap advertising signs or a classic Lavender soap piece. Alternatively, you may wish to give your Victorian bathroom a modern twist, with our stylized bathing parlour sign. Finally, add a little humour, with our ‘Rules of the Bathroom’ sign, fashioned in a Victorian print and with aged effects it will sit beautifully in your sanctuary.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about the birth of modern bathrooms and feel inspired by our replica vintage bathroom wall art. We have a lovely selection of wall art at Metal Wall Signs. Please contact us if you require and help.

Pears Soap Vintage Advertising Sign

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