harmonizing the past & present / by Claire Grotz

One of the great things about living in Seattle is that we have an eclectic mix of architectural styles spanning decades if not centuries. No matter what your taste is, there is something for everyone. With that said, it can sometimes be challenging to find the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary when remodeling an older home. Naturally, you want to personalize the space, update it and make it your own. But at the same time there needs to be harmony between the original architectural style and the new renovation so that all of the elements “play well together”. To bring the past and present in sync, a classic space can feel contemporary by cleaning up the lines and reducing ornamentation. Conversely, a contemporary space can have a more vintage feel through traditional material choices and retro-inspired fixtures. Below are a few inspiration images for bathroom updates that do a nice job of crossing over between the past and the present. Enjoy!