Today’s half-bath may be utilitarian—set near the laundry or garden and able to handle yard dirt—or it may a jewel box of fancy treatments kept affordable by the room’s diminutive size. It’s a good place to make a decorating statement.
Today’s Arts & Crafts Revival has brought us bathrooms that are “sanitary white” and also bathrooms with more warmth and decoration. Bath styles from the first third of the 20th century vary considerably: think of transitional Victorian built-ins, then white tile, and finally the intensely colored fixtures of the Art Deco period. So much choice!