A comfort limited to grand townhouses and regal stately homes, bathrooms were once the preserve of the wealthy and well-to-do. Thus, the traditional bathroom naturally evokes a sense of luxury and sophistication. Like charming country kitchens and beautiful vintage cars, classic Victorian-inspired bathrooms are still popular today. Their association with a bygone way of life never fails to capture the imagination, establishing an alluring setting. And with a heritage spanning more than one hundred years, the luxurious traditional bathroom isn’t likely to go out of style any time soon. If you would like to create a timeless traditional bathroom of your own, you’ll find everything you need to know below…
A Freestanding Bath
Nothing brings a classic sense of grandeur and elegance to a space quite like a gorgeous freestanding bathtub. Whether you choose a slipper design, roll top, claw foot or pedestal style tub, a beautiful traditional bath will create a luxurious focal point. Opting for a colourful finish that ties in with your scheme is a great way to put a stylish contemporary twist on this classic statement piece.
A Traditional Bathroom Suite
Continue the traditional theme by choosing a charming Victorian-style bathroom suite. A high-level toilet complete with a chain flush will add a quirky, authentic feel to your design. The stylish vintage washstand below is ideal for compact bathrooms as it doesn’t encroach on the floorspace like a pedestal or vanity unit. A beautiful selection of traditional brassware makes the perfect finishing touch to a classic bathroom suite.
If you’ve got a bit more space, why not consider including a stunning freestanding vanity or storage unit? An exquisite piece of intricately crafted furniture is sure to elevate any classic bathroom. Combine a striking painted finish with charming vintage handles to create an elegant design feature. A freestanding unit also offers the benefit of handy additional storage.
An Authentic Cast Iron Radiator
An authentic, cast iron radiator will immediately transport your bathroom back in time. This luxurious feature is a must if you’re keen to embrace the traditional look. Ensuring all aspects of your design are in keeping with the Victorian/Edwardian period is key to creating the desired impact.
Stunning Victorian-Inspired Tiles
From sleek metro tiles to intricately patterned encaustic tiles, there are hundreds of gorgeous designs out there to suit every space. A beautiful decorative floor tile will introduce a touch of luxury to a subtle scheme and elevate a characterful maximalist interior. Alternatively, simple metro tiles offer impressive versatility. Establish a sumptuous atmosphere with a deep hue or add a contemporary edge by laying them vertically.
Elegant Wall Panelling
In the latest interior design trend, many homeowners are reintroducing wall panelling to their living rooms, hallways, and bathrooms. Whether you opt for decorative Victorian/Edwardian panelling or country-style tongue and groove slats, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to accentuate this beautiful feature with a luxurious painted finish. Consider pairing wall panelling or half-tiled walls with a dramatic botanical wallpaper to bring a stylish and extravagant edge to your design.
Luxurious Gold Accents
A distinctive gold finish will make traditional, ornate bathroom fittings appear even more chic and elaborate. Continue this opulent theme by introducing additional gold accessories and design details. If you want to go all out on the luxe look, consider incorporating a marble finish into your design. Marble effect porcelain tiles can look very effective. A marble countertop will also add a lovely touch of luxury.
Bathroom lighting is often overlooked. However, an elegant lighting scheme can make all the difference to a charming traditional interior. As well as allowing you to achieve the perfect ambience for a relaxing soak, stylish vintage wall sconces or wall shades will add a fabulous decorative detail to your design.
The Perfect Finishing Touches
While it can be tempting to keep your bathroom as minimal and low maintenance as possible, styling your space with a few thoughtful finishing touches is the ideal way to complete the vintage theme. Think Victorian perfume bottles, decorative light pulls, statement towel rails and antique artwork. Quirky accessories offer a lovely way to personalise your space.
Synonymous with luxury and sophistication, a traditional vintage-inspired bathroom will never go out of style. At The London Bath Co., our classic bathroom designs are as popular as ever. If you would like more advice on planning a stunning and unique traditional bathroom, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 020 7127 5235 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, click here to browse our gallery and discover fantastic inspiration for your space.