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Planning a period style bathroom
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Planning a period style bathroom

Posted by Adam Chard in Room Planning | 4 years ago 3 min read

Living in a period property means that you have a range of choices when it comes to choosing your interior design style. Although an ultra-modern, high-tech approach can work well as a stark statement, most people choose to decorate in a way that is sympathetic to the original building itself. But you don’t have to live in an older property to enjoy traditional style.

Here at, we stock a great range of Victorian and period style bathrooms suites, furniture units and accessories, and this guide will take you through everything you need to know about planning a period bathroom.

Period bathrooms

In many cases, the rooms in a period house will have more character than those of new builds.  Alcoves can be used imaginatively for storage solutions and an old fireplace can be easily used to help convert your bathroom into a retro spa by filling it with candles or other accessories.

High ceilings mean plenty of lighting opportunities, often with large windows that deliver ample natural light. Chandelier style lights can add a real touch of glamour to your room.


The centrepiece of any traditional period bathroom has to be the bath tub itself and at we have a range of shapes and sizes to match every need. Our traditional Shakespeare roll top bath comes in both large and small options, meaning that no matter the size of the room, you need not skimp on period charm.

Accessories such as taps and shower fittings range from the Antonio bath shower mixer to a Traditional rain can riser system. With our famous attention to detail, you can ensure that period charm is evident in every element of your bathroom design. This goes right down to the dragon claw or ball feet the bath stands on.

Shakespeare roll top bath with ball feet

The Shakespeare roll top bath comes with your choice of intricately detailed feet


Although the modern trend is for tiling both the walls and floors of bathrooms, a period bathroom offers the potential for a far more open and relaxed style.

A traditional Victorian style bathroom would have been based on bare or painted floorboards and today a water resistant stained board can suit the classic look perfectly – especially if your colour scheme is based on the monochrome look.

If you are worried about floorboards not being sufficiently waterproofed, at we stock beautiful wood effect tiles, which are the perfect compromise.

You can even choose this gorgeous wood-effect vinyl flooring, which is super-easy to lay (coming soon - watch this space!):

Pennsylvania waterproof vinyl flooring

Despite giving off the appearance of weathered floorboards, this is actually our new easy-to-fit, 100% waterproof Pennsylvania vinyl flooring (coming soon)


Going for a sympathetic period feel doesn’t mean you have to go without the modern convenience of a shower, and a separate enclosure can work if you’re creative. Our frameless shower enclosures can fit into an overall bathroom design without being obtrusive, giving you the best of both worlds. Couple with a traditional style shower system to continue the theme.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Room Planning | 4 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 7 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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