If you’re searching for traditional bathroom ideas, you’ve certainly come to the right place. We'll show you how to create that timeless look in your own home.
Despite the popularity of contemporary bathrooms, traditional designs are still very much sought after, and with good reason.
Harking back to a golden age of interior design, traditional bathrooms offer plenty in the way of elegance and luxury. Featuring more elaborate and considered touches than their contemporary counterparts, traditional bathrooms possess a timeless quality, meaning they’ll never go out of fashion.
From roll top baths with exquisite claw feet to showers with intricate valves and levers, why not take a browse through these 10 traditional bathroom ideas?
1. Elegance for the whole family
If you thought a functional, family bathroom could never be combined with traditional style, think again. This stunning bathroom contains all the elements a busy family household needs, including shower bath, basin, toilet and space for storage. If you love period dramas set in the early part of the 20th century, this beautiful space should provide you with plenty of Edwardian bathroom ideas.
With the Dulwich freestanding shower bath, you can have all the luxury and appearance of a roll top bath with all the functionality of a shower. The washstand is a more classical variation on the pedestal basin, providing a handy place to hang towels, plus plenty of space for storage beneath.
2. Art Deco style
With a second Downton Abbey film about to hit the big screens, we’re fully expecting to see a resurgence in interest around Art Deco interiors and Edwardian bathrooms. Look out for geometric shapes, taps with black handles, period style mirrors and stepped baths for your Art Deco bathroom.
If you’re looking for something a bit more glitzy and glamorous, capturing the heyday of Hollywood somewhat, this bathroom might be right up your boulevard.
3. Enchanted Winter
With this elegant winter-themed bathroom, every day is Christmas. And, whilst your bathroom may not be as large as the one pictured below (unless you live in a stately home, of course), you can still achieve the luxurious look for less.
A special finish bath, like this tin bath, will add a special touch to bath time. Decorate your walls, add a chandelier and opt for extra special ceramics.
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4. Shaker Maker
Shaker style furniture is renowned for its simple design and high quality construction. So, if you’re looking for traditional bathroom ideas, why not add a touch of Shaker style to your space?
The vintage grey finish adds a certain elegance to proceedings, whilst the matching bath panels produce a coordinated look.
5. Traditional Tropical
A wet room really is the epitome of contemporary style, so how on earth can it be traditional at the same time?
With this Tropical-themed wet room, we’ve managed to strike a balance between modern comfort and classic design by using traditional elements like the toilet and vanity unit. It’s an eclectic look, we’re calling “Modern Vintage”, and it’s set to be big this year!
6. Green with envy
Green is an on-trend bathroom colour, yet it can also be used to produce a vintage look and feel. This understated yet elegant bathroom, featuring a suite from the Winchester collection, will certainly leave your friends and family green with envy. I mean, what’s not to love about this Victorian style bathroom?
If green isn't your perfect shade, why not find out how to create bathroom colour schemes using a colour wheel? With our tips and tricks, you’re bound to find the perfect combination. Read on for more Victorian bathroom ideas…
7. French Floral
For a bathroom that is truly "magnifique", why not try out some French Floral style? Featuring light, bright colours and floral designs, it's all about creating a glamorous retreat in the heart of your home.
The floral aspect of this style comes through in a variety of ways. The most obvious being the use of real flowers within your space, but the look can also be achieved by introducing floral patterns to your décor. Flock wallpaper, floral motifs and mosaics are all great ways to get this theme across.
The traditional touches come through in a number of ways, including the high level cistern toilet and gorgeous freestanding bath. Find out how to get the French Floral look in a small bathroom.
8. Vintage Chic
Our Vintage Chic bathroom takes influences from period design and places them in a more dramatic, theatrical setting. As classic bathroom ideas go, this one is a real showstopper!
If you're searching for traditional bathroom ideas with a modern twist, this is the one for you. The deep green glazed metro tiles add rich colour, whilst the slightly weathered surfaces bring a more vintage feel. It can also be achieved in a smaller space.
9. Master the Harbour look
The nautical theme remains incredibly popular, especially if you’re looking for traditional bathroom ideas.
Putting all the kitsch seaside accessories aside, this look is certainly more refined with a mix of blues and warm wood surfaces. It can even be recreated in a downstairs cloakroom.
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10. Small spaces
Just because your ensuite or cloakroom is a bit on the small side, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy traditional style. With the right choice of ceramics, taps and showers, any space can be given a timeless makeover.
Even the smallest of cloakrooms can look the part. Why not check out our small bathroom ideas for further inspiration?
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