Traditional Styling in the Bathroom

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The bathroom is a place where traditional designs always have and always will be popular. The classic look and feel of a Victorian or Edwardian influenced bathroom is one that is much appreciated by all. We’ve got some simple tips, suggestions and advice for you to consider when thinking about buying a traditional bathroom.


If we could recommend anything it would be a freestanding double ended bath. These are the best choice for traditional bathrooms and will create a focal point for the room. Brands such as Royce Morgan are introducing contemporary detailing on these baths and we’re seeing a lot of modern legs on traditional bathtubs recently. You’ll also need an exposed wastepipe with a freestanding bath, so choose one that is well designed and matches your other fittings. If you’re having a showering bath (a shower which requires you to stand in the bath) try using an extra-long shower curtain hung high from the ceiling.


Traditional exposed shower valves with a rigid riser kit will use the exposed metalwork to create a feature shower which will work great in either a shower enclosure or a showering bath.

Toilet & Basin

4 Piece traditional toilet and basin suites are the best option here. They’re cheaper than buying separates and in a traditional bathroom it’s best to keep your pottery matching. If you have a slightly larger budget, think about using stand-mounted basins which are large traditional sinks supported by a chrome stand.


Traditional heated towel rails are really popular at the minute. They offer the functionality of chrome ladder towel rails but with a traditional look and feel to suit the room. Remember to compliment the look with traditional radiator valves. If you won’t have the room, consider installing under-floor heating in the bathroom to free up space on the walls.

Floors & Walls

If you prefer tiled floors, choose large bold square tiles and consider placing them in a checkerboard pattern for the complete Victorian look. If you have good quality floorboards you could treat these or stain them to match any bathroom furniture. Use a decorative wall tiles such as those from Laura Ashley in feature areas to add a finishing touch to the room.


The key to a traditional bathroom is in the accessories. Choose a good quality wooden toilet seat which matches any wood finishes in the room and give the room your own personal touch in details such as the flush lever, light pull chain and lighting.

Written by Victorian Plumbing, a leading online bathroom retailer with a wide range of high-quality bathrooms available to buy online.

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