How To Create A Stylish Traditional Bathroom


Thanks to their elegant, characterful appearance, traditional bathrooms are very popular. They make an excellent choice whether you’re looking for something cosy and inviting or plush and luxurious. And, since they take the iconic Victorian/Edwardian design aesthetic as inspiration, you can rest assured a traditional bathroom will look just as sophisticated in many year’s time. So how exactly do you go about emulating this classic theme? Below are our top tips for creating a stylish, authentic and timeless traditional bathroom.


Embrace A Bold Vintage Colour Scheme

The Victorians loved rich, jewel-toned hues like deep green, dark purple and navy blue. These bold colours are ideal for bringing a cosy and luxurious feel to your bathroom. Painting your walls in an opulent vintage shade will also help in layering the design further. The green brick tiles also add warmth and sit comfortable alongside the plants located in this bathroom.

Introduce Characterful Panelling

Incorporating wall panelling into your design will bring real character to your space. It will instantly transform your bathroom into a charming and authentic classic setting. Shaker-style and tongue and groove panelling both support the traditional bathroom style. Consider accentuating your wall panelling by painting it in a beautiful heritage tone.

Choose Beautiful Patterned Floor Tiles

While elegant wood and simple stone both make an attractive choice of bathroom flooring, there’s nothing quite like an intricately patterned tile for bringing that luxurious traditional feel to your space. There are so many stunning designs available that you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes. Bring a sense of cohesion to your scheme by selecting tiles featuring an accent colour that matches your walls or furniture.

Don’t Skimp On Authentic Details

If you’re keen to create a truly authentic Victorian-inspired interior, you’ll want to ensure you get all the details spot on. As well as a traditional bathroom suite complete with intricate vintage fittings, why not consider installing a gorgeous cast iron radiator? A beautiful antique-look loo roll holder, light pull, and towel ring make the perfect finishing touches.

Combine The Modern & The Traditional

However, you don’t have to stick to the traditional if you don’t want to! Cleverly interweaving modern and traditional elements into your interior can bring a stylish and sophisticated edge to your space. The modern basin and sleek gold details in the bathroom below pair effortlessly with the stunning classic clawfoot tub. Opting for vintage green metro tiles but arranging them in a contemporary herringbone pattern also puts a chic twist on tradition. This classic yet up-to-date design is undeniably beautiful and timeless.

Add Warmth & Style With Lighting

Though bathroom lighting is often overlooked, it can really transform a traditional design. Not only will elegant wall lights establish a warm and cosy feel, but they can also bring a lovely touch of authenticity to your scheme. The vintage brass lights below are wonderfully in-keeping with their charming period setting.

Complete Your Design With Charming Finishing Touches

As with any home interior, the finishing touches make all the difference. A few unique artworks, ornaments and a vibrant houseplant will give your bathroom that homely, lived-in look. We love it when our clients embrace their quirky side with playful details like this vintage medicine box, antique apothecary bottles or an ornate mirror.


Here at The Brighton Bathroom Company, we firmly believe traditional bathrooms offer just as much versatility as their modern counterparts. As our article goes to show, there are plenty of wonderful ways to get creative with your design. If you’d like more advice on creating a stylish traditional bathroom, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly expert team. You can call us on 01444 647800 or email [email protected].

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