Whether your house dates from the Edwardian era or not, there's no reason your bathroom can't imitate the light charm and refreshing floral styles that came out of this short but significant era.
After 60 years of staunch Victorian rule, the Edwardian era saw a lifting of moods and an easing of the previously stoic values that characterised Queen Victoria's reign. The Edwardian period took place from 1901 to 1910 and the change in design principles ranged from the building of houses to the introduction of unique wallpapers, patterned upholstery and statement flooring. This was also a new century and, therefore, a new era in lots of ways. The general atmosphere plus the artistic movements of Europe made way for a new epoch in interior design, which meant a lightening, brightening and more innovative approach to decor.
Overall, the Edwardian style could be described as more feminine and lighter than the previous darkness, seriousness and solidity of Victorian times. It involved more use of light, natural materials, such as rattan and bamboo, with plenty of floral patterns. It saw more curved lines, less rigidity and a general allowance for personal creativity and individualism when it came to design. As the era marked a change in society, the changes that people wanted in their homes and bathrooms were no different.
The Edwardian era saw the rise of Art Nouveau in the UK, a style that first emerged in continental Europe towards the end of the 19th century and a genre of art and architecture that was inspired by non-symmetrical, natural patterns and plenty of colour. The Edwardian era also ushered the Arts and Craft movement into the mainstream, a trend that was spearheaded by William Morris and looked to quality craftsmanship and nature for inspiration. Just like Art Nouveau, it meant more colour, more nature-inspired patterns and less symmetry.
Tips for Edwardian Bathroom design
Walls - An Edwardian bathroom may include botanical wallpaper, especially in the style of William Morris. If you prefer paint, then go for pastel hues and add floral notes where possible in other ways.
Accessories - Additional lightweight furniture, such as a wicker Lloyd Loom style chair, stool or cabinet, will instantly give your bathroom an Edwardian appeal. Glamorous artwork is another key way to instantly make your bathroom appear more Edwardian; opt for an Art Nouveau piece if possible.
Fittings - Freestanding baths, like those found at Strand Bathrooms, would have still been typical and today they help to add period charm. Sinks, showers, baths and toilets look great with round columns, soft curves and intricate rims. Ensure fittings are finished with quality bathroom taps as they would have been at the time.
Flooring - Edwardian tiles were colourful and beautiful and often included floral patterns. Alternatively, wooden-style laminate will complement the natural and bright look of your Edwardian bathroom.