The traditional period style bathroom draws its influences most obviously from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, utilising the bold ceramics and free standing pieces of the former with the lighter and airier colour schemes of the latter. This style is extremely popular as it works sympathetically and lends design authenticity to a period property, and is a stylish and functional choice for any bathroom.
Deep wood tones, elegant furniture and antique touches make the traditional style a striking and popular choice. The traditional style usually selects a focal point, such as artwork or an ornate bathtub, and constructs the room symmetrically around this.
The Victorian era introduced plumbed-in sanitary ware, which was softened by the lighter, clutter-free approach of the Edwardians and these two styles predominate in a traditional period style bathroom. However, some traditional bathrooms will also incorporate touches of contemporary style and art deco in the choice of rich wall shades and mirrored and metallic finishes. The key to achieving traditional period style is careful curation of the key elements.
• Bold and masculine ceramics
• Elegant and airy vanity units and consoles
• Organic materials like wood, iron and brass
• Attention to detail and craftsmanship
• Traditional pieces rendered in contemporary, easy to maintain materials
• Victorian ceramics
• Edwardian elegance
• Art deco luxury
• Contemporary innovation in materials
Tips and tricks
Ceramics - A centrepiece free standing tub on traditional style claw and ball feet. Pedestal sinks or period style vanity units.
Furniture - Avoid using a suite, but instead curate traditional style pieces that work well together.
Floor - chequerboard black and white tiles give an absolutely classic look, although a wooden floor is absolutely in keeping with period style: try engineered hardwood, wood effect tiles or fully waterproof luxury vinyl tiles.
Colour schemes - keep things light and airy with white and neutrals. Introduce splashes of colour in accessories or to the outside of the bath itself or other fixtures. The neutral walls will allow the elaborate and elegant furnishings stand out.
Lighting - Use period style wall lights for task lighting. A chandelier adds glamour and flare, whereas more modern, sleek and low hanging lighting fixtures can add a chic feel.
Walls - wood panelling and tongue and groove give the right traditional flavour. Keep tiling on walls to splashbacks or to dado rail height and avoid floor to ceiling tiles. Subway tiles are a classic choice, rising to one of the top trends of more recent years.
Bathroom accessories are better stripped back, using chrome or brass for period style taps and shower heads. Don't be afraid to add contemporary twists and bold pieces such as ornate mirrors, striking lighting fixtures and other eye catching decor.