Like kitchens, bathrooms are an expensive room to revamp – and you certainly don’t want to be replacing the whole suite on a regular basis. I think this is one of the main reasons why a traditional style of bathroom is always a popular choice. Get it right, and a traditional bathroom style is a timeless look that will serve you well for years without looking dated.
Whether you live in a period property and are keen to preserve the original style of your home, or just love the old-fashioned look, there are some key design elements that will help you create a beautiful traditional bathroom. Here’s how to do it.
Highlight original features
If your bathroom has any period features, such as a fireplace, coving or deep skirting, make the most of them to enhance the traditional feel. You could paint the walls in a colour that allows a fireplace to really stand out, or paint the ceiling a darker shade to really accentuate white coving and skirting.
Choose a traditional suite
This sounds obvious, but you need your bathroom fittings to contribute towards the traditional feel, rather than fight with it. Go for gentle curves on vanity units, panel effects on cupboards, sinks with pedestals, crosshead taps, and old-fashioned radiators.
Think outside the box with furniture
Traditional bathrooms don’t have to be all matching when it comes to the furniture – and if it’s a shabby-chic look you’re after, the more mis-matched the better. Adding things like old pine cupboards, reclaimed chairs and quirky accessories will add real character to the room, while also doing a great job on storage.
Add a freestanding bath
Picture a traditional bathroom, and chances are there’s a freestanding bath in there. A freestanding bath is a fantastic focal point for a traditional bathroom style, and can really help you to create a sense of luxury and retreat. You can even go for a bold colour on the outside for extra impact, or add a curved metal shower curtain rail for an extra nod to the traditional look.
Go for bold pattern on the walls
Wallpaper may not be your first thought for a room that experiences a lot of humidity, but as long as you choose a paper that is suited to bathrooms, you can make it work. Traditional patterns and designs will make a dramatic statement and really help you nail the overall theme – and botanical patterns work particularly well in a bathroom. You can combine wallpaper with panelling to tone down the impact in smaller spaces.
Use wall panels
If your bathroom isn’t very small, wooden wall panels (the tongue-and-groove type) are ideal for creating a traditional, country-cottage feel. They will also help to create a sense of height.
Choose patterned floor tiles
If heavily patterned wallpaper feels like a step too far, how about patterned floor tiles? These are another great way to echo the period look you’re going for, without overwhelming the room. You can also use patterned floor tiles to add a pop of colour to a neutral colour scheme. Don’t forget to match your towels to your colour choice for a lovely finishing touch!
What are your tips for creating a traditional bathroom?