Vintage-inspired ideas for a classic bathroom

Although most of us would be forgiven for thinking that a traditional bathroom fits best with an older, more period property, today’s vintage bathroom look can sit just as well in more contemporary homes. In this blog, we look at how we can make a classic bathroom both stylish and luxurious for both types of home.

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Let’s start with the basin

The classic choice is, of course, the pedestal basin along with decorated washstands reminiscent of the Victorian era. If storage is a requirement, opt for vintage-inspired vanity units. To complete an Edwardian look, complement the design with gold or brass-effect taps.

Keep it simple

Simplicity is the key when choosing a toilet. Look for a low-level one which combines both an old-world charm and modern workings.

And clean

Freestanding baths are often the first choice for a traditional bathroom. Roll top, oval or slipper baths – there’s a bath that will match your vintage design.

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It’s not often we would consider 12mm shower glass panels to be indicative of the Victorian period. However, they can still work well within a classic inspired bathroom if you go for a simple design – as provided by companies such as bespoke shower specialists

Following these simple concepts when designing your vintage-inspired bathroom will no doubt result in a better bathroom for your home. This is something that the BMA – or Bathroom Manufacturers Association – is keen to promote.

Off the wall

For that nostalgic feel in your bathroom, think about combining wood panelling and bathroom wallpaper. Vivid and rich colour palettes were used in the Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian periods, so consider these when exploring your heritage trend.

Somewhere to hide

Storage is vital, so in order to combine period charm with practicality, look at storage units that ooze country cottage style, or if size permits, a dressing table.


Wooden floors give the feel of a bygone age. There is a huge range of flooring products that are almost exactly the same as real wood, but are better suited to modern living. For a touch of glamour, choose marble-effect ceramic tiles for a classic look.


LED downlighters are a must for lighting your bathroom, but you can add some period charm, by adding in glass shades for some retro inspiration.

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