Traditional styles remain popular for bathrooms, particularly in combination with more contemporary bathroom design features. If you're designing a bathroom in a period property, consider opting for some traditional features in addition to more modern pieces.
We love the idea of pairing ornate pieces with a minimalist scheme or styling simple sanitaryware with botanical wallpapers inspired by traditional prints. Bridging the gap between old and new, our selection of traditional bathroom ideas will leave you feeling inspired.
1. Opt for artwork with a contemporary twist
While displaying photos or artwork isn't the norm in a bathroom, it can make a lovely addition to a traditional space. Pair a large work with a traditional freestanding bath to create a striking focal point.
This unique, spray painted portrait adds a contemporary twist to an otherwise quite traditional space.
2. Consider including wall panels in a large bathroom
If you're blessed with a spacious bathroom, consider creating a traditional look with the addition of vertical wall panels. As well as adding the impression of height to a room, they enhance the country-cottage feel of the space.
We love the use of sage green tones, particularly when combined with exposed wooden beams and styled with delicate house plants.
3. Choose a bold botanical wallpaper
Beautiful botanical wallpapers inspired by traditional prints and designs make a striking addition to a bathroom. Opt for something bright and bold if high ceilings and abundant natural light mean that your space won't feel overwhelmed.
Find this stunning, traditional feeling Thurso Freestanding Shower at Drummonds.
4. Pick paintwork that draws out the tones of floor tiles
Patterned floor tiles have seen a surge in popularity over recent years – and for good reason. Now available in a variety of colours and patterns, they're a lovely option for hinting at a bathroom's history, while adding colour and personality.
For a cohesive look that works well in small bathroom, we love the idea of opting for paintwork that draws out tones found in beautiful bathroom floor tiles – this sky blue door and door frame are a lovely example. For similar tiles, try Original Style.
5. Opt for a neutral scheme to show off exposed beams
If your bathroom is blessed with striking original features – such as exposed wooden beams – consider opting for a neutral scheme that allows these stand out features to speak for themselves.
6. For a unique feel, consider a bold freestanding bath
Timeless pieces that make a real visual impact, freestanding baths are a popular addition to a traditional bathroom. To design a space with a unique feel, we love the idea of opting for a traditional shaped bath with a bold coloured finish – particularly if it draws out the more subtle tones of a beautiful botanical wallpaper.
7. Make the most of original features
In a space with stand out original features – a beautiful stained glass window for example – opt for a light and neutral scheme. It's an easy and effective way to make a bathroom feel bright and spacious, while ensuring that an incredible feature becomes a focal point.
8. Add a modern feel with original features
While a grey scheme and matt black freestanding bath have a distinctly modern feel, traditional aspects can be successfully worked into a space with the addition of reclaimed furniture and the establishment of an original feature as a focus point.
We love the stylish feel of this bathroom, with carefully stacked and styled logs tucked inside an original fireplace.
9. Create a timeless look with a grey scheme
If you want your traditional bathroom to have a chic and timeless feel, consider opting for a grey scheme – this can be enhanced with the addition of French-inspired panelling. Pair with white sanitaryware and bathroom accessories for a soothing space.
We love the addition of this Hampton Wall Light from Original BTC for a classic feeling traditional bathroom.
10. Consider a dark scheme
If your bathroom has high ceilings and abundant natural light, consider opting for a darker, more moody scheme – something that works particularly well if your room has gothic features. Style with large ornate mirrors and a standout gallery wall.
Find this Haze Freestanding Bath at Waters Baths of Ashbourne.
11. Pick traditional bathroom furniture
This serene traditional bathroom has been kitted out with Freestanding 134 Curved Vanity Unit with doors in Classic Grey and Minerva white worktop with integrated white basin, £2,629, Burlington Bathrooms.