11 traditional bathroom ideas

Timeless and full of character, our pick of traditional bathroom ideas showcase the best combinations of modern and classic design

TODO alt text

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.

traditional style bathroom with white scheme, freestanding bath and large piece of artwork with modern twist

(Image: © James Balston)

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

traditional style bathroom with sage green pannelling, a black freestanding bath and other features

(Image: © James Balston)

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.

bathroom with large print botancial wallpaper and beautiful shower unit

(Image: © 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.

whute scheme bathroom with a pop of blue and freestanding bath and patterned tiled floor

(Image: © Ton Bouwer)

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. 

A white freestanding bath in a traditional shape suits the style of this period property bathroom. Find similar at The Bath Store.

freestanding bath in bathroom with white scheme and exposed beams

(Image: © Brent Darby)

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.

For a similar bath, try Drummonds. Find this Stitch Wallpaper at Little Greene.

bright yellow freestanding bath in patterned wallpaper bathroom

(Image: © Little Greene)

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. 

(Image: © Jody Stewart)

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. 

beautiful frestanding bath in centre of bathroom with large fire places filled with cut logs

(Image: © Aston Matthews)

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.

grey scheme bathroom with panels and white freestanding bath

(Image: © Davey Lighting)

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.

dark scheme bathroom with large white freestanding bath, ornate fireplace and gallery wall

(Image: © Waters Baths of Ashbourne)

11. Pick traditional bathroom furniture

To complete the look of your traditional bathroom, pick bathroom furniture accordingly. Think a gently curved vanity unit painted in a classic, neutral colour. 

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. 

Freestanding 134 Curved Vanity Unit with doors in Classic Grey and Minerva white worktop with integrated white basin, £2629.00, Burlington Bathrooms

(Image: © Burlington Bathrooms)

Find more bathroom inspiration below