traditional bathroom ideas

Traditional Bathroom Design Ideas

If you’re looking to create a completely traditional bathroom or a mix of new and old with traditional and contemporary features then continue reading for some stylish design ideas.

The traditional bathroom look is still popular, with its classic fixtures and fittings matching any home modern or traditional. Even if you aren’t going for a complete renovation with a traditional bathroom suite, there are steps you can take to create the bathroom of your dreams.

Recreating a traditional bathroom design doesn't have to be difficult, you can recreate this charming style in your own bathroom no matter the budget. So, whether you’re using traditional fittings for every element or combining them with contemporary pieces, this useful guide is here to help you get your bathroom renovation project started.


Metro wall tiling example

There are many ways to transform your bathroom walls to match traditional styling, from simple painted walls and stylish classic tiles to beautifully panelled walls.

If you're looking to keep your bathroom walls plain, then choosing simple metro tiles is a perfect option. Choose from a simple straight brick look to a more intricate diagonal design. Whether you opt for white, cream, grey, or even beige, this is a simple way to get started with your traditional bathroom design.

If you choose to tile your bathroom then no matter the style or finish of your chosen tiles they can easily be paired with either paint or wallpaper and can even look beautiful on their own. For a truly traditional finish, tile just past the height of your basin.

Split wall example

For more information on bathroom wall tiles read our handy guide on How to Tile a Bathroom Wall.


Traditional bathroom tiles

Like your walls, there are plenty of design options here for a traditional bathroom, including patterned tiles, wood panels, or even vinyl.

Patterned bathroom floor tiles are extremely popular, with the majority styled in victorian-type designs where the traditional look dates from. These are a smart choice and can also add a splash of colour and personality to an otherwise clinical looking room.

Wood and wood effect flooring

For more information on bathroom wall tiles read our handy guide on How to Tile a Bathroom Floor


Traditional Copper Bath

When it comes to choosing the right bath for a traditional bathroom design, your two main choices are slipper and traditional freestanding baths.

Freestanding baths are often the centre-point of a bathroom making them the truly spectacular focal point, especially when paired with a beautiful freestanding tap. If you’re looking to add an extra touch of luxury, why not consider a gorgeous roll-top bath?

Slipper baths feature one higher end of the bath, helping to support your back whilst bathing but also adding a truly original design feature. Thanks to their raised end, slipper baths are perfect for complete relaxation.

If you’re really looking to merge both modern and traditional design features, then why not consider a beautiful traditional bath with a unique finish. We offer a truly unique and gorgeous range of finishes from copper and nickel to a wide range of colours including pink, green, and even yellow.

Traditional Slipper Bath

For more information on freestanding baths read our handy Freestanding Baths Guide.

Traditional bathroom suites

Choosing individual items for a traditional bathroom isn’t always straight forward, finding matching items at a reasonable price can be difficult. If you feel this is holding you back from completing or undertaking a traditional bathroom renovation, why not take a look at our range of traditional bathroom suites. With the choice of a wide range of beautiful freestanding baths, pedestal basins, toilets, and even stylish vanity units you can’t go wrong.


Traditional Shower

When it comes to getting the right shower for a traditional bathroom, you need not compromise on style or functionality.

With a wide range of traditional thermostatic showers available you can still get the safe and relaxing powerful shower you desire. Beautiful exposed traditional showers or a classic fixed shower head are perfect for period design.

Park Lane Thermostatic Traditional Lever & Cross Handle Concealed Shower- Wall Mounted Fixed Head

Traditional full mixer showers are ideal for a period bathroom suite. If you aren’t going for a fixed shower head, their exposed valves in chrome stunningly stand out against your walls. If they feature ceramic handles, this adds a touch of class and classical styling.


Traditional Toilet

In a time of contemporary bathrooms, it might be difficult to find the perfect traditional toilet with a classic flush and sturdy design. But without a traditional toilet, your bathroom really wouldn't have that beautiful classic touch you're looking for. So why not take a look at our full range of traditional toilets here all including either classic chain or handle flushes.


Traditional Copper Basin

When it comes to choosing a traditional basin there are a range of gorgeous designs from classic pedestal and wall hung basins to beautiful copper, nickel, or ceramic countertop basins.

A copper or nickel countertop basin, paired with a classic wall hung or freestanding tap can make a traditional bathroom really stand out.

Traditional wall-hung basins are stunningly simple and can provide space underneath, giving your bathroom a spacious and airy feeling.

Park Lane Legend Full Pedestal 600mm 2 Taphole Bathroom Sink

Simple and classical, pedestal bathroom sinks remain popular despite the trend towards more contemporary styles within a vanity unit. These traditional basins feature period design details with a single or double tap hole.

Traditional washstand basins provide a truly unique and classic finish, matching perfectly with other classic ceramics and chrome-finished items such as showers, taps, and heated towel radiators.


Traditional Basin Taps

When it comes to traditional bathroom taps, think of them as the final touch of elegance for your period bathroom project.

For basin taps, the choice of either cross-head or lever handles works with any sink design and their ceramic touches add class. You can choose from Oxford and Worcestercross-heads or Winchester lever handles for a modern take on Georgian styling.

Mira Virtue Bath Shower Mixer Tap

Freestanding bath and bath shower taps will typically sit in the middle of the bath but can be located at the end. Their ceramic details add a traditional touch of elegance to every period bathroom space.

Towel Rails

Traditional Towel Radiator

Providing a different look to the commonly found contemporary designs, traditional towel radiators combine modern technology with classical style. With their chrome finish, these towel rails will work perfectly alongside traditional chrome showers and taps.

The steel construction, and white radiator, will look as great as the day you bought it thanks to a rust-free lifespan, while a choice of sizes ensures the majority of traditional bathrooms can enjoy these beautiful radiator designs.



One easy way of adding a traditional touch to your bathroom is through some beautiful traditional bathroom furniture. Not only will it add that much-needed traditional touch to your bathroom but it can also help to provide masses of practical storage space. What more could you want?

If you're looking for more bathroom design inspiration, take a look at the following posts - Monochrome Bathroom Design Ideas - Contemporary Bathroom Design Tips - Design Inspiration: Country & Cottage Style Bathrooms.

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