With the help of period fittings and a touch of vintage-inspired glamour, you can give your bathroom a sense of timeless elegance with this bathroom trend.
Enjoying a big revival thanks to TV dramas such as Downton Abbey, period bathrooms are filled with character. Typified by freestanding roll-top baths, sculpted sanitaryware and classic brass fittings, it’s a look that’s adaptable for new-build homes and Victorian properties alike.
Select a period
As the popularity of vintage-style bathrooms shows no sign of abating, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to Victorian- and Edwardian-style reproduction fixtures and fittings. The recent trend for geometrics has also seen a rise in Art Deco-style designs.
Add modern touches
While you might love the look of authentic pieces, no-one wants to have to suffer the indignities of Victorian plumbing, so it’s worth investing in a few modern luxuries. Power showers, loos with eco-flushes and taps with ceramic washers are just as easy to incorporate if you select good-quality replicas. Look out for manufacturers such as Drummonds, whose designs are based on historic drawings and traditional construction methods.
Pick original pieces
If you don’t mind taking on a little restoration work, then you could consider trawling salvage yards, auctions and restoration specialists for bathtubs, basins and brassware. You’re likely to pay a premium for fully restored pieces – and remember to check with your plumber that your chosen items are suitable for modern plumbing systems before you buy, too.
Complete the look
Once you’ve chosen your fixtures and fittings, it’s time to focus on the walls and flooring. For authenticity, heritage paint colours and replica tiles are a good start. Soft greens and blues are popular right now, or stick to a modern neutral such as grey. Metro tiles – either with or without bevelled edges – are perfect for Victorian and Edwardian bathrooms, while square black-and-white tiles laid in a geometric pattern on the floor will give a room an Art-Deco feel.
Teaming pale-blue, Shaker-style furniture with traditional brassware creates a period-style bathroom that’s both relaxed and welcoming.
Do hotel chic
Make your bathing experience as relaxing as possible by placing a table beside your tub,so you’ve got everything you need close to hand.