How To Create A Traditional Bathroom

If you’re anything like me, the first thing you do when you check into a hotel room is to explore the bathroom.  Some of you may choose to bounce on the bed but we’ll let that pass.

Whilst I love the usual gleaming, pristine, minimalistic bathrooms with soft fluffy towels and twee little wrapped toiletries to warm the heart, I actually prefer a more traditional bathroom.  If this is in a boutique hotel with the kids being looked after by their Aunty Sarah, so much the better.

Don’t you find when you return home, your need to renovate your own bathroom kicks up a gear?  So, how do you create a traditional bathroom at home?

For me, one of the fixtures I’ve got my eye on is a roll-top bath. Both roll top and freestanding baths make a fabulous centrepiece in a larger bathroom.

They are available in a range of sizes, depths and materials, and come with a wide range of tapware.

A good material to choose is acrylic sheet because it is affordable, light and easy to maintain.  It can also absorb and retain heat easily. If you’re going for a more natural look, you may prefer a composite bath.  These are often made from a combination of resin and ground quartz or granite to give a natural stone appearance.

You need to measure the space around the area where the bath is to be situated to check everyone can get in and out comfortably and you may also need to check whether your floor needs reinforcing if you are choosing a heavier bath.

Think about your bathing habits too.  For example, there are slipper and soaking tubs. If you do a lot of reading in the bath (don’t drop your Kindle in!), a slipper tub has a higher-end so you can rest comfortably.  Soaking tubs, on the other hand, are for longer bathing and are found in various lengths and widths. If you’re a fan of hot tubs, Aqua Warehouse is a great place to look for a hot tub that fits your budget.

Then consider your other fittings – claw feet on your tub for example.  Whatever period style you are considering, there will be a washbasin and taps to suit.

Pedestal basins are back in fashion and there is no reason why you couldn’t have two side by side to stop early morning arguments with the spouse.  They’re a great way of disguising ugly pipework – of which our house has plenty!

You might want to consider a two-piece toilet as opposed to the modern toilet styles which have hidden or boxed-in tanks.

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Think about traditional style radiators, some of which incorporate a heated towel rail or even a cast iron radiator which takes me right back to warming the back of my legs on them in school in the ’70s.

Surprisingly, you don’t need to spend a fortune on taps, as crosshead taps will suit most traditional bathroom design schemes or you could spend a little more on a mixer tap such as a monobloc mixer tap which combines hot and cold water in one.

In terms of a colour scheme, these are some suggested ‘future-proof’ colour schemes:-

  • black and white or monochromatic grey
  • mocha and neutrals
  • blue and yellow or earthy green
  • duck egg blue
  • copper
  • white or black
  • pink and grey

Remember that you’ll need to use paint that can withstand high levels of moisture. Bathroom paints are more durable than standard paint and are designed to handle steam and condensation more effectively. Make sure you choose a paint that contains anti-microbial additives to help resist mould and mildew.

Of course, you can also add colour to your bathroom with accessories, towels and bath mats.

Do you like traditional bathrooms or are you a modern bathroom fan?


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  1. Fiona jk42
    14 April, 2019 / 10:45 pm

    I’d love to be able to put in a beautiful roll-top bath in our bathroom. We currently only have a shower and I miss having a bath after a day spent gardening.

  2. A S,Edinburgh
    12 April, 2019 / 10:05 pm

    I love bathrooms and like all different styles, but there is something special about traditional fittings. Freestanding baths are beautiful.

  3. Kirsty Fox
    6 April, 2019 / 2:30 pm

    I’d love a roll top bath and traditional looking bathroom, my bathroom is quite small though so I don’t know if it would work.

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