Traditional bathroom ideas to inspire your new scheme

a traditional bathroom with a silver roll top bath and shower above it

There’s something dreamy about a classic design, right? Whether you want to teleport to the English countryside or transform your scheme to include that period drama-inspired feel, I’ve got good news – you can recreate that timeless traditional look in your bathroom too.

The key to stunning traditional bathroom ideas is to go for classic fittings and fixtures with an aged feel. Begin with a traditional basin, a roll-top bath in metallic finishes, brass radiators and old-school taps and mixers. Then, tie the look together with wall panelling or floral waterproof wallpaper and a grand baroque-style mirror above your washbasin.

Remember to let your creativity flow and have fun when designing your new scheme – you can even add Art Deco influences, or industrial finishes to your new bathroom for a nod to on-trend styles.

Ready to start your moodboard? Scroll down to get your dose of traditional bathroom inspiration and screenshot your favourites…

a traditional bathroom featuring monochrome floor tiles, a roll top bath, a pedestal basin and dark wood mirrors
Traditional bathroom ideas: This bathroom features classic period styling with a roll-top bath. It also includes a white ceramic double basin unit, traditional radiator and window shutters. These are all paired with Nova Graphite star patterned monochrome tiles, from £60 per sq m, from Ca’ Pietra.
a tin boat bath in a gold sheen with a brass shower and geometrical floor tiles
This tin boat bath, £4032, from BC Designs, together with the Booth & Co by VADO classic shower head, oozes a traditional feel. Plus, the best bit is that it will maintain the water temperature much longer than baths made from other materials.
a traditional bathroom featuring a white roll top bath, an antique pedestal featuring two gold basins, and a large wall mirror
Traditional bathroom ideas: If your floorboards aren’t up to scratch but renewing them isn’t an option, hard-wearing floor paint is a clever alternative. Use cool white shades, with touches of wood, stone and chrome-finish brassware to give your space a relaxing feel. Orbit towel rail, from £558, Bisque.
a marble double washstand with panelling and knobs with rectangular wall mirrors above it
Why not clad walls with faux tongue-and-groove panelling and add a marble topped double washstand? This will give even the most contemporary home plenty of classic appeal. Chichester washstand, from £1875, and Brunswick wall light, £72, both Neptune.

More stunning traditional bathroom ideas

a traditional bathroom with a white fitted panelled bath, floral wallpaper and several traditional pictures
Traditional bathroom ideas: A simple way to get that classic look? Go for aged brass accents for your radiator, wall lights and bath mixer. Regency heated towel rail in unlacquered brass, £1500, CP Hart.
a heated brass towel rail next to a red roll top bath in front of a large window
If you have a large window, or a nice alcove, place your bath there to enjoy the views and a relaxing soak. How gorgeous is this Westminster vanity suite, £3521, featuring the Eaton heated towel rail, £1836, from Rutland London?
a traditional bathroom featuring monochrome floor tiles, grey wall tiles, a classic three-piece suite and a brass wall mirror
Traditional bathroom ideas: You don’t have to go the wall panelling route to create a classic bathroom scheme. Try a mix of wall and flooring tiles that complement the traditional fittings and fixtures. Milano Legend traditional bathroom suite with freestanding bath, toilet and pedestal basin, £874.99, The Big Bathroom Shop.

More gorgeous classic ideas

a metallic roll top bath with a silver shower, a large picture of London, a silver towel rail and a pedestal basin
If you’re after tradition with a bit of a twist, a freestanding bath with a metallic burnished finish will add a touch of Edwardian elegance to your scheme, like the Geminus Plinth bath from Albion, from £1917.
a traditional bathroom with floral wallpaper, a chandelier, a gilt mirror and a traditional pedestal basin and toilet
Traditional bathroom ideas: Floral wallpaper, wall panelling, classic fittings and luxurious metallic accents are set to take you back in time. Granley basin with Penrose bath, Heritage Bathrooms.
deep regal blue painted wall panelling, a marble shower and basins and monochrome floor tiles
Drummonds was interior designer Róisín Lafferty’s first choice when looking for classic fittings. The traditional fittings and fixtures together with the deep regal blue and marble surfaces create a timeless two-tone design.
a traditional bathroom with a black roll top bath, dark shaker cabinetry, a pendant light and a large mirror
Traditional bathroom ideas: Scavolini’s Baltimora collection. Black Matt lacquered doors, together with veined marble countertops, a dark wood floor and painted tub add that feeling of romantic decadence to this design. Prices for a bathroom start at £5000.
the Amiata bath under a black pendant light, with white cabinetry with brass handles, a pink and black rug and white linen curtains
Choose a bath that stands the test of time and works well in both modern and traditional spaces, like the Amiata bath, from £3485, Victoria + Albert Baths. Image: Olivia Carswell.

So, do you still need more inspo? Then check out these classic bathroom basins.

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