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How to Create a Traditional Bathroom

∙ By Amy Lake ∙ 0 comments


There are many elements to consider when creating your dream traditional bathroom. This includes incorporating classic design and staple items, to create a vintage look that complements the features of the space. You want to pick products that will be timeless and think about the finishing touches, such as accessories, taps, radiators and tiles. Planning and inspiration is key to pulling this look off. Pinterest is a fantastic tool for bringing together different ideas in one place, as well as Instagram and Google search.

Two of the best Bathroom suppliers that specialise in traditional design are Burlington and Imperial. Burlington brings together a wealth of great design that reflects historical eras such as Edwardian, Victorian, Classic and Belle Epoque. Their furniture options come in four colours, Matt White, Sand, Dark Olive and Classic Grey. Seamlessly carry through your colour scheme selection to bath surrounds and toilet seats for pure aesthetic perfection.

British founded Imperial Bathrooms offer a lifetime quality guarantee. Their collections feature beautiful handmade real wood finishes, cast brassware in stunning finishes of chrome, nickel and gold. They have everything you could need to create a traditional bathroom, including tiles, radiators, lighting and accessories. Whilst their products are vintage and traditional, they are on par with any modern alternatives.

For some, dreams of a Victorian bathroom can seem out of their price range. Break it down if you’re on a budget and choose one item to make a feature of, such as the bath, and then choose cheaper sanitaryware and taps. We always have competitive prices and discounts on our website. With five showrooms showcasing the best of our traditional products, you can truly appreciate the beauty, quality and design in person. Our professional and knowledgeable team of staff are always on hand to help you every step of the way, designing and purchasing your dream bathroom couldn’t be easier!

What do I need to complete the Traditional Look?

A Close Coupled Toilet

Burlington supply a range of close coupled WC’S for the ultimate traditional feel. Also practical and functional, as it’s very easy to fit, add a soft close seat and handles for extra hygiene. The choices are affordable, with the option of a handle or push button cistern. If you want to go for a maximum traditional design, a high-level WC is an excellent choice. Pair with a chrome cistern, flush pipe and a glossy mahogany throne seat to truly channel your inner Victorian royal.

Basin and Full Pedestal

An elegant and decorative basin and pedestal can be an excellent feature in any traditional bathroom. Ideally, keep it in the same range as the toilet. Imperial’s Etoile Collection is a perfect choice, combining white or dramatic black ceramic ware. The basins are the iconic Victorian shape and the designers have rounded the corners to provide a smooth and softer feel. Complement with elegant three hole lever taps in a choice of chrome, polished nickel or gold for extra glamour.

A Freestanding Bath

If your bathroom can accommodate a freestanding bath it makes a great centrepiece. Go for an elegant sloping slipper style to create Downton Abbeyesque vibes. This design provides maximum comfort and looks the part. The Burlington Harewood is a popular choice. With six feet options available in chrome, black and white, there is bound to be something to suit your tastes. Add the finishing touch of a decorative bath mixer with a dainty handset and chrome standpipes.


Having a bath and a shower will increase the selling potential in your home, as it will appeal to a wider audience. Combine the old with the new by using decorative showers with modern technology. Digital showering with classic 1910 styling provides the ultimate experience, with visual temperature control and the option of remote control. For a more seamless look, you could choose to create a wet room, although be aware that this can be much more costly. Alternatively, if you have a smaller bathroom, go for an offset quadrant or bow fronted style. You can pop into one of our showrooms to try out which size is best for you if you’re unsure.


You will need a radiator to keep your bathroom warm and dry your towels. If you have space, choose a decorative floor standing style, with a rail to hang your towels. They provide the extra traditional feel, whilst being functional. Or you can choose a wall mounted style to save on space.


Your choice of wall and floor tiles will really set the scene and create the atmosphere. The monochrome bevelled brick effect is a popular choice, for a chic art deco feel. Opting for soft duck egg tones and warm beiges gives a more traditional country atmosphere. Or keep the wall tiles a classic crisp white with bold patterned Victorian floor tiles. If you’re feeling more experimental add pastel shades and marbling effect tiles for an elegant feminine touch. Think about how the theme will tie in with the rest of your house, or other bathrooms if you have them.

For more ideas and inspiration head to our Pinterest page here


To shop our traditional bathroom ranges be sure to consider Imperial & Burlington Bathrooms.



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