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Guide to Designing a Victorian-Inspired Bathroom

Guide to Designing a Victorian-Inspired Bathroom

Guide to Designing a Victorian-Inspired Bathroom

If you too are fascinated with traditional Victorian-inspired bathrooms, we understand the obsession. The interest in Victorian bathroom suites started during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 1800s, and now they are experiencing a comeback. Although bathrooms always focused on functionality, the main idea for Victorian bathrooms had to deal with the aesthetics. 

Victorian-inspired aesthetics is what intrigued many people around the world. A combination of practicality and elegance is what keeps intriguing people to this day.

So, what are some of the characteristics of Victorian-inspired bathroom suites? The choices for designing the bathroom are endless as you will be able to go for a fully traditional look or add a touch of contemporary to keep up with the current trends.

Letta London has prepared an in-depth guide to designing a Victorian-inspired bathroom to help guide you in the right direction. Let your imagination run wild as you read our suggestions.

Why Opt for Victorian Design?

The reason why Victorian-inspired design plays such an important part in modern bathrooms is because the older style is sometimes the safest option. Above all, it is timeless, elegant, and it has been perfected and refined for more than a century. 

If you are living in an older house, a Victorian-inspired bathroom suite would be the perfect solution for elevating the spirit of your home. Renovating your bathroom with a more contemporary twist might ruin the historical uniqueness of the home. A Victorian-inspired bathroom will only strengthen the architectural structure of the house. On top of that, you will keep the consistency of the rooms for a full effect.

Free-Standing Baths

It is difficult to imagine a Victorian bathroom without a unique free-standing bath. Free-standing baths are the focal point of Victorian-inspired bathroom suites — without a free-standing bath, you would only have an elegant-looking traditional bathroom. As you might know, there are quite a few variations on free-standing baths, but only one is the true representative of that era. These baths are called slipper baths, and their distinction comes from one end being higher than the other.

The advantage of a slipper bath is that the taps are typically situated at the lower end of the bath, leaving the bather with room to lie down and rest their head at the higher end of the bath. The raised end allows the bather to completely enjoy a deep soak. You will find that most conventional-looking baths come with a claw-foot design that gives them that extra feeling of luxuriousness and history.

Modern free-standing baths differ from the traditional in a few ways, depending on your preferred selection. Most modern baths are double-ended, meaning the bather has more room as the taps are located at the side of the bath. With additional room, these baths are perfect for families with younger children as you can give them all simultaneous baths. You will also be able to find a modern free-standing slipper bath if you want to go for a complete leisure mood.

These baths come in a variety of materials with twin-skinned acrylic and fibreglass being the most popular choice due to their affordability and durability. Aside from those, Letta London clientele also opts for stone raisin or mineral marble baths. Regardless of your choice, you will find that Letta London has some of the most attractive offers in the business.

Basins and Toilets

When it comes to traditional-looking basins, your choices are abundant. You would be surprised at the range of options and the level of quality of today’s basins. On top of that, Letta London has some of the best choices when it comes to traditional basins. Before you start looking, decide whether you would like a basin with a towel rail or a full pedestal basin to make your ultimate choice easier.

If you thought that toilet options are not abundant, you thought wrong. It is significant to select the right toilet for your bathroom if you want for it to resemble a Victorian bathroom as much as possible. With that in mind, opt for a WC with a high-level cistern and chain. It is unlikely you will find a toilet that resembles the Victorian spirit more than this one.

If you are not impressed with conventional-looking toilets or your bathroom does not allow for that type of installation, you should opt for the classic back-to-wall WC that will not stand out among the other fixtures and furniture in your bathroom. 

Walls and Floors

If you want to stay true to the Victorian look, you will have to avoid tiles completely. We know it sounds odd when it comes to a bathroom, but traditional Victorian bathroom suites did not feature tiles. Instead, floors were wooden and the walls were bare, typically painted or decorated with wallpaper. In most cases, the walls were white, black, or neutral, while the wood floors were typically darker. With these design tips, you will get a fully authentic bathroom.

Yet, if you cannot imagine such a bathroom, opt for tiles. Letta London offers a range of traditional-looking tiles and more contemporary ones for that modern twist to your bathroom suite. Black and white tiles are a terrific choice for that modern twist, while mosaic tiles will keep the bathroom looking traditional. If you want to stay authentic but want to avoid wooden flooring, opt for wooden-inspired floor tiles.

Keep in mind that if you have walls in darker colours, you should opt for lighter floors and the other way around. Lighter floor tiles will look beautiful under your free-standing bath, while darker-coloured tiles will draw the eye to the statement piece that is your free-standing bath.

Taps and Mirrors

Putting the finishing touches is important with any bathroom, but even more significant with a period-inspired bathroom suite. This is especially essential when it comes to taps. Most of the taps offered today are contemporary-looking, so it might be challenging to find a tap that looks more traditional. Luckily, Letta London offers a large variety of traditional-looking taps that would fit perfectly into your Victorian bathroom. You will even find a free-standing tap for your bath to complete the look.

It would be hard to complete a Victorian-inspired bathroom suite without a statement mirror piece. If you have time, you could search for antiques, but you need to be prepared to pay a bit more. On the other hand, Letta London has a massive range of mirrors in its selection, so we are sure you will find something that matches your distinctive style.

Keep Your Eye on the Details

Accessorizing is one of the most interesting parts of renovating a bathroom because it will add that special feeling of uniqueness that everyone is aiming towards. Your options are endless as you can add anything that will introduce your individual style to your statement bathroom suite. Search for unique items in thrift stores and antique shops to preserve that charming Victorian style.

Do not forget to look for vintage-inspired towel rails and shelves, as well as furniture. Take a look at the Letta London classic collection that will surely catch your eye. Decorate the bathroom with some photographs, frames, figurines, antiques, and plants to finish off your Victorian-inspired suite.

Final Thoughts

To fulfil your lifelong dream of having a Victorian-inspired bathroom suite, simply follow our guide. Hopefully, now you have a clearer image of how you want your bathroom suite to look like. If you still have some second thoughts or you are unsure of which direction to go in, ask our Letta London staff for advice. They will be glad to offer assistance whether you stop by the showroom in North London or send your inquiries through the official website. We are patiently waiting to learn more about your grand ideas.