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Traditional Bathrooms

Capture the classic elegance of the Victorian, Edwardian, or Elizabethan periods with a traditional bathroom remodel. In an era inundated with computers, where cell phones ring in restaurants and train commuters are hypnotized by electronic devices, it’s wonderful to escape into a simpler time as you enter this sanctuary of your home. For a traditional, period look, seek out vintage fixtures and even mix new ideas with the tried and true.

Edwardian walls were typically lined with varnished paper with tiled or mosaic designs. Instead of using paper, you can even install colorful ceramic tile with square or hexagonal shapes. Play with blue and white, popular colors in bathrooms of days gone by. You can mix different shades of blue with neutrals, or blend in complementary gold, turquoise, or purple for a regal twist on the original idea. You can also try wainscoting on the bottom half of your bathroom wall.

For the bathroom floor, you can’t go wrong with historically authentic subway tile. Fixtures can be comprised of a freestanding clawfoot tub with shower enclosure and curtain, porcelain pedestal sink or wooden vanity with a porcelain basin, and chrome or gold bathroom taps. Then, hang an oval-shaped mirror above the sink.

Other aspects of older bathrooms include visible piping, radiators, and etched glass on the lower half of bathroom windows and doors. As always, don’t forget the importance of accessories, such as traditional lighting, Edwardian soap dishes and toilet paper holders, and Elizabethan towel holders.


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