Victorian themed bathrooms are becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners and not just for those with period properties. Many are shying away from the ultra modern look that has been prevalent in recent years and instead opting for a more relaxed traditional vibe. In order to achieve an authentic Victorian look it is essential to carefully consider each attributing factor.
Whilst the current trend sees most homeowners opting for tiles on both the floor and walls of their bathroom; they were not used as freely in the Victorian period. Walls tended to be plastered and painted, wallpapered or perhaps fitted with decorative panelling. Tiles were sometimes used on the floors, but bare floorboards were just as popular.
Whilst with a Victorian bathroom you should try to add visual enhancements wherever possible, the bathtub should be the central focus. By adding a truly striking bathtub you can ensure that those entering the room are immediately aware of the styling. Your first choice is to go for a slipper bath; the design of which incorporates one end higher than the other. This allows the bather to really stretch out and enjoy their soak.
Your second choice is to go for a double ended bath. These are similar to slipper baths, although both ends are raised. This of course means that the bath is very deep and two people can use it at the same time. In addition, double ended baths will almost always have the taps situated down one side, whereas slipper baths are likely to have theirs situated at the bottom end.
If you are looking to create your themed bathroom on a budget, then one way to save money can be to go for a basic bathtub. You can then add a Victorian feel to it by purchasing wooden panelling, which can be fitted round the sides of the bathtub.
As with your bath choice, it is possible to spend a small fortune on a sink, or go for a more budget option. Some marble Victorian sink basins with aluminium legs can cost upwards of £3,000. In contrast you can source porcelain models that incorporate a ornate design and matching pedestal for around £200. If you are looking to add some storage space then you could opt for a vanity unit, which allows the basin to be sunk into it. Again this will allow you to purchase a basic sink basin; freeing up more budget to be spent on the vanity unit.
The right Toilet
A common mistake for homeowners looking to create that Victorian vibe is to completely overlook the importance of the toilet. Dependant on whether you have a suitable ceiling height, you may wish to consider a traditional model with a high level cistern. If your bathroom ceiling is a little lower then there are also models available with low level cisterns which will look great.
Having finally settled on your bathroom furniture, you next move should be to select some suitable accessories to complete the look. One of the most important accessories is your choice of taps; the wrong ones can really affect the feel of the room. Be sure to avoid taps with long straight edges and sharp angles, which are associated with mode contemporary designs. Getting the right radiator or towel rail is also a big decision, with either chrome or the classical cast iron being suitable options. A mirror with a decorative frame, toilet roll holder and even the light fittings should also be carefully considered.