Traditionally Styled Bathroom Suites

When interior designers reference ‘traditional’ style, what do they mean?

The indoor traditional bathroom suites is a relatively modern invention, as toilets were brought indoors only in the last century. Many British homes did not have indoor toilets until after the second world war, and baths taken in front of the fire were pretty common.

The Victorian high-level toilet, with its elevated cistern and pull chain, didn’t begin to sell in Britain until 1910, nine years after the death of Queen Victoria and well into the Edwardian era.


When we think of a traditional bathroom, though, it’s the product of a Victorian era that most of us imagine. Toilets with high-level cisterns and pull chains, cast iron or copper freestanding baths, vessel basins, and highly glazed tile.

Not every homeowner has room for the full-on re-creation of a traditional bathroom, however. A high-level cistern requires a high ceiling and because of its height, it needs a lot of space, too, so as not to look cramped in. Close coupled toilet designs which display hints of traditional styling have become acceptable traditional toilets themselves.

Think about selecting a WC with ridges across the back of the cistern lid, for example, or shaping around the foot of the toilet bowl. These are both design features which hint at the toilet’s heritage, without slavishly recreating a real traditional WC. The shape of the toilet is important, too: an oval bowl that’s higher from the ground than the rounded or square edged bowls of the contemporary toilet is a key feature when it comes to creating that ‘authentic’ old style bathroom.

The bathroom is an important aspect of the home, therefore every factor must be considered carefully before undertaking any form of renovation. Traditional bathroom suites has the capacity of transforming the appearance of the bathroom. You can also consider purchasing a suite that accommodates a shower enclosure.

Convenience is key in re-interpreting the bathing accouterments of the past for a contemporary bathroom, and freestanding pieces, plumbed in for modern convenience, are what you should look for when styling a traditional bathroom.

Traditional Bathroom Suite

The pitcher and ewer combination commonly seen in bedrooms a couple of centuries ago for washing the hands and face has evolved into today’s vessel basin, plumbed in on top of a piece of bathroom furniture with a deck or wall mounted tap. And copper baths are an expensive style statement today when paired with a freestanding or wall mounted tap, but in days gone by they were placed in front of the fire for bathing and had to be light enough and small enough to carry about.

Another question is how much money you should be looking to spend on a new traditional bathroom suite. There’s no set sum that can provide an answer to this question. The bottom line is that you should consider how much money you have available and what changes you’re looking to make.

Decorating your walls with highly glazed ‘metro’ tiles is a good way to finish off the look of a bathroom fitted with a traditional style bathroom suite: a monochrome scheme looks authentic and is easy to accessorize with splashes of color elsewhere when the mood takes you.

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