Traditional Bathroom Designs

Find all the info you'll need on traditional bathroom designs, and get ready to create a classic and welcoming bathroom space in your home.

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A dark-stained vanity, placed between double sinks, is the only piece of furniture in this efficient master bathroom. Minimal furnishings and exposed plumbing make this narrow area seem more open, allowing every inch of the space to be functional.

By: Sean McEvoy

Traditional bathroom designs can add tremendous elegance and resale value to a home. These tried-and-true familiar designs have lasted through the years because of their universal charm, so it's a good bet that a traditional bathroom design will appeal to a wide range of family members, guests and potential buyers.

A Bathroom With an Air of Elegance

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Sophisticated Details

Graceful arches, custom alder cabinetry in a smoky mesquite stain, and a walk-up sunken tub help create an air of elegance in this luxurious retreat. Photo courtesy of Jim Brady

Elegant Warmth

A grand entry framed in tile travertine wainscot and the open shower with tiled archways and hand-stamped tile accents sets the tone for an elegantly warm space. Photo courtesy of Jim Brady

Custom Cabinetry

Custom alder cabinetry in a smoky mesquite stain provides stylish warmth that complements the overall design. Photo courtesy of Jim Brady

Tile with Style

The textures and color palate of the countertops and hardware work beautifully with the intricate tile work, which is the focal point of this bathroom remodel. Photo courtesy of Jim Brady

Mood-Setting Lighting

The detailed sconces and soft lighting creates an ambiance of elegance. Photo courtesy of Jim Brady

Traditional doesn't have to mean boring—in fact, incorporating glamorous, vintage-inspired elements like dramatic, ornate mirror frames or tufted benches and ottomans can create a lively but classic design.

Using solid, sturdy materials in your traditional bathroom design will definitely help create a timeless feel. Whether it's employing a clawfoot tub in porcelain as a centerpiece, or using marble and metal for a sink stand, grounding your design in these classic materials will give you the best of bold design and traditional style.

Colors and patterns in traditional bathrooms run the gamut, but in general they tend to be more primary, and toward the dark and light ends of the spectrum. Bright or off-whites, grays and blacks can go a long way towards creating a classic feel in any bathroom design.

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