Victorian Bathrooms

Get all the info you need on Victorian bathrooms, and create a bath space with classic elegance to spare in your home.

This ornate vanity combines with the mirror, wall sconces, and bath rug to give an Old World feel.

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This ornate vanity combines with the mirror, wall sconces, and bath rug to give an Old World feel.

By: Sean McEvoy

Victorian bathrooms are characterized by the elegant design elements commonly found in the grand homes of the Victorian era. These can include everything from tufted benches to intricately shaped gold- or silver-finished mirror frames. In general, design for Victorian bathrooms focuses on beauty, elegance and comfort.

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One element commonly found in Victorian bathroom designs is the classic porcelain, claw-foot tub. These tubs have enjoyed a resurgence in many different bathroom styles recently, but they are most at home in the elegance of a Victorian design.

Similarly, a pedestal sink—attached to the wall and sitting atop a porcelain or metal base—can be a space-saving and attractive addition to a Victorian bathroom. You'll find Victorian pedestal sinks in round and square styles, both as reproductions and in their original state, secondhand.

Hardware in Victorian bathrooms tends to be brass or gilt metal; it often features ornate, carved designs of scrolls, flora and fauna. Antique dealers and salvage locations may have many styles to choose from. In terms of floor tile, small, hexagonal tiles will definitely conjure the intricate flooring of the era.

Finally, consider fabric shower drapes, in heavy, high-quality fabric, potentially with fringed or tasseled trim. Upholstered seating and lacy curtains are also popular touches.

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