Victorian Bathroom Design Ideas

Explore Victorian bathroom decor ideas, and get ready to add a lush, romantic and pampered feel to your bath space.
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After: Step Back in Time

It was very important that this bathroom renovation stay true to the history of the home. HGTV fan Mrs_d opted for charming wallpaper, hardwood and plenty of architectural detail. She stores necessities in an antique chest of drawers and an old jelly cabinet.

By: Sean McEvoy

Inspired by the opulent elegance of the bathrooms in traditional Victorian palaces and estates, Victorian bathrooms have great appeal for homeowners who prefer a lush, romantic and pampered feel for their bath space.

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Luxurious items like tufted benches, chairs and stools, intricately shaped gold or silver finished mirror frames, and grand, expertly carved dressing tables featuring crown molding are common features of Victorian bathrooms. Victorian bathroom design ideas are plentiful, but in general they focus on creating a space where luxury, beauty, elegance and comfort are paramount.

One of the most iconic elements of Victorian bathroom design — often featured as a grand centerpiece in the bath space — is the classic, porcelain claw-footed tub. These tubs are now widely available in a range of updated styles and materials, but their Old World elegance is still right at home in a Victorian bathroom design.

Pedestal sinks are similarly common in Victorian bathroom designs. These simple and straightforward sinks attach directly to the wall and sit atop a porcelain or metal base, making them excellent space savers as well as an attractive and efficient addition to any bathroom. Other sink styles common in Victorian bathrooms are marble or bronze sinks set atop antique bureaus or chests of drawers. A chest itself may be found in the common Victorian style featuring intricate crown molding and elegantly sculpted high-quality metal hardware. Brass or gilt-metal styles are common for hardware on furniture and in sinks and showers in Victorian bathrooms, and they may feature sculpted elements like flora and fauna, scrolls or other ornate designs. Victorian-style hardware and other bathroom accessories are widely available from brick-and-mortar or online antique dealers, or in reproduction form from your local hardware or home improvement store.

When it comes to tilework in a Victorian bathroom design, traditional hexagonal, penny or subway tile is most commonly used for a classic, unfussy-but-elegant approach. White or other light colors are often preferred in order to create a light and airy feel in the space. Paint colors in Victorian bathrooms often follow the same rule set, with light, subtle whites, yellows, blues and pinks preferred over bolder colors, contributing to a soothing, romantic appeal.

For fabrics and linens in a Victorian bathroom design, quality counts. Heavy fabric shower curtains are often preferred, often with tassels or fringe running along the bottom or top for added visual effect. Towels and bath mats are often similarly luxurious and are made from high-quality cotton or similarly heavy, soft fabric.

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