A Complete Guide To Traditional Bathroom Suites

By Rob

5th Jun 2014

3 mins read

Bathroom Ideas

A traditional suite will give your bathroom a gorgeous look that will have a timeless appeal. We take a look at what's available.

A Complete Guide To Traditional Bathroom Suites
A Complete Guide To Traditional Bathroom Suites

● What Options Are Available?
● Is A Traditional Suite Right For Your Bathroom?

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Traditional Bathroom Ideas

We’re all familiar with the sheer beauty which traditionally influenced bathrooms radiate. If you’ve ever settled down on the couch to watch a period drama, chances are there was a bathroom scene involved which included such glorious items as freestanding bathtubs and high level toilets. The great thing about this charming style however is the fact that you can quite easily replicate the look in your own home. This Victorian Plumbing buying guide will explain exactly what traditional suites include, and whether or not their specific styling will be the right choice for your bathroom.

What Options Are Available?

Traditional suites come in numerous options, allowing you to effectively create the exact look you’re after. Many of the designs feature ornate, sculpted lines and elegant touches. Beginning with the toilet, you have plenty of styles to pick from. While most 4 piece suites will come with a classic close coupled toilet, there are options for medium and high level toilets with some suites for a more striking and beautiful effect. Many toilets come with wooden seats to complete the look.

With regards to basins, the majority of 4 piece suites will come with a pedestal basin which will be styled in a way which complements the supplied toilet. There are also traditional wall hung basins available as part of a suite, which is a particularly good choice for smaller settings due to their compact nature. Finally, some suites come with console basins, which feature a much more ornate appearance, and are often supported by a set of chrome legs which will match the legs on the bathtub as well as the taps for a co-ordinated feel. For the ultimate authentic period look, a console basin combined with a high level toilet and a freestanding bathtub will leave you with a bathroom that’ll impress all who see it.

5 piece suites give you the addition of a bathtub. In a traditional environment this will provide you with a beautiful centrepiece. The classic styling situated on these baths will really bring the whole aesthetic together, giving the room a truly Victorian feel. They will usually come with ball and claw feet, which do a great job of capturing the image of period eras. It is especially important however with traditional fittings to take some precise measurements of the bathroom before buying anything as console basins and vintage baths can be quite bulky and will completely dominate small rooms. Make sure you’ll have sufficient space available before making any decisions.

Is A Traditional Suite Right For Your Bathroom?

Depending on the overall style of your home, and the décor you’ve chosen for the bathroom, a traditional suite may be the ideal option. Fitting classic fixtures and fittings in more contemporary spaces may not achieve the desired effect, as it can cause a visual conflict between two very different styles. You want your eyes to flow effortlessly from one side of the room to the other; if something looks misplaced it’ll be easy to spot. Older houses are perfect for this look, and even modern builds can be adapted to make this style work beautifully, it all comes down to choosing the right suite for your home. Also, as a finishing touch adding some crosshead or lever handle taps will provide a stunning complement to your fixtures.

Of course, if classically influenced styling isn’t your thing, we also have a wide range of modern bathroom suite packages to pick from.

Have you enjoyed reading our guide to traditional bathroom suites? If you would like more traditional ideas and examples then the best place to look is over on the Victorian Plumbing traditional bathrooms Pinterest page. Thank you for reading.

Rob, Victorian Plumbing



Rob is part of the resident bathroom bloggers team here at Victorian Plumbing. Rob loves writing in depth bathroom buying guides and is renowned for his expert 'how to' step-by-step DIY guides. He can also be found posting about the latest bathroom trends and ideas and also hunting out bargains and savings for our customers.

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