Top tips for Victorian style bathrooms


Living in the UK means we are, more often than not, surrounded by Victorian architecture. Victorian homes, especially those with high ceilings, are sought after for their character and timeless appeal. I often hear friends asking whether they should embrace the architecture of their Victorian home and style it accordingly or whether they should 'modernise' it. I definitely feel that keeping the character intact will pay off long term - whether you are looking to stay or move.

Victorian bathrooms look sophisticated and grand and, when done properly, can add value to a home as well as beauty and nostalgia. So, I thought I would show you some of my favourite ways in which you can get this wonderful style infused in your bathroom. So here are the elements that truly make a Victorian bathroom.

1/ Encaustic tiles

If you live in a Victorian terrace home, you may be lucky enough to have some original tiles inside and outside your home. Victorians gave us many great things when it comes to architecture and interior design; think big sash windows, cast iron fireplaces. They also gave us encaustic tiles.

Back in those days, tiles were very expensive so that using them was limited to the main entrance and hallways. I read this exciting story about how Victorians came to create the cheap alternative known as encaustic tile. I recommend you read it too, this article is well researched and explains a lot about the process as well as the story behind the geometric shapes used in these tiles we so much love.

Victorian style tiles are easily recognisable. The Victorians loved a bold bathroom floor, they liked it to be quite striking and something that would instantly catch the eye. Their intelligent use of symmetry and colour lead to some incredible flooring tiles which still look wonderful today and are carefully reproduced in an affordable way.

For example, check out the fantastic selection that Original Style currently have to offer.

Bathroom with victorian Tiles in black and white

Bathroom with victorian Tiles in terracotta colours and copper bathtub

Bathroom with victorian Tiles and a black freestanding bathtub

Bathroom with victorian Tiles, cast iron radiator and a freestanding bathtub

Bathroom with victorian Tiles in light grey, white and black geometric pattern and a white built in bathtub

victorian tile patterns and designs bathroom

2/ The Bathtub

The bathtub is usually the focal point of any bathroom, yet so many of us are guilty of going for a plain white acrylic one and not really designing the bathroom around it. It doesn’t matter if you spend weeks updating the flooring, walls and fixtures, if your bathtub is plain then you are fighting a losing battle. However, you will be amazed at the difference that a new Victorian style tub can make to the bathroom!


There are some amazing white Victorian style bathtubs out there to choose from if you are afraid of choosing something with colour. The new Burligton Baths certainly fit the bill here.

Buckingham Slipper Bath with White Luxury Arc Feet, £958.00 Inc. vat, Burlington

London Bath with Curved Surround inc Overflow & Waste in Sand, £2499.00 Inc vat, Burlington


Windsor Double Ended 1700mm Bath with Chrome Traditional feet, £798.00 Inc vat.

Still, if you like colour, don’t be afraid to go bold here, be brave and choose something that catches the eye. It could pay off! You could choose a bathtub that boasts strong colour or beautiful patterns to help turn the room into one that oozes elegance and serenity. Remember that whatever style of bathtub you choose it will need to be relevant for the period.

Duke Blue 1695 Double Ended Roll Top Bath w. Ball + Claw Leg Set, Victorian Plumbing, under £400


Earl Blue 1750 Double Ended Roll Top Slipper Bath w. Ball + Claw Leg Set, Victorian Plumbing, under £550


Chatsworth 1770 Double Ended Slipper Roll Top Bath Victorian white freestanding bath and floor in black and white, metro tiles on the wall.

Chatsworth 1770 Grey Double Ended Slipper Roll Top Bath, Victorian Plumbing, under £500.


Heritage Orford Double Ended Slipper Roll Top Bath (1700x740mm), Victorian Plumbing

Heritage Orford Double Ended Slipper Roll Top Bath (1700x740mm), Victorian Plumbing, under £1300


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3/ The Radiator

This may not be something that instantly springs to mind when you think of Victorian bathrooms, but it’s one that can make a big difference. A strong, gothic and dark radiator will ooze Victorian style instantly. Or if you prefer something a little lighter but still love the gothic and Victorian look then why not try pairing this up with brass. This adds a refreshingly bright take on this usually dark bathroom fixture.