With a new series of Downton Abbey currently being filmed, we’ve started thinking about the splendour of period properties and have come up with some ways in which you can recreate this vintage glamour in your own bathroom. Traditional style bathrooms are still very much on trend as they add a touch of class to your home and little touches can help you to create this feeling of splendour.
Ways to Create Historical Splendour in Your Bathroom:
If you live in a Victorian, Georgian or Edwardian property, it’s likely that you’ll already have some gorgeous original features to work with. High ceilings, scrubbed floorboards and ornate fireplaces all add to the feeling of grandeur in a room and are an excellent backdrop for period furniture and accessories. But don’t despair if you live in a modern home; you can recreate this look with the addition of cornicing, deep skirting boards and picture rails.
A muted colour palette always results in a classy interior so stick with mossy greens, putty paint and heritage shades when thinking about decorating your bathroom. A ‘Downton Abbey’ style can be achieved with ornate patterned wallpaper on a feature wall and you could even add wood panelling and dado-rails, which are ideal for breaking up blocks of colour and giving your bathroom makeover a vintage feel.
When choosing a traditional bathroom suite, installing antique-inspired ceramics can make all the difference to the feel of your period home and can even add value by ‘putting back’ features that are suitable for the age of the property. When picking out a new bathroom opt for high-level flush Edwardian toilets or chunky Victorian basins with brass taps to get the antique look with modern quality.
It’s equally important to consider the smaller elements of your room when you’re attempting to recreate an antique look, so choose ornate mirrors, luxurious long curtains with tie-backs and decant your modern bath products into pretty jars and interesting bottles.
Installing towel rails that replicate period radiators will look authentic, and a highly sought-after roll-top bath is essential to a period makeover, so invest in a new bath and gorgeous mixer taps to get the ultimate period look in your ‘Downton Abbey’ style bathroom.