Designing a Period Bathroom: 5 Classic Features

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Modern Australian bathrooms are generally not much to get excited about. Most people stick with simple clutter-free designs with modern amenities that make our spaces as convenient as possible. But when you get to design a period bathroom, the door opens to a whole new world of fun and interesting features. We’ve pulled together a list of five of the most classic features that you will find in period bathrooms, and while all may not be appropriate for the particular era that you renovating for, they will certainly give you something to think about.

1. A freestanding bathtub

Built-in tubs only became popular in modern bathrooms in the mid to late 20th century, so whatever era you are trying to achieve, a freestanding tub should be the centrepiece of the room. Clawfoot tubs were extremely popular from the mid-1800s through to the 1920s, with vintage models made of almost all cast iron. Today you can purchase enamelled cast-iron tubs and place either jutting out from one wall or exactly in the middle of the room if your plumbing allows.

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2. Antique wooden furniture

Wooden furniture is a good choice for Georgian bathrooms. You can find pieces such as dressers or sideboards in antique shops and use them as vanity units or extra storage space. If the top of the furniture is looking a little worse for wear, you can add a layer of marble for a fresh look. If you’re going for an Edwardian finish, you can also craft basins from large wooden standalone furniture.

3. Tiles

Tiles can be used for a few types of period homes thanks to the diverse range of sizes and colours. Edwardian bathrooms can have black and white large square tiles on the floor with decorative tiles on the walls, while large softly toned porcelain tiles look great in Art Deco bathrooms.

4. A pedestal sink

Pedestal sinks not only are an excellent period design feature, but they also work extremely well in smaller bathrooms or when your budget is tight. They can make your room appear larger, and there are different varieties to choose from.

5. Stained glass windows

After being popular in the medieval period, it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that stained-glass windows made a comeback, with many Art Nouveau homes including this feature. Using stained glass is a wonderful way to let extra light into your bathroom while keeping an element of privacy from the world outside.

Planning a period home renovation?

For optimum results, we highly recommend working with period home renovation experts rather than tackling the project yourself. Our team at Period Extensions & Designs can help make your dreams a reality, so feel free to contact us to see just how we can make things happen.

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