Step inside this country bathroom

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The owners of this bathroom achieved a classic look by buying a traditional-style bath online. White-painted tongue-and-groove panelling on the walls adds to the laid-back country theme.

1/8 Classic country bathroom

bathroom with bathtub and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jeremy Phillips)

Click through the gallery to see the before shot.

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2/8 Towel rail

bathroom with towel rails

(Image credit: Futuyre PLC/Jeremy Phillips)

A tall chrome heated towel rail was tucked around the corner so it doesn't dominate the room. The homeowner bought the console table at an auction.

Similar heated towel rail
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3/8 Window

bathroom with bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jeremy Phillips)

A Roman blind made in a cerise floral fabric and co-ordinating towels break up the all-white scheme with pops of colour.


4/8 Roman blind

floral fabric

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jeremy Phillips)

To keep costs down, the owner bought the floral fabric and made up the Roman blinds herself.

Blind fabric

5/8 Bath

bathtub with towel

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jeremy Phillips)

The period-style roll-top bath takes pride of place in this bathroom. Vinyl flooring is warm underfoot and perfect for a family bathroom.

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Vinyl flooring
Vinyl Flooring Online

6/8 Tap

bath mixer tap

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jeremy Phillips)

To add to the traditional feel, the owner went for a period-style bath and shower/bath mixer tap. Letters spell out 'relax' on the shelf that runs around the top of the panelling.

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Similar letters

7/8 Traditional basin

traditional basin

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jeremy Phillips)

The Victorian-style basin ties in with the traditional theme. The chic wall mirror above the basin has a handy shelf.

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Similar mirror

8/8 Before the makeover

floral wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jeremy Phillips)

The new bathroom is barely recognisable from how it used to look, with dated floral wallpaper and peach wall tiles.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.