Take a look inside this period meets modern bathroom

Update your bathroom's style without compromising on traditional features, with this beautiful makeover from Ideal Home. For more makeover ideas, visit housetohome.co.uk

A guest bedroom has been lovingly transformed into a traditional bathroom, stealing extra space from another bedroom by moving walls.

New plumbing, a bath, a basin, a loo and a shower enclosure have been fitted and a cupboard has been built in to create a modern Victoriana look with vintage sanitary ware.

The floorboards have been lime waxed and are teamed with slate grey painted walls and fresh, metro white tiles.  A period-style suite in perfect condition was sourced second hand from eBay.

1/5 Grey period style bathroom

bathroom with grey wall and bathtub

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The wall above the bath is decorated with an eclectic mix of artwork found in charity shops, and a framed set of stamps adds vintage interest.

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Victoria Plumb

Walls painted in Down Pipe Modern Emulsion

Farrow & Ball

2/5 Traditional loo and towel rail

ellis bathroom

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The traditional loo and radiator suits a house with original period features, plus a high-level cistern emphasises the room’s lofty proportions. A built-in cupboard next to the shower enclosure makes good use of space.

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3/5 Step-in shower with rose shower head

bathroom with shower area

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Two walls are tiled in high-gloss white metro tile, which prevents the grey-painted room from feeling too dark.  Built-in shelving alcoves in the shower store toiletries at eye-level.

Metro wall tiles
Walls and Floors

Similar rose shower head


4/5 Victoriana sink with ornate mirror

white washbasin with mirror

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A gold-framed mirror found in a junk shop has been spray-painted white to fit in with a monochrome palette. White accessories keep the look fresh and crisp against the bathroom tiles.

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Similar white soap dispenser

5/5 Before the bathroom makeover is complete

before the bathroom makeover is complete

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A totally derelict room has been transformed into an elegant and practical bathroom, which is now fresh, modern and light with stunning period features. 

Lisa Fazzani
Deputy Editor

Lisa is Deputy Editor of Style at Home magazine and regularly contributes to sister title Ideal Home. She has written about interiors for more than 25 years and about pretty much every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, crafts and DIY to real home transformations and kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person.