Take a tour around a Victorian-style bathroom makeover

The cast-iron bath, decorative radiator and large shower head gave the owners the classic look they were after.

The cast-iron bath, decorative radiator and large shower head gave the owners the classic look they were after. Painted panelling adds colour and provides a handy ledge for vintage signs.

The shower enclosure was sourced from WD Bathrooms (opens in new tab), and the signs can be found at Dotcomgiftshop (opens in new tab). Try Homebase (opens in new tab) for panelling like this.

1/9 Victorian-style bathroom makeover

bathroom with bathtub and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Heather Lewin)

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2/9 Bathroom before

bathroom with white toilet and wooden framed windows

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The owners of this house had always dreamt of living in a Victorian home, so when they finally bought one, they wanted the bathroom to look the part. The large reproduction fittings they wanted were larger than average, so the couple had to rearrange the layout to make room.

Overall cost: £9,706

Click ahead to see the dramatic transformation...

3/9 Bathroom basin and toilet

bathroom with purple coloured wall wooden flooring and cupboard

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By replacing a big boiler cupboard in the corner with a smaller one, the couple created space for a high-level cistern. The elegant washstand was brought in as a handy surface for toiletries, and the mirror frame was upcycled from an old sash window.

Find this cistern and toilet at Thomas Crapper (opens in new tab).

4/9 Painted freestanding bath

bathroom with wooden flooring and purple coloured bathtub

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The owners fell in love with this rich plum colour when they saw it in a magazine. The paint for the bath was mixed to match the walls.

Dulux (opens in new tab) sells this plum paint colour. Visit Thomas Crapper (opens in new tab) for this bath and shower.

5/9 Bathroom radiator

bathroom with radiator on purple coloured wall

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The elaborate radiator and antique-look chair add to the authentic Victorian look, as well as bringing a relaxed element to the room.

Find a similar chair at Sweetpea & Willow (opens in new tab), and visit Aestus  (opens in new tab)for a radiator like this.

6/9 Period-style shower

bathroom with shower on white tiled walls

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A period-style shower in chrome continues the Victorian look through to the finest detail. The owners set it against white brick tiles to create a fresh feel that wouldn't date.

Fired Earth (opens in new tab) sells these tiles, source this shower from Thomas Crapper. (opens in new tab)

7/9 Period-style bathroom basin

bathroom with purple coloured wall and white wash basin

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The period-style basin and vanity unit are key elements in this look. In brilliant white, its classic curves stand out against the plum walls and dark wooden floor.

Find this basin at Fired Earth (opens in new tab).

8/9 Bathroom accessories

bathroom with purple panelled wall and white washbasin

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Vintage-style accessories are the perfect finishing touch, while also aluding to a luxurious haven. Items like these, collected by the owners, inspired the design.

Homestyle Accessories (opens in new tab) sells these jars.

9/9 Vintage bathroom light pull

bathroom with vintage flush pull against purple coloured panelled wall

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Small touches, like this decorative flush pull, bring personality to the bathroom.

The flush pull is from Thomas Crapper (opens in new tab).

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Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. 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.