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Creating a Victorian Bathroom suite on a budget

Decorating your home is no easy feat especially when your money is tight. When on a budget, it can be tempting to neglect your bathroom. A beautiful Victorian style bathroom can only seem totally unreachable if your budget is slightly lower. So many people eventually abandon these hops, choosing instead to focus on on other rooms in the house. Fear not though, you too can have the Victorian bathroom of your dreams!

A Victorian Bathroom can absolutely be created in you are on a budget. Ignore those who tell you it’s too expensive, bathrooms deserve your time, effort and attention when styling your home, and a traditionally designed bathroom is the perfect way to turn your bathroom into a standout room.

The Wonders of a Victorian Bathroom

Victorian bathrooms are timeless, stylish and can turn an otherwise boring room into something truly special. Proving more popular than ever, traditional bathrooms say luxury and regal, yet remain understated and fashionable.They’ll never go out of style, and strike a perfect contrast between old and modern; while the furnishings may be vintage and traditional, the comfort and functionality is on par with any modern alternatives.

Choose a focal point, Make a statement

If your heart screams ‘yes’ but your wallet has decided ‘no’ that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel altogether, it is still totally possible to achieve a vintage style Victorian bathroom on a budget. All you need is a few key pieces and a little pinch of magic – and by magic we mean a blog post like this one.

Just because it’s vintage doesn’t mean it must be expensive! Choosing one or even two period focal points and surrounding them with with some affordable bits and pieces will do wonders for making a budget bathroom look banging.

The key is to delegate your pennies accordingly, for example cheaper sanitary ware can be purchased alongside some timeless, more expensive pieces as opposed to the all or nothing approach , creating a Victorian bathroom suite on a budget simply requires a bit of pre-planning and creativity.

Colour Scheme

Styling a room based on a colour scheme is a low cost way to create an atmosphere and to ensure your finished room is something to be proud of. Whichever room you’re designing, the importance of a colour scheme cannot be overestimated , it’s especially important if you’re designing with a set era in mind.

The good news is, you’re spoilt for choice. With so many colours, if paired with the right pieces, can be worked into a traditional bathroom. If you want to be truly authentic, go for a combination of black and white. White features with a splash of black , for example black taps on a white sink will look really on trend in a traditional bathroom, creating an expensive feel for a relatively low cost.

Other colours that look great when paired with with more timeless pieces are the more neutral colours. We can’t quite imagine the Victorian bathroom in a hot pink tub but white, black, pastel grey will be a stylish and elegant treat for your eyes. With many options to choose from you can easily work a colour scheme in to your room.

So, colour scheme is an essential component of creating a Victorian bathroom on a budget. Next, we’ll take a look at some favorite pieces to jazz up your bathroom to make it look more expensive that it actually is.

Freestanding Bathtubs

Picture a Victorian bathroom and often what springs to mind is a beautiful, freestanding bath surrounded by period accessories. We’ve got good news for you! This is entirely possible even on a tighter budget, as once this is put in your bathroom is completely transforms it into something fit for Queen Victoria herself , no matter how much you spend on the rest of the room. A freestanding bathtub is traditional, durable and comes in different sizes, ideal for those who have slightly less space, you also have the option to choose from a more traditional claw or a classic feet, and if you are feeling extra daring you can opt for the arc feet, providing a modern take on a timeless style.

Thrifty Vanity Unit

The right vanity unit can add even more understated style to a traditional bathroom,. Not just a pretty face, this sort of vanity unit has plenty of storage and easy to use magnetic doors.

However, our part is how easy it is to adapt this vanity unit to suit the colours and style of your room. Choose from vanilla, mocha, grey, or chalk white. Each colour is neutral enough to look at home in a traditional bathroom – there are no bad choices – yet they still add a little extra splash of colour. A chunky ceramic basin will look perfect with a classic Victorian vanity unit, and the a pre-drilled tap hole means you can really make it your own with your choice of small mixer tap.

Modern Ceramics

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This style of toilet is more than just a toilet, It’s a statement. The design is classic Edwardian , but the comfort is very modern. Not only does the this toilet  look the bees-knees in a Victorian styled bathroom, it works as a beautiful, yet budget focal point.

Period accessories

Choosing the right accessories to complement your pieces is an essential part of creating a Victorian bathroom suite on a budget. While Victorian classics like a a freestanding bathtub sets the tone of the room perfectly, some vintage accessories will complete the look. Taking and old mirror for example, and jazzing it up into a period piece is a great way to get creative while keeping your bathroom timeless and in keeping with the Victorian design, this is sure to add a little a little extra something to your bathroom, we mentioned earlier, colours like vanilla, mocha, grey and chalk white will work well. Other accessories to help inspire and delight is a frosted glass cup-shaped lamp, this definitely adds a touch of elegance and warmth to a traditionally designed bathroom for very little cost.

Traditional Tiles 

Patterned tiles are all the rage right now. They look beautiful and provide an eye-catching feature in whichever way they are used. Perfect for you Victorian bathroom, patterned tiles look great either on the floor or as a standout wall feature. We love monochrome tiles almost as much as the Victorians did! Bathroom tiles can be an extremely cost-effective way to make a statement. No one wants the headache that ensues from being bombarded with too many patterns at once. So in this case, less is certainly more.

Try not to overdo the patterns and colours , instead opt for a feature wall, or cluster of tiles behind your vanity unit. If you decorate the floor with tiles, be sure to keep the walls neutral and vice versa. Restraining yourself will help save pennies and your bathroom will look all better for it!


We hope this post has demonstrated that creating a Victorian bathroom suite is entirely possible on a low budget, the whole room doesn’t have to be filled with expensive pieces – traditional furnishings are bold enough that you only need one or two accessories to set the tone of the room, keeping in mind the colour scheme, getting a little creative and investing in just a couple of timeless pieces will allow you create a beautiful traditional bathroom without breaking the bank.

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