Victorian style has evolved past the heavily ornamented, dark decor of the 19th century - begone thick crimson velvets! Now, (almost) anything goes with its versatile, brimming-with-character charm. Make Victorian decor your own by mixing in modern or eclectic pieces with the best design features of the era, such as pillar taps, slipper tubs, and pedestal basins.
Here is some inspiration to spark ideas for your master bath update, or take that second bathroom from utilitarian afterthought to favourite space in the house!
Bright and Elegant
An all-white scheme makes a bathroom bright and opens up space. The delicate elegance of Victorian details keep the decor from looking plain, making it a great style for adding a soft beauty to tonal whites.
Modern minimalism, like this glass panel shower, mixes well with Victorian features for a light and airy space with a touch of pretty. The slipper tub combines the old and the new with its fluid pedestal base, an understated update to the traditional claw foot stands. Litchfield Hills Marble and Granite.
High gloss floors, subway tile and modern lighting give these Victorian bathrooms a fresh, contemporary update. Designed by Susanne Kelley Designs (left) and Stephen Fletcher Architects (right).
Clean lines and minimal ornamentation update this Victorian bathroom with a light, crisp contemporary style :
A knotty pine plank floor warms up the white and grey tones and gives the room a bit of a cottage feel. Designed by New Old LLC
Freshen Up Traditional Style
If you're drawn to the full-on charm of Victorian's rich textures and colours, offset your pieces with plenty of space and light to create a space that allows you to enjoy the decorative features without feeling closed in.
Sheer lace curtains tied to create a valance give a nod to the Victorian era and let the sunlight wash over the room's dark tones. Design by Kathryn Long.
Large mirrors create the illusion of space and brighten the room; extend the effect with reflective surfaces like silver-finish slipper tubs. Light-framed pieces allow you to add all of the extras you want while avoiding a heavy looking and feeling bathroom. Designed by Jessica Grange Interiors (left) and Aston Matthews (right).
Feeling inspired? Let us know how you would personalise Victorian style in your home!
All photos from Houzz.com