If you love the timeless appeal of traditional bathrooms, we think you’ll love the creativity of our bathroom planners just as much. Traditional designs work well in older homes to preserve character, but you will still have the freedom to add innovative fixtures and fittings which won’t look out of place. We’ll work with you to create a bathroom filled with charm but without any compromises in the user experience. With our own bathroom and tile showroom in Redhill, we offer a warm welcome to new customers from Caterham, and to those in all surrounding Dorking, Horley, Reigate and Surrey areas.
Here, we take a closer look at traditional bathrooms.
Choosing a Suite
Most bathroom planners agree that choosing a suite is the best way to get a traditional installation started. A suite will typically come as a set with a bath, basin and toilet. Baths in a rectangular shape or a freestanding style with legs work well. Ceramic pedestal basins integrate nicely, and we would recommend a compact and close-coupled design for the toilet.
Buying suites for Caterham homes is the best way for owners to keep the main elements of their bathrooms matched.
Authenticity is everything so your bathroom furniture should be all about quality and detail. Traditional cabinets and vanity units work well in all bathrooms because they have universal designs. It is much harder to combine contemporary elements into a traditional bathroom than it is to add a more time-honoured item of furniture into something more modern.
For ideas, our bathroom planners recommend that you try period TV dramas like Downton Abbey for inspiration.
Adding a Shower
Showers for traditional bathrooms in Caterham need to match the suite so look for something a little more rigid, ideally with exposed valves. If you opt for a fixed shower head, you may be better off trying something circular with the valves concealed. If you think an apron-style shower head might work, we encourage you to mix and match in our design software.
The advanced 3D CAD program that our bathroom planners use give you a photorealistic walkthrough of the installation.
We can’t emphasise the importance of getting the tiling right strongly enough. Patterned Victorian tiles in rich colours can work well for the walls, while you could do much worse than to style the floors of traditional bathrooms with tiles in a wood effect. The current trend for period tiles sees our showroom selling more glossed and rippled metro lines than ever before.
Colours can still be a personal choice for homeowners in the Caterham area, but we prefer cool (but bold) vibey blue tones.
How you heat your room space can be a stalling point with some bathroom planners. Our in-house designers feel particularly comfortable with period styling. We have traditional radiators in framed heated towel rail designs, or in combined frame and column styles. The ornate design of cast iron radiators give room space an eye-catching feature that warms it just as well.
We have accredited gas engineers working for us who can fit new radiators safely in compliance with current legislation.
No traditional bathroom in Caterham would be complete without us talking about taps. Our showroom has many budget options to choose from and we can supply you with crosshead taps to help keep remodelling costs under tight control. Monobloc mixer taps work well too. They look great, mixing the hot and cold supply to produce water for bathing at perfect temperatures.
We hope this blog post has given you a few ideas on how to plan for your traditional bathroom installation design.