Planning an Edwardian period bathroom


The Edwardian period was considered a breath of fresh air for interior style, especially after the opulence of the Victorian era. Beginning in 1901, the Edwardian era ushered in a new style where focus was put on crisp shades that emphasise natural light and open up the space. The focus on clean lines and luxurious fixtures rang the changes for the new century, while also paying homage to the effortless class of earlier times.

With their gloriously light spaces and classic styling, it’s easy to see why Edwardian style bathrooms are becoming a popular design trend. If you fancy having a period bathroom that accentuates light and breathes fresh air into your space, you will love our Edwardian bathroom ideas.

Essential Edwardian bathroom colour palette

The starting point of any bathroom design is deciding on the best colour palette. The Edwardian era favours spring-time hues that lend a note of freshness and cleanliness. Think pastel shades like primrose yellow, eau de nil, calming duck egg blue or tranquil lilacs and greys to give your space a soft and calming tone, perfect for relaxing at the end of a long day.

Wallpaper choices for your period bathroom ideas should be light shades with flowers and florals to add a dash of elegance to your bathroom. Or look for vertical stripes in pastel shades to give the bathroom a light and breezy feel that reminds you of a spring day. If you have a large space to work with, or would like a darker period style bathroom, try shades of midnight blue paired with Toile de Jouy wallpaper for a timeless antique look.

Elegant Edwardian bathroom fixtures

The bathtub is the centrepiece for most bathrooms and this was no different during the Edwardian period. Elegant, enamelled claw foot bathtubs were popular at the time, so a modern version of these timeless baths will make a statement in an Edwardian style bathroom.


Granley with Freestanding Wessex Bath


Make one of our heritage cast iron baths the focal point of your bathroom, and pair it with ball & claw freestanding bath feet and one of our bath shower mixers to add an authentically Edwardian feel to your period style bathroom.

For a traditional look that nods to the Edwardian era, add in WC with a high level cistern, a stylish look that was prominent during this period. The enduring appeal of these antique high tanks and long pull chain handles means they are recently making a reappearance in trendy bars and high-end restaurants. We suggest adding in a classy oak toilet seat for a simple and understated period look that doesn’t compromise on style.

For the finishing touches in your period style bathroom, consider one of our Granley basins, inspired by the iconic Edwardian period and with crisp, angular lines that lend it a refined, antique appearance.

Effortless Edwardian bathroom accessories

When it comes to lighting in your period bathroom, choose delicate wall sconces with sleek lines and elegant curves. You want fittings that will provide natural pools of light and add a sense of antique charm to your space.

For a more daring lighting choice that’s often popular in Edwardian style bathrooms, go for Tiffany sconces. These gorgeous lights were beloved during the Edwardian era thanks to their intricate metalwork and breath-taking stained glass. They give off a soft warm glow which promises a serene and calming feel for your space.

To make your bathroom feel larger and give it a light and airy feel worthy of the Edwardian era, consider adding in some simple classic mirrors to increase light levels and make the space appear larger.

Add finishing touches like one of our heated towel rails to perfectly complement an Edwardian style bathroom. They are available in both floor and wall mounted options, and some can even be painted to put your own personal style on your bathroom. We suggest painting one in a cream or a pastel shade for an authentic Edwardian feel.

Remember when choosing accessories and fittings for your period bathroom not to go overboard on ornaments or fixtures. Edwardian-style bathrooms steer clear of clutter and instead have the feel of light, open spaces and gentle antique calm that’s perfect for unwinding and relaxing.

Find your perfect period bathroom with Heritage

Period style bathrooms are becoming an increasingly popular trend, which means that now is the perfect time to give your space an antique style. At Heritage Bathrooms, we have a wide range of wonderful period-style bathroom pieces to choose from. Order our brochure or download a copy online to see our full range of products and get inspired with your period bathroom ideas. And take a look at our bathroom inspiration and ideas section to make the most of your space.