Victorian Bathroom Ideas

Victorian bathroom ideas and inspo.

Are you designing a victorian bathroom and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Primary Bath Option 3 designed by Lauren Demeter
Primary Bath Option 3Designed by Lauren Demeter
Bath time at the Chateau designed by Jendalyn Cohen
Bath time at the ChateauDesigned by Jendalyn Cohen
Powder Room - Black designed by Sofia Millares
Powder Room - BlackDesigned by Sofia Millares
Half Bathroom Mood Board designed by Jessica Sweet
Half Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Jessica Sweet
Guest Bathroom designed by Maggie Meimaridi
Guest BathroomDesigned by Maggie Meimaridi
Half Bathroom Mood Board designed by Carley Chapdelaine
Half Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Carley Chapdelaine
Bathroom Inspo designed by Samantha Erickson
Bathroom InspoDesigned by Samantha Erickson
View from Entrance Door designed by Lauren Stump
View from Entrance DoorDesigned by Lauren Stump
Half Bathroom designed by Maggie Meimaridi
Half BathroomDesigned by Maggie Meimaridi
Half Bathroom designed by Rescued Room Design
Half BathroomDesigned by Rescued Room Design
Untitled designed by Gillian Atkins
UntitledDesigned by Gillian Atkins
Untitled designed by Taylor Backer
UntitledDesigned by Taylor Backer
Basement bathroom designed by Hilah Stahl
Basement bathroomDesigned by Hilah Stahl
Hall Bath Take 3 designed by Mia L.
Hall Bath Take 3Designed by Mia L.
Faucets designed by Sarah Barnett
FaucetsDesigned by Sarah Barnett
Bathrooms designed by Kathryn Dean
BathroomsDesigned by Kathryn Dean
Guest Bathroom (scale) designed by Brea Camille
Guest Bathroom (scale)Designed by Brea Camille
Half Bathroom designed by Sally Forshag
Half BathroomDesigned by Sally Forshag
Bathroom designed by jessy ventura
BathroomDesigned by jessy ventura
Half Bathroom designed by JESSICA FORTIER
Half BathroomDesigned by JESSICA FORTIER
Primary Bathroom designed by Deirdre Johnson
Primary BathroomDesigned by Deirdre Johnson
1/2 bath mood board, cranberry designed by Kathryn Klem
1/2 bath mood board, cranberryDesigned by Kathryn Klem
Pink and Green designed by Kimberly Sax
Pink and GreenDesigned by Kimberly Sax

Design tips for decorating a victorian style bathroom

Here’s how to achieve the victorian aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a victorian bathroom?

On one hand, bathrooms are undeniably practical spaces. They serve a very specific purpose and are often the smallest rooms in any home. On the other hand, bathrooms also double as havens for cleansing and self-care, an intimate escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Small room, big personality.

Designing a victorian bathroom that's both functional and stylish involves combining practicality with aesthetic appeal. Whether you're in the process of a bathroom remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design**:

  • Tile: Tile is typically the first choice you’ll want to make when designing a bathroom. You may opt to tile the entire bathroom or just the floors in a powder room or backsplash for the shower or bathtub area. Select tiles that are durable, non-slip, and easy to clean. Tiles range in all different shapes, sizes, materials, and layouts. From penny rounds to large format floor tiles, zellige to subway tile, or checkerboard to herringbone, your choice of tile will set the tone for the whole bathroom. And don’t forget the grout! Your choice of grout color can completely change the way your tile looks in the space.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: If you don’t choose to tile your walls, you’ll want to select a paint or wallpaper that can withstand moisture and humidity. Vinyl wallpaper is best for this application. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Bathroom Vanity: The bathroom vanity should balance the victorian style with functionality, offering adequate storage and countertop space. The vanity provides place to wash hands or brush teeth, and storage for toiletries and personal care items. It’s common for modern bathrooms to include a vanity with a double sink. Sink options include under-mount, vessel, and pedestal sinks and range in materials from porcelain, stone, or glass.
  • Mirror or Medicine Cabinet: Choose a mirror or medicine cabinet that complements the vanity in size and style. Consider a framed mirror that matches the bathroom’s victorian design style, or a frameless mirror for a sleek, more modern look.
  • Toilet & Sink: The modern standard for toilets and sinks is white porcelain. But if you really want to make a statement, consider going with a color! Colored fixtures are having a comeback moment or you can source a vintage option.
  • Shower or Bathtub (for full baths): Depending on the size and layout of the bathroom, you may opt for a shower or bathtub (or a bathtub with shower combination). A shower will consist of a showerhead, faucet controls, and a shower enclosure (shower curtain or glass door), while a bathtub provides a space for soaking and relaxation. If you have the space, you may opt for a separate shower and a freestanding clawfoot tub.
  • Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood. Sconces are popular options for vanity areas.
  • Faucets: Faucets are an opportunity to add a decorative touch. Select finishes that match other metal elements in the bathroom, such as cabinet hardware or lighting fixtures. Consider water-saving models for environmental sustainability.
  • Victorian Bathroom Decor: From bath mats and shower curtains to soap dishes, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, bath accessories should be both functional and decorative. Coordinate the color and pattern with the overall color scheme and victorian style to bring your design vision to life.

If you are looking for more inspiration or need an extra hand with your bathroom design, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Bathroom.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a victorian bathroom design?

The Victorian interior design style is a homage to the lavishness and intricate detailing characteristic of the Victorian era, renowned for its indulgence in opulence and decorative abundance. This style is marked by a philosophy of maximalism, where spaces are lavishly adorned with an array of antiques, eclectic knick-knacks, and an extensive collection of art, all contributing to an atmosphere of grandeur and excess.

To infuse your bathroom with the Victorian charm, it's essential to embrace boldness in every aspect. Opt for a palette of deep, rich jewel-toned hues to set a dramatic backdrop. Embellish the space with intricate trim, ornate mirrors, heavy drapery, and lavish light fixtures that echo the era's penchant for elaborate decor. Victorian furniture often features velvet or damask upholstery, floral patterns, gold leaf, or plush tassels. And if you really want to lean into the aesthetic, bring in a fainting sofa as the room’s focal point.

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