Victorian Bathroom Design and Decorating Ideas

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Victorian Bathroom Style Tips

The name of this theme is self-descriptive. When you shop for sinks, bathtubs, furniture, cabinets, and lighting, think: Victorian. When you shop, use the word "Victorian" as an adjective to describe absolutely all of your plans. Use it at the hardware store, and use it when you're shopping for your supplies online. With this straightforward strategy, you will be sure to find an eclectic mix of themed décor that will make your bathroom radiate sophistication and character.

Victorian themes show an appreciation for the expensive, artistic, and luxurious. When it comes to everything in your bathroom- your cabinets, vanity, tub, artwork, and decorative pieces- choose organic shapes that are round and oval. As much as possible, avoid square and rectangular shaped décor.

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Victorian themes complement bathrooms with large bay windows and curtains. When it comes to windows for Victorian bathrooms, bigger is better. Use candles and candleholders for the perfect accent pieces.

In general, Victorian themes are ideal for spacious bathrooms. Small bathrooms may develop problems related to mildew, mold, and bacterial growth, especially since these spaces become humid with limited air flow. Large windows will help with problems that can arise from inadequate ventilation.

Victorian Bathroom Lighting & Décor

Big windows will help you rely on natural light during the day. For your lighting, opt for wall-mounted ornate fixtures that are hooked into your home's electrical framework. For overhead lighting, choose a chandelier.


Be careful to choose lighting and décor that illuminates the bright colors in your bathroom. Otherwise, your Victorian theme can easily appear drab, archaic, and musty. Your bathroom won't look luxurious-it will just look musty and outdated.

Victorian Bathroom Color Schemes

When picking a color scheme, try to stick to three colors. Red, black, and gold is a good example of a traditional Victorian design theme. Another color scheme for Victorian bathrooms is blue, gray, and white. Even if you have an ornate pattern, you should stick closely to one of these two color schemes.

Victorian Bathroom Wall Decor

For Victorian bathrooms, wallpaper is ideal. Choose wallpaper with elegant and organic prints in a repetitive pattern. Diamond shapes with organic details are ideal for complementing this theme. Be prepared for the maintenance costs, and expect to invest a substantial amount of money to maintain your wallpaper. Select wallpaper with a thick vinyl coat to extend its lifespan.

Victorian Bathtub red  Elegant Victorian Bathtub

If you want to avoid using wallpaper, tiles are a practical option. You can find tiles with ornate Victorian patterns that resemble those found on wallpaper. For a practical compromise, you can also tile your walls to a height of about 4 feet, and wallpaper the area above.

Victorian Bathroom Vanity Styles

Victorian vanity mirrors should be round to complement the organic shapes that are characteristic to the style and era. They should also be relatively large so that you have enough viewing room. A framed mirror in your color scheme would provide an excellent accent to your bathroom's Victorian look and feel.

Make sure that you give yourself plenty of counter space to get ready in the mornings. If you don't have enough room around your sink, consider investing in a Victorian-style bureau for additional storage and counter space.

Victorian Bathroom Sinks & Faucets

Victorian sinks should have an organic shape, so try to avoid square or rectangular items. Make sure that the legs of the sink also have an organic shape rather than square peg-legs.

Choose a faucet with a long and elaborate organic shape, or choose a faucet that is subtle and unobtrusive. You'll have so much elaborate décor that you can probably get by with a more basic faucet.

Victorian Bathroom

Victorian Bathtubs & Showers

A bathtub is a must-have for a Victorian bathroom. Choose an egg-shaped freestanding tub that is detached from the wall for a look that is truly characteristic of the Victorian era.

If you have the funds to invest, choose a spa tub with jets. This type of tub will add the finishing touches to your Victorian bathroom's luxurious look and feel. Choose a claw-foot porcelain tub that is embellished with metallic elements.

Victorian Bathroom Flooring Options

Marble, porcelain tile, and hardwood floors are ideal for the look and feel of a Victorian bathroom. Choose tiles with a pattern that complements your walls, or choose a neutral marble shade. When you select a floor, keep in mind your initial investment and maintenance costs.

Victorian Bathroom Budget

Of course, your budget depends on the size of your bathroom, cost of décor, and extent of necessary remodeling. You may be able to get away with buying only drapes, rugs, lighting, and mirrors; or you may need to replace more expensive items including a new Victorian sink and tub. A Victorian bathroom could require an initial investment of between a couple hundred to $20,000 depending on the scope of your project.

Compared to other themes, Victorian bathrooms are expensive to maintain. Wallpaper requires frequent replacement, and rugs need to be deep cleaned to prevent a buildup of mildew and bacteria.

Last Updated: April 11, 2013
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About Ritika Puri Based in California, Ritika Puri has worn a number of professional hats ranging from blogger to quantitative researcher, martial arts instructor, and cartographer. No matter what she does, she loves to write and specializes in topics related to home improvement, personal finance, and business. She writes regularly for's Financial Edge section, and her work has appeared on SF Gate, Yahoo! Finance, and The Chicago Sun Times Online. She holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.A. in Demographic and Social Analysis from the University of California at Irvine.  

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