Fall in Love with an Unparalleled English-Style Bathroom

After years of thinking about it, I’m finally in the design stage of redecorating my downstairs bathroom! When I first bought my circa 1875 house, a big selling factor was the claw foot tubs, which I’ll never part with. Last week I chose the flooring and the week before I ordered the paint and wallpaper. I’m now shopping for the vanity but nothing can be done until the floor is laid. While I patiently wait, I’m enjoying inspiration from English-style bathroom ideas.

neutral vintage bathroom


The water faucet on this bathtub is similar to the one I chose for my claw foot tub. It’s installed and I’ve already been using it. I love the hand-held shower feature of it. For some reason it feels luxurious. I love the sink and tub in this space.

vintage bathroom


Pale blue always creates a serene retreat in a spa-style bathroom.

light blue claw foot tub


An ornate mirror and vintage sink create charming appeal in this English-style bathroom with beautiful trim work on the lower half of the walls. The mirror reflects the coastal touches of tiny sailboats and a sea bird on the painted wooden shelf.

vintage Victorian bathroom


Dark wood creates an inviting space for bathing and getting ready in the morning. This is the feeling I want to create in my downstairs bathroom. Not so much utilitarian, but more of an inviting area where you want to linger.

Farmhouse bathroom


Subway tile is always a classic choice for a vintage bathroom. I love the shower hardware and big rain-style shower head. The patterned floor is similar to what I initially thought I’d choose for my flooring, but I ended going with more of a penny-tile hexagonal floor that’s classic and timeless.

vintage Victorian bathroom


Soft colors are typically used in English-style bathrooms for their calming and serene appeal. The vanity includes a countertop area next to the sink which is handy for storing toiletries or other things in a basket.

Elegant gray blue bathroom


I love a seafoam green color in a bathroom. It’s just as calming as pale blue.

Coastal vintage bathroom


Creamy beige is another great color choice for a bathroom, and is what I chose for the lower half of my walls. The top half will be a small floral print wallpaper that was selected from an English wallpaper book. I can’t wait to get it all done!

neutral vintage bathroom


A pedestal sink is great for a smaller bathroom. The black and white checkerboard floor adds drama and style against all the white.

retro black and white bathroom


It’s always fun to look at photos that help you create rooms that you love. I’m drawn to an English-style bathroom for its quaint and pretty style. What style bathroom do you prefer?


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  1. I agree subway tile is always a good choice for a bathroom. I redid my bathroom with a creamy, off white subway tile AND went with the suggestion of the talented tile person to use a hand made version that has a wavy, irregular surface. It wasn’t wildly more expensive than the flat, regular surface and really knocks the look out of the park!

  2. So many great ideas! However, as I am aging, I have to be more practical- safety and accessibility wise. Not just for older adults, but families with small children, and persons with special needs. Just something you might want to explore and share?

    1. Agree that it’s so important to design bathrooms with all ages considered. That said, my father and his wife bathed in a claw foot tub in their second floor bathroom into their nineties. It was a treat to bathe in it when I visited But I had trouble getting out of it. I guess there is a knack to it.