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White bathroom mirror with frech basin and cream walls

How to make the most of a traditional bathroom design

For a look that never goes out of style, choose a classic design for your bathroom. Traditional styles are elegant and timeless, plus they can work in small or large bathrooms of any shape.

Think classic style is outdated? Opting for conventional design doesn't have to mean looking to the past. Update your favourite pieces, such as a vintage mirror or pedestal table, with fresh and modern fixtures such a pillar-style taps or grey tiled walls.

Choose one statement piece, such as a striking mirror or free-standing bath and make this the focal point of your classic bathroom. Keeping to one colour scheme, such as all white, will give centre-stage to your chosen piece and feel less over-powering - which is great for a smaller space.

Classic bathroom design doesn't necessarily need a huge sweeping room to be successful. Cleverly chosen fixtures, well-placed mirrors and the right individual pieces will make the most of a small bathroom.

If you aren't looking to completely refit your bathroom, there are small updates you can make that will give your current design a new lease of life. Simply adding some patterned wallpaper, or pretty soft furnishings, to your bathroom will completely overhaul the look and feel.

Or, do something special with a larger space and consider adding strong architectural features, such as a fireplace. This bold centre piece will really add something special to your classic bathroom.

Focal Point
Consider the first thing you see when you enter the room; it might be the bath, but you don't want it to be a loo. Here, a French-style console basin with a decorative mirror above it has enough substance to draw the eye, yet still feels delicate and elegant.

Serpentine double basin
Water Monopoly
White coral mirror
Oriel Harwood at Francis Sultana 
Floor
Namibian Cream marble from H&L Marble

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Photograph by Mark Luscombe-Whyte