We all know it when we see it. Whether it's the molding that elegantly frames the doorway, oriental rugs that adorn the floor, or the heavenly patina on heirloom-inspired credenzas, when it comes to the beauty of traditional design, it’s all in the timeless details. Although today’s traditional homes have evolved to accommodate more modern lifestyles, appliances, and trends, at the core they honor the classic elements that have allowed traditional style to stand the test of time.
Image: Better Homes and Gardens
A few weeks ago, we showed you ways to incorporate tile into your traditional kitchen (where you can also find a detailed overview of traditional style). Before we jump in to the traditional bathroom, here’s a brief recap of traditional design:
Architectural Elements: Ornately decorative details, elaborate molding, pilasters, fluted and turned detailing, intricate scrollwork
Materials: Warmly finished wood with patina, granite, stone, marble, thick and high quality textiles
Color Palette: Wood finishes like mahogany and chestnut, light cream, ivory (although pure white is becoming popular in today’s traditional homes)
Tile for the Traditional Bathroom
Incorporating elements like classic patterns, molding, and a neutral palette are all you need to give your bathroom a the timeless look that defines traditional style.
Although it has its roots in traditional settings, herringbone has made its return as a chic pattern that looks at home in both classic and contemporary settings. It also helps to add some movement to traditional style’s weightier visual elements. Consider mixing white and gray tiles for extra depth.
Image: House of Jade Interiors
Pattern Shown: Herringbone
Surprisingly simple yet oh-so-elegant, the diamond pattern is the perfect way to add a hint of luxe to your bathroom design. We're loving the way this bathroom transforms its tiled floor into an sophisticated tile rug, drawing attention to the beautiful clawfooted tub.
Image: Topps Tiles
Often found in Victorian homes, hexagon tiles have also come back to the forefront of interior design. Adding a little extra ornamentation than rectangular tile, it can also be a practical bathroom floor solution by offering extra traction.
We love the way the hexagon floor is paired with a straight set wall arrangement, finished in soothing green hues.
Top it Off with Trim
Taking inspiration from classic structures, our collection of Architectural Moldings allows you to incorporate a distinctive traditional element to your installation while benefiting from the beauty of handcrafted tile.
Here, it’s used to top off the tile installation where it meets the ceiling, anchoring the shower with a distinguished and finished look.
Tile Shown: Classic Cuerda Seca Collection
Consider installing a continuous decorating molding throughout your bathroom. See how it wraps around the shower and continues beyond the glass door as wainscoting? This can lend a cohesive look that feels sophisticated and luxurious.
We also love how the shower’s recessed shelving and floor elegantly contrasts the bathroom’s warmer palette (all while beautifully incorporating traditional patterns!).