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Victorian Bathroom Design   by Anthony Lee

in Home / Home Accessories    (submitted 2008-01-17)

With most Americans, a typical bathroom is all about having a shower booth, a mirror and sink, and a toilet, nothing else. It may seem bland at first, but Americans have stemmed from the European way when it comes to design that gives off a regal flair once stepping in to do their business. Victorian bathroom design is a union between the Old and New World.

With sinks, most designers have a way to make use of the available floor space, while allowing the full usage of small shelves made of lacquered wood and drawers carved in intricate designs and patterns. The countertop space is used mainly for both man and women, to place various objects such as a shaving kit, perfumes and powders for the ladies, not to mention a large mirror to make sure they're doing it properly. The same thing is applied today, now with an ergonomically designed way with most cabinets and shelves to create a modern look.

Although the usage of tiles were unheard of back then, they make use of marbles and floor mats to prevent anyone from slipping, upon discovering that marble and water just don't mix well for that person's health. This also applies for the wall coverings, and that time they use wallpaper. In order to create a more regal look, tiles with intricate patterns and wood trimming to create a more Victorian wall, though loosely termed.

Tubs can be of varied shapes, designs and materials depending on the location. But most of the tubs found can be of carved marble and brass. Most of the tubs have a showerhead, providing the user access to a shower area inside the tub with a curtain to keep things private. And before plastics, brass curtain rings and velvet were used, and always with ambient light from a small window overhead. And with the introduction of electricity, sconce and wall lighting with various designs of both metal and glass has helped inspire designers to newer heights.

The styles from toilets have a history, depending on the maker. For most Victorian homes, the toilet will have some intricate patterns and designs either etches or painted, and with the introduction of an overhead water tank with a chain to flush the toilet, it was a start of modern convenience for most American homes. At least it beats having an outhouse. Most of the construction is mostly from marble that has transcended to the ceramics that is known today.