The Victorian period, the era of Queen Victoria’s reign between June 1837 and January 1901, was a highly progressive timeline in British history; the miracle of indoor plumbing originated, public baths were established for all, while wealthy families built splendid bathrooms in their mansions, complete with freestanding baths and decorative basins. When it comes to current bathroom inspiration, many homeowners still look back fondly to the past. And for those seeking to recreate a powder-room reminiscent of an opulent Victorian bathroom, you’ll be glad to know that freestanding baths of this era are just as popular now as when they first came into existence in the mid-1800s.
A Classic Bathroom in a Compact Space
In our previous Blog, we explored the property trends towards modern bathtubs in smaller bathrooms. Interestingly, this draws a parallel to Victorian bathrooms which were also small and narrow in scale, accommodating small bathtubs to fit into the bathing space. Transforming your bathroom is largely a matter of space and comfort. With the addition of compact freestanding baths, you can enjoy just as much comfort and rejuvenation as in a larger tub. Bathrooms can become every bit as lavish as kitchens and bedrooms. The Julia Bathtub from the DADO Compact Range is a stunning illustration of a compact bathtub that brings Victorian-era style into a classic, luxury bathroom. For those blessed with an expanse of floor space, the Victoria bathtub is the quintessential classic bath to complement your master bathroom.
The Ball and Claw Bathtub – Making its Mark!
One of the most iconic images of the Victorian-era powder rooms has to be ‘ball-and-claw’ freestanding baths. Traditionally made entirely from cast-iron, they weighed a tonne and did not retain heat very well. With modern designs experimenting with lightweight materials, these classic chic bathtubs are making a strong comeback. Moulded into what are known as “slipper baths”, they make a striking impact in any bathroom design that they are incorporated into. The Sophia Slipper Bathtub, from the DADO Classic Range of freestanding bathtubs, is a luxurious modern interpretation of this Victorian-era ablution room favourite.
DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2007 and renowned for luxurious freestanding baths and basins, which are manufactured from their own unique DADOquartz material. Whether you are creating an oasis of luxury in a small bathroom or looking to add a timeless masterpiece to your master bathroom, DADO offers more than 25 different designs, leaving you spoilt for choice. Find your nearest DADO distributor today using our online Store Locator.
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