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Crosswater Designers Share Secret to Styling Traditional vs Contemporary Bathrooms

Drench has teamed up with design experts at Crosswater to bring you some expert insight into the ever interesting debate of traditional or contemporary bathrooms! Read on to find out how the designers at Crosswater recommend styling each of these. 

Are you deciding on whether to opt for a traditional or contemporary bathroom? We asked design experts at Crosswater to gives us their top recommendations for each. 

Traditional Bathrooms

Traditional bathrooms create a classic, comfortable appearance with fittings that embrace softer edges and more rounded features to fit seamlessly into your home. Elegant and luxurious, these bathrooms embrace ornate designs and shapes inspired by the Victorian era. More conventional design elements include crosshead taps, basin pedestals, traditional-style materials and chain flush toilets.

White is the predominant colour of this style with softer pastel shades used in combination with wood finishes in light or dark grains.

Crosswater offers a range of products to seamlessly fit in with a traditional bathroom design, including its beautiful Belgravia collection. The exceptional craftsmanship of this collection encompasses traditional aesthetics with sleek design touches across a selection of taps, shower handsets, and decadent showerheads. Available in both Nickel and Chrome finishes, Belgravia is defined by white glazed ceramic levers and classic styling to reflect the charm of Victorian-era styling.

Are you set on a Victoria bathroom? We've got some really handy budget ideas in this article: 9 Beautiful Victorian Bathroom Ideas on a Budget

Contemporary Bathrooms

Contemporary bathrooms are more modern and innovative in appearance, using designs that are unique. Often using more angular forms, with distinctive lines and corners, contemporary bathrooms also tend to incorporate high-tech functions and features such as pop-up basin wastes or dual eco flushes.


Instead of pedestal basins with crosshead taps, contemporary basins tend to use more cutting-edge tap designs such as waterfall or mixer taps, and more modern basin styles, such as wall-mounted or countertop basins.

While white still features predominantly as a colour palette in modern bathrooms, other bolder and more impactful colours might also come into play, with contrasts being created through bright accent colours and metallic finishes.

For the ultimate contemporary design statement, the Scandi-inspired look is an on-trend way to achieve this style. Calming and peaceful, Scandinavian design creates modern bathroom spaces that exude a relaxing aesthetic. Incorporating organic textures, natural finishes and minimalist cubic forms, Crosswater offers a range of furniture, ceramics and accessories that will deliver Scandi character and style to interiors whilst also being highly efficient and functional. 

With its focus on slender space-saving proportions, ample storage and clean lines, the Arena furniture collection is the ideal choice for homeowners looking to bring both form and function into their bathroom. Available in four neutral colours - Steel, Modern Oak, Pure White and Portland Grey Matt – this timeless collection fits perfectly into today’s contemporary home. 

Mixing and Matching Styles

More recently, we’ve also noticed a trend emerging where the two styles are combining. This is largely down to the recent increasing desire to create a spa experience from the comfort of home, with all the excitement of today’s modern technology. From power showers, to hot tub jets and even built-in saunas, the advances in high-tech features mean you can get the ultimate spa experience at home.

One particular way to add visual depth, interest and warmth into a space is to incorporate a variety of metallic finishes. Gold, platinum, brass and copper are increasingly being combined as metallic accents and design highlights, while black is being used as a way to create a contrast to both white and richer tones. Crosswater offers a range of brassware in matte black, brushed brass, stainless steel, chrome and brushed nickel finishes so that metallics can be mixed and matched to create a stylish and contemporary look in the bathroom.

Therefore, when it comes to your bathroom design, there are a number of things to consider when thinking about the kind of style that you’d like to evoke. Mixing and matching can be applied to the fine finishes, elegant fittings and timeless accessories to create that luxurious feeling and help your bathroom achieve that beautiful look.

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