Just say no to loud colors and graphic tile patterns. Traditional bathrooms have the look and feel of a relaxing spa with their tasteful color palettes and luxurious touches. All you need are scented candles, cucumber slices and a glass of chilled wine for instant relief from the workaday world.

Your bathroom should be a place of quiet solitude, far away from arguing kids, barking dogs and droning television. Create a traditional space with a marble vanity, furniture-style cabinetry, sparkling white subway tiles and brushed nickel fixtures.
While contemporary design is still a popular bathroom choice, it requires keeping up with the latest styles and trends—which means time and money. Traditional decor will always be in style—its classic, comfortable feel will look fresh for years.
At its heart, traditional bathrooms are all about things that are familiar and relaxed. Traditional bathrooms may not be as stimulating as an eclectic or modern bathroom, but it certainly doesn’t mean they’re boring. The addition of warm colors, shimmering metals and sumptuous textures add to the excitement. Browse these 37 beautiful baths for the best in traditional decor ideas that are anything but ordinary.

Tailored Palette

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A neutral palette contributes to a relaxing scheme in this traditional bathroom. Cream is the “it” color for bathrooms and is gaining popularity thanks to its organic feel versus stark white. Pair this neutral with dark cabinetry and shades of white and grey for an elegant result.

Opening Scene

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A large divided glass window in the shower alcove allows for natural light to pour into the bathroom. Paired with soft neutral colors and shimmering mosaic tiles, the window lets you take in the private views while enjoying a relaxing soak.

Natural Elements

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This traditional bathroom has a green component. All of the furnishings are made from sustainable materials that won’t harm people and the earth. All of the light fixtures use LED technology. Water saving faucets, plumbing fixtures and the toilet are all designed to help conserve. The bathtub is shallower than normal to also reduce water usage.

Neat and Simple

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Traditional style bathrooms often rely on blue and white to create a clean and fresh look. This bathroom is no exception. The custom vanity and upper walls were painted a colonial blue and the countertop is pure white quartz. White subway tiles and wainscoting complete the classic look.

Glossy Tiles

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Lustrous green glass tiles wrap this traditional bathroom with color. In the past, people used one-dimensional ceramic or porcelain tiles, but these days, homeowners are looking to create spa-like spaces. Glass or metallics give bathrooms a more polished, sophisticated look.

Feminine Elegance

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This bathroom designer created a space specifically for the busy mom of the house. It’s a place for pampering and solitude. The oversized soaking tub, thoughtful details and distinctly feminine accents culminate in one elegant design.

Functional and Stylish

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The deep tub is tucked into the corner of this stately master bathroom. His and hers custom vanities flank the tub, allowing for the couple to get ready for work at the same time. Beautiful, rich walnut is the perfect choice to go with the natural stone flooring and tub surround.

Light Remodel

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The homeowners didn’t want to completely strip the outdated bath in their Tennessee home. They chose instead to simply update the fixtures, replace the tile and reglaze the original clawfoot tub. The look retro traditional.

Ceiling Details

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The skylights and natural stone tile in this bathroom enhance its traditional feel. The asymmetrical vaulted ceiling was ideal for installing the ceiling fan/light kit combination. The fan disperses the dampness preventing the formation of harmful mold and mildew.

B&W Theme

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This San Francisco Victorian has a bathroom that definitely suits the architecture. Traditional elements like the crystal wall sconces, black marble countertops and the antique tub work beautifully with the more contemporary elements like the mosaic backsplash and floating vanity.

Coordinated Colors

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Here’s a great way to tweak your bathroom color palette to unify your entire master suite. If the bathroom cabinets don’t quite work with the furniture finishes in your bedroom, consider restaining, painting or refacing them. Take the wall color and fabrics from the bedroom into the bath to create a cohesive look

Mixing Neutrals

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Just like other colors, you can play with various shades of beiges and browns in the bathroom. Ceramic tiles that mimic natural stone picked up the same colors of the grasscloth wall covering. Adding the multi-hued mosaic band around the tub gave the homeowner leeway to bring in brown accents and oil rubbed bronze fixtures.

Classic White

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This bathroom looks and feels just like a spa thanks to the gorgeous white color palette. Calacatta marble covers the vanities, tub deck and the floors. White window, crown and picture frame molding give the space its traditional feel.

Visual Continuity

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Large-scale square tiles create a neat wainscoting effect around the perimeter of this guest bathroom. A contrasting border of coordinating glass tiles creates a lovely contrast and picks up the colors in the cabinetry, fixtures and accessories.

Serene Sanctuary

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The walls are painted in “Italian Latte”, creating a serene and timeless backdrop for a host of traditional elements. Furniture-style vanities are stained in a deep, rich dark cherry, creating a stunning juxtaposition with the travertine floors, tub surround and shower.

His and Hers

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This traditional master bathroom was designed to be neat and orderly. Two separate vanities are situated on opposite sides of the dividing wall, keeping the couples’ morning routine running without a hitch. As an added bonus, this fabulous space also features separate toilets and walk-in closets.

Subtle Gold

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The master bathroom in this New York City apartment is truly elegant and peaceful.  Muted gold covers the walls and tray ceiling and is set off by traditional crown molding in crisp white. The custom designed window treatments pick up the identical color from the walls while adding sheen by way of silk dupion fabric.

Granite Wrap

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Dark grey granite surrounds the spacious tub and creates a ledge to display scented candles and bath accessories. The same granite tops the makeup vanity and sink area. Striped wallpaper in creamy white allows the granite to shine.

Francophile Retreat

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If you’ve ever stayed in a five-star hotel, you will recognize some of the same traditional details in this luxurious French-inspired bath. The highlight of the space is the roomy tub reached by two stairs and flanked by decorative columns. The Palladian window floods the space with natural light along with the ornate chandeliers.

Historic Charm

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Back in the 1800s when this family estate was built, this room did not exist. So, as with most historic homes, the master bathroom had to be created with square footage from another room. This traditional bathroom looks period to the home with its crown molding detail, inset doors and maple plank flooring.

Curved Wall

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This bathroom is an example of a traditional bathroom with one contemporary feature. Everything in the space is based on classic design with the exception of the mosaic shower enclosure. It is a standout feature, but might be considered too modern for the space.

Divided We Stand

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Dual vanities divided by a soaking tub help maintain peace during the household’s morning rush hour. A built-in bench provides seating and storage cubbies below. This split configuration works well by keeping the plumbing lines along one side of the room.


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Creating a restful bath for his client’s London residence, the designer chose a striking blue palette that spanned several shades of the same color. The custom blue of the polished plaster walls picks up the subtle variations in the tile work throughout the room.

Tumbled Stone

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The traditional bathroom’s natural and earthy palette made it super easy for the homeowner to decorate the space with a mix of warm fabrics, towels and accessories. Another plus is the glass shower enclosure. It visually opens up the room, creating the illusion of more space.

Stately Estate

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A stately Roman soaking tub is the centerpiece of this country estate’s master bathroom. Fetching gold paint and a wall of windows lining the tub wall allow its occupants full access to the view of the gardens beyond.

Traditional Elegance

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Here, a restful palette of mocha and white surrounds a lovely soaking tub with a floor-mounted faucet.  A muted wallpaper design gracefully frames the arched windows and wall niche.