Traditional Bathroom Ideas (Designer Showhouse Style)

If you’re planning a bathroom remodel or just looking for bathroom decorating ideas, a designer showhouse is a great place to find inspiration!  Last May, I visited the Mansion in May Designer Showhouse in Mendham, New Jersey.  Even though I shared some highlights on Instragram, I haven’t shared photos on my blog…yet.  Today, I’m sharing photos of the traditional bathroom ideas I spotted on the tour.  Enjoy!

Traditional Bathroom Ideas from a Designer Showhouse:

Professionally designed bathrooms in a French Country style home…

During the designer house tour, I took photos on my Iphone and I tried to crop out as many people as I could.  So, for the classic bathrooms below, I’ve also shared links to each designers’ website.  That way, you can view more (professional) photos and peruse through their beautiful portfolios.  

Traditional powder room with murals and patterned tiles…

For obvious reasons, this bathroom was named, “Powder Room with a View”.  Even though there are no real windows, the murals provide you with a feel of looking outdoors.  Lately, murals have become very popular in design.  If you love the look, this bathroom is a beautiful example of one way to incorporate them into your home.

Formal powder room with murals and geometric floor tiles - traditional bathroom ideas from a designer showhouse

For this powder room, the designer brilliantly intermixed modern and traditional elements.  The geometric marble tiles and glass bubble chandelier provided updated features. In contrast, a vintage curved dresser was repurposed into the vanity. 

French country vanity with mirror and wall murals in powder room - traditional bathroom ideas from a designer showhouse

To see more photos of this sophisticated powder room, visit the designer’s website – Studio Piacere.

European style guest bathroom…

This bathroom, named “Coltswolds Guest Bath”, captures the charm and beauty of the English countryside.  From the arched window to the tone on tone wallpaper, this space makes you might feel like you were transported to another time and place.

Arched window over toilet in traditional bathroom

To create a cozy cottage look, you can’t go wrong with classic brass fixtures and a gorgeous block print sink skirt.

Skirted sink - traditional bathroom ideas in a designer showhouse

In the shower, brass fixtures and classic marble tiles continue the traditional country aesthetic.

Marble shower with gold hardware - traditional bathroom ideas

To see more photos of this charming guest bath, visit Jennifer Muirhead Interiors.

Traditional French Country primary bathroom…

To keep with the style of the home, the designer created this stunning French country primary bathroom.  From the toile wallpaper to the classic brass fixtures and ornate bathroom mirrors, they truly embraced the French country style.

Bathroom vanity and gold mirror with toile wallpapered wall - traditional bathroom ideas

In this bathroom, the free standing tub takes center stage under the window.  Even though this tub is absolutely perfect for the space, I could also imagine seeing a clawfoot tub in this spot.  

Freestanding tub in front of window in toile wallpapered bathroom

Behind the tub, you can see the decorative wainscoting on the lower part of the wall.  The antique style gold bath fixtures and the unique curve of the tub add to the romantic feel in this space.  Of course, the flowers and the champagne don’t hurt either!

Arched window, wallpaper and decorative moulding in primary bathroom

In these photos, you can see the curved shape of the window. The windowsill has a nice depth and is perfect for displaying pretty accessories like the bunny and topiaries.  

Even though this primary bathroom gets plenty of natural light, this elegant chandelier adds more sparkle and provides a stunning focal point for the room.

Gold decorative lighting in front of window - traditional bathroom ideas

Across the room, you can see a small vanity and the glass shower stall.  To complement the limestone floor tiles in the rest of the bathroom, the shower is lined with greenish-blue subway tiles and small hexagon floor tiles.

Tiled shower stall with glass doors - traditional bathroom ideas

On the back of the shower wall, (excuse the glare), they installed a framed section of patterned tiles which pull all the colors together beautifully.  As you can see, they continued with brushed gold hardware for the shower head and fixtures.

shower stall with gray subway and decorative tile - traditional bathroom ideas

To the right of the shower is the light blue water closet where they continued the decorative wainscoting.  In keeping with the timeless look, the designer hung a pair of scenic oil paintings above the toilet.  Even the picture frames have a French country vibe to coordinate with the rest of the bathroom.

water closet with blue walls and artwork above toilet - traditional bathroom ideas

Since the bathroom was so huge, I couldn’t take one photo of the whole room.  Below, you can see how the left side of the bathroom mirrors the right side (shown in the first picture). 

French country vanity, mirror and sconces on blue walls of traditional bathroom

And here’s one last shot of the pretty tub, classic arched window and of course, the fabulous chandelier!

Free standing white bathtub in front of arched window - traditional bathroom ideas

To see even more photos of this stunning primary bathroom, visit Monk’s Home Improvements.

Traditional bathroom ideas for a small space…

Since this guest bathroom is small, a simple black and white color palette doesn’t overwhelm the space.  In this room, the designer used classic basket weave tile for the floor and simple white subway tile in the shower.  The botanical pattern on the shower curtain flows with the artwork and helps give the room a cohesive look.

Black and white bathroom with basketweave tile floor - traditional style ideas

To break up all the white subway tile, they installed a basket weave tile border that matches the floor.  Lately, I haven’t seen many people using a tile border in bathrooms so maybe it’s becoming trendy again…

Shower and bathtub with white subway tile and basketweave border

On the opposite wall, a modern black vanity grounds the space and coordinates with the round mirror above it.  In this bathroom, they used polished chrome (or perhaps it’s polished nickel) for all the fixtures.  For traditional style bathrooms, polished chrome seems to be a popular choice for hardware.

Black vanity and round mirror in traditional bathroom

To see more of this bathroom, here’s a short video on Instagram.  For the interior designer’s portfolio see – Diane Durocher Interiors.

*For the last bathroom on the tour, I’m also sharing the mudroom that leads into the bathroom.  Since both spaces were designed together, I wanted you to get the full effect.  

Rustic Mudroom and Bathroom…

A porcelain checkerboard floor leads you into the mudroom and continues into the bathroom.  To contribute to the rustic vibe in this space, the floors tiles appear to have a weathered finish.  Speaking of weathered finishes, don’t you love the shiplap walls?

Mudroom with checkerboard floors and limestone sink with plants below

According to the designer’s notes, the rustic limestone sink is 200 years old.  For the tour, they have styled it with plants and natural materials to give it a potting station look.  

Gray shiplap walls and antique limestone sink with plants.

To the right, dark gray custom cabinetry conceals a stackable washer and dryer with additional mudroom storage space.  (Cabinet color – Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron). Since that back door leads to the pool, this is the perfect spot to drop wet towels on your way inside.  

Mudroom with checkerboard floor and gray storage cabinets in designer showhouse

If you’re coming in from the pool, this is the perfect spot for a bathroom.  Actually, they do call this the “Pool Bath” in the brochure.  In this shower, they used square tumbled marble tiles and polished chrome fixtures.

Tumbled marble tiled shower stall in bathroom

Since mixing metals is popular these days, they also used black light fixtures and a mirror with a black metal frame.  For the vanity, they converted an antique piece of furniture and lined it with a copper sink.  

oval mirror over wooden carved sink with potted plants inside

In the back corner, they added floating shelves above the toilet and covered all the walls in a beautiful grass cloth wallpaper.  Once again, that’s another classic style that’s very popular now.

Textured gray wallpaper and checkerboard floor with white toilet and open shelves - traditional bathroom ideas

For more photos of this gorgeous multi-functional space, visit Wydian Kitchens & Design on Instagram.

Hopefully, I inspired you with these traditional bathroom ideas from the Mansion in May Designer Showhouse!

For more traditional design inspiration, here are a few additional  house tours:

Which was your favorite bathroom on this tour?


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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Judy! Sometimes designer go overboard with showhouses but I think they did an amazing job on staying with the character of the home on this one.

    1. Thanks so much for pinning! Yes, it was an amazing showhouse. I’ll have to share the rest of the rooms in a future blog post!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kim! Yes, it was quite a tour and so refreshing to see some different looks!

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