We spend so much time focusing on modern designer toilets that are fantastic, yet of course none of these would exist if they had not descended from the traditional high level toilet masterpieces upon which our ancestors perched.
Classic bathrooms are an excellent way to make a statement, a staple feature for any home renovator not wanting a modern décor and it’s easy to understand why. As popular as progressive bathroom trends get, there will always be demand for traditional bathrooms.
So whether you’re already set on a traditional bathroom or not, join us a we delve into some of the very best traditional toilets and accessories available right now via our expansive online store.
What is a Traditional Toilet?
When we say traditional toilet, we’re not talking about a hole in the ground down at the very base of the garden. Not quite that traditional, no. We’re talking about the Victorian style of toilet that consists of a tall, elegant, simple and timeless white ceramic construct, often matched by sink and bidet. These can then be accented further by exposed brass ware including piping, taps, flush and more.
Types of Traditional Toilet
The main types of traditional toilet fall into the low or high level, close coupled and back to wall categories. We shall now take you through the best of those we have to offer.
To kick things off we bring you an item that is surely the crux of any aspiring classical bathroom, and that is the traditional high level toilet. In these distinctive setups, you will see that the cistern is elevated far above the toilet pan and mounted toward the ceiling.
This provides combined grace and grandeur, a chance to display quality pipework, and a decent amount of wall space for you to either appreciate or fill.
Check out this Butler & Rose Catherine Traditional High Level Toilet with Pan, Cistern & Flush Pipe Kit for an unbelievable price.
You can’t get much better value than this complete package, which pays homage to traditional high level toilets yet at modern quality standards.
With the highest quality white vitreous china, the Catherine traditional toilet is durable as well as stylish.
It boasts an overall height of 2100mm, an ornate design matching all components, brackets, lever and chain, and a solid 5 year manufacturer guarantee.
This classic high level toilet has everything you need to get your traditional bathroom started in style apart from a seat – don’t worry, we will be sharing a selection of our finest traditional toilet seats just a little later on in this blog.
So if the high level toilet is not the one for you, perhaps a traditional low level toilet will do.
Here you enjoy every bit of the panache as the previous sample yet at a far simpler-to-handle height – a great move for those traditional bathrooms lacking a vaulted ceiling.
Butler & Rose are back at it with this Darcy Traditional Low Level Toilet, Cistern & Flush Pipe Kit that can be yours for an absolute steal of a price.
Featuring all of the same stellar construction standards as our previous Butler & Rose showing, this low level toilet is kitted out with a ceramic flush lever and comes with a lifetime guarantee for your confident use.
The low level design fits perfectly in a bathroom that's going for that classic period bathroom look, without going all in on the traditional design.
This is the kind of toilet we'd expect to find in a beautiful farmhouse somewhere and we love it!
As we continue to decrease in vertical presence, we bring to you the traditional close coupled toilet.
The meaning of “close coupled” is that there is a joining element between cistern and pan, which varies in the amount of aesthetic or structural relevance but is nonetheless right there.
Butler & Rose bring it back for a third time with this quintessentially classical Winston Traditional Close Coupled Toilet & Seat, which for the amazing price of just £99.99 provides all of your traditional toilet requirements including delightfully styled cistern top plate.
And if you wish to upgrade the standard plastic seat or chrome plated flush lever then you can do so without issue.
For a more minimalist traditional toilet look, the Winston is your guy - no matter the size or style of your bathroom though, the Winston is super versatile and looks great just about everywhere.
There’s no incentive for not leaving up the lid like getting a new toilet seat! At Tap Warehouse we have you covered with our range of delightful traditional wood toilet seats to complement your new traditional toilet or rustic up an existing toilet unit.
As shown here by this Junco Natural Walnut Wooden Finish Soft Close Toilet Seat With Quick Release (left) for just £69.99, why stop at a boring normal wood finish when there’s so many more options for you to provide an individual accent to your new period bathroom?
This walnut number is a traditional treat with its soft close mechanism, chrome hinges, quick release for simple cleaning and, of course, that picturesque wooden colouring that renders this traditional toilet seat both an excellent contrast point in white bathrooms and stylish offset to minimalist white tiled bathrooms. Oh, and don’t forget that 5 year guarantee.
Just to iterate that the traditional toilet market is not run entirely by the impressive Butler & Rose, we’re branching out now to bring you the Roper Rhodes Traditional Toilet Seat with Soft Close Hinges in Walnut Finish (centre). This £84.99 dark wood number features chrome-plated hydraulic hinges for noise-free seat movement and a lifetime guarantee!
Rounding off our trio of traditional toilet seats is this Premier Traditional Round Wooden Seat with Chrome Hinges – Bottom Fix (right)at just £39.99. This is a white wooden toilet seat providing your traditional toilet with a perfectly neutral period finishing touch.
Classic Pairings for Traditional Toilets
Of course, it's utterly impossible to complete your stunning period bathroom design without including other traditional items. We've compiled some of our most exquisite classical pieces to pair with your traditional toilet. So, without further ado, it's time to fully kit-out your bathroom, Victorian-style!
Ah, the bidet, the long-featured yet seldom-used bathroom that is nonetheless a requirement in any realistically rendered traditional bathroom.
While it may not be called upon as extensively these days, the bidet is a great tool when it comes down to it.
Here at Tap Warehouse, we are all about embracing the traditional bidet – what better way to do so than with this Butler & Rose Catherine Bidet – One Tap Hole for such a jaw-dropping price?
Made from the same top quality vitreous china as Butler & Rose’s admirable selection of traditional toilets we shared earlier, the Catherine’s gloss white finish ensures that it is easy to clean and its single tap hole is perfect for a traditional mono bidet tap.
If you're a sucker for total cleanliness and want to kit out your bathroom with the best traditional toilet, pairing this with a bidet adds to that stately home we all dream of from time to time!
From traditional bidet we arrive at the traditional basin, perhaps the most-used area of any bathroom – whatever the era of its aesthetic.
Of the many traditional bathroom basins we have here at Tap Warehouse, we first present the Butler & Rose Benedict 2 Tap Hole 500mm Basin & Full Pedestal (left) for a truly remarkable price. With a pair of tap holes for easy tap management and 5 year guarantee, this is the one of the simplest, swiftest ways to round off your new Butler & Rose traditional style bathroom.
If you desire a basin with squared edges, look no further than the Butler & Rose Darcy Traditional 2 Tap Hole Basin & Full Pedestal (centre). The Victorian vibes are strong in this traditional bathroom basin, which like the Benedict comes with 2 tap holes yet ups the ante with a potent lifetime guarantee.
Or for another option, there's the Butler & Rose Catherine Full Pedestal & Basin (right). Just look at this captivating beauty, need we say more?
Of course, a period bathroom consists of much more than its traditional toilet, bidet and basin. There is the bath – which may well be a free-standing bath with 4 dedicated feet – and then there is all of the accessories for which a classic bathroom calls.
Even the smallest addition in classic styling can make a world of difference and can often provide the finest final touch to a perfect décor. As you can imagine, Butler & Rose produce a number of exquisite classical bathroom finishing items in the form of their Catherine accessory range.
Take a look at some of our top picks below.
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