Traditional Vanity Units

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At Parker Howley, we’re the market’s leading bespoke vanity unit specialists, committed to helping our customers to transform their bathrooms and ensuites with our UK-made pieces.

Here you can discover our traditional vanity units, and tailor the designs to your most exacting tastes to realise your image of the perfect traditional bathroom design.

Traditional bathroom designs have been immensely popular over the last few decades, and feature a blend of both bold and ornate touches to create a timeless look that transcends fleeting interior trends. 

Along with free-standing baths with claw feet, there are few things that immediately scream “luxury traditional bathrooms” more than traditional vanity units like ours.

Design Elements to Consider When Personalising a Traditional Vanity Unit


Orientation & Opting for Shelving, Drawers or Doors

First things first. While any of our
traditional vanity units can help to make your bathroom dreams a reality, freestanding models are considered to be more quintessentially traditional and make for a stunning focal point for your bathroom design.

Open shelving, like that seen in our The Thornton and Monkton models, is another fundamentally traditional factor that can help you blend traditional style with practicality, and provide you with a great place to store and display towels or ornaments. 

Alternatively, models like our Luddenden, Staxton, Kildwick, and Penistone traditional vanity units feature furniture-like door and drawer detailing that can help add some elegant, traditional design features to your bathroom. 


Materials & Finish


Each of our handcrafted vanity units are made from high quality oak. 

Our bespoke traditional vanity units offer you the flexibility to opt for rich and warm tones typically found on darker woods like mahogany or cherry, via our application of industry leading Rubio Monocoat stains, or a painted finish, to bring a touch of elegance to your bathroom.

When it comes to painted finishes, consider muted or darker tones for an authentically traditional aesthetic. 

Intricate carving detail is another feature of traditional bathroom design, which our team can help you to incorporate into your bespoke unit.


Fixtures & Accessories


When it comes to selecting fixings for your traditional-style vanity unit, it’s wise to stay away from the chrome that you’ll find in modern bathrooms, and turn your attention to brass and bronze.

Copper, nickel, and gold are other materials that are perfect for the handles of our traditional vanity units and the taps of the basins, elements that can have a huge impact on the traditional look of your unit. 

We have a huge range of traditional design faucets, which are made from modern materials, but feature the aesthetic impact and charm of traditional materials, to find the perfect blend of form and functionality. 


Beyond Our Traditional Vanity Units


But beyond our traditional vanity units, there are a number of other factors to consider to achieve an authentically traditional bathroom design. 

  • Free-standing baths.
  • Ball and claw foot legs.
  • Brass, bronze, copper, nickel and gold metalwork.
  • Toilets with high-level cisterns, featuring a long flush pipe, and usually a chain pull flush.
  • A bidet, boasting a more traditionally angular shape.
  • Victorian-style radiators, towel rails, and exposed pipework. 
  • Feature walls using wood panelling, dado-rails, or patterned wallpaper.

Begin tailoring our traditional vanity units using the online builder today, or contact our bathroom specialists today to be guided through the process of personalising the perfect vanity unit for your bathroom. 

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