12 Victorian bathroom ideas with a modern touch

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A clever victorian bathroom idea is one that combines the past and present in perfect proportion (Image credit: Roper Rhodes)

Think of Victorian bathroom ideas and it's likely you'll have extremes spring to mind. 

For the wealthy, bathroom design was approached much like the rest of their home - with grandeur, opulence and decorative detail all playing their part. On the flip side, Victorian workhouses were cold, utilitarian environments where bathing was a communal experience in a cold and draughty space.

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