When decorating a traditional bathroom both soft tones and bold colours can work well. Strong tones of browns, maroons and greens give a nice warmth to the room, but be sure the bathroom is well lit, maybe with a lavish chandelier. With the right colours, antique gold can look better than chrome. Go for curtains, never blinds. If going for a vanity unit rather than a traditional basin and pedestal, choose an oak or cherry finish; or the white Cynk vanity unit is a good look with traditional baths and toilets.
Materials. Look for bathroom basins made from quality materials. You don't want anything that will be easily damaged. Scratches can make it look old and dingy so get something that is highly resistant to scratching. This will keep it looking like new for years to come and you will appreciate the way it prolongs the value of your investment.
It can be fun to change up the faucet design you will have in place for your bathroom though. You can transform it into something elegant if you want to give it an upscale feel without a huge expense. It is a good idea to look at images so you can see the various options available.