Cottage Bathrooms

Explore your options for cottage bathrooms, and get ready to create a cozy and comfortable bath space in your home.

Charming Cottage Bathroom With Marble Floors

Charming Cottage Bathroom With Marble Floors

Colors from nature were incorporated into this master bathroom to create a charming cottage look. Mint green, split-face mosaic tile, exotic marble flooring and moonstone details spruce up inexpensive white tiles for maximum impact at a low cost. The transom window above the freestanding tub gives privacy yet fills the space with plenty of natural light.

Photo by: Stacey Brandford

Stacey Brandford

By: Sean McEvoy

Cottage bathrooms can lend an airy, bright feel to a home, inspired as they are by bathroom designs common in vacation and seaside properties.

The trademark feature of cottage-style bathrooms is bead board, which often appears on walls and cabinets. This traditional Cape Cod-style paneling works especially well when combined with bright color schemes and plenty of natural light.

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Before: Outdated & Unappealing

HGTV fan Snugy transformed a 1950s eyesore into a top-rated bathroom.

After: Contemporary & Clean

Cabinets bought at a home improvement warehouse helped keep HGTV fan Snugy's budget low.

Before: Psychadelic Wallpaper

A busy wallpaper pattern made this small powder room look even smaller. Photo by HGTV fan dropsofJupiter

After: Green & Guest-Ready

HGTV fan dropsofJupiter incorporated travertine tile, a carved mirror and vanity, and vintage botanical art to create a fresh and elegant look.

Before: Got Florals?

HGTV fan lizardshop wanted to change her country-style bathroom on a budget.

After: Boy-Friendly Bath

HGTV fan lizardshop found a palette she said is perfect for a house full of boys. A transformation for less than $500!

Before: Scary Wallpaper

HGTV fan Perri wasn't a fan of this bold wallcovering and red accessories.

After: Serene and Lion-Free

HGTV fan Perri paired existing subway tile with a warm paint color, elegant light fixtures and roman shades for an understated, classic look.

Before: Messy Storage Closet

HGTV fan Mrs_d has spent more than three years restoring an old farmhouse. This storage closet used to be a bedroom.

After: Step Back in Time

It was very important that this bathroom renovation stay true to the history of the home. HGTV fan Mrs_d opted for charming wallpaper, hardwood and plenty of architectural detail. She stores necessities in an antique chest of drawers and an old jelly cabinet.

Before: Tiny & Timeworn

Dated wallpaper and oversized cabinetry are doing nothing for this small bathroom. Photo by HGTV fan On_the-east-twin

After: Deco Beauty

HGTV fan On_the_east_twin transformed the space by starting with a wallpaper pattern she loved.

Before: Seeing Red

HGTV fan bochou tackled this bathroom reno, which included the removal of red tile and changing out a window.

After: Sleek & Modern

HGTV fan bochou replaced the expanse of red tile with neutral finishes and added dramatic faucets and artwork.

Classic pedestal sinks are another common feature of cottage bathrooms. These substantial fixtures lend some weight to the overall design; they're often seen in white porcelain with traditional metal hardware.

Since cottage-style bathrooms are often so bright, another way to add contrast and substance is with natural wood. Whether featured on countertops, as molding or even as exposed crossbeams, natural or stained wood can add visual interest and help to bring outdoor elements into a cottage bathroom design.

Speaking of contrast, don't be afraid to mix and match materials and surfaces in a cottage-style bathroom. The prevailing theme may be light and bright, but bold patterns or colors on shower curtains, linens or tile can liven up the space, and distressed furniture can hint at a weathered, sea-aged aesthetic.

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