Rustic Bathroom Lighting
Rustic bathroom lighting can be a perfect complement to a country-style bathroom, and it can help bring elements of the outside into your bath space.
Rough-hewn and more traditional materials—like oil-rubbed bronze—can be a great choice for rustic bathroom lighting fixtures. The classic, antique feel of a sconce in distressed solid brass or oil-rubbed bronze can hint at decades of use and exposure to the elements, a common theme in rustic design.
In a beach house southwest of Santa Barbara, designer Moore Ruble Yudell creates a stunning bathroom with an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean. A combination of a tub-side fireplace and a flat screen television gives the lucky bather a luxury of choices. All the elements are at play with a double-sided fireplace dividing the serene master bedroom from the en suite and a large bathtub facing the view through floor-to-ceiling windows.
With a sliding glass window that opens to a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean, the infinity tub in this Malibu bathroom is the perfect place to relax. Celebrity designer Nicole Sassaman combines slate stacked stone with the teakwood and the other darker woods for a minimal, yet luxurious look.
This Chicago en suite has the look and feel of an arts-and-crafts original, but has features Frank Lloyd Wright could never have imagined. The fake window above the tub mimics the window in the next room, so the light comes in, yet the homeowner has total privacy. The dramatic vaulted ceiling steals space from the attic above to make the height of the eight-foot ceiling feel much grander. Design by Stuart Cohen
It's All Black
Found in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood, an all-black 3,500-square-foot loft with a bath that has everything but privacy with only curtains as an option to enclose the space. It's less of a functional space and more of an extension of the homeowners' art gallery with pink and yellow neon signs and a Gucci bicycle. Design by Stefan Boublil
Glamorous and Feminine
In Toronto, designer Lori Morris creates a sumptuous bathroom featuring a center panel tub, onyx inlays, carved moldings, a fireplace and delicately embroidered linen drapes. No expense has been spared to maintain the perfect tub-centric symmetry between the French door entry and sight lines through to the Juliet balcony.
Bath in the Attic
The surprise in this historic prairie-style house is the bright orange bathroom in the attic. As a fresh take on a traditional space, the lines are very austere and strong. Big sheets of back-painted glass are used instead of tiles because they're visually cleaner and much easier to clean. Design by Katherine Zalewski
The lighting itself is generally somewhat muted in rustic bath spaces, focusing on as much natural light as possible from windows or skylights. Faux candle bulbs in sconces or track lighting can be a great option to continue the rustic theme. Pendant lamps in a lantern style could also be a great choice, again in materials with a bit of weather and wear to them.
When considering bulb strength, err on the side of warmth and glow as opposed to overwhelming brightness. This will add to the cozy, comfortable and welcoming feel of a rustic bathroom.
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