Rustic Bathroom Decor Ideas

Gather rustic bathroom decor ideas, and prepare to bring the outdoors inside with a relaxed and rough hewn theme.
Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub

Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub

This rustic master bathroom offers a luxurious soaking tub with lots of natural light. The dual vanities are surfaced in a light marble, offering contrast in the space. The hardwood floors are recycled barn boards creating continuity throughout.

From: Larry Pearson

Photo by: Ralph Kylloe ©2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

Ralph Kylloe, 2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're thinking of a bathroom overhaul and your personal style leans toward laid-back country comforts, you might want to peruse rustic bathroom decor ideas. Focusing on natural materials in an effort to "bring the outdoors in" to any space, rustic design and decor is popular for its warm, welcoming feel.

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Modern Romance

This powder room by Andreea Avram Rusu manages to be both modern and romantic. The various shades of rose in the tile soften the industrial vibe given off by the concrete sink and stainless steel toilet.

The Illusionist

RMS user gdeancooper used the same tiles on the floor and wall to create the illusion of length in this teeny powder room. The sink, vanity and faucet are all made of glass resulting in showstopping fixtures.

Simple Statement

Sometimes a simple color palette and some mod fixtures can create a statement. Andreas Charalambous uses an oval mirror, porcelain sink and wall-mounted fixtures to create a minimalist sanctuary.

First Impression

The wallpaper in this powder room might make you forget what you went in there for. An unusual impressionist feel along with a basin sink create a room guests will be talking about for days.

Get Smart

A smart structure like this innovative sink makes the most of a tiny half bath. A small glass "counter" provides a home for bathroom essentials while a ring around the sink's plumbing acts as a towel rack.

Show It Off

RMS user vickiborn turned her windowless powder room into a sexy showroom. Accent lighting in the shadow box cutouts shows off smartly chosen accessories, while a hammered-out copper sink and stone walls provide plenty of visual interest.

Wow 'Em With Wainscot

Traditional stylings can be just as stunning as neon wallpapers and sleek, modern fixtures. A galley-style powder room makes a statement by playing up its architectural flaws rather than hiding them. Black, checkered tile and wainscoting draw the eye down the long, potentially awkward space toward the vanity and mirror.

Faux Ferocious

The faux treatment on this powder room's walls give it the look of a 17th-century French chateau. Simple techniques and unique accessories can give your half bath the royal treatment — even if you live in an apartment in Cleveland.

Moving Mosaic

By tiling the wall behind the sink, Andreas Charalambous creates visual interest without overwhelming those lucky enough to visit this mosaicked powder room. Small object boxes, reflected in the mirror, are an efficient way to display treasures in a small space.

Wallpaper Power

Feel free to experiment with bold prints and deep colors in your powder room. If you don't like it, you don't have a lot of space to re-cover. Move on to the next color or print that tickles your fancy and keep your houseguests guessing.

Stone Age

Exposed brick, a stone sink and a marble counter harken back to a time before Formica and wallpaper. The metal mirror and light fixtures add modern sensibility to this powder room.

Looking Glass

RMS user lauriemichelle turned her everyday powder room into something extraordinary by simply adding a large, gold mirror. A room with a giant accessory like this doesn't need floral wallpaper or faux finishes to stand out.

Light and Airy

The details are what makes this ethereal powder room stand out. RMS user GAUDYAUD mixes olive-green walls with whimsical accessories to brighten up a windowless room.

Haute Hollywood

Gold accents, red walls, soft lighting and a travertine countertop make this powder room fitting for an Old Hollywood starlet. Kim Smart's delicate embellishments and ornate accessory choices create a most impressive space.

Wall-to-Wall Tile

Forget paint and wallpaper — Joseph Pubillones knows how to make a statement by covering all of the walls in this powder room with tiles. Bonus: They are so easy to clean. The floating vanity and faucet add major style points.

Yellow Fever

Sometimes all you need is one bright color to make your powder room pop. This super-skinny half bath becomes the center of attention when Ackerman Interiors adds a coat of zesty canary yellow.

Prim and Proper

Trish Beaudet uses a counter-to-ceiling mirror and a dark and bold wallcovering to make this tiny half bath seem larger than life. By extending the counter space over the toilet, she creates more storage and a clever way to partially shield the commode.

From: Trish Beaudet

Totally Tile

Vanessa DeLeon made a simple brown and white color palette stand out by creating a random pattern with the tile, using a floating vanity and choosing not to mount the mirror on the wall.

Rustic bathroom decor is particularly common in areas where the outdoors are, well, just a step outside. But whether that step is into burgeoning wilderness or onto a city stoop for you, rustic bathroom decor can be a soothing and distinctive style flourish to add to any home.

Before you begin your bathroom project, you'll first want to decide on the scope of your rustic bathroom decor theme. How much or how little rustic decor you implement in your bathroom design may be driven by the size of the bathroom space. Smaller bathrooms generally need less decor to carry a theme — a few strategically placed items can unite the design simply and effectively. For larger spaces, the decor may incorporate more elements, or even constitute a full takeover of the space, with everything from wallpaper to bath linens displaying a rustic touch.

Once you've decided how many elements of your bathroom decor you want to feature in your rustic theme, it's time to start exploring your decor options. Rustic themed elements are available for just about any facet of bathroom design, so you should have no shortage of items to browse. A good place to start is often with the bath linens, shower curtain and window coverings in the space. In a rustic design, these may feature earth-toned colors like browns and greens, patterns with designs that incorporate flora and fauna, or country-style patterns like gingham and plaid. Shower curtains may even feature nature scenes displaying fish or animals, for a look that feels directly connected to nature.

Wall coverings and wall art provide more opportunities to continue a rustic theme. Wallpaper is widely available featuring floral prints, rustic or pastoral scenes, or wildlife imagery. Similarly, when it comes to wall art, you might consider featuring paintings or photographs of local animals, birds and fish to further unite the natural theme and provide great visual interest for the space.

Accessories in a rustic bathroom design are another way to extend the decor theme. Unfinished natural wood is a great choice for toiletry and bathroom supply storage bins, furniture or cabinets. Soap dishes and dispensers are available in natural or faux wood, real or synthetic stone, or hand-distressed metals like bronze and copper, which can also pair well with a rustic theme.

Lastly, consider incorporating real plants and flowers into your rustic bathroom decor theme. They can help brighten the space, and it will provide a tangible connection to the outdoors.

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