Rustic Bathroom Ideas

Get rustic bathroom ideas and prepare to create a warm and welcoming country-style bathroom in your home.


Those walls! The curves and the fieldstone tile give this bathroom a warm, rustic feel that’s balanced perfectly with the glamour of the tub and chandelier. I’ve been seeing more stone as tile lately but this scale is so dramatic. I’d almost welcome a hard day, just to have an excuse to come home and soak in this tub. Fieldstone, take me away!

By: Sean McEvoy

Whether your overall style leans more toward laid-back country comfort, or you're just looking to add rustic design in certain areas of your home, you'll want to explore rustic bathroom ideas as you prepare to bring a bit of the outdoors inside.

Before-and-After Bathroom Remodels Under $5,000

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With $5,000 or less, seven designers dramatically overhaul seven dreary and outdated bathrooms. See the before-and-after photos and steal their budget-friendly ideas for your own bath remodel.

Before: Gloomy Guest Bath

With dark wood cabinets and dull, colorless tiles, this guest bathroom is anything but inviting.

Photo By: Heather Scott Home & Design

After: Chic Meets Cheerful

Soft gray walls, marble flooring and a furniture-style vanity create an elegant spot for guests to freshen up. Heather Scott Home & Design removes the wall-mounted cabinet above the toilet, making the space feel much larger and brighter.

Photo By: Heather Scott Home & Design

Budget-Friendly: Upcycled Vanity

Instead of designing an expensive custom cabinet for the space, Scott attaches a Silestone countertop remnant to a chest furniture piece. The accent tile in the shower storage niche is pricier than the room’s other tile, so it’s limited to a small space where it still makes a big impact.

Photo By: Heather Scott Home & Design

Before: Generic and Charmless

The builder-grade cabinets and basic tile floor make this feel more like a generic hotel bathroom than a welcoming guest bath.

Photo By: Rebecca Zajac

After: Warm and Inviting

Designer Rebecca Zajac prettifies the room by replacing the cabinets with a custom vanity and laying down patterned floor tiles. Black and brass metals complement the gray and give the room a warm sophistication.

Budget-Friendly: Twice-Used Counter

Zajac saves money by using a remnant counter from the owner’s kitchen remodel. The mirror is a bargain find.

Before: Dark and Dated

The worn almond-colored wall tile, coupled with the maroon paint, make the guest bathroom a dreary corner of this historic Charleston, N.C., home.

Photo By: Patrick Brickman Photography

After: Southern Charm

Designer Lauren Messina brightens up the room with an elegant chandelier. The pretty floral wallpaper ties the colors in the room together.

Photo By: Patrick Brickman Photography

Budget-Friendly: Refinished Tiles

Rather than entirely replace the wall and floor tiles, Messina refinishes the tiling and makes it white for a crisp, updated look.

Before: Claustrophobic Chaos

Everything about this small bathroom is in need of a modern makeover, from the busy wallpaper to the curtained pedestal sink. The dull glow cast by the dated brass sconces is unhelpful in a space that already feels dark and confined.

From: Shelley Rodner

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After: Peaceful Powder Room

Designer Shelley Rodner brightens and modernizes the bathroom with playful silver wallpaper and a chocolate vanity with much-needed storage. A handsome chandelier replaces the sconces.

From: Shelley Rodner

Photo By: Anice Hoachlander, HDPhoto

Budget-Friendly: Go Petite

Rodner chooses a petite-sized vanity, which costs a third less than similar designs with larger footprints.

From: Shelley Rodner

Photo By: Anice Hoachlander, HDPhoto

Before: Green Gone Awry

Emerald green walls overwhelm this small bathroom, which lacks cohesion and personality.

Photo By: Terracotta Design Build

After: Simple and Serene

To give the bathroom more personality, TerraCotta Design swaps out the plain pedestal sink for an Asian-themed vanity and replaces the oval mirror with an expansive frameless mirror that enlarges the room. TerraCotta keeps the wood flooring and repaints the walls to transform the room without going over budget.

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Photo By: Jeff Herr Photography

Before: Cramped Quarters

There’s hardly any room to move in this outdated bathroom. A wall-to-wall vanity overwhelms the small space.

After: Minimalist Luxe

A floating vanity and spacious glass shower open up this previously cramped bathroom. Rather than splurging on stone slab counters, Brown Design Group cuts costs with a one-piece countertop and sink. A single glass-panel shower helps the room feel larger while saving on extra hardware for a swinging door. Large-format wall tiles make for a quick install.

Photo By: Matt Wier

Before: Sad and Ignored

From the square floor tiles to the dated sink faucets, this bathroom is an unsightly throwback to the 1980s.

Photo By: Terracotta Design Build

After: Bold Accessories

TerraCotta Design switches out the faucet, hardware and tile for an instantly dramatic transformation. A pair of bright, bold red stools pulls the look together.

The first place to start if you're considering a rustic bathroom design is with your choice of materials. In general, wood is the foundational material for any rustic design—and in bathrooms, wood will likely be best employed on walls.

You can employ beadboard paneling, stained to your liking, along with decorative wainscoting. Tones like greens and golden browns are great for a rustic feel, so explore these colors if you're thinking of painting or staining.

A traditional ceramic pedestal sink with a metal faucet can work great in a rustic bathroom design. In terms of accessories, complement the wood features with wrought iron, which can be used for everything from mirror frames to shelving.

Lastly, add fabrics with a hint of heft and durability. For example, consider a fabric shower curtain or towels in a rustic plaid or buffalo check design.

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