Aaron Paul's modern rustic bathroom channels three of our favorite design trends for 2024, say experts

Warm minimalism, cabincore, and wellness in interior design all combine to perfection in Aaron Paul's Idaho home

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Given today’s technology-saturated and AI-driven world, retreating to a remote cabin to reconnect with nature has never been more appealing. From alpine chalets and Colorado mountain lodges to Lake Tahoe homes, there is plenty of inspiration for cozy cabin style. We believe there is no better place to recreate this interior design trend than in the bathroom. The most indulgent and luxurious cozy bathrooms are all about relaxation, therefore, the materials you choose will be of utmost importance in this room.

Timber-clad walls, similar to one in American actor Aaron Paul's Idaho home, are warm and rustic charm at their core. This practical space might not seem like an obvious space for layers of rich wood, but warm timber accents are an effective choice for softening hard edges in a rustic bathroom.

Thanks to the desire to create a sanctuary at home, the modern bathroom has become a retreat, a private oasis to help restore mental and physical well-being. With this comes a move away from clinical style. Wood is now the material of choice for its natural beauty and warmth; it conjures the quiet luxury of a spa. 

There are many ways to introduce timber to your scheme, from a simple small stool to a timber-fronted vanity. Wooden baths are reminiscent of Japanese soaking tubs, while the warm, dry air of a naturally scented wood sauna offers the ultimate indulgence.

‘Timber works well in a bathroom setting, as it adds a sense of warmth, nature and tactility,’ advises Yousef Mansuri, director of design, C.P. Hart. ‘However, it is important that any wood elements are correctly protected to ensure they look beautiful in years to come.’ Most real-wood vanity units and countertops are pre-treated with an oil or varnish, as they are intended for bathroom use, but further sealing may be required in the future. If you prefer a low-maintenance option, a wood-effect countertop may be a better choice. ‘This can offer more flexibility and durability, but doesn’t always have the same organic qualities of the real deal,’ he adds

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Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.