By Kaitlyn McInnis published
A well-done farmhouse bathroom is the epitome of luxury when it comes to straddling the line between cozy and chic. Not only is it rustic and charming, but it also offers a sophisticated oasis for you to unwind at the end of the day, or get a jump-start on a new one.
If you’re looking for some bathroom ideas that are both cozy and rustic-inspired, these brilliant farmhouse bathroom ideas are sure to help you create a sumptuous design that is both liveable and aesthetically-pleasing.
1. Go for muted wood flooring
'In farmhouse bathrooms muted wood and stone flooring work well, offering a chic yet rustic look,' says David Snazel of Carpetright. 'Consider a wood pattern, such as chevron, particularly when paired with units with a simple design, to create an eye catching floor.'
'To create a timeless look, choose colors, patterns and materials across all surfaces, be that flooring, walls or furniture, that work in harmony together.'
In this space, reclaimed wood flooring and traditional fittings make for stylish farmhouse decor ideas.
2. Add a splash of color to elevate rustic elements
'Minimalist color scheme like creams, whites and soft browns are best to achieve the farmhouse bathroom style but don’t be afraid to experiment with rich greens and blues, which can add character to kitchens and bathrooms,' says Richard Petrie, interiors expert at Thomas Sanderson.
Adding a bold tile design is a perfect way to enhance rustic elements and fuse modern and traditional styles.
3. Add warmth with a rustic cabinet
'Modern farmhouse bathrooms are all about the natural elements and chunky furniture, seamlessly blended with modern fixings and fixtures to create the perfect balance,' says Connor Prestwood, interior designer at Dowsing & Reynolds.
'Source a beautiful rustic wooden side cabinet from a charity shop or reclamation yard and combine with a worktop basin and modern mixer tap to create the ultimate statement.'
4. Stay traditional with wooden beams
'A main feature of the farmhouse bathroom is the fusion of old and new,' says Richard Petrie who suggests pairing classic features such as wooden beams to give a vintage charm with more modern elements.
In this space, crafted by Alexander Waterworth, the neutral color scheme and wooden beams create a traditional style which is complemented by a modern freestanding bath. 'Standalone baths are becoming an essential look to the farmhouse approach,' says Waterworth.
5. Go for the rustic look
Introduce rustic fittings and furnishings to get traditional farmhouse bathroom ideas in the mix. The rustic elements will add warmth which perfectly complements the modern white tones and clean lines.
Connor Prestwood recommends styling worn wooden shelving with ornaments to create a homely feel.
6. Incorporate pops of color for a modern look
Light and bright colors are easy farmhouse bathroom ideas.
In this space, crafted by Kate Lester, the pink cabinet and patterned flooring enhances the clean lines and challenges the traditional neutral palette.
7. Go for a clean black and white finish
'I think the concept of farmhouse bathroom ideas is all about taking the traditional farmhouse vibe and making it your own,' says Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors.
'To me, it means warm bright whites, pops of black, and infusions of traditional pine or elm woods. I think it’s really important to push the boundaries and introduce juxtaposition with textiles, patterns and artwork that may not feel traditionally farmhouse-inspired.’
8. Go for brass bath taps for a contemporary look
'I find that I lean towards chrome and brushed brass when working on farmhouse bathroom ideas,' says Amala Raj Swenson of Amala Raj Interiors. 'Both these finishes add a nice “jewelry ” statement to the space.'
The space, crafted by The Residency Bureau, combines rustic and wooden elements with modern features such as the brass taps which creates a warm feel.
9. Go for natural wood cabinets
'For cabinetry, I love using natural wood tones,' says Amala Raj Swenson. 'I think many people stick with white but by incorporating more color, your space has an extra vibrancy to it.
'The wood tones also add to that perfect contemporary farmhouse feel without being too heavy of a look.'
10. Mix clean lines with natural textures
'When creating farmhouse bathroom ideas, mix clean lines with natural textures, high-contrast finishes, like dark bronze hardware and black grout on white tile,' says Bevan Talbott of Bevan & Co. 'Farmhouse bathrooms are all the creature comforts of home, a visible artist’s hand, mixed with the clean lines of modern furniture.'
11. Opt for dark tones for a rustic feel
'Textures, natural materials such as wooden panelling or exposed brick, and earthy tones exudes a farmhouse feel,' says Emma Joyce, brand manager at Fortune Brands.
'Darker tones including black, navy and burgundy help to build a cosy, farmhouse look in the bathroom.'
12. Consider adding a stock tank bathtub
In lieu of a shower, a claw tub or a stock tank are options that blend beautifully with modern farmhouse ideas. Laura Mooney, Owner and Head of Creative at The Mohicans Treehouse resort suggests choosing a white cast iron tub for a more classic approach, or go with a copper sitting tub or repurposed stock tank as alternatives for a bolder scheme.
13. Bring outdoor elements inside
‘Anytime you bring in a natural element like wood it bonds your spirit with the outdoors,’ says interior designer Channa Alvarez. ‘When I think of farmhouse bathroom ideas, I lean towards fun modern touches like a white crisp walls with country inspiration.’
Alvarez suggests starting by making everything somewhat monotone, then adding back your favorite pieces, keeping things simple and not cluttered. ‘It’s a cleaner look with tints of whimsy country touches.’
14. Add sliding barn doors
If you are combining farmhouse bedroom ideas with farmhouse bathroom ideas, it makes sense to separate the areas with a traditional door.
‘If you are gutting a room – as would be expected with a dated bathroom – one should be thoughtful with their choice of materials as to not disrupt the flow of the vintage aesthetic,’ shares Mooney. ‘Everybody wants a modern bathroom and there is a way of accomplishing this without compromising continuity – like using old barn doors as the main farmhouse feature.’
15. Don’t be afraid to mix modern and rustic
Mooney also suggests juxtaposing modern countertop materials by using elements like soap stone – which adds a natural, earthy ingredient – alongside more rustic woods for a modern farmhouse approach that isn’t overly kitschy.
16. Add warmth with linens
Consider adding warmth to the space by adding a textured linen – whether that’s a fabric shower curtain, a spectacular window treatment, or a vintage Turkish rug. According to Mooney, the added texture will bring a homey feel to the space.
17. Consider a farmhouse-inspired sink
‘We love to incorporate farmhouse-style sinks, which are a signature statement,’ says Erin Coren, Co-Founder of Curated Nest. Coren often opts for a brass apron sink or wooden fixture to really pop against more classic cabinets.
18. Go for minimal clutter
‘For me, farmhouse style really is about a lifestyle – cozy, comfortable, easy fabrics, light and airy,’ says interior designer Karen B. Wolf. ‘The idea is for the interior to reflect a welcoming attitude that is relaxed, friendly and uncluttered.’
To achieve this, particularly in a small or compromised space, you may need bathroom storage ideas made for purpose.
19. Skip shiplap
While it can be tempting to go for shiplap, according to Jill Valeri, owner of The Welcome Home: Interior Design Solutions, very few parts of the United States actually used shiplap in their early construction techniques. ‘Shiplap is simply not appropriate in every home,’ she says. ‘Instead, add the warmth of natural wood or outdoor-inspired wallpaper.’
20. Go for a natural color palette
You don’t have to stick to an all-white color palette to achieve the coveted light and airy farmhouse look – instead, Valeri suggests incorporating colors that relate to nature. ‘Greens, blues, and creamy whites will all work well,’ she says.
21. Repurpose existing items
‘One thing I always think about whenever I walk into a farmhouse-inspired space is that the decor feels lived-in, but still inspired and tasteful,' explains interior designer Beth Brown. 'Buying all new decor items will make it feel more like you walked into a showroom rather than a carefully designed country-inspired space.’
22. Mix and match furniture
Likewise, all new furniture will hardly achieve the desired rustic farmhouse aesthetic. If you absolutely must purchase all new furniture, Valeri suggests combining wooden, antique, and mismatching furniture for a collected feeling.
23. Consider reclaimed wall art
‘For wall decor, try a quilt, framed map or poem, or reclaimed wood shelves adorned with towels, and extra toilet paper,’ suggests interior designer Liz Walton. ‘An antique brass or wood mirror above the sink will help the space feel larger and more cozy.’
24. Go for aesthetically-pleasing storage
Michelle Harrison-McAllister, Founder of Michelle Harrison Design, suggests adding a vintage basket to store bath towels that are either rolled and tucked neatly or placed in a holding spot to be washed – this allows for a laissez-faire style that’s easy to maintain and actually looks good.
25. Opt for playful tile patterns
Bathroom tile ideas are a great way to add interest to a farmhouse bathroom.
‘What we are seeing a lot of for bathrooms is adding textures in new ways by mixing textures and colors in tile,’ shares Heather Fujikawa, Owner and Principal Designer of House Sprucing. ‘This offers an intentional farmhouse look that feels old and new all at the same time.’
26. Consider adding a surprising pop of wall color
‘I keep the base in farmhouse bathrooms very clean and white. By keeping it light, simple, and neutral, you can get away with a stronger palette wallpaper to add a pop of color,’ explains Angela Reynolds, Owner of Angela Reynolds Design.
What makes a farmhouse bathroom?
What makes a farmhouse bathroom can be architectural elements, fittings and – or – accessories. For architectural elements in a farmhouse bathroom, think wooden floors, stone or brick walls on show, wooden ceiling beams exposed or shiplap panelling on walls. For fittings, curvaceous, traditional-style faucets in aged brass or copper can create an atmospheric farmhouse bathroom style. Plus you can add farmhouse bathroom ideas such as traditional-style bath towels with trim or detailing that hints at the rustic, or even stone vases on display.
Thanks to The Expert for providing imagery for this feature.
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