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Rustic bathroom design: ideas, vanities, decor and lighting

Rustic bathroom design: ideas, vanities, decor and lighting

Rustic bathrooms are perfect for people who want to give their bathroom a rough, homely feel.

A rustic bathroom can look eclectic and inappropriate.

The rustic bathroom decor offers a lot of freedom.

It’s a great opportunity to personalize the room. It will never look like something from a showroom or magazine, rather it will be a strange look that suits you personally.

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That is, where do I start? Such an eclectic style has its own unique tendencies and elements. Here are some great rustic bathroom ideas to help you out.

simplicity

One of the most important features of a modern rustic bathroom is simplicity. It’s not a fancy look. There aren’t a lot of clean lines and smooth textures.

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Lightly loaded materials look very good in this style. It’s a raw, very authentic look that can reflect the personality of the home’s owners while remaining very charming.

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Part of that simplicity is that the rustic bathroom decor is often reminiscent of nature. Natural materials are used liberally, as are interesting and pleasant textures. You want an overall organic look.

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When choosing your rustic bathroom decorations, make sure that they add an organic touch. The overall effect should be a calming style, the kind of place where you want to start and end your day.

Colours

According to the natural feel you are looking for, try to stick to very natural colors. Try sage or hunter green, berry red, naturalistic brown and rocky gray. Matt surfaces are preferable to glossy ones.

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Rustic bathrooms often appear very complex and create a cozy and relaxing space. Lighter wall colors make the room appear larger.

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Darker colors should be used in your rustic bathroom accessories to add a sense of depth to the room. Use bright colors to add a bit of life and add the finishing touches to the naturalistic feel. Try not to use busy patterns, neither modern nor retro.

Rustic bathroom lighting

Look for lights that are made of wrought iron or that have a natural feel with their overall shape. None of your rustic bathroom lighting should be too ornate or bright.

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Antler chandeliers can work very well if you have the ceiling height to hand them over. The light should be relaxing. Take into account the placement of all your lighting to bring enough light over the vanity and make the room appear larger.

A mission-style lamp with a mica shade can be placed on an accent table for a nice, comfortable, soothing glow.

Rustic bathroom cabinets

Natural wood is the key to rustic bathroom cabinets. They should have an old fashioned look. If you want painted cabinets, see if you can weigh them down to show off the wood’s natural grain and soften its colors a little.

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Your cabinets should look used and usable. Reclaimed wood is a great choice if you can find it. They have a charming, homely effect.

As always, when buying cabinets, make sure you are getting quality cabinets that will withstand not only use but also the humid environment created by a frequent shower.

Rustic bathroom mirror

Similar to the cabinets, your rustic bathroom mirror frame should be naturalistic. Natural, distressed wood is usually the best choice, but you can mix it up by choosing a muted brass or wrought iron frame instead.

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Natural stone can also look very beautiful and cement the natural and calming feel of the bathroom. Avoid getting something too ornate, modern, or bright.

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A polished feel is the opposite of what you want, and the mirror itself is very bright. There are many interesting natural looking rustic bathroom mirrors to choose from if you are looking for a smaller mirror.

Wooden frames are the most common, but you can also find metal frames that look like branches and other natural elements.

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Rustic sinks, tubs, and vanities

A rustic sink should look old-fashioned. If you can find reclaimed parts for your sink and bathtub, that’s great! They bring a pleasant bespoke touch. Country sinks look very good in a rustic bathroom.

When you’re ready to pay for it, natural stone will feel like your bathroom was either carved out of stone or assembled from found stone.

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For your rustic bathroom faucets and other faucets, check to see if you can get worn and muted faucets. Avoid bright chrome or brass as this will disrupt the calm tone of the room.

Antique looking faucets are pretty easy to find and an excellent choice for your rustic bathroom faucets. As always, make sure they work well.

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Rustic bathroom accessories

The accessories are where they can get really versatile. Antiques are always a nice addition, both as a rustic bathroom wall decoration and as a table or countertop. Interesting rocks or other forest finds like antlers can also look very nice. Wicker baskets are perfect storage containers.

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Mason jars full of wildflowers give a feeling of spring and freshness. Scented candles are a great way not only to emphasize the room, but also to change it with the seasons. If you have space, feel free to add a wooden bench.

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Your bedding should be sensual and comfortable. Soft, fluffy bathrobes and towels make the room cozy. Rustic shower curtains in the bathroom are often simple and lack busy patterns. They can feature subtle pine cones or other forest animals. Many people coordinate their colors with the towels.

Rustic bathroom floors

Wood floors are ideal for a rustic bathroom. If you want or need to use tile instead, it should appear like something from a lodge or farmhouse in muted colors. For your carpets and bath mats, use Native American or wild animal patterns in colors that complement the entire room.

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Conclusion

A rustic bathroom is a great addition to your home. It adds an earthy, calming touch to your home. Both residents and guests find it a pleasant place to start and end a long day.