Bathroom Remodeling | Inspiring Country Bathrooms
Bathroom Remodeling | French Country. English Country. Vintage. Rustic. Farmhouse. Country Western. When it comes to decorating, these all define a particular country style. But even though characterizing country can be a subjective exercise, there are common threads that run throughout. Country decorating is about comfort and a simpler way of life. Sometimes it’s expressed with vintage or distressed accents, other times feminine florals are used to create a more romantic country feel. And sometimes, country comfort comes in a modern, elegant dress. So where to start? Because of their relatively small footprint, bathrooms are a great place to let your country style run free, even if you live in the big city. Here are ten ideas to inspire your countryside “art de vivre”.
Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of “lovingly used” furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair for toweling off; a distressed side table to house a pitcher of wildflowers. Perhaps even a rustic wooden medicine cabinet found in a thrift shop. To tie it all together, use neutral shades for the walls, floors and towels.
Grand and Graceful
Decidedly country but expressly elegant: you can have both. A wide open space lends to a feeling of grandeur, complete with a custom French blue clawfoot tub and chandelier. Matching pristine white sinks and stately framed mirrors add to the luxury of this country bathroom.
If Walls Could Talk
As if the clawfoot tub and decoratively placed apothecary bottles didn’t already say French country, the bold and beautiful wallpaper certainly does the trick. And since the walls make such a statement, you can keep the rest of the decor more streamlined.
Nothing says country cottage like blue beadboard wainscoting and a checkered floor. This charming style makes it easy to add in lots of personal expression, like these whimsical painted letters and flowery artwork on the ledge. An especially nice touch is the matching beadboard around the tub.
From Farm to Bath
This farmhouse vanity is the statement piece of the room. A rich, warm stain and antique bronze pulls help make this highly functional piece undeniably inviting. If you have some plumbing skills and a DIY spirit, this is a perfect project for turning an old dresser into a treasured new vanity.
Draw the Curtain
If the honed marble floor and upholstered settee get you most of the way there, this dramatically curtained clawfoot bathtub certainly seals the deal. Get this high-style country look with saturated paint hues, shiny decorative accents and luxurious fabrics.
If rustic, down home design speaks to you, you’ll love this kind of country decor. Natural woodis the star of the show, creating a relaxed space and lots of visual interest. If you want to adorn the walls, consider traditional farming or ranching elements—or even a vintage rodeo poster.
This oversized mirror brings French country style to this bathroom, in a big way. Its reflection opens the space and highlights the room’s pristine design elements. A padded chair, white towels and vase of fresh tulips all contribute to this lovely scene—and as for bath time, might that glass jar be holding exquisite soaps from Provence?
This eclectic kind of country mixes styles and patterns for a lively result. Found objects such as an antique pitcher, distressed window shutters, or the tile mosaic that decorates the walk-in shower, are inexpensive ways to create a memorable space, even in the bath.
Wall to Wall White
From ceiling to floor and every place in between, shades of white create a classic country look that feels just right for the bath. Marrying different textures and materials—like painted beadboard and whitewashed floors—will help you achieve a look of layered luxury. Throw rugs and other accents with subtle splashes of color keep the room as a whole in balance. – Bob Vila