30 Rustic Bathroom Ideas for a Cozy Escape

September 2, 2022 by Martyna Stachowiak in Home Decor

There are countless bathroom design trends, each vying to be used as inspiration for your next decorating project. But the one that has never gone out of style is rustic. This organic, grounded aesthetic has a unique way of making any space feel warm and inviting, and what room is more in need of some extra coziness than the bathroom? Below, we’ve rounded up 30 of our favorite rustic bathroom ideas to help you pull off this timeless look in your own home.

How Can I Make My Bathroom Look Rustic?

So what makes a bathroom rustic? Is it the barn doors or the vintage mirrors? Or maybe it’s the clawfoot tubs and the wood walls? One of the defining characteristics of a rustic bathroom is the use of natural materials. This can be as simple as using reclaimed wood for your cabinetry or as dramatic as installing a stone accent wall. Mismatching textures is another key ingredient in nailing the look. Unusual combinations have a way of coming together to create an aesthetic that is simultaneously raw and refined. And don’t forget about aged hardware and antique fixtures! Anything that appears to have been around for a while will help contribute to that rustic feel.

One of the best things about rustic bathroom decor is that it can be easily customized to fit your taste. So whether you want just a touch of the style or to go full country manor, you’ll have no trouble finding rustic bathroom design ideas that speak to you. And since rustic overlaps with many other interior trends, like country, farmhouse, and cottagecore, it’s unlikely to ever go out of fashion. What better choice, then, for your next bathroom makeover?

30 Rustic Bathroom Ideas to Get You Inspired

If you’re still not convinced, here are 30 examples of rustic bathrooms done right. For the rustic devotee, there are plenty of ideas to bring the aesthetic into your own space. And for those who appreciate a more subtle take on the style, we’ve included some modern bathrooms with rustic elements that strike the perfect balance between country and contemporary. Ready to get inspired? Let’s take a look!

Hardwood Floor

Many people opt for tile because it’s easy to clean and maintain, but if you’re going for an authentic rustic design, we suggest using wood flooring. Not only will it give the room a more natural feel, but it will also make it that much cozier.

Sink Skirt

For that unmistakable rustic vibe, you need a sink skirt. No, really. These frilly little numbers were once a staple in country bathrooms, and they’re making a comeback in a big way. If you can’t find one you like (or if you’re feeling crafty), you can always make your own.

Vintage Accessories

Sometimes, all you need to achieve a rustic look is to add a few vintage-inspired accessories. This shabby chic bathroom from @francuska_sielanka features an old-fashioned washboard and a milk can vase for flowers. Instant old-world charm!

Sliding Barn Door

Nothing spells out rustic more than a traditional barn door. You can give it a modern twist by putting it on a sliding rail instead of a standard hinge. Barn doors not only look great, but they’re also functional, saving you valuable space in a small bathroom. Talk about a two-for-one!

Weathered Wood Planks

Reclaimed wood always has a place in a rustic bathroom. Kate from @myoldpub house covered her bathroom walls in rough-hewn planks. She then contrasted the natural wood with crisp white wainscoting for a look that’s both rustic and modern.

Copper Sink

There’s something oh so rustic about copper sinks. They add instant warmth to the space and age beautifully over time. While they can be a bit of an investment, they’re definitely worth it! Try pairing one with a weathered vanity for some extra rustic appeal.

Ladder Towel Holder

A rustic bathroom idea that’s both stylish and functional? A distressed ladder for hanging hand towels! Throw in a woven basket for extra toiletries, and you’ll never run out of storage space again. Double duty for the win!

Ample Natural Light

While earthy colors and wood accents are key for creating a rustic bathroom, they can make the space feel a bit too heavy. To offset this, bring in as much sunlight as you can. And if the view from your window is anything like this one from @wallflower_cottage, you’ll be in for a real treat.

Wooden Vanity

If you have a modern bathroom but want a rustic touch, try adding a wooden vanity. This piece from @eaglenestfarmhouse is a fine example of how to do it right. Dark wood tones look great against the white base, and the sleek lines keep things feeling fresh.

Soft Furnishings

Rustic bathrooms thrive on cozy details like curtain tiers, plush towels, and bath rugs. These items bring warmth and texture to the space, making it feel more like a home than a cold, sterile room. For extra comfort, hang a fluffy robe on a hook by the door.

Wood Framed Mirror

If there’s one item that can make or break a rustic bathroom, it’s the mirror, and this wood-framed beauty from @thorn_cove_abode hits all the right notes. The distressed glass and intricate carving give it an antique feel. For an extra rustic touch, try adding a wreath to the frame.

Clawfoot Bath Tub

There’s nothing like a freestanding clawfoot tub to steal the spotlight in a rustic bathroom. These tubs spell luxury and relaxation, and they’re perfect for a long soak after a long day. If you have the space and the budget, we say go for it!

Wooden Bath Stool

Bath stools are to old tubs what bathmats are to shower stalls—a must-have! They drip with rustic comfort and provide extra surface space for your bubble bath necessities like a vintage bath brush or a copy of your favorite book.

Distressed Items

The rustic style celebrates distressed finish so go crazy with it! Weathered wood, chipped paint, and timeworn details will give your bathroom a sense of history. All you need to achieve this look is a little bit of elbow grease (and maybe a few trips to antique stores).

Country Washstand

Just look at this brass frame washstand from @stephgowla! It seems like it’s been plucked straight from a Victorian cottage. Paired with the old-fashioned faucets and set against the beadboard wall, the entire space is dripping with country elegance.

Plenty of Plants

Rustic decor relies on natural and organic additions, such as potted greenery. Case in point: this log-cabin bathroom from @settlenorfolk. It’s filled with plants, and we love how they complement its woodsy interior. Rustic spa vibes, anyone?

Farmhouse Wall Sign

Rustic comes in many flavors, but one of our favorites is the rustic farmhouse look. This bathroom from @motherthyme has all the fixings of a country-style space, including a wall sign that says “Wash Your Hands.” A subtle way to inject some rustic flair and remind everyone to stay clean.

Stone Accent Wall

Exposed brick or stone walls are a common sight in rustic bathrooms. They add texture and visual interest to the space, giving it an authentic cabin feel. Don’t have an existing stone wall? Don’t worry. You can create one using faux stone veneers.

Framed Wall Art

Bathroom wall decor ideas deserve their own post, but we’ll just say this: a rustic bathroom is not complete without some framed prints. It can be anything from a thrift store painting to an antique map. A single piece or a gallery wall—it’s up to you!

White Shiplap Wall

A great alternative to tile, shiplap is perfect for a rustic bathroom. It gives the space an instant dose of country charm and can be painted white or distressed for an even more worn-in look. Plus, it’s easy to install and relatively inexpensive. Now that’s our kind of project!

Rustic Wall Cabinet

A rustic wall cabinet can help you add storage to your bathroom without sacrificing style. This one from @lakefrontfarmhouse is a dainty option that doesn’t overwhelm the space. Scour antique stores or flea markets for a similar piece, or try your hand at building one yourself!

Colorful Blooms

As we mentioned before, rustic bathroom decor is all about organic and natural elements. What better way to achieve that than with some fresh flowers? These colorful blooms from @prettylittleedwardian add the perfect pop of color and bring the outdoors in.

Lace Shower Curtain

Swap out your plastic shower curtain for a fabric one for an instant rustic upgrade. This lacy number from @bathtubs_and_buttercups brings a romantic feel to the space, but if lace isn’t your thing, you can always go for linen or burlap. Anything with texture will do the trick!

Brass Accents

Unlike chrome or stainless steel, brass has a warm, antique quality that fits right in with rustic bathroom decor. This metal can be used in everything from towel racks and faucets to doorknobs and drawer pulls.

Mismatched Materials

The rustic bathroom design should be coordinated and not matched. Pull in different textures and materials to create a cozy, lived-in space. This bathroom from @field_view_cottage features a mix of stone, wood, and metal to a great effect, proving rustic is anything but boring.

Beadboard Paneling

Whether a little wainscoting or full-wall paneling, beadboard screams country chic. This look from @rohallatorpet features grey-blue beadboard walls and a cast iron tub, which come together to create the perfect rustic retreat.

Exposed Wood Beams

If you’re lucky enough to have exposed beams in your bathroom, make the most of them! They’ll add an architectural element to the space and ooze rustic charm. You can leave them bare, like Danielle from @ahomefitforkings did or paint them for extra character.

Stripped-Down Walls

This cozy bathroom from @smallvictoriesdesign is the epitome of cabin chic, and it’s surprisingly easy to achieve. Just strip your walls down to the bare minimum and let the natural beauty beneath shine through. Stone, brick, and wood are all great materials for this look.

Patterned Wallpaper

If Victorian cottage style is more your speed, try using wallpaper to create a rustic look. This lovely bathroom space from @melanielissackinteriors features a busy pattern that really pops against the green wainscoting. We can’t take our eyes off it!

Modern Twist

Looking for modern rustic bathroom ideas? This space from @huckleberries_lake_cottage exudes modern elegance yet keeps the rustic theme with the free-standing tub and live-edge bath stool—an ideal look for anyone who wants the best of both worlds.

Over to You!

From wood cabinets to barn doors, there are countless ways to infuse some rustic flair into your bathroom. So whether you’re planning a complete overhaul or just a few minor tweaks, feel free to use these ideas as inspiration. And if rustic wall art is what you’re after, be sure to check Displate’s selection of rustic-themed posters, including cottagecore, botanical, and nature-inspired designs.

Do you have any rustic bathroom ideas that we missed? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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