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 needs a little extra coziness than the bathroom? Below, we’ve rounded up 30 of our favorite rustic bathroom ideas to help you achieve 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 wooden walls? One of the defining features 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. Mismatched textures are another key ingredient to nailing the look. Unusual combinations have a way of coming together to create an aesthetic that is raw and refined at the same time. And don’t forget about outdated hardware and antique fixtures! Anything that appears to have been around for a while will add to that rustic feel.
One of the best things about rustic bathroom decor is that it can be easily customized to suit your taste. So whether you want just a touch of style or to go full country, you’ll have no trouble finding rustic bathroom design ideas that speak to you. And since rustic overlaps with many other interior trends, such as country, farmhouse and cottage, it is unlikely to ever go out of style. So what better choice 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 fan, there are many ideas to bring the aesthetic into your own space. And for those who appreciate a more subtle approach to the style, we’ve included some modern bathrooms with rustic elements that strike the perfect balance between country and contemporary. Ready to be inspired? Let’s see!
Many people opt for tiles because they are easy to clean and maintain, but if you want an authentic rustic design, we suggest using wooden flooring. Not only will this give the room a more natural feel, but it will also make it so much cozier.
For that unmistakable rustic vibe, you need a sink dress. No really. These curly numbers were once a staple in country bathrooms, and they’re making a big comeback. If you can’t find one you like (or if you’re feeling crafty), you can always make your own.
Sometimes all you need to get a rustic look is to add some vintage-inspired accessories. This shabby chic bathroom from @francuska_sielanka features an old fashioned washboard and a milk tin vase for flowers. Instant old world charm!
Nothing spells 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 are also functional and save you valuable space in a small bathroom. Talk about a two-for-one!
Weathered wooden boards
Reclaimed wood always has a place in a rustic bathroom. Kate from @myoldpub house covered her bathroom walls with rough-hewn boards. She then contrasted the natural wood with crisp white paneling for a look that is both rustic and modern.
There is something oh so rustic about copper sinks. They add instant warmth to the space and age beautifully over time. Although they can be a bit of an investment, they are definitely worth it! Try pairing one with a weathered vanity for added rustic appeal.
Towel holder for leather
A rustic bathroom idea that is both stylish and functional? An easy way to hang towels! Throw in a woven basket for extra toiletries, and you’ll never run out of storage again. Double duty for the win!
Sufficient Natural Light
While earth tones and wood accents are key to creating a rustic bathroom, they can make the space feel a little 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_cottageyou will be in for a real treat.
If you have a modern bathroom but want a rustic touch, try adding a wooden vanity. This piece from @eaglenestfarmhouse is a good example of how to do it right. Dark wood tones look good against the white base, and the sleek lines keep things feeling fresh.
Rustic bathrooms thrive on cozy details like curtain tiers, fluffy 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 added comfort, hang a fluffy robe on a hook by the door.
Wooden 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 hit all the right notes. The aged glass and intricate carvings give it an antique feel. For an extra rustic touch, try adding a wreath to the frame.
claw foot bath
There’s nothing like a freestanding clawfoot tub to steal the spotlight in a rustic bathroom. These baths spell luxury and relaxation, and they’re perfect for a long week after a long day. If you have the space and the budget, we say go for it!
Wooden bath chair
Bath stools are to old tubs what bath mats are to shower stalls—a must-have! They drip with rustic comfort and offer extra surface space for your hot tub essentials like a vintage bath brush or a copy of your favorite book.
The rustic style celebrates distressed finish so go crazy with it! Weathered wood, chipped paint, and time-worn details will give your bathroom a sense of history. All you need to achieve this look is a little elbow grease (and maybe a few trips to antique stores).
Just look at this copper framed vanity from @stephgowla! It looks like it was plucked straight from a Victorian cottage. Combined with the old-fashioned faucets and against the beadboard wall, the entire space drips with country elegance.
Rustic decor relies on natural and organic additions, such as potted greens. Case in point: this log cabin bathroom from @settlenorfolk. It’s filled with plants, and we love how they complement its woody 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 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? Do not worry. You can create one using faux stone veneer.
Framed Wall Art
Bathroom wall decor ideas deserve their own post, but we’ll just say this: a rustic bathroom isn’t 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 look. In addition, it is 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 classy option that doesn’t overwhelm the space. Search antique stores or flea markets for a similar piece, or try building one yourself!
As we mentioned before, rustic bathroom decor is all about organic and natural elements. What better way to achieve this than with some fresh flowers? These colorful flowers from @prettylittleedwardian add the perfect pop of color and bring in the outdoors.
Lace shower curtain
Swap your plastic shower curtain for a fabric one for an instant rustic upgrade. This lacy number from @bathtubs_and_buttercups bring 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!
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.
The rustic bathroom design should coordinate and not match. Pull in different textures and materials to create a cosy, lived-in space. This bathroom from @field_view_cottage features a mix of stone, wood and metal to great effect, proving rustic is anything but boring.
Whether it’s some wainscoting or full-wall paneling, beadboard screams country chic. This look from @rohallatorpet features gray-blue beadboard walls and a cast iron tub, which come together to create the perfect rustic retreat.
Exposed wooden beams
If you’re lucky enough to have exposed beams in your bathroom, make the most of them! They will add an architectural element to the space and exude rustic charm. You can leave them plain, like Danielle from @ahomefitforkings have them done or painted for extra character.
This cozy bathroom from @smallvictoriesdesign is the epitome of cabin chic, and it’s surprisingly easy to achieve. Just strip your walls to the bare minimum and let the natural beauty shine through underneath. Stone, brick and wood are all good materials for this look.
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!
Looking for modern rustic bathroom ideas? This space from @huckleberries_lake_cottage oozes modern elegance, yet maintains the rustic theme with the freestanding tub and vibrant tub seat—an ideal look for anyone who wants the best of both worlds.
Over to you!
From wooden cabinets to barn doors, there are countless ways to add a rustic flair to your bathroom. So whether you’re planning a complete renovation or just a few small adjustments, feel free to use these ideas as inspiration. And if rustic wall art is what you’re looking for, check out 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!