How To Create a Beautifully Rustic Bathroom

A rustic bathroom will feel warm, comfortable and nostalgic and is guaranteed to make anyone feel at home. If you love vintage or shabby chic interior design a beautiful rustic bathroom may be the perfect scheme for you. Rustic interior trends can be easily brought into your bathroom at home and the good news is that it doesn’t have to cost the earth. There’s no need to do a complete bathroom refit, simply add in some vintage accessories, storage and towels for a understated rustic effect.



Pop along to your local second hand or vintage shops and you will probably find a huge amount of vintage pieces to use in your bathroom. Old enamel jugs and mugs are perfect storage solutions for many common bathroom products like hair brushes, cotton pads and combs. If you love sparkle why not add in some vintage crystal glassware and a carafe? The carafe can be used as a beautiful vase for flowers whilst cut crystal glasses can store smaller bathroom items you need to keep handy like hair ties and tweezers.


Storage is where you can have a lots of fun with a rustic bathroom as there are plenty of inexpensive options that lend themselves beautifully to a vintage style home. One of our favourite rustic storage options is to use vintage wooden crates. By mounting a few crates onto a wall you have instantly created some shabby chic shelving which will look beautiful when adorned with your vintage accessories and beauty products. Another way to use wooden crates is to simply stack them on top of each other creating a simple storage unit that can be completely personalised to the size of your bathroom. If you have a smaller bathroom you can place a few crates underneath the sink or place the narrow side of a crate onto the floor and build up to create a streamlined and thin open cabinet.

If you pay a visit to your local reclamation yard you may be able to find many building materials that are perfect for rustic bathrooms. Reclaimed wooden boards make a wonderful countertop for a rustic scheme. If you prefer something a little more industrial you could use galvanised metal or brass sheeting for your counter to create a slightly more masculine scheme.

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Soft furnishings

It’s important not to forget about the soft textiles for your rustic bathroom scheme, now is your chance to bring in some beautiful soft pastels and pretty pattern. Layering multiple patterns will create a warm atmosphere, choose towels that have soft pastel tones in different shades and layer them in your bathroom for a soft and pretty look. If pattern is more your thing opt for stripes, polkadots or florals for a shabby chic look, you could even have one main towel in a beautiful pattern with the other smaller tiles and facecloths completely plain.

For your blinds and curtains you could either opt for a very neutral roller blind or roman blinds or go for a soft and drapey set of curtains, the choice is completely up to you. For a romantic look you could choose either a slubby linen fabric or a beautiful silk depending on your style.

For more inspiration to help you create your perfect rustic bathroom why not take a look at our Rustic Bathrooms Pinterest board?

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