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Rustic Bathroom Ideas

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By on Aug 12, 2018
Rustic Bathroom Ideas

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Are you looking for a new look in your bathroom? Choosing a new décor theme can be just what you need to dress up your bathroom. A trendy way to do so is with rustic décor. Often, these items are budget-friendly and can give any area of your home just the charm you’re looking for.

Incorporating natural elements and old, vintage items are a few ways you can get the look in your bathroom. Here are a few rustic bathroom ideas you can use.

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Rustic Bathroom Decor Ideas

Rustic Bathroom Décor Ideas

When you think of rustic décor, you may think farmhouse style as well. But the truth is, while they can work together, they are a little different.

“I believe rustic décor consists of natural and weathered materials,” Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc., said. "When I think of rustic, the first thing that pops in my head is knotty wood. I also think barn wood, metal whitewash, and patina.”

Incorporating these materials might be tricky in some bathrooms, but it can be done. Hoefler warns that you must have water-resistant materials if decorating with a rustic style.

“One recommendation I have for rustic décor is making sure what you’re using will hold up to water and the products typically found in the bathroom,” she said. “A lot of rustic décor can be unsealed which doesn’t mix well with water and can end up causing damage. The other thing to watch out for: if using refurbished materials, be cautious of lead paint and other hazardous materials.”

Here are a few areas you can focus on to create the rustic bathroom of your dreams:

  • Bathroom Lighting
  • Metal Bathroom Accents
  • Bathroom Features
  • Bathroom Flooring
  • Bathroom Wall Decor

1. Rustic Bathroom Lighting Ideas

When it comes to the bathroom, lighting is so important. However, your standard light fixture may not fit what you’re exactly looking for in the bathroom. Stick to scones with glass or metal features. This will not only help draw the eye to the rustic detail, but also easily illuminate the room.

Rustic Metal Accents

2. Rustic Metal Accent Ideas

Although you’ll likely incorporate some sort of wooden décor items into your bathroom, it’s a good idea to stick with metal accent pieces. This will help you get the look you want without having to worry about how moisture will impact your pieces.

“Metals are a great choice for rustic materials in the bathroom because they will resist water better than wood,” Hoefler said. “Any products that happen to come in contact with water will only enhance the weathered, rustic look. A great use would be in your hardware such as pipes for towel bars. Mason jars are always an easy way to incorporate a rustic flair in the bathroom and can be used to hold cotton balls, Q-tips or toothbrushes.”

Rustic Bathroom Fixtures

3. Rustic Bathroom Fixture Ideas

If you’re looking for a small upgrade that can make a difference in your rustic bathroom décor, changing out your sink or bathtub fixtures is a place you’ll want to invest. It’s a small detail that can make a big difference.

“Plumbing fixtures are an easy way to incorporate a rustic look,” Hoefler said. “Plumbing manufacturers have fixtures that fit a rustic aesthetic like ones that use cross handles instead of levers for a farmhouse feel.”

Keep in mind, the average cost to replace a faucet is $235, with most homeowners spending between $174 and $250.

4. Rustic Bathroom Flooring Ideas

For those looking to make a major change in their bathroom, start by changing your flooring. One look I really like is laminate that’s designed to look like wooden planks. There are styles that are waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about water damage affecting your flooring. The average cost to install laminate flooring is $2,486, with most homeowners spending between $1574 and $2,754. However, this price can vary based on the size of your bathroom.

Rustic Bathroom Flooring Ideas

5. Rustic Bathroom Wall Décor

Your rustic bathroom wall décor can range from items like towel hooks to framed prints. Often, rustic décor incorporates repurposed or vintage products. But, you’ll want to stick to only a few materials, so it doesn’t get cluttered.

“The best way to approach using rustic décor is to keep things simple and not clutter the space with too many different finishes and materials, Hoefler said. “Rustic décor can start to look really busy if using a lot of it because of all the weathered finishes. Keep your color palette cohesive and stick to either warm or cool metals without mixing too much.”

When it comes to wall décor, it’s easy to upcycle old items and turn it into a fun DIY project. I love the idea of mixing different materials to come up with a piece unique to your bathroom. Here’s a great tutorial from Pinspired To DIY on how you can make your own rustic bathroom wall art.


Your bathroom, regardless of size, has the potential to be the most stylish room in the house. Try a few or these rustic bathroom decorating ideas and see how your bathroom transforms into something chic!

Looking for more bathroom decorating ideas? Read Vintage Décor Ideas For Your Bathroom.

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