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Are you designing a rustic bathroom and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Primary Bathroom designed by Grace Worden
Primary BathroomDesigned by Grace Worden
Bathroom (copy 2) designed by Ashley Colunga
Bathroom (copy 2)Designed by Ashley Colunga
HALF BATH designed by Upstate Down
HALF BATHDesigned by Upstate Down
Moodboard designed by Mary Siems
MoodboardDesigned by Mary Siems
Farmhouse designed by Shanta Michelle
FarmhouseDesigned by Shanta Michelle
Mood board designed by Christi Twaddell
Mood boardDesigned by Christi Twaddell
Primary Bed designed by Summer Sackett
Primary BedDesigned by Summer Sackett
Powder and Guest Bath designed by Summer Sackett
Powder and Guest BathDesigned by Summer Sackett
Powder Room Board designed by Jaiya Cosgrove
Powder Room BoardDesigned by Jaiya Cosgrove
PRIMARY BATHROOM designed by Upstate Down
PRIMARY BATHROOMDesigned by Upstate Down
Powder Room Vanity: Mockup designed by Kate Lynn Nemett
Powder Room Vanity: MockupDesigned by Kate Lynn Nemett
Untitled designed by Kelly Wellman
UntitledDesigned by Kelly Wellman
Mockup designed by Cheryl Martin
MockupDesigned by Cheryl Martin
Master Bathroom designed by Rhianne Vengel
Master BathroomDesigned by Rhianne Vengel
Bathroom Mood Board designed by Hannah McKernan
Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Hannah McKernan
Bathroom 2 designed by Molly Bowen
Bathroom 2Designed by Molly Bowen
Bathroom 3 designed by Molly Bowen
Bathroom 3Designed by Molly Bowen
Master Bathroom designed by Molly Bowen
Master BathroomDesigned by Molly Bowen
Half Bathroom Mood Board designed by Lindsay Fallico
Half Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Lindsay Fallico
Primary Bathroom Mood Board designed by Kelley Colton
Primary Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Kelley Colton
Powder Bath designed by Molly Bowen
Powder BathDesigned by Molly Bowen
Guest Bathroom Mood Board designed by Michelle Greenhut
Guest Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Michelle Greenhut
EnSuite Vanity Wall designed by Cassie Chechile
EnSuite Vanity WallDesigned by Cassie Chechile
Primary Bathroom Mood Board designed by Claire Brody
Primary Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by Claire Brody

Design tips for decorating a rustic style bathroom

Here’s how to achieve the rustic aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a rustic bathroom?

On one hand, bathrooms are undeniably practical spaces. They serve a very specific purpose and are often the smallest rooms in any home. On the other hand, bathrooms also double as havens for cleansing and self-care, an intimate escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Small room, big personality.

Designing a rustic bathroom that's both functional and stylish involves combining practicality with aesthetic appeal. Whether you're in the process of a bathroom remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design**:

  • Tile: Tile is typically the first choice you’ll want to make when designing a bathroom. You may opt to tile the entire bathroom or just the floors in a powder room or backsplash for the shower or bathtub area. Select tiles that are durable, non-slip, and easy to clean. Tiles range in all different shapes, sizes, materials, and layouts. From penny rounds to large format floor tiles, zellige to subway tile, or checkerboard to herringbone, your choice of tile will set the tone for the whole bathroom. And don’t forget the grout! Your choice of grout color can completely change the way your tile looks in the space.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: If you don’t choose to tile your walls, you’ll want to select a paint or wallpaper that can withstand moisture and humidity. Vinyl wallpaper is best for this application. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Bathroom Vanity: The bathroom vanity should balance the rustic style with functionality, offering adequate storage and countertop space. The vanity provides place to wash hands or brush teeth, and storage for toiletries and personal care items. It’s common for modern bathrooms to include a vanity with a double sink. Sink options include under-mount, vessel, and pedestal sinks and range in materials from porcelain, stone, or glass.
  • Mirror or Medicine Cabinet: Choose a mirror or medicine cabinet that complements the vanity in size and style. Consider a framed mirror that matches the bathroom’s rustic design style, or a frameless mirror for a sleek, more modern look.
  • Toilet & Sink: The modern standard for toilets and sinks is white porcelain. But if you really want to make a statement, consider going with a color! Colored fixtures are having a comeback moment or you can source a vintage option.
  • Shower or Bathtub (for full baths): Depending on the size and layout of the bathroom, you may opt for a shower or bathtub (or a bathtub with shower combination). A shower will consist of a showerhead, faucet controls, and a shower enclosure (shower curtain or glass door), while a bathtub provides a space for soaking and relaxation. If you have the space, you may opt for a separate shower and a freestanding clawfoot tub.
  • Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood. Sconces are popular options for vanity areas.
  • Faucets: Faucets are an opportunity to add a decorative touch. Select finishes that match other metal elements in the bathroom, such as cabinet hardware or lighting fixtures. Consider water-saving models for environmental sustainability.
  • Rustic Bathroom Decor: From bath mats and shower curtains to soap dishes, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, bath accessories should be both functional and decorative. Coordinate the color and pattern with the overall color scheme and rustic style to bring your design vision to life.

If you are looking for more inspiration or need an extra hand with your bathroom design, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Bathroom.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a rustic bathroom design?

Rustic interior design embodies the rugged beauty of nature, highlighting raw, unrefined textures and a palette inspired by the earth's organic tones. It celebrates the authenticity of natural materials, such as exposed wooden beams, wide-plank flooring, and stone accents, creating a cozy atmosphere that connects the indoors with the outdoor world.

The rustic style aesthetic is cozy and unrefined, creating welcoming spaces that celebrate simplicity and the art of repurposing. Rustic design tends to embrace a more neutral color scheme. Rustic color palettes can be either light or dark.

When decorating a rustic bathroom interior, select handcrafted or reclaimed furniture and vintage decor that showcases natural imperfections (read: patina) and tells a story of heritage and craftsmanship. The key is to choose items that reflect the natural world's imperfections. Common decor elements include barn doors, shiplap paneling, apron-front sinks, and vintage accessories (think: mason jars, woven baskets, wood cutting boards, or ceramic mixing bowls). Comfortable, overstuffed furniture with durable fabrics, such as cotton and linen, invites relaxation, while galvanized metal and distressed or reclaimed wood adds to the rustic farm aesthetic.

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