How to give your bathroom the country cottage look
If you live in a cottage in the country, or simply like the country chic style, you might want to echo this throughout your property – even in the bathroom! A theme can create a real sense of cohesion at home, and the country cottage look is perfect for giving your household a relaxed, traditional ambience.
When it comes to extending the trend to your bathroom, you might be wondering how the look will work in the space – read on to find out.
Creating a rustic cottage-style bathroom means using the right colours, so opt for chalky whites and blues, or other pastel or muted shades, such as sage green or a pale yellow. In terms of the suite, white is best for achieving this look, while you might consider adding a wooden bath panel for a bit of texture.
Stick to a traditional style of bathroom suite with curved edges, and perhaps choose a freestanding roll-top bath to add a chic touch. Modern angular designs don’t fit well with the country cottage look, and you might want to forgo fancy contemporary features like push-button flushes in favour of a traditional ceramic lever.
In a rustic bathroom, you’ll need to avoid overly modern elements, such as highly-polished metal, so steer clear of shiny new stainless steel taps in favour of antique-style brass versions. Where you might have installed a chrome toilet roll holder or accessories, consider more traditional-looking features to better create cohesion in the space.
Wood is an element often found in country cottage bathrooms, so leave beams on show and think about adding a wooden panel above the dado rail to run throughout the room. Alternatively, you might choose to install wooden panelling on all the walls in the space, or leave the floorboards bare. If you add wooden features, you can paint these white or even give them a distressed finish for a shabby chic look.
When accessorising the space, think about adding elements that will match the colour scheme and help create a cohesive appearance. The older items look, the better they will blend in to a country cottage-style bathroom design, which is essentially worn but pretty and user-friendly.
Wicker baskets are commonplace in rustic bathrooms, or you might decide to add wire caddies painted white or cream to further extend the trend. Items that are simple yet attractive are ideal for this sort of bathroom, along with wooden features, so if you’re thinking of hanging a picture in the space you could choose a driftwood frame or add a faded wooden storage unit for keeping towels or toiletries in.
The finishing touches
A rustic bathroom should be simple yet appealing, so add some finishing touches that will really cement the look. A wooden unfinished-looking blind is on-trend, while little features like some tea lights by the bath or a sprig of fresh lavender tied with a gingham ribbon and hung near the window can create a soothing, relaxed atmosphere.
Choose towels in complementary colours like off-white or stone, and make sure they’re not too plush – perhaps opt for flannel cotton rather than the traditional pile – to continue the worn theme, and add an old ceramic or brass jug on the window sill complete with fresh wildflowers to finish off the look.