Country style bathrooms combine natural materials and classic patterns for a warm, homely look that’s ideal for modern homes. Whether you want to work a few rural accents into your existing bathroom or completely restyle your space, it’s easy to select your favourite elements and create a beautiful haven you’ll love to relax in.
Start by thinking about how to decorate your space. Traditional tongue-and-groove wood panelling immediately creates a cosy cottage feel. When it comes to wall colour, opt for heritage shades of powder blue, duck egg, muted greens and warm neutrals. Patterned wallpapers can add to the rural appeal – think Arts and Crafts florals or quintessential country stripes and checks. Hardwearing vinyl wallpapers are ideal for use in high-moisture areas. Don’t be afraid to combine plain colour and prints for that relaxed, welcoming mood – but stick to a cohesive colour palette throughout for a nod to nostalgia while keeping the room feeling fresh and modern. Or, if you prefer to use neutral shades, layer in a variety of natural textures to stop the room feeling too stark or cold.
For more cottage bathroom ideas, take inspiration from traditional homes. Choose elegant bathroom fixtures and fittings, such as the Mira Virtue range perfect for a refined country look. It has authentic Victorian detailing including glazed ceramic markers and sleek crosshead handles. Like all Mira bathroom fittings, Virtue uses the latest technology to guarantee you’ll experience a great performing shower. This stylish bath and shower mixer looks striking over a freestanding, roll-top bath (claw-foot options work especially well with this timeless look), and there are also coordinating options for your washbasin.
Add extra rural charm by mixing natural materials. ]. For an authentic farmhouse look try flagstone-effect tiles paired with rough-hewn wooden furniture. A vintage dresser creates a stand-out focal point in a room and provides plenty of storage. To build on the rustic feel, choose a bowl-style basin in a natural stone effect or antique metal, or create a walk-in shower with textural slate tiles. Mira’s barely-there Walk-in shower enclosures have no visible fixtures, so they'll blend in beautifully.
Balance out a white bathroom suite and any chunky wood furniture with plenty of textiles for softness. Work in a flowing sheer curtain; a Roman blind in a nostalgic check or delicate floral fabric; some thick, luxurious towels in soft pastel hues; or a vintage-style upholstered armchair. Wherever your home is situated, evoke the feel of the countryside with plenty of fresh greenery and uplifting floral scented candles. If you don’t have any built-in storage, keep your bathroom essentials in woven baskets – willow, wicker or water hyacinth all suit this style and provide a nice handcrafted touch.
A modern edge
To keep things feeling modern, add a few metallic accessories – a metal-framed mirror, for instance, or some industrial-style lighting. Copper and brass are key on-trend materials this year, while chrome is a time-honoured option. Make sure any lighting you use in your bathroom has an IP rating of 44 or higher, which means it’s suitable for splash-prone areas.
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