By Shawn Gauthier, Houzz
Do you have fond memories of your family log cabin growing up? Or do you love the simple country-esque feel of exposed wood in its natural state? If you're drawn to the charm of rustic home design, the bathroom is the perfect place to start. Whether you want to completely overhaul your bathroom into a woodsy escape or simply mix in a few elements here and there, the rustic look will add a chic, unrefined edge reminiscent of a cabin in the woods. Not sure where to start? Take a look at the following photos to inspire you to add elements of the outdoors to make your bathroom a personal cabin retreat.
Here the bathroom walls are outfitted with bare wooden logs, and the vanity is designed with tree bark and wood. Even the natural wood door paneling greets you into this rustic retreat.
With its reclaimed wood paneled walls and irregularly cut sink countertop, this bathroom pays homage to the au naturale.
Use a dark wood, like this salvaged yellow finished with an ebony stain, to get a look as dramatic as it is rustic. Complete the look with a simplistic wooden sink pedestal.
Rustic and modern can mix perfectly by creating accent walls in unfinished wood. The balance here gives you the best of both worlds.
If it's not possible to redo your bathroom walls, consider distressing your current cabinetry, or replacing your vanity with one finished in raw wood. The interesting texture featured in the wood is enough to keep the rest of the bathroom design minimal and simple in design. Hunt around at flea markets or antique markets for an aged vanity that may already be naturally distressed and choose your flooring and walls accordingly with textured designs for a cohesive look.
This vanity takes a different approach to rustic by using a stone slab. Find one in its natural state and like the one featured, its textural appeal will have you and your guests take pause to admire the natural elements. Get your sink into the mix by using an aged, rusted basin. Even if the rest of the bathroom is clean and contemporary, this unique sink will satisfy your rustic craving. Related: Try a Farmhouse Sink
One of the easiest ways to quickly incorporate rustic hints into your bathroom is through accessories. A mirror framed with unfinished wood will do just the trick.
Depending on the structure of your roof, you may be able to manipulate your beams for a rustic touch. The cracks in these beams are a great natural complement to the modern appeal of this bathroom. Or, consider leaving a beam completely exposed for an unexpected rustic element. No beams in your architecture? Have one custom made and installed into your interior.
Capture the rustic vibe with a shower encased in wooden beams and choose an imperfectly textured stone slab floor to add to the effect. It’s the perfect rustic cell; one that thankfully lets you come and go as you please.