A traditional sense of
style, the country-inspired design is an aesthetic that is known to
define a rural farmhouse design incorporated to the modern Filipino
home. Aspiring homeowners who love the rustic and classic charm of
the rural house setting will definitely love a country style designed
in their home. The interior features of the country home bring a
cozy, warm feel to our inner aesthetic pleasures and that doesn’t
exclude the earthy, grounded ambience of our bathrooms.
This small area of your
house is sometimes unrecognized, but the bathroom is more than just
its function and purpose. After a long day at work and school,
nothing is more relaxing than soaking in a warm bath in your
country-inspired bathroom, and here are some tips to consider in
designing your ideal country bathroom.
1. Key elements to
create the perfect country bathroom
It's easy to create a
bathroom with a lived-in country look. Try a mix of wood finishes,
and natural textures to build classic country style. Repurposing is
part of the country life, so try adding repurposed furniture and
salvage wood to add rustic charm to your bathroom.
Simplicity is key in a
country bath; simple hooks on a painted wood plank keep towels high
and dry. Collections of stoneware and well-worn pieces of furniture
also add charming country touches at home in a bathroom. An antique
cabinet, for example, can serve as the vanity where bathroom
essentials are on display and
within reach. Moreover, a weathered table and wire basket add counter
space and storage in your modest bathroom.
The beauty lies in the
period details; bathroom supplies can fit perfectly in a collection
of vintage jars, and set a top an antique tray. The cottage approach
to country features lots of white. Clean line architecture and no
fuss finishes is the traditional approach to the classic country
2. Add color to your
rustic country bathroom
Wooden surfaces and cream
hues feature heavily in the country home, but don’t feel afraid to
include soft touches of color. A dash of pastel accents on your
accessories and furnishings add a personalized touch to your bathroom
that brings a welcoming ambience to the guests.
Whether it’s a dust blue
painted vanity or a sage green tiled backsplash, these pastel accents
will compliment your light or dark wooden flooring or countertops.
Gentle hues add a soft tone that brightens up the whole space in your
Browns and beiges also
bring a rustic charm to the bathroom. Think about golden-brown boards
that warm both the upper and lower reaches of your breezy bathroom
that features sea-and-sky hues. Glass tiles in varying shades of aqua
and blue add surf's-up sparkle to the shower and the water colors
continue as towels and accessories that energize white cottage tiles
and cabinetry. Now that’s a relaxing country bathroom.
3. A bathtub is a
necessity to achieve your country-inspired bathroom
Installing a freestanding
bathtub will give an instant country
feel to your bathroom and vintage
designs are also the perfect space-saving solution for smaller
bathrooms. The wonderfully tall design of a bathtub means you can
fully submerge yourself in warm, lavender-infused bathwater and wash
away the day’s stresses and strains.
Nestled under a window
dressed with gauzy white curtains, a soaking tub provides a sunny
spot to relax and unwind. Working shutters add charm and another
layer of privacy. Of course, large windows, a vaulted ceiling, and an
adjacent dressing room will create a grander feeling in your
bathroom. Add a traditional claw-foot tub that sits in the center of
the room, giving the bather a direct view outdoors.
4. Choose wicker
storage for your country bathroom
The country bathroom,
whilst beautiful in aesthetic, must maintain its functionality.
Storage for used towels and clothing are a necessity. Preserve the
feel of your country bathroom by opting for a lightweight wicker
basket for laundry and other linens.
Moreover, antique cabinets
can be easily converted to rustic vanities. This aged beauty gets its
country style from a stained finish and dark concrete top. Think
about complimenting the antique
cabinets with industrial farmhouse
pendant lights that illuminate the space, white finishes and a subway
tile that creates a cheery cottage atmosphere. A cabinet on wheels is
another great storage designing idea too.
Both cottage and country
styles boast “been-around-awhile” features that make rooms appear
as if they've been furnished over time. Beadboard wainscoting, for an
instance, sets a cottage backdrop that highlights antique furnishings
in your bathroom such as a vintage dresser, a chipped-up basket, and
an industrial cart -- that find new life as storage pieces.
5. The mirror – your
country bathroom’s essential piece
A mirror is undoubtedly a
must-have for most parts of the house such as the bedroom, the
room, and most especially, the
bathroom. Wood framed mirrors are a great way to create a country
feel to your bathroom. Sleek wood or heavily antiqued can both work
in a rustic context. Hanging mirrors give a wonderful aesthetic as do
those with distressed frames.
Mirrors come in all shapes
and sizes. Country-inspired mirrors are available in the Philippine
market but can be overpriced for as high as P10,000 because of its
rare and timeless beauty, Instead, reuse old mirrors and refurbish
them with old wooden frame pieces to achieve a more antique look.
Paint the refurbished mirror with your color of choice, and presto,
you have yourself a DIY antique mirror in your bathroom.
6. Focus on the finer
details of your country bathroom
Attention to detail can
transform the feel of a bathroom, and choosing smart bath and shower
taps is a fine example. Consider a traditional floor mounted
bath-shower mixer as it brings a touch of the country to the bath
basin with its simple and timeless design.
A little bit country, a
little bit cottage, imagine a bathroom that pays tribute to long-ago
lavatories in modern ways. References to farm life include a rural
rendering, a canning-jar collection, and a primitive coverlet folded
on an antique chair. Opt for tiled floors and black painted
wainscoting to give a nod to cottage style in high-impact fashion.