Why are country bathrooms so popular?
We all adore country bathrooms for their unique aesthetic that manages to take us back in time almost instantly with their warmth, comfort and rustic or vintage décor accessories. If you feel this way and want to remodel your bathroom in this style, we share some tips on how you can achieve the look that you desire.
Additionally, on homify, you can browse through hundreds of examples of bathrooms decorated in this style to draw inspiration on the elements and accessories that you would like to replicate in your house.
What are the elements that most characterize country baths?
Doubtless, the elements that are most characteristic of country-style bathrooms are their rustic fixtures, which include bathtubs, toilets and sinks. In that aspect, these bathrooms are more old-fashioned and primary in terms of the technology that accompanies their fixtures! Hence, it is not unusual to see pipes and metal ducts exposed, as these are considered a decorative feature, but they are present in a subtler manner than one would see in the industrial style of interior design. Oxidized metal and old bathtubs that have incomparable antiquity are usually common features in country bathrooms. Likewise, in this style of bathrooms, sinks and other fittings are often made of stainless steel.
Besides this, country bathrooms rely on elements that evoke nature, as the essence of this design style lies in creating spaces, which are appreciated for being simple, but simultaneously peaceful and with a harmonious blend of elements that makes one reminisce of homes of the yesteryears.
However, when you are introducing this style into a modern home, bear in mind that you may have to adjust the systems of the bathtubs, sinks and toilets to regulate water consumption. This is especially essential in India to beat the water shortages that arise in summer in apartments in bigger metropolises such as Chennai and Bangalore, or even in bungalows in hilly regions such as Shimla or Coonoor.
What materials should I use to coat the walls of my country bathrooms?
While the aesthetic is important, first and foremost, you should choose materials that are not only beautiful but also can resist the humidity inside the bathrooms. We recommend that you source stones, wood and other natural materials that are available in your region to give the bathroom a more authentic country style.
The type of natural materials that you use will significantly influence the overall design. However, try to use those that bring out the rustic look as much as possible. In other words, if you are using stone, unpolished or rough-cut textures work better than shiny tiles. In the case of wood, natural finish is more suitable than varnished, when it comes to country-style rooms. You should ensure that the wood is suitably treated to withstand the steam and moisture in the bathrooms.
In India, terracotta tiles are another great option for coating the walls of country-style bathrooms, and they are cheap compared to other materials. They cost within the range of INR 8 to INR 150 per tile, depending upon the size, colour and finish.
How can I coat the floors of my country bathroom?
For a country-style bathroom, we recommend the following materials for the floors:
Whether you choose stone tiles or terracotta, you will find a wide variety in the market. Depending on the look you want to create, you can opt for either colourful or neutral toned tiles. The advantages of using tiles are that they are very resistant, durable, hygienic and easy to maintain.
The reddish shade of brick is a great option because it guarantees to infuse your bathroom with the country theme that you desire. Another alternative, to give the floor a chic touch, is to paint the bricks in white or pastel colours.
Of course, you can use wooden planks to cover your floors as they will be perfect for enhancing the rustic look you want to achieve. However, make sure that you get the wooden floor laid by professionals so that it is resistant and fixed perfectly so that it lasts for several years.
What else can I add to my country bathroom to make it memorable?
Flowers are a wonderful addition to country-style bathrooms. You can use either fresh or dry arrangements. In addition, you can introduce them into the décor through floral patterns and prints.
Vintage accessories work well in this style of bathroom. For example, you can place an old and unused wood stove or copper utensils in a corner of the bathroom. Look through your storage shed for any old metal or wood accessories that you can use to decorate your country bathrooms. Unlike in the minimalist school of thought, the country style places no restriction on the number of accessories you can use to decorate rooms. Just ensure that you create a beautiful visual composition that doesn’t make the bathroom look cramped.
If you need help to create the country bathroom of your dreams, you can contact one of the professional bathroom designers registered on our portal. Once they understand your requirements, they can guide you towards making the perfect choices when it comes to the fixtures, walls, flooring and accessories.