27 Rustic Bathroom Design Ideas for 2024

By Interior Designer TRACY SVENDSEN | Published on April 06, 2023 | Updated on February 01, 2024 |

From decorating with natural elements, rough surfaces, stone walls, and open shelves, the following rustic bathroom design ideas capture a space where nature blends seamlessly with comfort. In today’s hectic world, finding a peaceful retreat within the confines of our homes has become more important than ever.

And what better way to create a cozy sanctuary than by transforming your bathroom into a rustic oasis? With its warm earth tones, natural materials, and timeless aesthetics, rustic design can transport you to a simpler, more serene time.

This article will explore many inspiring ideas to help you create the rustic bathroom of your dreams. From reclaimed wood accents to vintage fixtures and soothing color palettes, we will guide you through designing a space that exudes tranquility and invites you to relax and unwind. 

Rustic Bathroom Ideas

Rustic Farmhouse-Style Bathroom
Image courtesy of Jeanne Racioppi Design

Benefits of a Rustic Bathroom Retreat

A rustic or cabin bathroom retreat offers numerous benefits beyond aesthetics. The earthy and organic elements of rustic design have a calming effect on our senses, creating a tranquil oasis where we can escape from the chaos of everyday life.

The warm, natural tones, such as browns, greens, and creams, create a soothing bathroom that promotes relaxation. Natural materials, like wood and stone, add texture and depth to the space while providing a sense of connection to the outdoors. 

Rustic bathrooms also feature vintage fixtures and accessories, adding nostalgia and charm. These elements combined make for a truly inviting and peaceful retreat within your own home.

Here are a few elements of a well-designed rustic bathroom: 

1. Embrace the Beauty of the Outdoors

Rustic bathrooms embrace the beauty of the outdoors through warm textiles, natural materials, and organic accents. It’s the perfect place to incorporate natural stone floors, rough-hewn beams, wood cabinetry, earthy color palettes, and materials with a patina (copper, natural wood & stone).

Rustic Bathroom Walls | Rustic Bathroom Color Ideas

Rustic Bathroom Design Ideas | A Warm and Inviting Rustic Primary Bathroom
Image Courtesy of Houzz

This striking modern rustic primary bathroom was designed by ARCHITEM Wolf Shapiro Kuskowski Architects. It’s a great example of how wood siding can dramatically impact a bathroom’s design aesthetic. The black tiles in the shower and the rustic wood countertop add contrast and depth.

2. Natural Elements

A few details go a long way in creating an authentic rustic bathroom. Select the right materials and colors to set the tone of the space. Natural materials like wood, stone, and metal are staples of rustic design. 

Consider using reclaimed wood for accents, such as a vanity or shelving, for a touch of rustic charm. Opt for earthy colors like warm browns, deep greens, and creamy whites. These colors will complement the natural materials and enhance the rustic feel of your bathroom.

The past typically inspires rustic style, but today’s interpretation leans toward the contemporary. Some of the elements to include in a rustic bathroom are:

  • Open wood shelving
  • Antique armoires
  • Window treatments made from natural materials
  • Rustic light fixtures
  • Barn-style doors
  • Rustic pottery
  •  Layers of rustic textures (area rugs, wall art, woven baskets)
  •  Natural wood panels on walls
  •  A color scheme inspired by nature
  •  Weathered metals and organic shapes
  •  Farmhouse-style basin sinks
Rustic Bathroom Walls Ideas
Rustic Bathroom Walls Ideas

Rustic Bathrooms Photographed by Julie Soefer
Image Courtesy of: Julie Soefer Photography

3. Rustic Bathroom Walls 

Wood walls are often used in rustic bathrooms to warm up the cool tones found in stone and provide a reference to the outdoors. Use wood for beams, vanities, accessories, flooring, and featured walls. 

Opt for painting the walls the warm hues found in nature. These soothing, subdued hues make any space feel inviting. From shades of chocolate to warm grays, greens, and tans – these tones bring warmth, comfort, and rustic elegance.  

Rustic Bathroom Ideas

A Stunning Rustic Bathroom Designed by Jake Arnold
Image Courtesy of Architectural Digest

Jake Arnold designed this striking rustic bathroom for actor Aaron Paul and his wife. This rustic chic getaway is located in Idaho on the shores of a pristine glacial lake. He and his wife would build their mountain dream pad from scratch, calling Pearson Design Group out of Bozeman, Montana, to create the log-clad, cabin-style home.

This bathroom vanity in a home’s guest suite is made of reclaimed pine with a Vermont Danby marble counter. The surrounding wall uses reclaimed timbers to resemble an Appalachian log home with authentically rustic comfort.

The “chinking” between the timbers was done by mason Dave Osgood using a hand mix of masonry mortar. General contractor Steel Construction’s finish carpenters did extraordinary work to recess the backsplash precisely into the reclaimed timbers.

4. Layer the Lighting

Layer bathroom lighting to include ambient, task, and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is the ‘foundation’ lighting that casts broad, general illumination to the largest area possible. Focused task lighting is essential for grooming and should cast no shadows on the face. Accent lighting throws illumination on focal points in the bathroom that you want to capture attention.

Farmhouse Bathroom Ideas

Rustic Bathroom Design Ideas | Rustic Bathroom with Reclaimed Pine
Image courtesy of Cushman Design

This bathroom vanity in a home’s guest suite is made of reclaimed pine with a Vermont Danby marble counter. The surrounding wall uses reclaimed timbers to resemble an Appalachian log home with authentically rustic comfort.

The “chinking” between the timbers was done by mason Dave Osgood using a hand mix of masonry mortar. General contractor Steel Construction’s finish carpenters did extraordinary work to recess the backsplash precisely into the reclaimed timbers.

5. Rustic Bathroom Colours 

The colors in a rustic bathroom echo the hues of natural materials such as warm woods, stone, and earth-tone paint that provide a cozy feel. Good color choices for rustic bathrooms include:

  • Neutrals (buttermilk, cream, straw, wheat, stone).
  • Earth tones (terra cotta, chestnut, mushroom, warm greens).
  • Spicy hues (pumpkin, saffron, cinnamon, chile-pepper, and baked apple).

The rustic bathrooms above have a similar color scheme, with white walls contrasting the warm honey tones of the wood. This provides the perfect opportunity to add vibrant red and orange to the space. White walls in a bathroom keep the look light and fresh.

Neutral Country Bathroom with Industrial Shower

Neutral Country Bathroom with Industrial Window Shower
Image courtesy of: LuxeSource

Travertine tiles, from Tile Art of Durango, give the floor and shower walls of this master bath an organic feel. The glass-and-aluminum shower door was custom made to look like an industrial window. The Currey & Company chandelier was found at Light Art of Durango.

Julianne Hough's Relaxed Bathroom in Her LA Home

Julianne Hough’s Relaxed Bathroom in Her LA Home
Image Courtesy of: Jake Arnold

Natural wood and exposed brick contrast beautifully with crisp white in this bathroom designed by Jake Arnold.

The rustic bathrooms above have a similar color scheme, with white walls contrasting the warm honey tones of the wood. This provides the perfect opportunity to add vibrant red and orange pops to the space. White walls in a bathroom keep the look light and fresh.

6. Layering Textures

The addition of texture is essential in all rooms in the home, including the bathroom. Texture adds definition and depth to the overall design. Be sure to include area rugs, specialty stone tiles, decorative curtains and drapes, and woven baskets.

Here’s an example of how to add color, texture, and pattern to a bathroom through wallpaper. This well-designed bathroom has a rustic cabinet with open shelves for a towel display, a thick slab of stone as a countertop, and a sheepskin rug on the floor to add softness.

Rustic Bathroom Design Ideas

Rustic Bathroom Design Ideas | A Rustic Bathroom with Stone Countertop
Image courtesy of Locati Architects

Here’s an example of how to add color, texture, and pattern to a bathroom through wallpaper. This well-designed bathroom has a rustic cabinet with open shelves for a towel display, a thick slab of stone as a countertop, and a sheepskin rug on the floor to add softness.

7. Statement Free Standing Bathtubs

Bathtubs are one of the most basic staples of the bathroom, and a free-standing bathtub is a natural choice for a centerpiece in rustic bathrooms. A gorgeous soaking tub provides the ultimate relaxation after a long day and provides a lovely focal point in your bathroom. Most statement tubs are classic white acrylic, but it’s easy to change the color by adding a deep copper tub for warmth and beauty.

Rustic Bathrooms with Copper Tubs

Free Standing Large Copper Tub
Image courtesy of Aaron Fine Architectural Photography

Copper Tubs in Rustic Bathrooms

Free Standing Copper Tub
Image courtesy of Appalachian Antique Hardwoods

8. Stone Fireplace as a Focal Point

A fireplace can provide the ultimate bathroom experience, adding warmth and ambiance. Nothing says luxury like a stone fireplace that provides a soft glow while you lounge in a bubble bath with a glass of wine. Realtors have long known that a well-designed bathroom significantly boosts a home’s resale value, and fireplaces are a sought-after feature.