While we might all love having Chip & Joanna makeover our dream fixer upper, they can’t renovate every house in the world. However, we can still add rustic charm to our homes (and bathrooms) without breaking through walls. To help inspire you, I’ve rounded up my favorite rustic finds from Amazon.
This all started with a crumbling wall.
Our bathroom is in sad shape. We need to start renovating ASAP. But of course, like any renovation, it’s complicated. It’s our only bathroom, and the floor isn’t level. So, we’re enlisting the help of A’s Dad, who does this for a living. Since we’ll be re-doing our bathroom, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to find some pretty things to tempt you with! 😉
What You Can Expect Ahead:
I’ve broken down my favorite inspirations in the following categories. While I can’t put all of these items in my bathroom because it would get a tad crowded, these are all items I would put in my own home.
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I’m sure I don’t have to tell you the reasons mirrors are great for bathrooms. But, my favorite thing about mirrors is their ability to maximize light, especially in a small space.
It’s practically magic.
My favorite bathroom mirrors range from dark wood to industrial metal looks. Here are just a few of my favorites:
- White Distressed Wood Mirror
- Industrial Drum Mirror
- Cape Cod White Wash Mirror
- White Wash Wood Mirror
- Metal Frame with Dainty Bird Mirror
Aren’t they gorgeous? We are actually going to rehab a mirror I found for $5 at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for our bathroom, but I’m definitely considering going with the white distressed look for our bathroom. Right now I’m between that and a dark stain, so we’ll see what I decide!
Call me crazy, but we keep an extra laundry basket in the bathroom to toss in clothes when we shower. But, since our bathroom is the only one in the house, it’s also the one guests have to use when they visit. So, I had to find some beautiful laundry baskets to make the space functional for us, but still look nice when we have friends over.
Here are my picks:
- Bamboo Foldable Hamper
- Split Laundry Cart
- Striped Canvas Hamper
- Basket Weave Double Hamper
- Graphic Hamper
I love the idea of having a portable cart I can just roll in and out, but I love the graphic on number 4!
Functional & Beautiful Storage
Okay, I have a little confession. I’m obsessed with storage bins. Seriously, I would spend half the renovation budget on them if A didn’t keep me in check… I can’t help it! They are all so awesome.
By now, you know the drill —
Before you choose storage options, make sure you measure your space! Also, think about what you need to store. If you need something to hold your cleaning supplies, fabrics might not be the best option in case something spills. But, if you’re looking for a stylish solution to store towels, I highly suggest something with metal or a woven basket to create texture contrast.
I had so much trouble deciding on what to include in this section. There were so many beautiful options that had a rustic flair. I could write an entire post just about rustic shelving (and I may do that in the future!), but I’ve chosen just a few to charm you.
- Barnwood Box Shelves
- Rustic Cubby Shelves
- Floating Shelves
- Corner Shelves
- Pine Floating Shelves
- Driftwood Floating Shelves
- Wire Basket Shelves
- Wood Shutter Shelves
There were just so many amazing shelving options, I couldn’t limit it to just five! I love the idea of using wood floating shelves with a few wire baskets for an industrial farmhouse look. Since some bathrooms are smaller than others, corner shelves are a great way to maximize storage space without taking up too much real estate.
So lighting is another thing I could do an ENTIRE post on — and I may yet. For this post, I decided to stick with the industrial-inspired lighting because that’s what I like best with the clean lines of white subway tile and rustic wood tones (did you catch the hint on my bathroom design there?). So, here are my favorite industrial lighting choices that I would consider putting in my bathroom.
I will note that #3 would be too big for my tiny bathroom, but the rest would all fit in well!
Check out my choices:
- Cage Wall Sconce
- Metal Wall Sconce
- Orb Chandelier
- Vintage Pendant Light
- Cage Pendant Light
- Industrial Ceiling Light
The industrial metals and Edison lightbulbs add so much interest in a farmhouse design. Plus, now they have LED versions that aren’t too expensive for those of you who are budget-conscious like I am!
Wall Art & Signs
So, these are mostly fun signs that I would love to incorporate into a bathroom design, but I couldn’t resist the awesome Dandelion art, so I included that here, too. 🙂 I love a good sign to incorporate into my design. They can be cheeky, fun, or just simple. I love them all!
Get all the cuteness:
- Wash Up Sign
- Washroom Sign
- Relax Sign
- Bath Time Sign
- Soap & Water Sign
- Dandelion Art
- Bathroom Rules Sign
My personal favorites are #3 and #5. They may or may not be sitting in my amazon cart right now. :O We will see what my budget has to say about ordering them. Still, I love them all. There’s nothing better than a cute bathroom sign.
You’ll actually get to see a bit of my fabric tastes with these shower curtain choices. These are my personal favorites and represent what I’m digging right now. Lately I’ve been obsessed with arrows and geometric patterns, but I still love my go-to bird and tree prints. I also loved the classic look of Ban Royal curtain.
See the love:
- Pretty Geometric Curtain
- Vertical Arrow Curtain
- Horizontal Arrow Curtain
- Colorful Bird Curtain
- Ban Royal Curtain
Shower curtains are a great way to take risks in your design. They’re super inexpensive and so easy to change out if you don’t love it after you get through the honeymoon phase. Or, if you’re one of those people that has seasonal shower curtains….
Sorry, I will never be that person. HAHA. I barely have seasonal kitchen towels… that I use all year long. Whoops. 😛
Still, the concept prevails. It’s the easiest place to take a risk because if you don’t like it, you can easily find something else. It’s much harder to re-tile your bathroom.
Accessories & Decor
For this last section, I wanted to include some accessories to round out your space. Mason jars are huge in farmhouse decor and they are so cute! Plus, I’ve included some towel racks and other bathroom accessories you can mix and match with any bathroom design!
- Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
- Ladder Towel Rack
- Mason Jar Bathroom Lid Set
- Glass Apothecary Jars
- Trash Bucket
- Mason Jar Bathroom Caddy
- Industrial Pipe Towel Rack Set
- Woven Trash Can
- Wood & Metal Towel Bar
How to Mix Your Rustic Finds
Now wasn’t that a lot of inspiration? 😉 I had so much fun finding some rustic finds to share with you today, but I’m not going to stop there. Here are my best tips for mixing rustic finds, including 3 different ways you can mix and match these styles.
4 Bathroom Styling Tips
I’m no designer. I’m just a humble blogger who loves coming up with ideas for beautiful spaces and playing with power tools. I know how hard it can be to live up to the HGTV model. Honestly, it doesn’t have to be that hard! These are four tips anyone can use to add some rustic charm to their bathroom, or you can tweak them for your own style!
1. Start with the neutrals
I design a lot of my spaces with a more neutral backdrop. I like to layer in the colors last so that they really pop. Plus, decor is the easiest thing to change in a space. If you choose classic, pretty materials for your design, you can always change out the finishes.
2. Pick a couple colors that work well with each other (and that you LOVE)
I find that if I’m having trouble picking accent colors, it helps to go to the fabric store. I find a fabric that I love that has a couple of colors I’d like to use, buy a half-yard (or more if I have a project!), and use it to choose decor and accents. If that’s too overwhelming, there are also some helpful guides in the paint section of your local hardware store.
3. Mix Materials
I like to mix a bunch of different materials. Sometimes that means mixing metals and sometimes it means bringing in some organic materials like a woven basket. It helps add contrast and interest to your look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match things!
4. Experiment and HAVE FUN!
The best designs are the ones where you take some risks! Remember, HGTV isn’t going to show up at your house with cameras. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You’re the one who has to live with the results, so whatever happens, choose items that inspire you.
Mix and Match
For my first look, I’m mixing the arrow pattern of the shower curtain with wood tones, dark metal, and some light colors. I would also add some plants (probably faux, because house plants seem to die around me) to bring the outdoors inside.
For my second look, I chose a more robust industrial light fixture to contrast the softness of the birds. I also paired some bright pine shelves with the peaceful dandelions to complete the look.
For my third look, I wanted to create a softer look. I chose the geometric patterned shower curtain for some femininity. The woven laundry basket offers texture and the bright blue in the washroom sign brightens up the room. A few metal accents balance out the more feminine decor for a dynamic look that everyone could be happy with.
Don’t you just love those looks? You can bet you’ll see some of the inspiration from these looks in my future bathroom, but you’ll have to come back for that later. 😉
Now, It’s Your Turn
Design can be intimidating. We don’t all have the eye of the HGTV stars and nobody does Farmhouse Chic like Joanna Gaines. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make beautiful bathroom spaces on our own. Whether you choose one thing or many, these pieces can help add a little bit of that rustic charm into your bathroom.
Try one of my looks or play around with the pieces to make your own.
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