Country cottage style gives a room, especially a bathroom, a charm that is bright and refreshing. Because it has roots in traditional styles that were adapted and altered to reflect new geographical regions and landscapes, country cottage is welcoming, relaxing and comforting. Lines, forms and profiles are simplified, evoking easier times and lifestyles lived at a slower pace than ours – the perfect mood for a bathroom.
Country Cottage Fixtures
The fixtures in your country cottage bathroom should have a timeless, vintage feel to them. The focal point of any bathroom is equally shared by the bathtub and the vanity, but in a country cottage style bathroom, it’s essential that these two areas accurately capture the spirit of our overall design. Don’t panic if you can’t do anything about the tub itself. You can do a lot to change the look of the tub or a furniture piece simply by accessorizing. More on that later.
Let’s start with the Avanity Beverly White Single Bathroom Vanity with Black Granite Top. While the granite top gives the vanity a touch of contemporary, the wainscoting definitely is all country cottage charm. Pair the bathroom vanity with a matching bathroom mirror to make the sink area more functional.
To highlight the vanity and sink choose the Quoizel Kendall Bath Fixture with One Light, one on each side of the mirror. The scallop detailing on the shade will give the space a whimsical touch, while the espresso finish of the light fixture echoes the dark sheen of the vanity’s countertop.
More wainscoting on the Powell Color Story Pure White Bath Curio picks up where the bathroom vanity leaves off. It also adds to the country cottage style with its scalloped apron and sides. Storage pieces are particularly important in country cottage design because they recreate the large built-in cupboards, alcoves and even window seats that were common architectural features of the bathrooms in older homes.
For more storage and display solutions, the Southern Enterprises White Arch Top Spacesaver Toilet Cabinet conveniently utilizes the unused wall space above the toilet tank.
The Country Cottage Palette
Pale pastoral hues, including soft greens and tranquil shades of blue are popular color choices for walls and fixtures. Pure whites and creams are also common wall and fixture colors for a country cottage bathroom.
To add more storage options to your bathroom, paint a repurposed dresser or cabinet in a neutral or earth tone color, then stencil a floral motif on the front and/or sides in classic country colors like spring green and delft blue.
Plaids and ginghams don’t have to stay just on the curtains. Give a bold edge to your country cottage décor by papering one wall as a focal accent.
Country Cottage Bathroom Accessories
If, for whatever reason you can’t change the tub, transform it into a country cottage show piece with the right accessories. Add oversize pillar candles to one of the tub’s corner shelves in fragrantly delicious colors like lilac, apple green and cinnamon spice. Use objects like enamel jugs, canisters and decorative jars that have a country flair as a place to display flowers, a collection of soaps, potpourri or other bath-related items.
Don’t underestimate the power of wicker to help add that special country cottage chic to your bathroom décor. Use them to hold towels, scented soaps and travel sized bath products for your guests.
Include as many natural materials as possible. Don’t stop at wicker. Select a laundry hamper or waste basket made of rattan. A bamboo shelf to the wall by the sink or shower or stone candle holders are also good choices for adding texture to your country cottage bathroom.