If you are considering a country decor redo for your home, don't forget the bathroom. There are some wonderful items you can include in your bathroom to give it that country or vintage look. The look can be achieved with a few decorating items, or you could go all the way with a claw-footed tub and a pedestal sink
The least expensive method of getting the country look in your modern bathroom would be to add some small decorative touches. Go antiquing and look for old medicinal bottles, an old-fashioned metal medicine chest, some old country photos to frame or even add a small shelf with handmade soaps and candles. Cracker Barrel and Restoration Hardware are good places to look for such items. There are some free country decorating catalogs that can inspire your decorating ideas; Country Living or Layla Grayce for a French Country look are examples.
Take It a Step Further
If you want to move your country decor bathroom to the next level, consider replacing your more modern faucets and towel holders for an old-fashioned look. The old white porcelain hot and cold water faucet knobs are a great addition to this style of decorating, as are iron towel racks or glass drawer and door knobs.
Look for fabrics in gingham or very small prints to use for your shower curtain and window treatments. Calico Corners offers a nice array of fabric choices as does Country Curtains. Add some plantation shutters to the lower half of your windows for privacy and a fresh country look.
For those of you who want a major overhaul, remove your modern tub and replace with a beautiful refinished claw-foot tub or one of the modern reproductions. Add appropriately aged reproduction faucets for a great base for a relaxing country bathroom. Another remodeling option is to replace the sink and vanity with a pedestal sink. Of course, by removing cabinetry surrounding a modern sink you will need to replace this with an old chest for towel and accessory storage. Instead of a large frameless mirror over the sink, replace it with a round or oval mirror framed in wood. This will add character to your bath.
Lighting is important in every room, but especially so in the bathroom. Change out more contemporary fixtures with iron or wood wall sconces, and replace an overhead light with a vintage chandelier. Place well-scented candles near the toilet, tub and sink for a glowing, relaxed look. Use smaller antique lamps on your chest of drawers or on shelves.
Use a vintage tile pattern to complete the look on your floor. Black and white make for a great country look. Add a few thick cotton throw rugs, and your country-style bathroom look is complete.
Country Living has some terrific photos and ideas as well.
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