To me, the bathroom is the ultimate place to unwind – somewhere casual, comfortable, and relaxing. That’s why I like a bathroom design that’s a little more rustic rather than ultra sleek and modern. While there’s definitely a place for high design in a bathroom, I like mine to have a little more country than chic, starting with rustic bathroom vanities. The rough finished wood and simple handcrafted design give any bathroom a warm, inviting look and feel that’s perfect for a more casual design.
If modern bathroom design is all about smooth, unblemished lines, country style bathrooms are all about rugged textures and natural variations in material and craftsmanship. Take this Malibu vanity from James Martin. It has a supremely simple, rustic construction, with carved, bead-style wood drawer pulls and a rugged, rough, slightly pitted surface. Add to that the peg and slot style finishing on the legs you’ve got a rustic bathroom vanity that feels more like a piece of furniture you’d find in a cozy cabin than something from a magazine spread.
Rugged craftsmanship is key to rustic bathroom vanities. Whether they’re actually handmade or not, rustic bathroom vanities that look hand crafted are the best for playing up a country or cabin style. The aged, weathered gray finish and simple drawer and door pulls on this Savannah vanity have a rough, hand-hewn quality that adds a great rugged touch to your bathroom. Combined with the overall simple design, the result is in a piece of furniture with an authentic country feel and a cozy, homey appearance.
The simpler you go and the more rugged the wood, the more rustic your rustic bathroom vanities will be. This Lexington Sink Stand from Sierra Copper is about as simple as they come. It’s little more than a few heavily aged, weathered boards made into a rough stand for a trough-style porcelain or copper sink. It’s a very different kind of minimalism than you’d find in modern design – not one that’s stark and stunning, but a rugged minimalism that hearkens back to a simpler time. If you want to build a bathroom that truly goes back to basics, rustic bathroom vanities like this one are a great place to start.
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Handcrafted, rustic bathroom vanities don’t necessarily have to be simple, though. This Bridgetown vanity from Cole+Co is designed to look like a repurposed antique dresser, with beautiful embellishments, like the bamboo-style detailing around the edges of the vanity and drawers, or the tooled bun style feet. This vanity has a slightly more island-inspired look than a traditional country cottage one, but because the wood and woodwork are placed front and center of the design, the ultimate feel is similar – evoking hand-hewn craftsmanship and a more relaxed, rustic, laid back setting.
Wood is always the star of rustic bathroom vanities. While white vanities might work well in a cottage style bathroom, country style bathrooms are all about natural, rugged simplicity, and that means showcasing your materials au-naturale. This Vigneron vanity from Herbeau is a perfect example. While the construction is utterly, classically simple, the entire piece is made of solid ash wood and each board is sanded smooth to showcase the gorgeous wood grain in each and every piece. You can even get this same vanity unfinished, to allow the wood to weather and gray naturally over time for a truly one of a kind rustic bathroom vanity.
Showcasing the natural grain of the wood and featuring warm, light, natural wood finishes is also an easy way to immediately warm up your bathroom. While modern bathroom vanities often come in dark, stark, even industrial colors and materials that can make your bathroom feel cold or sterile, rustic bathroom vanities made with the right wood do exactly the opposite, making your bathroom feel comfortable and inviting. This Providence driftwood vanity is another great example, with a worm, natural finish that’s perfect for catching the light and warming up your space.
Finally, rustic bathroom vanities work in a wide variety of homes. For example, the Lexington vanity might be better suited to a cabin style home and the Heartland vanity to an older farmhouse style building. This Anna vanity is quite similar to many of the other vanities on this list, but the addition of a copper sink, counter, and copper inlays give it a slightly more southwestern flair – perfect for an adobe home or Santa Fe style ranch. Rustic bathroom vanities come in a whole range of styles everywhere in between as well, and many of the simpler ones can change dramatically based on how you accessorize. That Lexington vanity, again, would look completely different with a porcelain rather than a copper sink, and depending on how you decorate around it, the Rich Cinnamon vanity would look pretty good in a spa style bathroom as well. So even if you don’t want a traditionally “rustic” bathroom, you can still use rustic bathroom vanities to add a little natural charm to your bathroom decor.
What are you looking for in a rustic bathroom vanity? Something more rugged for a cabin style home, or something a little more refined for a country style bathroom? Let me know in the comments!
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