Bathroom style: Rustic decor
1 Choose light neutral colours for the fixed elements, such as wall and floor tiles, and introduce colour through accessories, which can be changed for a different look in a few years.
2 Use natural materials, such as slate, marble and natural woods, instead of country-themed motifs to create a more relaxed, rustic atmosphere.
3 Incorporate handmade elements wherever possible, such as hand-hammered wrought iron, to add extra texture.
4 Use furniture pieces, rather than built-ins, for storage of linens and supplies.
5 Adapt an antique dresser (like this antique English pine one) to become a vanity. These cabinets are often less expensive and more charming than a newly built piece.
6 Choose simple, classic fixtures and accessories in the other bathrooms to allow a little extra spending in the master bath.
7 Use natural, unlined linen or hemp drapes instead of a blind, if you have room; they create a soothing, relaxed feel.
8 Place all lights on dimmers for a lovely soft effect during long evening soaks.
9 Maximize the use of more expensive mosaic tiles by using them either as a border accent or inlaid between each row of large-scale floor tiles to create depth and texture.
10 Look for sconces with shades in a colour other than white; mica shades impart an intimate, candlelit glow to a room.
11 Use a variety of wood tones to create an eclectic mix.
12 Maintain consistency and an overall design vision throughout the house. You can create a distinct mood in each space without feeling like you've just entered another world.