Update your master bath with charming farmhouse style bathroom ideas.
A bathroom remodel can sometimes be a lengthy and expensive process. But a good remodel can also make a large impact on room space and style. Updating our traditional bathroom creates the perfect balance of rustic charm and modern elements to match our farmhouse home. View these farmhouse master bathroom ideas for a big change in small spaces.
3 Mistakes Not to Make in a Master Bathroom Renovation
Traditional builder grade bathrooms generally do not have the same longevity as custom built homes because of cheaper materials. Remodeling your home with natural materials can raise the value. We opted to upgrade our traditional small bathroom into a modern farmhouse style with open space.
During our lengthy bathroom remodel, we learned three mistakes you do not want to make in a renovation.
Mistake 1: Don't Mess Up the Plumbing
We learned the hard way to leave any plumbing issues to the professionals. After moving in, my husband tried to fix the leaking faucet in the shower area and ended up kinking the hot water pipe in the process. Unfortunately, it was going be expensive to fix. We ended up being without a shower in our bathroom space for 5 years.
However, we did go ahead and redo part of the room with a new paint color, an elegant mirror and a gorgeous farmhouse bathroom vanity. For tips on a successful bathroom demo, click here.
Mistake 2: Don't Leave Workers Alone to Complete a Job
After years of saving, the rest of our farmhouse bathroom design was able to get completed. The first step included demolition of the shower area and floor tile. Though a freestanding tub would have been a great statement piece, we opted for a shower in this small area.
Pro Tip: If you need to adjust your plumbing, a great idea is to have it moved from the outside wall to an interior wall. Some winters get so cold here that it is possible for pipes to freeze.
Once the demo was done we paid cash to have a few workers come and tile everything. I wasn't home when they left - NEVER DO THAT! After arriving I discovered the white subway tile pieces falling off the wall and the hexagons on the floor were spaced incorrectly. A grinder was used to cut the tile so the white tile was chipped all over the place.
The next week was spent pulling out tiles and replacing them in the shower. The floor was so bad we ended up pulling everything out and buying all new tiles. I laid the tile this time for our modern farmhouse design.
Mistake 3: Order Items Early
When the tile was complete we began looking for a shower door to complete the space. With a small bathroom it is important to maximize your space as much as possible. A sliding glass door can help with creating the look of a large, open space in the rest of the room.
We found a glass door that was frameless and slides. Unfortunately, two weeks after it was ordered we were informed it had been backordered. The door didn't arrive until one year later.
While the door fits this modern farmhouse bathroom, it was a hassle to wait an undetermined amount of time. Order your products early in case there are other timelines that can't be controlled.
Detailed Farmhouse Master Bathroom Ideas
It is important to pick a design and fixtures that will tie in to your master bedroom so all farmhouse elements flow with the rest of the room.
Neutral colors are always a good option for a bathroom. We opted for white walls to embrace a neutral color palette. Bright colors are also a great way to make a small space feel more open and modern.
Tile is always a popular choice for modern design. I got my tile from Floor and Decor in Utah. For the shower we chose a long classic subway tile in Bone and a nice contrast of marble trim to tie the shower into the vanity.
For the floor we used white hexagon tiles. The grout color is Alabaster and super easy to work with.
When you have a husband who is 6'4", finding shower heads that won't hit at awkward angles is tricky when you can only go so high with moving plumbing. Installing 2 faucet and head fixtures is a simple way to solve height problems.
A tall rain head cleared the water spray over his head. The far shower head moves up and down the pole and can also be taken off if needed. The bottom knob controls the temperature and the other two control which shower head is on or off.
I love that this shower door slides open, shuts and is frameless. Not having a frame makes this bathroom feel bigger with a modern farmhouse feel. I ordered this door in oil rubbed bronze.
Wood Wall Accents
Tying in rustic elements in a modern bathroom is ideal for a farmhouse look. As a big fan of shiplap walls, I wanted a similar accent wall here. Installing this weathered white wood was a fun way to bring wooden elements into the farmhouse theme.
Lighting fixtures are helpful to bring in more style accents to your room. I love this light awhile ago and it is no longer available. Here is another one that has the perfect farmhouse feel to it as well.
Farmhouse Master Bathroom Accessories
Simplicity is always best when designing a small space. Because of this, you want to make your decor as functional as possible. Finishing touches can make all the difference!
A teak bench warms the space and is great for holding shampoo and other items when you don't have enough shelves or storage. (buy here)
Instead of a towel bar I added hooks and some cute towels to compliment the space (towels here).
Take a look here for additional ideas on farmhouse decor.
Last, but not least, our farmhouse vanity. While a custom wood vanity has its appeal, I love the details of this vanity and the French character it adds to this space. I got it from Ronbow here.
Vintage Mirror and Rug
This mirror is a vintage mirror I repainted and brought back to life. I added a rug with a slight boho vibe to mix it up just a bit. This one is sold out, but I found another one that will give the same vibe. (view here). I love the pattern and complimenting tassels.
Greenery is a great option for simple decor in any room. Faux branches or plants are a fantastic way to bring in the appearance of natural elements. I added this pitcher with some greenery to bring in just a touch of color.
This master bathroom took seven years to remodel. While not an ideal timeline due to unforeseen circumstances, we were able to save as we went and pay outright for everything. I hope these farmhouse master bathroom ideas inspire your own small bathroom remodel.
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