Country house bathrooms are the coming together of luxury and texture, soft hues and wooden floors, opulence and ruggedness. They exhibit a great deal of character and are often inspired by stately country homes, beautiful cottages and grade-listed buildings. They are very much inspired by when bathrooms became a feature in the home during the Victorian-era, although such a design back then would have only been available to the upper class and aristocrats. A country house bathroom will suit a house with low ceilings and rustic features, such as exposed wooden beams, window sills and alcoves. However, it can still be possible to achieve this look in a modern house with a few key design features.
Neutral colours in earthy shades - sandy tones, light apricot hues, soft whites or greens, and often duck egg blues or greys
Patterns and textures through fabrics, wallpapers and wooden cladding
Large roll top baths play a central role
Feels like a regal country house with a sense of rugged luxury
Wooden floors are common, but marble or tiles work well too
European (French) and American influences and styles
Period influences from grade-listed houses
Stately homes and upper class cottages coming together
Tips & Tricks
Colours - Country house bathrooms tend to focus on neutral colours on the walls and floors - very natural, earthy shades that bring a sense of rural country living to the house.
Texture and pattern - a country house bathroom is not complete without extra textures and patterns. If you have a large window, draping floral or printed curtains either side can add warmth and a sense of homeliness.
Wallpaper - a common feature but the patterns are delicate. Sometimes the wallpaper print can make up one large image or motif that spans the whole wall, but in these instances it will almost feel like a watercolour painting.
Wooden walls - Also common in country house bathrooms are textured wood-panelled walls, which add further depth and character to the room. This is a great technique to add if your house is modern and doesn't exhibit any key characteristics of a country house. This will add the feeling that your room is less boxy and plain.
Simplicity - Try not to go too overboard with your decorations. The aim is to go for a simple and elegant look that fits in with the space, yet also feels homely and warm. While you will want the same feel of luxury bathrooms, you'll still want it to feel slightly rugged round the edges. Work with the space you have to ensure it doesn't feel cluttered.
A good tub - One of the key features in a country house bathroom is the bath tub - if you have the space, a traditional roll-top freestanding tub will make the perfect centre piece. A great example is the double skinned acrylic boat bath in a soft farrow and ball hue from Strand Bathrooms.
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