Heard Around the Office: Refined Rustic Baths
Being an editor for the kitchen and bath group here at BHG, I’ve found it’s impossible for me to pick just one style. I adore sleek modern fixtures, but I love the cozy feel of warm, worn woods, and then there’s the glamour of marble…
So many options.
Luckily, I think I’m one step closer to finding the ideal bath—and it includes all those things! Part environmental awareness and part design trend, we’re seeing more designers incorporating salvaged and reclaimed woods into every style, from traditional to contemporary. The success is in the mix of materials.
This traditional bath plays heavily on the rustic vibe with many natural elements: large, warm wood frames, concrete vanity countertop and pebble flooring. The square vessel sinks and wall mount faucets add an unexpected contemporary twist.
Weathered grey finishes set the subtle palette for this transitional bath. A classic marble brick floor complements the wooden vanity and mirror frame, while the hardworking look of an industrial light fixture balances a more whimsical window treatment. The rounded vessel sink pairs with an angular faucet to marry the modern and traditional styles.
Rough-hewn woods have a place in contemporary baths, too. A thick-cut vanity top keeps this bath from feeling too cold. In an otherwise black-and-white space, the wood’s natural colorways and grooves create a dramatic accent to the stone floors and textured wall tiles. Topping the piece with minimalist sinks, faucets, and mirrors keep the room steeped in modern style.
We’re calling it refined, or redefined, rustic. I’m calling it perfect. Well, until I change my mind again.
-Kristina McGuirk, Kitchen and Bath Ideas
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