16 Simple and Airy Cottage Bathroom Ideas

Green claw foot tub

The bright, airy nature of cottage decorating has the unique ability to both energize and relax the spirit. Bring that harmony to your bathroom retreat with these cottage decorating ideas.

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Colorful Additions


Cottage-style decorating traditionally calls for a lot of white to create its trademark airy and open ambience. But there's always room for color. In a bathroom, look to tile backsplashes and shower-tub walls to add significant personality with color and tile style. In this bathroom, subway tile in variegated green hues lends an updated look to a classic approach. For less permanent color additions, use towels and shower curtains to energize the space.

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Adding a Soft Touch

Leafy wallpaper above wainscoting

Special touches up the prettiness of the classic cottage architecture of this bathroom. A leafy wallpaper softens the walls wrapped in beaded-board wainscoting and wide moldings, and the curved lines of a traditional console sink and claw-foot tub add more gentle touches.

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Old Look for a New Bathroom

Bathroom with white plank walls

Although this bathroom looks like a refreshed washroom in an old farmhouse, it's actually a newly constructed room. To add classic cottage charm, 1x6 pine planks were whitewashed and nailed across the ceiling and walls. A chrome-and-granite vanity resembles an old-fashioned washstand, and galvanized light fixtures mimic throwback style.

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Casual Vintage Bathroom


Cottage style often reflects a vintage influence. In this newly remodeled bathroom, vintage-inspired materials and fixtures create the timeless cottage look with the pampering touch of modern amenities. A stunning marble-tile floor laid in a retro black-and-white design kicks off the ambience. Beaded board is a classic backdrop for matching pedestal sinks, while the faucets, medicine cabinets, and light fixtures continue the old-fashioned character.

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Furniture Full of Character

Vintage Vibe

Refurbished and repurposed furniture is a hallmark of cottage design. A bathroom offers many opportunities for this charming touch, starting with the classic claw-foot tub. If you can't find an old one worthy of restoration, choose a high-quality reproduction. A vintage dresser transformed into a vanity is another favorite for cottage baths. In this bathroom, an old display case is pretty and useful for linen storage.

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Architectural Details

Pastel Green Bathroom

Certain architectural elements are often associated with design styles. Cottage style takes inspiration from the seaside cottages of Nantucket and other coastal towns, where beaded-board wainscoting and wide moldings are popular details in original homes. This primary bathroom integrates the popular woodworking, along with clean-line, recessed-panel cabinetry that fits the simplified lifestyle.

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Do-It-Yourself Bathroom Sinks

Wash basin sinks in metal stands

One of the charming components about cottage-style decorating is that just about anything goes. A simplified, go-with-the-flow lifestyle encourages creativity in its decorating. In this beachy bathroom, enameled washbasins set in metal stands were cleverly repurposed as vanity sinks, while a simple shelf adds counter space.

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Pedestal Sinks with Purpose


Pedestal sinks not only fit the character and vintage influence of a cottage-style bathroom, they make smart use of a small space. A traditional vanity would have cramped this bathroom and blocked access to the shower, but a pair of pedestal sinks provides double duty while keeping the space open. The beaded-board walls and pitched ceilings also make the small room bright and airy.

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Lakeside Influences

Green bathroom vanity, large mirror

While cottage style is most often associated with seaside white sand and crystal blue water, the wooded setting of a lakeside retreat also evokes a casual cottage decorating style with a warmer color palette. Serving the primary suite of a lakeside cabin, this bathroom brings nature's hues inside with plank walls painted creamy white and a custom vanity dressed in woodsy green.

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Antique Table Vanity

reclaimed wood double vanity

While cottage style enjoys vintage influences, the key to keeping its look fresh is blending the old with the new. An antique table turned into a vanity gives this cottage bathroom unique character, while modern vessel sinks partner with vintage-style faucets to bridge the gap between yesterday and today.

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Pretty, Peaceful Bathroom

blue bathroom

Tongue-and-groove paneling wraps this primary bathroom with a sophisticated cottage look that is a bit more refined than casual beaded board. The soft blue paint color and cool limestone countertops reflect the home's lakeside setting and set an ambience of relaxation.

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Open Storage for a Casual Look

Baskets under sinks

Open shelving and cabinets emphasize the relaxed, casual nature of cottage style in this bathroom built for two. Handsome baskets for towels and pretty containers for toiletries combat clutter with simple style.

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A Formal Touch

Curved front vanities

Fine details turn up the sophistication level of this light, bright bathroom to create a luxurious retreat. Custom-made vanities boast a unique rounded front and classy furniturelike styling with elegant marble countertops. Pretty framed mirrors and candlestick sconces dress up the paneled walls.

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Black-&-White Contrast

Black dresser style vanity

Painting the vanity black in this charming, vintage-inspired bathroom gives visual weight to the room's signature piece. The hints of black, gray, and beige sprinkled across the room's white base add formal flair to the cottage-influenced room.

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Soft Fabric Touches

Kitchen with stone wall

Soft and pretty fabric treatments romance the cottage influence of this bathroom. Sweet florals boast an especially cottage feel, particularly in muted colors. Look for ways to bring fabrics into the bathroom by dressing windows and adding a quaint upholstered chair at the dressing table or a covered ottoman for putting on shoes in the morning.

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Colors for Cottage Style

Green claw foot tub

While white evokes the bright, cheerful feel that cottage style embraces, soothing, muted colors are a perfect complement, too. Faint aqua-green on the plank wainscoting and claw-foot tub adds energetic character to this bathroom. Another trademark cottage-style feature: window shutters.

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