Decorating Ideas for a Country Primitive Bathroom


Next to your kitchen, the bathroom is the most used room in the home. And some guests are more likely to see your bathroom than your kitchen. So your bathroom should be one of the best decorated rooms in the house. One of the easiest styles to adapt for a bathroom is primitive country. It's simple to transform your bathroom in this style with just a few ideas.

Country, Primitive or Country Primitive?

  • With decorating, it's easy to become confused by the labels "country" and "primitive." Both are similar styles. However, primitive pieces invoke the image of colonial times, while country primitive focuses on the pioneer lifestyle. Since the bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, the sparse, less-is-more style of primitive decor can be achieved with just a few touches. Fabrics used in primitive decor include homespun or roughly-woven cloth, which can be incorporated into shower curtains, towels and window treatments. When artwork is used on the back of a toilet seat or corner of a counter, it should be handmade and painted in darker colors.


  • The country primitive color pallet looks more aged, as if it has been covered by a patina. Harvest colors predominate: pumpkin, apple red, cranberry, wheat and blackberry. Choose one or two colors for walls and accent pieces to tie the room together. Painted pieces typically are weathered, pickled or crackled, allowing the original surface to show through. Because of the moisture present in a bathroom, painted walls should be used instead of wallpaper. If you have space, a distressed, shaker pie safe can double as a linen closet.


  • Accent pieces have a handmade look. Shaker boxes and hand-carved bowls predominate. A stack of boxes in a corner or a hand-carved bowl filled with potpourri in an accent color on a counter can achieve a dramatic effect, as can baskets that are woven from willow with a ribbon in an accent color woven around the handle. One popular accent piece is a large, tin barn star that you can easily hang on a wall. Other metal accents typically are made of wrought iron. Many people drape a garland of artificial cranberries or blueberries across a wall, on a counter or over a windowsill. These garlands also can be twisted into wreaths.

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