Ideas for Cabin Bathrooms


A getaway cabin needs a bathroom with modern conveniences that enhances the rural atmosphere surrounding the cabin, yet still retains its rustic charm and country theme. Pressed and dried flowers under glass add nature-inspired decor and accents to your cabin bathroom. Light fixtures in wrought-iron or even wood-based lamps tie into the rustic theme, while woven wood baskets add a place to store rolled-up towels, loofahs and chemical free vegetable-based soaps.

Tongue-and-Groove Pine

  • Tongue-and-groove pine wood on the walls of a rustic cabin bathroom make even the most modern of bathrooms feel as if it's inside a home in the woods. Locate the studs in the wall with a stud finder and mark their locations with a chalk line. Secure the boards to studs from the bottom up, arranging the cuts so that they repeat a pattern but don't line up on every row. Install tongue-and-groove pine over drywall or directly onto studs in new construction, and add it to a wood frame surrounding a tub. Trim out the windowsills and interior edges around windows and doors with pine, framing them with molding for a finished look. Seal with a waterproofing sealant or stain and add a topcoat as desired.

Country and Nature Themes

  • Two copper basins attached to a distressed dresser outfitted with plumbing and set against a wall with a pebbled backsplash bring the elements of nature indoors and create a countrified feeling in the room. Antler light sconces with small leather lampshades on either side of these copper sinks adjacent to a large wooden framed mirror provide soft reflected light. To complete the look, add flagstone paving to the floor with underfloor heating installed to keep the stones toasty warm under foot.

Slate Tile and Copper Tub

  • Add slate tiles on the floor in a diagonal pattern in the bathroom. If your budget is big enough, add a 14-guage a freestanding hammered copper slipper tub to the bathroom. The tub has the drain in the middle, while plumbing, similar to a clawfoot tub, rises outside of the tub on one end of the tub or in the middle. Add copper or pewter faucets and handles. Distress the cabinetry in the bathroom to give it timeworn and bucolic appeal. Add a shower curtain that sports a nature theme or one covered with bears, moose or deer.

Barn Wood and Clawfoot Tub

  • Instead of tongue-and-groove pine, add repurposed barn wood to an accent wall in the bathroom or in the whole room if you have enough. Mark the wall for studs, but cut the boards so that you install them diagonally on the wall for a different look. You can go all the way to the ceiling or install the barn wood as wainscoting. Refinish the old clawfoot tub with a kit available from hardware and home improvement stores to give it new life. Add a Native-American inspired geometric rug to the floor to provide cozy warmth for bare feet.

Color Schemes and Accessories

  • Let nature provide the inspiration for your color schemes. Paint walls in sage, a muted gray with a hint of green, toned-down brown, beige or taupe. For bathrooms with tired-looking wood walls, add whitewash or milk paint. Live plants do well in bathrooms that have a large picture window and help to bring the feeling of the outdoors inside. Choose towels and bathroom linens in deep burgundy, dark brown or muted forest green to tie your color scheme together.

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