8 Farmhouse Bathroom Ideas | Family Handyman

Some say farmhouse bathrooms are out. But if you still love the look, we’ve got you covered! Here’s how to achieve the current spin on the trend.

Fhm 8 Farmhouse Bathroom Ideas Courtesy Lhsimpleliving InstagramCOURTESY @LHSIMPLELIVING/INSTAGRAM

The Updated Farmhouse Bathroom

Farmhouse style bathrooms were trending big just a few years ago, but some say the look is on its way out.
And while we agree the traditional farmhouse look — black-and-white pattern tile, chunky rustic wood and industrial light fixtures — appears a little dated, you don’t have to say goodbye to farmhouse entirely. You can achieve an updated farmhouse bathroom with a few simple adjustments.

We spoke to interior designer Bryn Wulf, who told us how it’s done.

“Sleeker materials such as fireclay and enamel blended with classic shapes and vintage items are modernizing what we’ve come to think of as farmhouse style,” says Wulf.

“Adding a punch of color with a painted enamel sink or light fixture, and weaving in found objects to store bathroom accessories or toilet paper [for instance, a French laundry basket] can add warmth to a bathroom.”

She also suggests being thoughtful with your materials. Wulf says a sheer Parisian pleat café curtain, classic tile shapes like penny round or hex, and painted board and batten will achieve that cozy and vintage vibe synonymous with farmhouse design.


A bathtub inside a bathroom with white wall paneling

courtesy @blessedandhumbledhome/instagram

Vertical Shiplap

Farmhouse style bathrooms from a few years ago incorporated a lot of horizontal shiplap paneling. Install vertical shiplap for a more updated look, as seen here in this space from @blessedandhumbledhome.

The vertical shiplap and peg rail add interest as well as a place to hang towels. Finish the look with even more layers of texture, like this antique stool and vintage-style rug.


Two mirrors on a grey wall inside bathroom

courtesy @kylieminteriors/instagram

A Touch of Color

Here’s another example of updated shiplap, incorporating color. Black and white is the traditional pallet for modern farmhouse bathroom design, but current trends call for more color.

This accent wall from @kylieminteriors is painted a gorgeous gray-green color — Evergreen Fog by Sherwin-Williams. Look for earthy, muted colors in hues you would find in nature to achieve the cozy style synonymous with farmhouse.

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