Rustic Charm: Combining Contemporary & Vintage Bathroom Designs

Create your take on ‘rustic’ charm by finding the perfect balance between beautiful vintage and contemporary style with Bathrooms on a Budget

There’s something about rustic aesthetics that can give your home a warm, cosy feeling. However, this doesn’t mean you need to hold on to your toilet from the 60’s. You can combine contemporary bathroom ware with rustic design elements, so you can enjoy the innovate features of a new bathroom, whilst still achieving a vintage look. Whether you’re drawing inspiration from farmhouses, European country living, or outback Australia, we’ve got the latest design ideas to transform your bathroom. Create your take on ‘rustic’ charm by finding the perfect balance between beautiful vintage and contemporary style.

DIY Décor 

Finding vintage treasures for your rustic bathroom is all part of the fun! Go digging around antique stores for things that will bring real character to your bathroom. Keep an eye out for things like:

  • Mirrors & frames
  • Woven or wire baskets for storage
  • Cabinets for linen and towels
  • Pottery & vases 
  • Antique door knobs
  • Decorative pieces like candle sticks, bird cages, chandeliers and anything brass or bronze 

Remember simplicity is key! A few unique pieces will do the trick.  


Matte black tapware is certainly a contemporary trend, but when combined with wood, wire baskets and black accents like hooks or frames, it can really elevate your bathroom’s rustic appeal. Try the Ecco Basin Mixer Matt Black for basins and vanity units, combined with the Ecco Shower Mixer Matt Black.  Chrome tapware works too, and looks great combined with timber panelling or with light, neutral tones for a French country theme. 


Nothing says vintage like a freestanding bath! Historically a luxury item, freestanding baths now have a home in every contemporary bathroom. The Egg Shell Free Standing Bath works well in antique inspired bathrooms, while the Multi Fit Free Standing Bath is our pick for farmhouse and rustic outback themes. Complete the look with the Round Free Standing Bath Spout in chrome or brass, and a standout shower curtain for a seamless, vintage combination.  


There are several roads you can take to achieve a rustic look with your basin or vanity unit. Wall hung basins with exposed piping, oval above-counter basins or traditional pedestal basins tie in well with rustic décor. Worried about the lack of storage space without a complete vanity unit? Try incorporating hanging shelves, baskets or wooden boxes to store products and appliances.   The Oval Above Counter Basin is perfect for wooden or stone counter tops, and can easily be the focal point of your bathroom when combined with matte black tapware and rustic accessories.  Are you ready to get started on your rustic bathroom renovation? Share your ideas with our friendly team and bring your vision to life!

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