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I know we all shed a tear when we found out recently that this season would be the last of Fixer Upper. We have all come to love the rustic, Farmhouse look-much in thanks to the Gaines. However, like many styles, shiplap will eventually be replaced by something new (blasphemy, I know!). So on first glance today’s Mood Board might look simply like another Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover. But I want you to look closely…a lot of the more rustic Farmhouse elements are in the accessories. Most of the main pieces (the ones that are costly and difficult to replace) are actually pretty classic looks.
But before I break down today’s Mood Board and show you where to buy everything, here are some bathrooms that hit the perfect mix of Farmhouse style while still being classic:
Classic Farmhouse Bathrooms
This bathroom is gorgeous with some elegant Farmhouse details. But this airy bathroom will feel just as beautiful years from now due to all of the classic elements:
This is one of my own makeovers. I helped my client turn her boring “builder bathroom” into a Farmhouse Bathroom with a polished look. Adding in delicate details like this arched mirror, polished plumbing, and marble flooring keeps it elegant.
This Farmhouse Bathroom is actually quite rustic. But the wood ceilings, neutral shiplap, and matte black lighting fixtures are neutral and classic. I can imagine seeing this bathroom a decade ago or a decade from now and still loving it:
A pedestal sink is always going to be beautiful. Add in a penny tile floor, white freestanding bathtub, and original wood you have a authentic Farmhouse look. They warmed up the white space with this vintage style dresser for extra storage (usually a must when using pedestal sinks).
And finally here is today’s Farmhouse Bathroom Mood Board and how you can find all of these pieces for yourself! Just click below on each item number to take you right to the source:
Farmhouse Bathroom Sources (contains affiliate links)
12 paint color, BM “Simply White” 13: tile 14: shower fixtures
5 Features of a Timeless Bathroom
1. Classic Plumbing Fixtures
Some people may not know this-but the finish of your plumbing fixtures can easily double or triple the cost! Finishes like oil rubbed bronze and nickel tend to be the highest, but I’m a huge fan of polished chrome for a lot of reasons.
- Polished Chrome is always the most cost effective.
- Polished Chrome is the most timeless (other finishes have come and gone, but PC has always been in the game!)
- It is the easiest finish to clean.
So while I want you to go with the finish you love, just remember-you are not looking at just a faucet, but also shower trim, bathtub faucet, toilet trip lever….the costs can add up. And these plumbing fixtures can be more complicated and costly to change out down the line.
DESIGNER TIP: One of the biggest questions I get from my clients when designing a bathroom or kitchen:
“Can you mix metal finishes?”
Yes! Yes! Yes! In fact, it is the best way to go. I would almost always use plumbing fixtures in the same finish. But then I would use a DIFFERENT finish for items like light fixtures and cabinet hardware. If you want to introduce a third finish (I wouldn’t do more than that), try a different finish for your mirrors.
2. Simple and Classic Shower Tile
Tiling your shower is one of the very most expensive places to tile: there are lots of cuts and corners that need to be made. And a shower has an entire system behind it to keep it waterproof, so replacing shower tile involves a lot more than simply the tile itself. So this is not a place to go trendy, but to stay neutral. I know subway tile is all the rage right now-but it is actually a pretty simple, classic look that has been around for decades. For that reason, I personally like the classic 3×6 size versus some of the elongated sizes, or different colors. When choosing your shower floor tile, be aware that not every tile is going to work! Typically you will want to stay at the 2×2 size or smaller (it minimizes a slippery surface), and the tile must be rated not only for a shower, but for a floor as well (for example you don’t want to use a glossy tile for your shower floor).
A note about natural stone: I love these gorgeous marble showers as much as the rest of you! But a warning: they are much higher maintenance. Any natural stone (marble, travertine, etc.) must be sealed on a regular basis. And if you happen to have hard water or well water, I would stay away from these materials as they can be etched or stained over time.
3: Simple Timeless Vanity
I loved this
4: Sleek White Bathtub
This sleek freestanding bathtub can fit into a myriad of styles, and white never goes out of style in a bathroom. If you are going to add a freestanding tub into your bathroom be aware that the special plumbing tends to be more expensive than the average tub filler. Fillers for freestanding tubs can be placed on the floor or the tub itself-so be sure you know which one your bathtub allows.
5: Classic Tile Flooring
I actually struggled with this one because
4 Places to Go Trendy In Your Bathroom
I’m certainly not suggesting a plain and boring beige bathroom simply so it won’t go out of style…I’m a designer and I LOVE pretty, fun, trendy things! But for my own home and for my clients, I try to add these elements in places that are much easier to change out. So introduce your favorite trend in places like:
1. Popular Charming Light Fixtures
Swing arm fixtures are really fun and popular and
I actually think of lot of these bathroom light fixtures will stand the test of time, so you can also check out these
2: Stylish Cabinet Hardware
Any DIYer can pull off this update. If you love those gold and brass bathrooms, try adding pops of this metal in places like your cabinet hardware or light fixture. If you go gold for plumbing fixtures, just be aware it is a much more expensive swap that will likely require a plumber.
3: Contemporary Artwork and Accessories
4: Chic Mirrors
I actually think
5: Trending Paint Colors
The easiest and least expensive update. Make sure to go with a paint formulated for bathrooms for ultimate durability. Here are some of my favorites paints to use (in a bathroom or any other room!):
I hope this Mood Board gave you some ideas and inspiration for your Dream Bathroom. And when designing your bathroom (or working with a designer) be sure to choose items that will stand the test of time. You can see more Bathroom Mood Boards or Farmhouses Style Mood Boards along with real Postbox Project makeovers right
Until next time,
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