Be inspired by this light bright country bathroom

This small bathroom has been transformed into a calming space with a country farmhouse feel.

The owner of this delightful bathroom has slowly transformed each room of her house with a country scheme, finishing with this inviting guest bathroom. 'I felt it was important to continue the muted pale hues of the other rooms,' she says, 'but also added a splash of colour with accessories for overnight guests to enjoy.'

The owner is an interior designer and is always looking for design solutions. 'Putting together a mood board to plan the decor is one of my favourite things, as it helps me really focus my ideas about the overall scheme,' she says.

The long galley shape dictated its design and layout so knowing more or less the style she wanted to achieve in the bathroom she drew up a plan.  As the room is quite small the existing position of the sanitaryware proved to be the best configuration and this also made sure the budget was low for plumbing.

1/6 Country bathroom with farmhouse style

bathroom with floor tiles and bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

In keeping with the rest of the house, the new bathroom look has a modern country feel with a few vintage touches for a softer look.

Floor tiles
Tile Right
Panels painted in
Ammonite Estate at Farrow & Ball

2/6 Shower enclosure

bathroom with shower and lime green towels

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

Keeping the scheme as light as possible to encourage the appearance of space led the owner to use pale tones. Grey and white is such an easy combination - it can stay subtle or be enlivened with a pop of bright vibrant colour. Vivid lime green towels are a zingy uplifting touch. A stable-style door is a perfect addition to the rustic scheme. 'The existing door just needed painting and the black fittings and hinges were just the right style,' says the owner.

Shower head and shower screen
Victoria Plum

3/6 Vanity area

bathroom with basin and mirror

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

The sanitaryware, taps, towel rail and shower enclosure all came from Victoria Plum as the owner has used them before for her clients and likes both the quality and prices. She chose a classic range that has a timeless quality and suits the style of the room. Tongue and groove panelling is a good solution for concealing some of the pipework, as well as being more affordable than tiles.

Victoria Plum
The Old Pill Factory

4/6 Window and blind

bathroom with blind fabrics and grey bee motif

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

Ever since the owner was little she has been interested in vintage furniture and fabrics mainly because she spent a lot of time as a child with her grandmother visiting numerous antiques centres. 'She always enjoyed the search for something unique and loved the nostalgic feel of times past. So I'm encouraged by her enthusiasm,' she says. 'I like painting old pieces of furniture and making blinds and cushions.' The owner made the bathroom blind using a pretty lining fabric with a pale grey bee motif. 

Blind fabric
Peony and Sage

5/6 Vintage bathroom cabinet

bathroom with cupboard and wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

A few vintage touches give the bathroom a nostalgic country feel. 'I bought the small cupboard and mirror and just gave them a fresh lick of paint to match the panelling,' says the owner. Inside the cupboard, the owner has added a swatch of Laura Ashley wallpaper or charming interest. 'Now the work is finished, I'm thrilled with the result - hopefully our guests will be too.'

The Old Pill Factory
Laura Ashley

6/6 The bathroom before the transformation

bathroom transformation and wash basin

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

Before the transformation, the guest bathroom was looking dated, with magnolia walls and pine woodwork. It had a bath but no shower. The size and shape of the room restricted how much of it could be changed but the end results are bright and inviting with a modern country feel.


Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.