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Rustic Bathrooms

TUSCAN DESIGN

Rustic bathrooms, sometimes called Tuscan design, have become extremely popular recently. And prices, therefore, are becoming more competitive.

This style of spa bathroom decorating is worth considering for homeowners who enjoy warm natural colors, elegant feel and natural materials.

Although it’s a popular choice in rustic locations and log cabins, they are increasingly becoming the most popular among upper end and upper middle class housing, too.

That’s because rustic bathrooms are not rustic.
No cold rock wall, rough hewn floor and cold running water only. In fact, many of these bathrooms are equipped with the latest and greatest in spa bathroom technology. Rustic design is all about achieving a rustic look with materials and colors that bring the outdoors into your home. In no way is convenience or comfort sacrificed.

 Colors are earthy and materials look real. Fixtures and furnishings are or look handcrafted and rich colors have an “old world” attitude. Greenery, earthen pots, a wooden rocking chair, loofahs, driftwood frames, tile floors with thick rugs, chunky soaps in natural colors and peg rails for hanging towels, can complete the look. If it makes you feel warm and fuzzy, it probably goes there.

A rustic or Tuscan bathroom is high tech and old world. Discovered several years ago and today still growing in popularity, the Tuscan design seems to capture a part of us that wants the simplicity of a time gone by. But, don’t take away my toys. For more information, search rustic bathroom or Tuscan bath for starters using the Bing Custom Search Box on the right of this page.

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PROS:

Materials used are either all natural or man-made. That means you have a nearly endless range of textures, colors, styles and prices. Do-it-yourself homeowners like the forgiving nature of tile, wood and stone. Rustic bathrooms are good projects to do yourself.

Real wood provides a very rich and warm look and can be stained, distressed or painted. The ease of working with wood makes this project enjoyable and the cost is reasonable.

CONS

Since most of the surfaces are hard tile or stone, if you drop something there’s a good chance it will break. Tile is noisy and can be slippery when wet. If you don’t clean frequently, the grout may start looking dirty quickly.

Natural stone is expensive. Stone is cold on the feet, too. Wool rugs solve that problem, but provide possible safety hazards themselves.

Real wood can become damaged or water spotted if not properly maintained. The bath is, after all, a pretty humid place sometimes. But, regardless of any downsides, what other style can you enjoy an organic feeling, natural and rustic environment and still have all your creature comforts?

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