20 Best Small Farmhouse Bathroom Design Ideas with a Difference


Simplicity, functionality and an undeniable sense of nostalgia – farmhouse is a style that takes you away from the often impersonal rush that surrounds us in modern homes. It is not about more of the same. It draws inspiration from a time where bathrooms where actually not a part of the main house! And once they did make their way indoors, it was often a spare room that was turned into a bathroom. In that sense farmhouse style bathrooms definitely have elements that are unique to their origin. Yet, combining them with modern functionality offers the best results.

Wooden vanity, mirror frame and patterned tiles usher in farmhouse style
Wooden vanity, mirror frame and patterned tiles usher in farmhouse style


Modern farmhouse style bathrooms have seen a popularity spurt in the last decade with a distinct shift towards more rustic elements of the design. the style also has seen adaptations that ensured it fit in well with more modest homes around the world. The small farmhouse bathroom feels fresh, rejuvenating and almost acts as an escape from ‘more of the same’. With that said, let’s take a look at what makes a beautiful small farmhouse bathroom along with 20 great ideas and inspirations –

Warmth of Wood and Rustic Elements

If you are still not convinced about suing wood in bathroom, then we assure you that now is the time to get on board; finally! The wood and white look has been popular for a while now and wood in the bathroom is much durable than you might imagine. With the right finish, these woodsy surfaces can give your small bathroom that authentic farmhouse vibe. Whether you choose to go all out with a woodsy backdrop, go slow with a custom wood vanity or just wish to add a few wooden elements to the mix, rest assured that this will only improve the farmhouse appeal of the bathroom.

Custom metal and wood vanity and sink in the bathroom accentuates its farmhouse style
Herringbone layout of white tiles in the backdrop creates a unique appeal inside this bathroom [From: Jim Boles Custom Homes]
Innovative lighting with farmhouse influences and small vanity in the corner make an impact in here
Modern influences coupled with farmhouse style in the small attic level bathroom [From: Javier Encinas Photography]
Small wood and white bathroom with terrazzo flooring and a vanity that offers ample storage space [From: Home Styling Hamburg]
Beach and farmhouse styles rolled into one in the small bathroom with vanity in the corner [From: Morey Remodeling Group]

Repurposed Décor with Modern Ergonomics

Yes, modern functionality still has its place in the farmhouse bathroom. But what you want to concentrate on is the aesthetics the drive the style home. And few accomplish this as well as repurposed décor or weathered pieces that have been given a new lease of life. Instead of the generic vanity under the sink, think about adding a pedestal sink and an old, refurbished cabinet next to it for a much more authentic farmhouse appeal. Placing them in the corner also save specious space in the small bathroom while painted bathroom fixtures and a touch of vintage wood paneling in the backdrop complete this look.

Repurposed and weathered bathroom decor is just perfect for the farmhouse theme
Textured walls along with fabulous sink in metal make an impact in here
Weathered wood and metal sheets add an entirely different dynamic to this rustic-farmhouse bathroom [From: Unique Homestays]
DIY solutions are a perfect fit in the classic farmhouse style bathroom
Floating wooden shelves are just apt in the small farmhouse bathroom [From: Thrifty and Chic]
Painted tile on the floor brings pattern to the small bathroom in dark gray and white [From: Judith Balis Interiors]

Freestanding Bathtubs and Vintage Lighting

The claw-foot bathtub is at the heart of every great farmhouse style bathroom and it finds space even in the smaller ones because of the ease with which it can be placed almost anywhere. If you can find one that is brightly colored and make it work with the color scheme of the bathroom, then even better! Add a custom corner vanity in wood and top it all off with that perfect vintage sconce lighting just above. Patterned floor tiles, textured walls and a bit of repurposed magic here and there should complete your dream farmhouse bathroom. Do remember though that since we already have a small space with so much going on, it is best to keep unnecessary accessories out and stick to the absolutely essential in here.

Add a bit of color and glam to the classic farmhouse style
Fabulous freestanding bathtub in white for the small modern farmhouse bathroom [From: Eric Aust Architect]
Small all-white bathroom leans more towards modern than farmhouse!
Tiny white and wood bathroom in farmhouse style
Vintage standalone bathtub in red is just perfect for the white small farmhouse style bathroom [From: Hi Tech Projects]
Wallpaper, freestanding claw-foot bathtub add brilliant red overtones to the modern farmhouse bathroom
Woodsy farmhouse bathroom with sliding barn door feels like a continuation of the bedroom

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