Country Style Bathroom
By Kathy Burns-Millyard
If your hectic life makes you yearn to escape to the
countryside, why not create a little "get away" in your own home? Believe it or
not, the bathroom is a prime candidate for a country theme. This is the room you
use to shower or soak away the day's dirt as well as prepare for the day ahead.
Why not give it a relaxing, country feel?
The easiest way to give your bathroom a "down-home" country feel is to add
rustic accessories. Wooden pegs are a clean, simple way to add a country feel to
hanging towels and bathrobes. Pine baskets are a charming way to hold guest
towels, and a large wicker basket on the floor keeps bath towels handy as well
as adding a country-life touch.
If your bathroom is shared by many people, you might want to consider using wire
baskets instead of wood or wicker. The large amounts of steam created by
numerous people showering can create the perfect environment for mold on wooden
or wicker baskets. Either make sure you seal the baskets before using them, or
substitute the kind of wire baskets used to gather and store eggs on a small,
Glass canning jars make great storage containers in a country bathroom. They are
great for holding all the little miscellaneous things that float around a
bathroom. You might have toothbrushes standing head up in a tall jar, and use
progressively shorter jars to hold things like combs and hairbrushes, hairpins
or barrettes, and cotton balls. You can purchase plain canning jars in most
supermarkets, but to give your bathroom even more of a country feel, look for
"bail-lid" jars with a glass top on hinges that clamps down tight. These are
especially good at keeping cotton balls clean and dry until they are needed.
Browse antique and "collectible" stores and you'll find beautiful antique
canning jars that will add an authentic feel to your country bathroom.
You may find that these simple touches make you want to go "whole-hog" and add
country style bathroom fixtures. Home improvement stores and bathroom showrooms
have an amazing range of faucets, sinks, and tubs to meet your county bathroom
design needs. A claw foot bathtub and pedestal sink will take your bathroom back
to a simpler time. Need storage? A pine armoire fits the country theme
perfectly, and is easy to find either finished or unfinished. If you choose to
finish the piece yourself, products are available to help you give it an old,
crackled or distressed look.
Whether you opt for just a few flourishes or completely redo your bathroom, your
time will be well-spent. Your new accessories not only improve the functionality
of your bathroom, they create a peaceful place to escape the frantic pace of
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