Modern-rustic bathroom design with lots of quirky details

Fancy a tour of this modern-rustic bathroom with a mix of traditional terracotta and marble tiles plus brushed gold fittings?

Lisa and Jamie Carter bought their Victorian home in Cobham, Surrey, in 2015. They knew they wanted to renovate the house, but in the end they took six years to develop the plans. The couple built a two-storey extension that complemented the fabric of the house, and they updated the bathrooms to make sure the home was perfect for everyday life.

After seeing Simply Bathroom’s Instagram projects, meeting the team and visiting some of their installations, Jamie and Lisa decided they were the perfect designers to create their four new bathrooms.

Here, Lisa explains how the renovation of this beautiful master bathroom came together…

modern-rustic bathroom design
Simply Bathrooms designed the bathroom, which included pretty patterned basins, traditional-style brushed brass hardware and modern matt black fittings.

The vision for the modern-rustic bathroom

We always wanted to create something bespoke, using materials we hadn’t often seen used together. Capturing the character of the house, we used the original sash windows as a focal point, but wanted to draw the eye to different materials, tones and textures.

We opted for brightly coloured basins, marble and terracotta tiles, brass accessories and a practical wooden cabinet. Simply Bathrooms really took our desires on board and were keen to create something they knew we’d love.

terracotta tiles
The bath, placed in front of the window, is a classic design and doesn’t feel overly contemporary.

The renovation process

We knew we’d have to move out and stay somewhere close by, to ensure that we could manage the project daily. In total, we were out of our home for 12 months and two days. It was hard because the boys had to share a room, our dog was unsettled and our belongings were all in storage, but it was worth it.

We were really keen to incorporate terracotta in the design but a full-on rustic neutral wouldn’t have worked, so smaller, marble metro wall tiles were added to the design as they give it a more contemporary feel.

scheme with terracotta tiles, marble metro tiles and colourful basins
The coloured basins are a key feature in the bathroom design.

To add interest into the palette, we decided to blend traditional brushed brass hardware with much more modern, matt black fittings to mix things up.

One of the key features of the bathroom design is the use of brightly coloured basins. They were imported from China and add some colour without overpowering the whole design. This proved to be a cost-effective way for us to inject more personality into our project.

patterned basins with gold brassware
The quirky, but practical, hexagonal Origins Living mirrors tie in with the hexagonal terracotta floor tiles. The dark frames are an integral part of the colour palette.

The ceilings are vaulted so we couldn’t use spot downlighting. It is naturally very bright, but we needed evening lighting and so we put fittings within alcoves around the WC and shower, as well as hidden lighting under the vanity unit.

marbled bathroom tiles
The wall lights and ceiling pendant are key to the modern-rustic bathroom look. The classic brass wall lights with fluted glass shades, plus the Moroccan-style pendant, create the boutique, eclectic design style the couple hoped for.

Structural changes and challenges

The final re-work of the bathroom design improved the layout because the half-height boxing around the WC turned out to be really helpful. Because the bathroom has such high ceilings, the boxing helped to anchor everything, pulling the marble tiles across to the other wall and introducing a space for more decorative objects, so we could inject a little more personality.

toilet area
The smaller marble metro wall tiles are timeless, and the size makes them feel contemporary.
bathroom brass radiator
The gorgeous, brushed-brass hardware pairs well with the terracotta flooring, and helps shape the colour palette.

We wanted the rustic-style terracotta floor tiles, but our designer Sophie said they were not compatible with a walk-in wetroom because they are too porous. So, rather than have a shower tray, we ran the marble wall tiling on to the floor area of the shower. We then built up a hotel-style tiled plinth with boxing around the shower to elevate it. It makes the marble tiling look like an integral part of the design.

walk-in shower
The black-framed shower screen echoes the hexagonal frames of the two bathroom mirrors.

Design: Simply Bathrooms As originally told to: Ben Webb

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