Creating Your Perfect Cottagecore Bathroom: A Step-by-Step Guide

Creating Your Perfect Cottagecore Bathroom: A Step-by-Step Guide

Welcome, fellow cottagecore enthusiasts! I'm absolutely thrilled to guide you through transforming your bathroom into a rustic oasis of tranquility. From personal experience, I can tell you there's nothing quite like stepping into a space that whisks you away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, straight into a comforting, nature-infused serenity. With warm, inviting hues, vintage fixtures, and enchanting wall art, a cottagecore bathroom is a sanctuary in the truest sense.


What is cottagecore?

Now, if you're wondering "What exactly is cottagecore?", let's clear that up first. Cottagecore is a charming aesthetic that channels the simple, rustic appeal of life in a countryside cottage. Picture soft floral patterns, handmade ceramics, dried flowers, and a charming mix of vintage and antique items. It's all about embracing simplicity and natural beauty. Trust me, nothing feels quite as relaxing as a long, hot bath in a cozy, cottagecore-inspired bathroom. I've been smitten with this style for years, and I'm thrilled to help you bring this slice of rural heaven into your own home.


The Importance of Planning

When I first embarked on my cottagecore journey, I learned that good planning was my best friend. Before you get swept up in the charm of vintage tubs and cozy, cotton bath mats, take a moment to consider your space. Visualize how you want your bathroom to look, what items you'd like to feature, and how you plan to maximize your available space for maximum coziness. Think about how the elements will work together. I can't stress enough how crucial it is to have a plan. Careful planning saves time, money, and helps you stay true to the cottagecore aesthetic you're aiming for.


Step 1: Choosing the Right Colors

Cottagecore colors are all about muted, earthy tones and soft pastels, like sage greens, dusty roses, creamy whites, and warm beiges. I’ve found that sticking to a soothing, nature-inspired palette truly brought out that comforting, rural charm. The goal is to make your bathroom feel like a serene, countryside retreat. Picking the right colors will create that inviting atmosphere, so spend some time considering your palette.


Step 2: Selecting the Ideal Bathroom Fixtures

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Once you've decided on your color scheme, it's time to dive into the world of fixtures. And let me tell you, there's more to it than meets the eye. From vintage clawfoot tubs to rustic brass faucets, your choice of fixtures can truly make or break the cottagecore aesthetic. I've found that choosing fixtures with a hint of vintage charm works best. They add that perfect touch of old-world nostalgia. And don't forget about the lighting! A quaint chandelier can add a whole lot of cozy to your bathroom.


Step 3: Incorporating Natural Elements

This step is particularly close to my heart. Nature is the essence of cottagecore, and your bathroom is no exception. I learned that adding elements of nature, such as wood accents, a touch of greenery, or even a pebble-filled soap dish, can create an atmosphere of peace and simplicity. I personally love adding a couple of potted plants to breathe life into my space. They not only provide a calming atmosphere but also improve air quality - a win-win! Whether you choose a hearty snake plant or a delicate ivy, these plants will help create a bathroom that's truly a natural retreat.


Step 4: Adding Wall Art

Now, let's talk about my favorite part: cottagecore art. It truly brings personality to your bathroom. When I started curating art for my own cottagecore bathroom, I discovered that pieces evoking countryside tranquility – different pieces like botanical prints, vintage bird illustrations, or pastoral landscapes - fit perfectly. But it doesn't have to be traditional art. A woven wall hanging, an antique mirror, or even dried floral arrangements can make a statement. Choose pieces that speak to you and resonate with the calming, comforting aura of cottagecore.


Step 5: Selecting Soft Furnishings

We're almost there! Next up are the soft furnishings - the comfy, cozy elements that make your bathroom feel like a real haven. When I was choosing mine, I went for plush towels, a shabby-chic bath mat, and a charming lace shower curtain. The trick here is to stick with natural materials like cotton or linen, and to choose muted, earthy colors to keep up with our color scheme. The softer and more natural, the better. This touch adds an extra layer of warmth and comfort that truly completes the cottagecore experience.


Step 6: Incorporating Vintage Accessories

Last but certainly not least, it's time to sprinkle in some vintage accessories to bring it all together. This step is all about capturing the essence of nostalgia that's so key to the cottagecore aesthetic. I've found that a rustic ladder for towel storage, antique jars for cotton balls and swabs, and perhaps an old-fashioned perfume tray really enhance the charm. Don't be afraid to hit up thrift shops or antique markets to find unique pieces that speak to you. Each little touch adds a hint of a story, a piece of the past that makes your cottagecore bathroom truly yours. Trust me, it's worth the hunt!



And there you have it, a step-by-step guide to create your very own rustic haven. Transforming your bathroom into a cottagecore retreat is not just about aesthetics, but also about creating a space that radiates comfort, tranquility, and a connection to the simpler, idyllic times. It's a journey I personally found delightful, and I'm positive you will too. Take a deep breath, embrace the charm of the cottagecore, and enjoy creating a bathroom that's not just a space, but a soothing experience.

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About the Author

I’m Ilana, and I'm the artist behind Pine + Palette Studios. I’m a Wisconsin local with a soft spot for misunderstood species, tall midwestern pines, and the way the sun sets over The Great Lakes.  As a former middle school teacher, science, conservation, and education have always been my passion.