When it comes to farmhouse decor ideas, there's just one question we have in mind: "What would Joanna Gaines do?"
Farmhouse style has had quite the resurgence in the last decade, in part thanks to Joanna's signature style that showcases shiplap, rustic wood finishes, iron, and repurposed antiques. It might not seem entirely obvious to incorporate these details in a small farmhouse bathroom, but we happen to believe that would be a missed opportunity. A smaller space actually lends itself perfectly to this style — it only takes a few thoughtful tweaks and changes to make a huge impact.
Ahead, we've rounded up eight of the best small farmhouse bathroom ideas, sure to make all of your Fixer Upper (RIP) dreams come true.
1. Add a rustic wood frame to your mirror.
Ashley of Cherished Bliss brilliantly upgraded a simple, builder-grade mirror with a rustic frame for the perfect touch of warmth and character in this small farmhouse bathroom. To copy her style for your own home, balance the rustic wood with more polished finishes, like brushed nickel and marble countertops.
Get the look: Threshold Small Milk Crate With Copper Handles, $14.99
2. Opt for an antique sink.
An antique sink in this cozy small farmhouse bathroom idea by Jori Wilkinson adds charming character and a nice feminine contrast against rustic wood paneled walls. To recreate this look, keep the decorative details neutral while adding in plenty of texture with linens and wood accents.
Get the look: Randolph Morris Console Bathroom Sink, $306
3. Go with a shiplap backsplash.
Holly from Our Faux Farmhouse makes the most of her compact bathroom with a shiplap backsplash in place of a traditional tile, helping to add visual length while also providing a charming detail. To complete the look, balance the rustic feature with a botanical print wallpaper on the adjacent walls.
4. Repurpose a dresser in place of a vanity cabinet.
This small farmhouse bathroom idea from Cori Robinson involves thinking outside of the box, repurposing an antique dresser as a vanity cabinet. The drawers provide ample storage, while the finish adds plenty of unique character. Complete the vintage design by installing a vessel sink and a wall-mounted faucet.
5. Bring the outside in.
Farmhouse style and the great outdoors pretty much go hand in hand. So it makes perfect sense to incorporate a bit of nature into your small farmhouse bathroom idea. Follow the lead of Amy from House of Sparrows and complement your fresh flower arrangement with a shower curtain covered in blooms and a dash of green paint. The final result will feel like a relaxing breath of fresh air.
Get the look: Schoolhouse Blooming Field Shower Curtain, $74
6. Consider a stock tank bathtub.
The design team at Chango & Co. took this small farmhouse bathroom idea to the next level by forgoing a traditional bathtub for something a little more rustic: a stock tank. Painted black and paired with a telephone-style faucet, you almost forget that it's traditionally used to provide livestock with drinking water. Dark wood ceiling beams and vanity cabinets add additional contrast and warmth to the cool white walls.
Get the look: Agape Vieques Bathtub, pricing upon request
7. Install a barn door.
Not only does a bathroom barn door look amazing, but it's also incredibly functional as a space-saving solution. To copy this look from Veronique of Home Sweet Lakehouse, combine a white painted barn door with black hardware for a touch of modern contrast.
Get the look: Signature Hardware Ando Barn Door Hardware, $279
8. Use warm white paint.
Spatially challenged rooms have a tendency to feel dark and cramped. Brighten things up by painting your walls in a warm shade of white like Liz from Within the Grove. That way, when you pair with other details (like a wood vanity cabinet and black fixtures), your small farmhouse bathroom won't feel weighed down, but rather warm, inviting, and beautifully balanced.
Get the look: Clare Paint Whipped
Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.