8 Rustic Bathroom Lighting Ideas That Are Worthy of a Luxe Mountain Retreat

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Rustic decor is an enduring style celebrated for its emphasis on a neutral color palette and use of timeless materials — including distressed wood, natural stone, and metal — in their raw state. It introduces a welcome, casual vibe to interiors, and good news: Unlike other interior styles that require following pretty rigid design rules, rustic decor doesn't come with a definitive playbook. Its elements can be infused into a variety of aesthetics from Tuscan to farmhouse, for a look that's approachable and has rugged undertones.

If you're intrigued but you're wondering how to incorporate a dose of its charm into your home, look no further than rustic bathroom lighting ideas. This is an easy and affordable way to infuse some quintessential bucolic vibes into your personal sanctuary. Check out the following bathrooms to see how a few small fixtures can make a big impact.

1. Double down on lighting styles.

When lighting comes from the same family, you can mix and match with great results. Two distinct fixtures including schoolhouse-inspired black enamel ceiling flush mounts and traditional wall sconces ensure that this space is equipped with plenty of task and ambient light. Rich wood cabinets, oil-rubbed bronze hardware, and dark grout combine rustic decor with industrial accents for a handsome and functional master bath.

Get the look: Schoolhouse Electric Alabax Large, $189

2. Select timeless materials.

Organic surfaces really distinguish rustic interiors. This bathroom, by Jersey Ice Cream Co., with its weathered ceiling beams, custom-poured concrete trough sink, and reclaimed wood vanity has an earthy, minimalist quality that remains inviting. Milk glass sconces are a timeless, vintage bathroom lighting idea with lots of charm.

Get the look: West Elm Sculptural Glass Faceted Sconce in Bronze, $99

3. Choose clear shades for minimal contrast.

Two-light wall sconces with clear glass shades are a rustic bathroom lighting idea that offers ample illumination without taking up much visual real estate. Encaustic floor tile in a traditional Moroccan motif adds color and pattern, and is tempered by rich wood cabinets and white walls.

Get the look: Rejuvenation Mist Double Sconce, $319

4. Exposed bulbs add appeal.

Accentuate the texture and dimension of shiplap walls in a rustic bathroom with a fresh application of green paint, and then add personality with an industrial-style sconce in galvanized metal. Heidi Caillier accessorized this petite WC with a picture mirror and a wall-mounted washbasin for maximum appeal.

Get the look: Peter Bowles from Original BTC Well Glass Wall Light, $689

5. Add sophisticated details.

Further proof that rustic and refined need not be mutually exclusive: Streamlined gold sconces are a bathroom lighting idea that add sophistication to a casual yet elegant powder room. Pearson Design Group dresses up a reclaimed wood vanity with gold accessories and a stone counter, while woven baskets bring texture and style to open shelf storage.

Get the look: Kneeland 1-Light Armed Sconce, $57.99

6. Install diminutive pendants.

A trio of classic glass pendant lights are a rustic bathroom lighting idea that are equal parts decorative and functional, providing necessary light without distracting from the overall design. Telltale rustic traits include a statement-making vanity made of stone and wood, metal accents, and a monochrome color palette. Easily-accessible towels add softness and contrast.

Get the look: Home Decorators Collection 1-Light Oil Rubbed Bronze Mini Pendant With Clear Glass Shade, $49.97

7. Embrace full-on cabin vibes.

Revisit childhood summer camp days: Clad your walls in reclaimed wood for the ultimate backdrop to display a rustic bathroom lighting idea. Polished nickel hardware punctuates the floor-to-ceiling walls with shine while a leather-wrapped mirror is not only practical, but adds character as well.

Get the look: The Urban Electric Co. Raval, $925

8. Use streamlined shapes.

For a rustic bathroom lighting idea with big personality, pair a simple iron and glass chandelier with a knotty pine ceiling for a modern Scandi vibe. Emily Henderson coats the space in a blanket of white paint, making the dark slate floor and wood ceiling pop. An Icelandic sheepskin throw makes the ideal spot for a post-bath towel-off.

Get the look: Allied Maker Bright Side 4 Chandelier, $5,800


Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA

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