A modern-slash-rustic barn bathroom

Are modern and rustic opposites?

If so, today is opposite day. Because as we’re working on the bathroom at the barn, I’m looking to accomplish a bathroom that feels both rustic and modern. A mix of wood and metal in the space will accomplish that.

This month, my Product Picks over at Houzz are all about inspiration for the space. I hope you’ll check it out.

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I love all of the pieces, but not everything will make it into the final barn budget. We may end up DIYing a vanity inspired by Pottery Barn and a mirror inspired by Restoration Hardware. And I hope to reuse a shower curtain instead of taking out a second mortgage for that lovely one I shared. (I have a bit of a shower curtain collection in a box in the basement.)

But I do hope the end result feels as warm and inviting as that idea book. You can be the judge.

As I was preparing the ideaboard, I also stumbled upon an exciting way to finish the shower surround. Instead of spending time and money on tile, I think we’re going to go with corrugated metal. The inspiration is this bathroom from Country Living. Isn’t it positively barn-y?


I found this wonderful tutorial at Bungalow Bungahigh for the surround. It seems like it’d be a great option for the barn. A bit quicker and simpler than tiling, and perfect with the rustic modern feel for the space. A store-bought surround isn’t an option since there’s a window in the shower.

If you are interested in all the barn fun, you can also follow along with all of our barn conversion inspiration on our designated Pinterest board.

What do you think? Can a bathroom be modern and rustic?


  1. Also, most store bought surrounds are UGLY. Just sayin’.

    I love the idea of corrugated metal! So fun!
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  2. I love that inspiration picture from Country Living! It really is both rustic AND modern – one of my favorite looks :)
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  3. That surround is so cool and unexpected. It would be awesome for the barn
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  4. Cool idea for the surround! I like what you have picked so far, especially that vanity…I know you guys will DIY something fantastic!
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  5. You and your awesome style win ALL the cool points.
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  6. Modern and rustic is definitely a thing, it’s kind of what I try to do. Since we have so much natural wood and brick in our house I try to use more contemporary colors, furniture and accessories to keep things modern and not like a cabin in the middle of the woods.
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  7. Oooh! I am crazy about the corrugated metal idea! That’s going to be amazing. I love modern + rustic and I know you’ll pull it off!
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  8. That tub surround is AMAZING. And I absolutely think a bathroom can be modern and rustic. I’m honestly so excited to see this space come together!
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  9. Those picks are absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to follow along in this :)
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  10. Love it. Do it.

  11. oh FUN i love that for the shower. I kind of want to do something like that for our basement…not the tub but on one of the walls. Gah, pinning this.
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  12. I hope modern and rustic are friends, because that’s what I was trying to go for with our living/dining/kitchen. I think you’re headed in a good direction with the plan!
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  13. Why not? I feel like you can pull anything off Kim!
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