There really are all kinds of home decor styles you could choose for any room in your home and that doors include the bathroom. All too often people forget that it is a space – especially since it is such a well used area of your home – that deserves to be styled like any other.

One rather unusual bathroom decor style that is rather hot right now in interior design circles is what is known as the Country French style. Not as ornate (or as costly to implement ) as grand French design in the style of the Palace of Versailles or some other fancy French chateau, a Country French style bathroom can become a calming retreat from the world as well as just a place to have a quick shower and shave. Here are just a few tips and ideas to get you started:

On the Walls: Standard modern tile is really just too harsh for a French style bathroom. Instead try painting the walls with a waterproof paint using a faux painting technique such as ragging or distressing. Keep paint colors light and airy – creams and pale pastels are Usually a great choice as well.

Artwork should also be added to the space to help set the tone for the room as well. A great country landscape can help transport you to the pastoral land you are trying to recreate or a themed wallpaper border – grapes, roses, even roosters if you like – can also be used to achieve a similar effect

Lighting: Trade harsh modern light shades for older, antique style cut glass ones or cloth (you will probably be able to find them at a thrift store or on eBay) and consider adding elegant scones to the walls to provide some soft and ambient light for relaxing bath times. If you really want to add a touch of glamour and drama you could even consider installing a small chandelier for a real wow factor.

Fixtures: If you truly want to pull off the French look in your bathroom the little details matter as well. You should replace boring modern plastic toilet seats and towel racks with elegant wooden – or wood look – ones instead. Storage shelves with an antiqued wooden equivalent can enhance the look and feel of the space as well. Even something as simple as changing the plain knobs and handles on a bathroom vanity for elegant crystal or china ones – again the thrift store or eBay are good places to find such things – can make a bigger difference than you might imagine.