Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds
A modern bathroom conjurs images of flowery glass tiles and faded pine furniture but also of sleekly cut furniture, directional spots, strip lights and bathroom sinks. We'll cover all the things that make a modern bathroom the perfect mix between aesthetics and functionality, all the while making sure it stays within your budget.
- Wall covering: plain tile or wallpaper
- Wall decoration
Aesthetic guidelines: smooth doors, streamline or rounded appliances
To design a modern bathroom, one has to think in terms of the opposite of every generation of bathroom before it. We'll focus first on the use of sleek closet facades. The trendy thing to do is to remove the handles, a way of reducing the amount of protruding elements that can be found on your bathroom furniture. For a sleeky, smooth finish, it's always better to use doors with an integrated openng slot, for example.
The best way to go: choose wall-mounted furniture or free-standing models with modern feet (brushed aluminum for example) to give your bathroom a spacious and airy look.
For the sink, there are two possibilities:
- An elevated porcelain or stone countertop sink;
- A wall-mounted, rectangular sink (angles are representative of modernity).
As you can see, the main concept behind any modern bathroom is change!
Modern bathroom wall claddings
Tiles, soild and creative at the same time
Decoration a modern bathroom implies forgetting about traditionally styled tiling patterns of diamonds and flowers. Staying within the modern theme can be quite straightforward. You simply use for large slabs of rectangular tiles, disposed of either vertically or horizontally. Both the shower or sink are zones where you can unleash your creativity by adding a mosaic line or arranging some brightly colored tiles on the wall.
When it comes to the tile's pattern, it's becoming more and more popular to combine different dimensions, especially in the shower, where no inspiration is too small. The shower can be decorated with a vertical band or a staggered two-color. The pattern is in no way minimized and is generally positioned around chest height or directly vertically.
Don't be afraid to use aged wallpaper
To add a touch of traditional loft or countr-style decor, feel free to add a fake brick or stone wall to really accentuate the modern bathroom look. The best configuration is to apply it on the same wall that plays host to the bathroom sink and its accessories.
Choosing the floor of a modern bathroom
To obtain a beautiful floor fit for a modern bathroom, you have several options.
If you are searching for functionality at a reasonable price, think linoleum. It's as easy as measuring, cutting and laying down! Anthracite floors can also add a nice touch, as can square or rectangular PVC tiles, which can be glued anywhere to bring a note of elegance to your bathroom's decor.
For larger budgets, light oak hardwood floors will result in a very trendy, romantic-countryside atmosphere.
A modern bathroom can be equipped with a floor composed of very large square or rectangular tiles.
Top earners in this domain include:
- Natural stone slabs with natural roughness;
- Smooth matt tiles;
- Brushed tiles (with optional inlay of gloss material).
Bathroom floor mats should also be carefully chosen according to their style (simple, with topstitch trim, fringes or lace). They are laid down, generally in pairs, in front of the sink and for stepping out of the bathtub, so it's best to go with absorbing cotton fibers or the all vegetal slats ofbamboo, that so efficiently keep your feet dry.
Focus on wall decorations
While it may have only been a functional room in past decades, modern bathrooms are nowadays embellished by some purely decorative accessories. Feel free to add the following items:
- A shelf (or several) to hold a candle holder, a small statue, or several candles;
- A geometric wall box with an artificial flower;
- A framed pattern or quote (treated against moisture).
What about modern bathroom lighting
Be they recessed spotlights or strip lights, lighting can make or break the bathroom from the future! Mono or multi-directional, spotlights can be installed in several zones in order to optimize the lighting.
A lit mirror? A bit of light therapy above a spa bath? A LED ribbon under a sleek shelf? That's all it takes to combine decor and functionality. If wall lights are more your style, try to find a square model with aluminum colors to really contrast with red or black walls.
For more ideas on different bathroom designs for your dream bathroom, follow our editors' advice and check out their other guides:
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- Japanese-style bathroom: purity through cherry blossoms
- Zen bathroom: get ready for relaxation
- How to design a beautiful bathroom?
- How to choose between having a wardrobe or a large bathroom?
- How to choose your interior floor tiles?
- How to choose your bathroom lighting?
- How to choose your bathroom ventilation?
- How to choose your bathroom sink?
- How to choose your bathroom heater?
- How to choose your bathtub?
- How to choose your bathroom accessories?
- How to choose your bathroom units?
- How to furnish your bathroom?
- How to install floating floors in your bathroom?
- How to choose your bathroom shelves and shower baskets?
- How to choose your bathroom radio and speakers?
Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds, 107 guides
With a handyman-father, I grew up with the soft sound of the sander and hammer on weekends. I am both manual and cerebral (yes, it is possible.), I learned the basics of DIY and the customization of furniture because I was passionate. The salvage mentality is a true way of life that allowed me to know how to use all the tools and products needed to give something a second life, from sander to varnish. I have two favorite activities: the transformation of old furniture and decoration tips. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to revamp a table or to restore a mirror that was intended for the trash that will become a friend’s centerpiece. I’m convinced that it’s possible to reinvent an interior by small, regular modifications, I constantly research low-cost, test ideas.