Bathroom trends are constantly changing along with their purpose. They are no longer just purely functional spaces for showering, bathing, and grooming. Contemporary bathrooms evoke a sense of pampering and are spaces to relax, as well as refresh the mind, body and senses. Modern styles exude sophistication, from traditional and industrial to “luxurious minimalist” styles, or a combination of these and more.
Modern bathrooms also highlight or subtly integrate all of the essential elements — including tapware, showers, toilets, vanities and tiling — through shape, colour, light, texture and design choices. But how it all comes together is up to you! Here are five contemporary bathroom ideas that will inspire your next bathroom build or renovation project.
This traditional-style bathroom features an all-in-one vanity/basin/storage combination and a “back-to-wall” toilet that sits flush with the wall to create a streamlined, minimalist look. The metal tapware is simple yet functional and mirrored across the door handles, towel rail and the “gooseneck” tap with its soft metallic curves. And who doesn’t love a patterned, style-statement tile?
The clear glass walk-in shower and all-white shower tiles and walls allow the soft baby blues of the Moroccan-inspired flooring to subtly dominate. This is a non-attention-seeking bathroom that’s light, airy, and inviting, while being contemporary and understated.
The chocolate brown marble-look vanity sets the stage for this ultra-modern bathroom with its reflective surfaces, strategically placed lighting, and stark white inset basins that evoke an intimate, sophisticated feel.
With a hefty nod to a “minimalist” style, accessories are pared back, and the monochromatic colour palette is a moody mixture of white, brown and black. The wall-mounted stainless steel tapware elevates the eye, and the timber-look tiles and tinted screens of the walk-in shower give an earthy, organic twist. A cleverly positioned shower niche, multi-functional showerhead and heated towel rails complete the look.
Another one of the contemporary bathroom ideas that have been gaining popularity is the use of wall-hung vanities to create the illusion of space. Here, elevated tapware and “his and hers” insert basins are strategically placed at either end to allow users plenty of room to prep for the morning rush hour. LED strip lighting below the vanity adds a practical element and instant glamour. A monochromatic palette — from the vanity, timber-look tiling and shower privacy screen — combined with minimalist stainless steel finishes, adds warmth and texture. An expansive mirror and a pop of greenery complete this ultra-modern oasis.
There is a definite “Scandy” twist to this contemporary bathroom with a carefully considered combination of a timber-look floating vanity and a divine above-counter oval basin. Which, by the way, is ideal for those of us who are taller as it sits at around waist level! The illusion of space is enhanced with under-vanity lighting, an edge-lit mirror and walk-in shower. Tiling is muted and marbled with a black edge that ties back with the vanity top and “luxe industrial-look” matt black tapware. And the shower is not only huge, but features a convenient shower niche and dual-purpose rain shower head. Bliss.
White on white on beige — the ideal way to create an open, airy bathroom and the perfect contrasting backdrop for a dramatic marble-look, black-topped vanity. The shower features a convenient toiletry niche, multi-purpose showerhead and a unique geometric design that adds to the bathroom’s aesthetics.
A white inset basin, variegated muted-toned tiling and a “back-to-wall” toilet all add to the feeling of space, and the curtainless window bathes the entire room in natural light. With its fluffy white towels, stainless steel in-wall tapware and plenty of drawer storage, it’s the perfect pamper location to start your day!