Holidays are getting closer, so it’s the perfect time to turn your old and tired bathroom into a spa-like experience that will help you relax after all the holiday fuss. No matter the state of your bathroom and the amount of money you’re willing to spend, there are modern bathroom updates for every budget and every style.
Modernity is all about clean lines, geometric patterns, minimalistic furniture and neutral colors, but feel free to spice it up and add your personal signature. So, take a look at this guide, and this holiday season, give yourself a cozy and modern bathroom you will enjoy all year round.
Simplicity is the key to modern bathrooms
Modern design is all about simplicity, so try to avoid over-cluttering your bathroom with insignificant trinkets, and make sure it doesn't give out a claustrophobic vibe. The bathroom should be a place of ultimate relaxation after a long day and clutter will only further cloud your mind. So, hide your hygiene products and other personal items in cabinets and built-in shelves and store your cleaning products somewhere else. Don’t display too many decorative items that don’t serve a clear purpose and that will only make your shelves and surfaces look crowded. However, if you personally find such a space too sterile, you can always add some interest to your bathroom with unique tiles. These will stay true to clean and minimalist design while serving as a focal point.
Choose appropriate materials
Modern style requires modern-looking materials. Your tiles, bathtub, walls, and furniture should all be made of materials that have a fresh and modern feel to them. Most homeowners just opt for ceramic and wood, but there are many other contemporary materials you can go with, even for your porcelain tiles. For a more modern feel, go with tiles that mimic glass or metal. They will catch both the eye of every visitor and the light making your bathroom unique, interesting and bright. Opt for brushed stainless steel and you’ll achieve a clean, modern and textured look. On the other hand, if you want your modern bathroom to lean more to the industrial side, go for oxidized copper or rustic metal.
Opt for the right tiles
If metallic tiles are a bit too much for you, don’t worry. You can still achieve a modern and sleek look with classic tile patterns like subway tiles that will never go out of style and always look fresh and modern. However, you don’t necessarily have to opt for a simple tile design. You can also make the room feel more vibrant with multi-toned tiles. If you use tiles of different shades (even if the variations in color are very slight) your modern bathroom will come to life.
Go with neutral colors
The right color scheme will make your bathroom look sleek and modern, and the best way to achieve your desired look is to go monochrome. One color makes the rest of the room stand out and draws the eye towards design, not palette. However, if you want some color in your bathroom, choose high-contrast hues like orange or pink against grey for a modern and dramatic look.
Dark floors with a sense of elegance
If you choose to embrace the minimalist and neutral color palette of white, beige and grey, you can give your bathroom a fresh and elegant look by investing in darker floors. Dark floor tiles serve as an anchor point for the whole room, making it look mature and timeless.
If you think that black or dark grey floors look too cold, you can add some warmth with rugs. Rugs in the bathroom are sort of a taboo among interior designers, but the right jute rug goes well with both contemporary design and modern industrial interiors.
Unique bathtubs for a unique bathing experience
Modern bathrooms embraced freestanding bathtubs with both arms and made them a perfect focal point for a contemporary space. So, invest in a new bathtub with clean lines and make it an accent piece of your bathroom. Traditional bathtubs have a soft oval shape, but you can opt for a modern rectangular or pedestal tub.
Bring nature in
Organic and modern go hand in hand, so add a touch of greenery to your bathroom to make that connection even more obvious. Mash the modern and sleek design with nature and bring an indoor plant or two in your bathroom, but opt for plants with a simple and sculpture-like look.
Make it bright and airy
Lighting is an important and often neglected part of modern bathroom design. There are plenty of choices you can opt for, but your safest bet is to go with fixtures that have smooth and geometric shapes. However, the quality of light is just as important as its design. Opt for LEDs or even invest in a skylight that will provide your bathroom with some extra natural light.
If you want to have a modern bathroom, you don’t have to invest in a complete bathroom remodel. A few of these contemporary interior design tips will make any space look and feel modern, sleek and most of all relaxing.
Author's bio: Amelia Atkins is an author at Smooth Decorator and a fresh architecture student. The love for architecture and design runs in her family and she knew what she wanted to do from a very young age. You can often find her with a notepad in hand, just looking at the clouds, dreaming about the next skyscraper.