16 modern bathroom ideas to recreate in your own home
Above all else, a bathroom should look and feel clean. This is, after all, where you go for all things personal hygiene? And in addition to a regular cleaning routine to keep things looking shiny and new, thoughtful design also plays a part in a clean and fresh bathroom. Enter: modern design. With minimalist silhouettes, cool materials, contemporary lighting, and state-of-the-art plumbing and technology, modern bathrooms are the perfect balance of form and function. Ahead, check out 15 modern bathroom ideas, examples, and tips straight from our favorite designer spaces.
Adopt the exposed materials
Interior architecture firm The Ensemblers retained the industrial bones of exposed brickwork for a grittier edge, while a dramatic marble vanity introduces polished style. For an economical alternative to custom built-ins, they converted two nightstands under the counter and sink to provide additional storage space and keep surfaces clutter-free.
Get inspired by nature
This en-suite bathroom is modern and elegant, but there is also something romantic about it. “I wanted it to be calm, silent and homogeneous”, explains the designer Lauren Liess of the grotto-like concrete shower area covered in waterproof stucco. The nod to nature is indeed a classic feature of modernism.
Design around a view
With few ornaments and simple materials inspired by nature, this bathroom designed by BD Studio is a modern masterpiece. The rounded floating tub is strategically placed near the dramatic floor-to-ceiling window to catch our eyes.
Modernize pre-existing features
Matching curtains, an open door, and a muted caramel color palette connect the master bedrooms to the modern bathroom beyond. design studio ND workshop updated the clawfoot tub with a marble cube stool and contemporary sconce.
Experiment with surface materials
As seen in this bathroom designed by Shawn Henderson, cork is a visually surprising material, but its benefits go far beyond cosmetics. Cork is a renewable material and it provides warmth and cushion (great for noise reduction!) and also serves as a natural climate control mechanism. The use of original and avant-garde materials is always a plus when the goal is to create a modern look.
Choose the glass
In this bathroom designed by Romanek Design Studio, sky blue zellige tiles and sleek glass and matte black casing make a modern statement. A floating bench also adds both formal and functional value, and bathers won’t have to worry about a pesky curtain getting in the way when bathing.
Blend into organized shapes
Organic shapes and a tight color story make this fun bathroom designed by Corinne Mathern a happy place to wash up. With pre-existing mid-century foundations but contemporary fixtures and updated textiles, it’s the best of both worlds.
Play with natural elements
Here, Sarah Richardson highlights a swirling marble slab that meanders like the angle of the ceiling. This is a very clever way to make tricky or jagged rooflines work for you and look intentional.
Play with graphic prints
Fun graphic floor tiles bring a playful edge to the dark red color of this small bathroom designed by Andy Beers of Ore Studios. The spacious drawers under the floating vanity also help keep things tidy, a must in a small bathroom.
Stick to a grayscale color
The infinity effect works well in a modern, minimalist environment, like this bathroom designed by Kristin Fine. While a clay-white color veils the entire space, the many layers of texture and form provide visual intrigue.
Mix traditional elements
Your bathroom doesn’t have to be monochromatic and austere to be modern. For a modern bathroom with a more traditional look, note this interior designer bathroom Elizabeth Cooper. She opted for a marble shower stall, vanity top and backsplash with rich blue veining, then painted the cabinets an icy pale blue paint color for continuity. Brass accents inject just the right amount of warmth.
Keep it simple
Simplicity in layout and color palette can often look best in small spaces, as this tiny New York bathroom designed by Shawn Henderson. This formula (pretty shelves, matching hardware and simple, high-end accessories) is also always easy to win in a rental.
When designing a minimalist, modern bathroom, stick to things like neutral tones. But keep things interesting and varied by layering tiles of different materials for different sections of the space, like Drawings of Ishka done in this luxury bathroom.
Stick to a statement
Tamsin Johnson extended the beautiful custom marble material from the vanity to the backsplash and even framed the double oval mirrors with it. The rich purple veins give a unique and modern yet soothing impression. For a similar look, splurge on just one statement material, but practice restraint when it comes to mixing too many different things together.
Float your sink
The sparkling tiling of this bathroom designed by Hecker Guthrie have a gorgeous glow, which gives it a more luxurious look while remaining in line with the modern style. The floating sink is also an essential element of modern bathrooms.
Opt for closed storage
Modern designs tend to be soothing to look at, meaning all bulky and unsightly essentials should be neatly tucked away out of sight. Closed storage, whether homemade with a curtain to hide a gap between the floor and the sink or via custom cabinetry, is the way to go. The glossy white floating drawers in this modern bathroom designed by Raji RM are perfect.
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