12 Steps to Design a Modern Bathroom

  • The bathroom inside your home shouldn’t be too big or too small but ideal for the size of your house/apartment and the number of occupants.
  • Proportion and scale are important when designing a modern bathroom.
  • The trick to allocating extra storage space in the bathroom is to think outside the box.

An all-white bathroom design is plain boring, so you should look to update the water room in your home. There are 12 steps to furbishing a modern bathroom and they include everything from alternating between a shower and a bath, all the way to rethinking the shape of wall and floor tiles.

1. A walk-in shower or a bathtub?

The dilemma of whether you should put in a tub or a shower in your bathroom is as topical today as it was more than half a century ago. With bathtubs made in oval and rectangular shapes, the tub still has a décor “kick” to it, so it’s not outdated.

A walk-in shower, on the other side, is as hip as it’ll ever be. For homeowners who don’t have mobility issues, a shower is a far better option, as it’s easier to use and showering if faster than bathing. In addition, a shower uses less water, thus reducing water waste and lowering your water bills.

You might not think much of the toilet bowl, as they all look the same, right?

2. Have scale in mind

There is nothing that gives away your bathroom as outdated as its size. Namely, if there are only two people living in the household and they own a stately bathroom, then something is wrong.

The bathroom inside your home shouldn’t be too big or too small but ideal for the size of your house/apartment and the number of occupants.

Proportion and scale are important when designing a modern bathroom.

3. A trendy toilet

You might not think much of the toilet bowl, as they all look the same, right? Well, the technology behind (or better to say, inside) the bowl might have stayed the same for centuries but not all modern toilets are the same.

There are now seat warmers, a chromed flush button, LED lights inside the bowl, and even the ability to control the direction and the strength of the nozzles. In fact, you might want to consider installing a bidet in your bathroom, as you won’t have to store tones of toilet paper in the bathroom.

4. Finding room for storage

Once toilet paper is out of the picture, you get extra storage space, something you can never have enough of. In fact, if your home ever goes up for sale, a “modern bathroom” and “storage space” are the two words realtors love to hear, as they enable them to sell the house for a bigger sum.

The trick to allocating extra storage space in the bathroom is to think outside the box. Look around the bathroom for disused nooks and crannies and find a way to convert them into storage units.

The most common areas to pay attention to are the top of the hanging cabinets, underneath the sink, and around the shower/tub. Even the window sill can be turned into a neat shelf for storing shampoo bottles and scented salts.

5. Spa-themed bathroom

Another way our bathroom can fetch a bigger price at the market is if it’s themed. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should turn your bathroom into a miniature Disneyland bur rather that the overall décor should be homogenous.

There are various themes to choose from but the spa theme is among the most sought-after ones. You create a spa-like bathroom by introducing a fresh, clean, and neutral tone from the wall tiles, all the way to bathroom fixtures. This includes sections of impregnated timber and tile mosaics.

6. Up against the wall

We’ve mentioned earlier that you can never have enough storage space inside the bathroom. One way to get more room is to place fixtures up against the wall. If you head to an online bathroom store and browse a bit, you’ll find back-to-wall baths and hanging vanities.

A bathroom fixture leaning against a wall doesn’t only give out a modern look but helps keep clear the middle section of the bathroom. This means that people won’t hit the edge of the sink or the tub every time they enter the water room.

7. Be bold: Black tapware

Chrome is nice and all but if you wish to update your bathroom’s tapware, then be bold and go for a more sombre look. Black taps and faucets look cool as heck and modern, industrial look to the bathroom. In this sense, it makes little difference if you choose a square-edged or a tap with rounded contours; both are considered modern because of the colour.

8. A high-tech bathroom

We live in a world dominated by computer technology, so there is no reason for the bathroom to fall behind on the high-tech hype. There are smart showers that emit light and allow you to select the type of nozzles (we recommend the “waterfall” mode) that suit you the best.

However, smart ambient lighting is the best and the cheapest way to go. The right lighting levels count as chromotherapy, which is the perfect addition to a spa-themed bathroom.

Finally, use the opportunity when remodelling the bathroom to install speakers inside walls, so you can play music when showering or using the toilet (perhaps to cover up the nasty noises).

What you want from surfaces used every day is durability and aesthetic appeal.

9. Underfloor heating

Several decades ago, underfloor heating was considered a luxury but the technology for warm floors has been around for ages, since the times of the Romans. The aforementioned remodelling of the bathroom is not only the ideal opportunity to replace bathroom tiles but to install heaters beneath your feet.

The benefits of underfloor heating are numerous. For starters, you get extra storage space, as no wall-mounted radiators are required. Furthermore, you don’t have to soak the slippers anymore, as you can traverse the bathroom barefoot; just remember to add a couple of anti-slip mats or floor tape.

10. Introduce plant life inside the bathroom

Do you know why plants are considered a sign of luxury? The homeowner who keeps verdant plants inside is either rich in money or free time since plants require a lot of care. The bathroom is no different, as it provides the ideal surrounding for most plants.

Large windows that let in plenty of natural light paired up with humid air are perfect conditions for houseplants to grow. From Aloe Vera to Staghorn Fern, there are countless plant species you can introduce in the bathroom to make it a tad more luxurious and up to date.

11. A sleek design

As far as the surfaces inside the water room are concerned, they should be as sleek as possible. What you want from surfaces used every day is durability and aesthetic appeal. Two of the most popular materials that fit the bill are marble and stone.

However, not every marble or stone slab (used for countertops) is the same. You want to browse a bit to find the one with the best patterning to add the desired visual appeal to your bathroom. As an affordable alternative, concrete is a great material that can be used for floors and walls as well, cutting down the total renovation costs.

12. Drop the square-shaped tile design

A bathroom with white, square tiles is everything but modern. We have already discussed how you can alter the colour palette but the shape of the new tiles is alterable as well.

Namely, you should drop the age-old square shapes and order hexagonal or octagonal- shaped wall tiles.

Moreover, the texture of the tiles doesn’t have to be uniform, as they can have glitter or even small mirrors embedded on the surface. Adding glitter to grout used for tiles is actually a DIY job for crafty homeowners.

The 12 easy steps listed above ensure your bathroom is up to date. The trick is to apply each of the design features at the right time, such as a major remodelling project. Also, ordering fixtures online allows you to save a bit of money and get custom tapware, for example.

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Patrick Adams

Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home decor, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar.

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