10 design ideas for a contemporary bathroom

Combining modern fittings with a sleek, minimalist style; find inspiration with our favourite contemporary bathroom looks

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Combining modern fittings with a sleek, minimalist style, contemporary bathrooms make a stylish yet functional addition to a home. Whether you're designing a bathroom from scratch, looking to give it a contemporary feel with statement additions or are searching for design inspiration, our contemporary bathrooms showcase the latest in fixtures, fittings and accessories.

1. Experiment with texture

While a sleek and simple scheme is a great starting point when designing a contemporary bathroom, you'll want to consider experimenting with texture and visual effects to create a unique space. Despite having a characteristically minimalist feel, the addition of a stylish display idea for this statement house plant gives the space personality. 

large cacti and smaller plant stored in wicker baskets in bathroom

(Image: © Tikamoon)

2. Opt for contemporary tile designs

An on-trend, geometric inspired bathroom tile scheme makes a striking addition to a contemporary bathroom. Consider opting for a monochrome scheme if you want a more muted finish and couple with stand out brass fittings. 

We love this look from The Baked Tile Company.

contemporary bathroom with freestanding bath and mosaic style tiles

(Image: © The Baked Tile Company)

3. Create a focal point with a stylish mural

The addition of an intricate monochrome wall mural to this small bathroom creates a stunning focal point, drawing the eye and creating the illusion of a longer space – a great trick if you're looking for small bathroom design ideas.

Paired with a stylish, matte-black freestanding bath and statement light fitting, this bathroom is a great example of a successfully unique contemporary space.

Find this striking light fitting at DelightFULL.

monochrome contemporary bathroom with mural and freestanding bath

(Image: © DelightFULL)

4. Add colour with accent features

With grey and monochrome schemes often acting as the backdrop to contemporary bathrooms, the addition of an accent feature is a great option for adding colour and interest to a space. Mustard yellow or blush pink are on-trend options for a grey scheme. 

Find this Brook² Freestanding Bath at Waters Baths.

contemporary feeling bathroom with freestanding bath, wire unit and yellow mid-century inspired chair

(Image: © Waters Baths)

5. Incorporate natural materials 

Incorporating natural materials – wood being a stylish example – into a sleek, cool toned scheme is a great way of adding texture and interest to a contemporary bathroom without compromising its minimalist feel. 

We love this combination of a dark wood freestanding unit and streamlined sanitaryware from GSG Ceramic Design.

small bathroom with abundant natural light and dark concrete colour scheme

(Image: © GSG Ceramic Design)

6. Design an open space 

When designing a bathroom with a contemporary style, prioritise creating an open and spacious feel (if possible). Walk in wet rooms are a great example of how this can be achieved effectively as they encourage the layout of a space to remain as simple as possible. Zones can still be created without detracting from the open feel. 

Natural Slate Effect Tiles are a stylish solution for a contemporary bathroom or wet room.

bathroom with open shower and grey tiled finish

(Image: © Walls and Floors)

7. Create a design feature using house plants

Having been proven to encourage wellbeing, zen-enhancing house plants are a must for a contemporary bathroom. Whether you're looking to make a design feature with a statement species – we love the addition of a slightly unruly house plant to this otherwise streamlined space – or prefer something a little more understated, our house plants guide will tell you everything you need to know about house plants, so that you can choose a species that suits. 

contemporary feeling bathroom with large houseplant feature

(Image: © The Baked Tile Company)

Avoid a clinical feel and inject personality into a contemporary bathroom with the addition of a gallery wall. Start by reading our guide to displaying photos and pictures before selecting images that suit your style – we'd recommend an eclectic combination of tasteful photographs and prints. 

Haze freestanding bath, Waters Baths of Ashbourne.

Haze freestanding bathr in a dark bathroom space

(Image: © Waters Baths)

9. Opt for atmospheric lighting 

Lighting is key if you're designing a bathroom with relaxation in mind. Avoid bright, overpowering lights and instead opt for something with a warmer light and more understated feel. Industrial feel pieces make the perfect addition to a contemporary bathroom. 

Find this Hex Box Pendant Lighting at Original BTC.

marble finish wall contemporary bathroom with freestanding bath

(Image: © Davey Lighting)

10. Choose sleek, but statement sanitaryware 

Smooth edges and simple silhouettes make for stylish sanitaryware in a contemporary bathroom. Positioned in the centre of a bathroom (if yours is large enough) a statement bath can create a striking focal point. 

contemporary bathroom with freestanding bath

(Image: © Water Baths)

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