Modern bathrooms: 14 ways to get a contemporary look

Love a modern bathroom? Be inspired by our favourite design ideas

Modern bathroom by Meir Australia
(Image credit: Meir Australia )

Love the look of a modern bathroom? Us, too, and that’s why we have made a whole gallery of ideas to inspire you. Whether you want to give your bathroom a contemporary feel with statement additions or are searching for decorating inspiration, we’ve got plenty of tips and ideas.

Get design inspiration for your contemporary bathroom here. Then check out our guide to designing a bathroom from scratch to get your room revamp just right.

1. Experiment with texture

While a sleek, fuss-free scheme is a great starting point for a modern bathroom, you’ll want to consider experimenting with texture and visual effects to create a unique space. Despite its characteristically minimalist feel, this bathroom is given its own personality with a statement house plant. For more house plant display ideas, check out our gallery. 

large cacti and smaller plant stored in wicker baskets in bathroom

(Image credit: Tikamoon)

2. Opt for contemporary bathroom tile designs

An on trend, geometric bathroom tile scheme makes a striking feature in a modern bathroom. Consider opting for a monochrome version if you want a muted finish, but team it with brass fittings to add a warming note. Small bathroom? Find out how to choose the right size tiles to make your bathroom feel bigger and brighter.

We love this look from The Baked Tile Company.

contemporary bathroom with freestanding bath and mosaic style tiles

(Image credit: The Baked Tile Company)

3. Create a focal point in a modern bathroom with a stylish mural

An intricate monochrome wall mural in this small modern 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, matt black freestanding bath and statement light fitting, this bathroom is a great example of a successful contemporary space.

Find this striking light fitting at DelightFULL.

monochrome contemporary bathroom with mural and freestanding bath

(Image credit: DelightFULL)

4. Add colour to a modern bathroom with accent features

With grey and monochrome schemes often favoured for modern bathrooms, going for an accent feature is a great way to add both colour and interest to the room. Mustard yellow or blush pink are on trend additions to a grey scheme. 

See more paint colour scheme ideas for bathrooms in our gallery.

Find this Brook² Freestanding Bath at Waters Baths.

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


(Image credit: Waters Baths)

5. Incorporate natural materials 

Bringing natural materials – wood being a great example – into a sleek, cool-toned scheme is a brilliant way to add texture and interest to a modern 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 credit: GSG Ceramic Design)

6. Design an open space 

When you’re designing a bathroom with contemporary style, prioritise creating an open and spacious feel. A walk-in wet room is a good way to go as it helps keep the layout as streamlined as possible. Zones can still be distinguished within it without detracting from the open feel. 

Natural Slate Effect Tiles are a stylish solution for a contemporary bathroom or wet room. If you love the idea of transforming your bathroom into a wet room, check out our guide to creating a wet room for all the tips and tricks. 

bathroom with open shower and grey tiled finish

(Image credit: Walls and Floors)

7. Create a design feature using house plants

Proven to encourage wellbeing, house plants are a must for a modern 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 an 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 credit: The Baked Tile Company)

Avoid a clinical feel and inject personality into a modern 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 bath in a dark bathroom space


(Image credit: Waters Baths)

9. Opt for atmospheric lighting 

Lighting is key if you’re designing a bathroom with relaxation in mind. Avoid bright, overpowering illumination, and instead opt for something with a warmer light and more understated feel. Industrial-style designs make the perfect addition to a contemporary bathroom. For more on how to choose bathroom lighting go and have a read of our expert guide. 

Find this Hex Box Pendant Lighting at Original BTC.

marble finish wall contemporary bathroom with freestanding bath

(Image credit: Davey Lighting)

10. Choose sleek, but statement sanitaryware 

Smooth edges and simple silhouettes make for stylish sanitaryware in a modern bathroom. Positioned in the centre of a bathroom (if yours is large enough) a freestanding bath can create a striking focal point, just check out these amazing freestanding baths.

contemporary bathroom with freestanding bath

(Image credit: Water Baths)

11. Strip back walls for an industrial feel

Creating a feature wall with exposed bricks is one way to create a contemporary industrial look, especially if paired with factory-style light fittings, like these from Fritz Fryer. The downside to this pared-back look? The bathroom can feel a tad cool, so why not go for underfloor heating beneath the tiled floor plus plenty of fluffy towels to dry off with?

Industrial style bathroom with light fittings by Fritz Fryer

(Image credit: Fritz Fryer)

12. Undress the windows

One way to make your bathroom feel larger is to choose bathroom window treatments that are minimalist – like this white Roman blind just peeking into shot. However, if your room is overlooked, you might like to add window film to allow in plenty of light while preserving your privacy.

Bear in mind, too, that if the window is undressed, the room might feel somewhat cold, so up the comfort factor with plenty of quality towels and pretty accessories to dress the room – these are from JD Williams.

Contemporary bathroom with accessories by JD Williams


(Image credit: JD Williams)

13. Go for boho chic

Part contemporary, part period style, and bang on trend, boho chic interiors are all about paring back a traditional scheme to the minimum and adding a couple of stand-out modern details. Here, it’s the artwork, but it could just as easily be a shapely rolltop bath or contemporary flooring. Find more boho chic-inspired room schemes in our guide.

traditional style bathroom with white scheme, freestanding bath and large piece of artwork with modern twist

(Image credit: James Balston)

14. Create symmetry in a modern bathroom  

How smart is this bathroom? You can re-create this contemporary look easily by adding symmetry with mirrors. Even if you haven’t been blessed with a double sink, hanging two oversized circular mirrors above a smaller sink or a vanity unit would be just as striking. For similar mirrors, check out these versions from Made – they come in loads of colours, too, if you want to make a move on from monochrome. 

Bathroom by Meir Australia

(Image credit: Meir Australia )

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