A bright rug and striped shower curtain liven the wood paneling in this rustic retreat bathroom. Inexpensive hooks from a hardware store are great for holding multiple wet towels (in colors to match the decor).
“Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” —Charles Eames
An alternative to painting is to add pops of color by showcasing colorful hand towels, bathroom tile, rugs or even robes to create your own ambiance and flair.
To fit a soaking tub in the master bathroom, the homeowners opted for slim his-and-her sinks.
A four-tier slim shelf keeps bathroom essentials within easy reach, while a set of twin mirrors gives this bath symmetry. Pops of orchid purple, lime green and black bring sophisticated color to the all-white bath.
Small bathrooms may seem like a difficult design task to take on; however, these spaces may introduce a clever design challenge to add to your plate. Creating a functional and storage-friendly bathroom may be just what your home needs.
Weathered wood around the mirror contrasts with sleek, polished marble shower tiles in this contemporary bath. The overall effect is of a spa-like retreat.
A shell chandelier hangs over a soaking tub in the master bathroom, where calming colors evoke the serenity of the nearby lake.
An old farm table is repurposed as a double vanity in this spaciyus master bathroom. Two white glass-bowl sinks stand out against the rustic surface. A free-standing armoire and black window shutters add to the farmhouse-style appeal.
A color palette inspired by beachy hues gives this St. Louis master bath the feel of a seaside retreat. To match the rest of the home’s early-1900s architecture, two wall-mount faucets in polished nickel and sconce lighting were added above a concrete trough sink.
Decor is spot on in this bath with round motifs like dot wallpaper and a circle mirror.
Since bathrooms are spaces that we use everyday, their importance is far greater than we give it credit for. From bright and cheery to sophisticated and imposing, modern bathrooms have long gone beyond the limit of space. These modern details transform dull bathrooms into fantastic relaxation and refreshing spaces.
Dark woods and taupes warm this traditional-style master bath. Floating a stock drawer unit between a pair of vanities creates a custom, furniture-style look and offers extra counter space. Framing the mirrors adds a simple but impactful touch.
Modern bathrooms can easily be achieved by adding all of the elements and ideas that we have shared with you. One element is not more important than another so make sure to include all of these within your bathroom to create a true modern look and feel.
A painted vanity adds a bright pop of color and continues the casual, perky hues found in other rooms of this Lake Michigan home.
A soda pop cooler becomes a colorful and creative sink. For unusual molding, this Minnesota homeowner applied yardsticks above corrugated steel wainscoting. To coordinate with the sink, she mixed red and green sticks.
Choosing lighting is a crucial part of modern design style especially in the bathroom. There are plenty of lighting choices available to you. Modern design is all about lines and geometric shapes, so keep that in mind when shopping for light fixtures, windows, and placement of lighting. However, make sure to remember that the quality of the light is further more important than the actual light fixture. Skylights are great idea for modern bathrooms, because they add more natural light and interest to your bathroom.
A dresser scored for $50 gains new life as a vanity in the bathroom of this Nebraska farmhouse. The homeowners cut a hole in the dresser top for the sink and in back for plumbing. Enamel paint for wood and metal protects the dresser from moisture.
White cabinetry and modern hardware offer a crisp, clean look. A sleek faucet adds more style to the square vessel on a new granite countertop.
Instead of stuffing them in large cabinets, showcase your colorful, textured towels in open shelving. This will add warmth and playful colors to your space and eliminate unwanted large furniture pieces. Other ideas:
A reproduction claw-foot tub preserves old-cottage style in this light-filled bathroom. White subway tile and lavender paint brighten the walls.
Functionality is key for a small bathroom. Small rooms can easily lead to unwanted clutter, so make sure you’re adding only design elements that are functional. Don’t add knick-knacks or objects that don’t serve a purpose.
When it’s time to paint, make sure you have planned your color palette. Keep in mind that painting a wall an accent color takes time. Use neutral colors to make your bathroom feel calm and aesthetically pleasing.
His-and-her porcelain washbasins with custom trestle-style wooden legs and wall-mounted faucets look contemporary, yet casual, in a clean-white bathroom. Bright towels (stored cleverly in baskets under the sinks), artwork and a vase of flowers add pops of cheerful color.
A custom-cut quartzite countertop and an artisan-made sink bowl and accent tiles give this powder room Arts and Crafts style.
A sleek backsplash, wall faucet and carved counter give this rustic bathroom a modern touch. A slanted area in the counter directs water to the silver “trough” below, giving a new spin on an old farm idea. An inexpensive closet mirror, framed with raw cedar, hangs horizontally and completes the rural theme.
Add elements of surprise in a small space with a buddha statue, hot pink towels, and out-of-this-world geometric tile
A walk-in shower is the focal point of this bathroom. Though the black-and-white scheme gives it a masculine tone, beaded board, fluffy towels and the sweet etagere balance the look.
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Adding a touch of greenery in your bathroom creates a connection between the indoors and outdoors. Organic design coincides with modern design, meaning that the natural outdoor space should easily mesh with the indoor space you are designing. Bring the outdoors inside by adding an indoor plant or two.
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A concrete countertop dresses up basic white-painted cabinetry and looks great with brushed-nickel fixtures and accessories. Black-and-white photography, opposite the mirror, is easy art. Bargain white fabric makes pretty drapes.
Bring order to your linen closet using these grey towels and woven baskets
Simplicity is a rule of thumb for modern design. Make sure that you are keeping open and organic space free of clutter. Use built-in shelving and cabinetry to hide unwanted personal items. Leave all toiletries and novelty items out of your bathroom space, this is a place for relaxation and clean design, don’t clutter it up with things that are unnecessary. Choose tile and backsplash with geometric shapes to add interest and character without sacrificing minimalistic design.
It’s like bathing outside–but in private! Setting the soaking tub in front of the windows provides an extensive view of nature in this Lake Michigan home. Cafe curtains maintain privacy.
An antique claw-foot tub sits in a dormer in a new bathroom carved out of attic space.
Freestanding tubs are a staple for modern bathroom designs. Balance is key, so keep things symmetrical and sharp by strategically placing your tub in a spot that enhances the feng shui of your bathroom. Traditionally bathtubs are the familiar oval shape, however give a rectangular or pedestal tub a try.
Recreate this look for your own bathroom with this white ladder, these glass canisters and these white picture frames
“The quality of the light around us has a profound effect on our well-being that should not be underestimated.” — Thomas Fuchs
Create a neutral color palette to form the base theme of your bathroom.Utilize textures and patterns in neutral tones to add creativity and depth.Remember that the color white is associated with cleanliness.
Coordinating your paint colors across your entire home can really help create a cohesive look.
A honed Carrara marble floor was the big splurge in this country-yet-glam bath. The homeowner saved money by updating a panel mirror with a stained wood frame. A modern vessel sink, reminiscent of an old wash basin, adds to the rustic, chic style.
Stack floating shelves to add storage in a fashionable way.Colorful storage ladders showcase personality and are a great place to store containers.Sink skirts add flair and hide cleaning products.Wooden crates can be stacked, drilled into the wall or placed on the ground for accessible storage.
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Store cotton balls and swabs in glass jars on floating shelves.Install a hamper under the sink.Minimize counter space by storing (rather than displaying) personal products.Add stackable baskets underneath cabinets and above washer/dryer units.
Dark wood cabinets (with a convenient cutout for towels) and caramel walls give this guest bath a cozy feel. Mosaic glass tiles pull from the rich colors for a cohesive scheme.
See bathroom remodel tips or read about bathroom vanity ideas at our sister site, Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com).
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Every design element in a small bathroom should have a purpose and be functional in some way or another to create a space-saving sanctuary. Before you dive in, if you are looking for space-saving furniture ideas, be sure to check out our top products for small bathrooms.
Shimmering glass tile covers a sparkling surround to a low, jetted tub. A series of green-leaf prints and a window waterfall enhance the relaxing bath.
The master bath of this Arkansas home uses boldly patterned wallpaper, window treatments and pillows to inject personality into the room.
Mid-century modern design is architectural, furniture, graphic and interior style of the mid-19th century 1933-1965. Geometric shapes, natural colors and straight lines are all part of mid-century modern design. Bathroom furniture is a great place to start when designing your bathroom. Create a focal point by placing a modern chair in the corner or even a small sofa. Look for patterns and colors that fit into those categories when looking for what type of faucet, mirror and fixtures you are choosing to place in your modern bathroom.
Natural color oak, neutral limestone and a white tub keep the palette of this bath light and bright. Windows let in plenty of light but are also placed for privacy.
Modern bathrooms create a simplistic and clean feeling. In order to design your modern bathroom make sure to utilize geometric shapes and patterns, clean lines, minimal colors and mid-century furniture. Your bathroom can effortlessly become a modern sanctuary for cleanliness and comfort.
Hang bold, vibrant towels or robes to add color and personality.Display stylish soap dishes and accessories for a designer touch.Paint your mirror frame an accent color.
Bring natural light to your vanity area with windows on either side. Earth-tone touches, such as vintage rattan and dark wood, warm this white bathroom.
Soft floral wallpaper brings soothing style to a tiny powder room. Hanging monogrammed hand towels is an easy way to add a personal touch.
A life-size mural of aspen trees in winter turns this bathroom into a relaxing outdoorlike oasis. Soft green paint matches the leaves in the paper. Two tones of wood accents help warm the space.
Calming chocolate-brown walls contrast with white cabinetry, trim and floor tile to create architectural interest in this soothing master bathroom. A white-painted freestanding cabinet, rescued from a flea market, offers extra storage for towels and bath essentials. A grouping of antique mirrors on the wall brings a touch of elegance.