Design Advice

The Rules of Modern Bathroom Design

There’s no denying that your bathrooms are extremely important areas of your home. Some think that a rain head and a big tub are all you need to make the perfect bathroom, but there’s much more to modern bathroom design than meets the eye.

There’s also a long-held myth that designing a bathroom should be all about making practical choices.

Bathrooms should not just be about functionality! They are also a unique opportunity for beautiful finishing and design choices.

Modern bathroom design can mean different things to different people. But there are a few basic rules you can follow to make sure your bathroom is both enduring and on-trend.

Start with a neutral base

By starting with a neutral base for your bathroom’s colour scheme, you won’t have to fret about it becoming outdated or out-of-touch. A modern bathroom design makes great use of white, black and grey as well as other neutral colours.

Choosing these colours as a base for your palette, from tiles to basins allows you the opportunity to add impact through colour in items like taps and basins, accessories, art and towels. This way, your bathroom can evolve with your changing tastes and colour trends.

Add visual interest

Think of visual interest as an element that grabs someone’s attention. Taking time to consider and balance these ‘interesting’ details can take your bathroom from an average 5 to a solid 10/10.

Consider how you could add contrast or texture to your bathroom design through your:

  • Vanity
  • Tapware
  • Tile and grout choice
  • Basin
  • Accessories

Make the most out of the space you have

Space isn’t infinite, and the key to modern bathroom design is working to create as much space as possible.

You can do this by using large, thin-framed mirrors to create the illusion of space, or investing in transparent glass shower walls that will open up your bathroom.

Glass Shower Walls

Glass shower walls will open up your bathroom, Freshwater Display Home, Brookvale NSW

De-clutter through storage solutions

De-cluttering through storage isn’t a new concept for the home – but it’s even more important to consider this in your bathroom where space is often tight.

You can use floating vanities and cabinets to design a more minimalistic and streamlined look that frees floor space and gives the appearance of ample room.

Include geometric shapes where possible

Geometric shapes can take your bathroom design game to the next level. You can easily implement sleek and simple squares and rectangles in your vanities, storage areas and sinks. But you don’t have to feel ‘squared’ in by just these shapes. You can add a unique flare to the geometric shape principle by using egg-like shapes to soften the edges of you bathroom.

Perhaps one of the simplest ways to add geometric shapes is through your tiling. They’re a great way to impact your bathroom—they’re a fantastic design feature that will give your bathroom character, and something you need to consider when designing.

Consider how you’re going to use different tiles in different ways, Freshwater Display Home, Brookvale NSW

You could break a bathroom wall with two different feature tiles, or perhaps you can use your feature tile on your bathroom floors and let it travel halfway up your wall.

Add fresh flowers or plants

We’ve talked about geometric shapes and neutral colours – you won’t be surprised to learn that one of the biggest risks in adopting an uber-modern bathroom design is that it can feel sterile or cold. One of the easiest ways to soften your bathroom is to add a touch of warmth using fresh flowers and plants.

An orchid or new succulent will brighten your morning hygiene routine and give your bathroom a cosier and more relaxing appeal.

Treat yourself

Freestanding bathtubs are an extremely luxurious inclusion to a modern bathroom. If you have the space, they’re a beautiful sculptural element to include in your ensuite design.

Whatever style you decide, use these modern bathroom design rules to create functional, beautiful spaces that are a private sanctuary for you, your family and guests.