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. Interior Designer, Darren Palmer, encourages us to think differently.
“It’s not just about function and utility, it’s also about the finishing and beauty,” says Darren.
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.
By starting with a neutral base for your bathroom’s colour scheme, you won’t have to fret about it becoming outdated or out-of-touch.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.
“When you’re designing a bathroom, you need to look at every inclusion as an opportunity to add in interest,” notes Darren. 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:
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.
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.
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. Darren says tiles are 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.
“Think about how you’re going to use different tiles in different ways,” Darren advises.
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.
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.
“Nothing says luxury, quite like a freestanding bathtub,” says Darren. 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.