When designing a modern bathroom, people often put emphasis on things like tile choices and color patterns. However, there’s a lot more that goes into the mindset of contemporary design. You have to get creative and introduce some interesting design choices to make your bathroom feel unique and welcoming. If you’re short on ideas, here are a few that might pique your interest and help you create the most idyllic bathroom experience.

Natural Lighting

Sunlight probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you’re talking about bathroom lighting options. Most of the time, bathrooms only have so much natural light to work with. There are often just one or two small windows that are positioned to allow for maximum privacy. However, there are ways of introducing more of this gorgeous light without sacrificing privacy.

The most practical solution would be to install a skylight. If your bathroom happens to be on the top floor, a skylight would be a must-have addition to it. It would add more than enough natural light, while also giving you a view of the stars during the night.

If a skylight isn’t an option, make your bathroom spread out this light with ease. With the help of a sprawling mirror and some high-gloss vanities, the light will bounce around and even a small window will be enough to light up the whole room.

Indoor Greenery

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Bathrooms don’t often see a lot of greenery on the inside, which is a tragedy. Plants have the potential to transform any room into a cozy oasis. This goes double for bathrooms, as they are especially lacking in natural elements.

Not only do plants provide a calm and soothing atmosphere, but they also make the air feel cleaner and less stuffy. This is especially important for bathrooms, as they tend to get quite steamy after a shower or bath. You don’t even need that large a number of plants to achieve this effect. A few potted plants in a corner or on a shelf would be more than enough to make your bathroom feel fresher.

Hanging plants are particularly popular nowadays. They won’t get in the way, and they’ll add a wonderful look to shelves. Choose a low maintenance plant that won’t mind the humid atmosphere, and you should be set.

A Freestanding Tub

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Bathtubs are essential for every modern bathroom, but not all bathtubs are created equal. The classic look is a bit clunky and doesn’t mesh well with contemporary designs. However, freestanding tubs have just the right look to match your desired bathroom aesthetic and they provide you with a spa-like atmosphere.

Choose your bathtub wisely. Make sure it can fit in your bathroom so that it doesn’t take up too much space. You don’t have to choose the typical white and off-white colors for your tub. Contemporary designs and textiles accessories often include darker tones like grey and black, which add an air of sophistication to your bathroom. A darker tub will also be easier to clean, so keep that in mind.

Convenient Storage Options

Storage Options

Modern bathrooms need ample storage options to stay functional and aesthetically pleasing. You don’t want to keep your supplies all over the room, as they’ll only act as clutter which takes away from the wonderful design.

To keep your essential bathroom supplies neatly tucked away, you need vanities and cabinets. One cabinet behind a mirror might not be enough for all your storage needs. Keep a separate cabinet for things like towels and another one for cleaning supplies. This will keep your bathroom organized, neat, and free of clutter.

An Open-Plan Bathroom

While bathtubs are great, not every bathroom is suited for them. Showers are an even more convenient option, and they provide you with opportunities to switch-up the look of your bathroom. Open-plan bathrooms have become increasingly popular, and for good reasons.

Provide your bathroom with a level of continuity by keeping every surface connected. Instead of having a shower base that is separate from other elements of the bathroom, have it connect through the tiles that you use. This will make your bathroom feel bigger and more cohesive in its design.

When separating the shower from the rest of the bathroom, don’t choose opaque glass. Use transparent pieces that will allow you to enjoy the open plan of your bathroom as much as possible. Choosing the perfect window will enhance the open-plan and provide adequate lighting.


Creating an attractive and cozy modern bathroom is no easy task, but it’s perfectly manageable with dedication and the right ideas. If you’re trying to design a contemporary bathroom for your home, you’re going to want to implement quite a few of these ideas. Luckily, they don’t require a lot of renovating and they can be quickly adapted to an existing bathroom. With just a few changes, your bathroom will look like a modern personal oasis that you can relax whenever you please.

Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

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