Modern-Style Bathrooms at a Glance
- Floating vanities with flat-panel doors and drawers
- Minimalist faucets and hardware
- Frameless mirrors
- Streamlined or integrated lighting
- Neutral, minimalist color palette
- Repetition of finishes and materials for cohesive look
What You Won’t Find in Modern Bathrooms
- Carved door faces or ornate knobs
- Elaborate molding, millwork or wainscoting
- Bright colors and bold patterns, except perhaps as a small accent
- A mix-and-match approach to materials and finishes rather than simplicity and consistency
Neutral Color Palette
The focus of a modern-style bathroom is on the architecture and structure of the key pieces, which means the color palette tends toward crisp, clean white, subtle neutrals and black. Pops of color show up in the form of accessories such as bath towels and plants.
Colors for modern bathrooms:
- Neutrals. Dove gray, slate, taupe, beige, putty
- Black and white.Architectural white, matte black
- Pops of color. Fire engine red, navy blue, royal blue, chartreuse, teal
A wall-mounted vanity appears to “float” above the ground, creating a light, streamlined look that works well in a modern bathroom. For the top of it, opt for engineered quartz, marble, granite or a solid-surface material in a neutral hue. Pair with undermount sinks (as seen here) for a seamless look with easy-clean practicality.
Design Detail: Vessel Sinks
Vessel sinks can make a striking alternative to undermount sinks in a modern bathroom or powder room. Look for simple rounded or rectilinear shapes in white, glass or stone.
A roomy freestanding tub is a popular choice for those who love to soak. But instead of a classic claw-foot or pedestal style (which reads traditional), go for a sleeker, sculptural modern tub. If you like the look of a freestanding bathtub but want to increase accessibility, another option is to choose a partially freestanding tub — these are freestanding tubs partially enclosed by a wall or ledge, as seen in this space from Loft Interiors.
Glass Shower Enclosure
Whether clear, colorful, textured or frosted, glass shower enclosures keep modern bathrooms looking spacious and sleek. An open shower (like the one seen here) is made up of one or more glass shower panels without a door. If you do opt for a hinged or sliding glass door, be sure to select simple, modern hardware that won’t break up the clean lines of the glass.
Design Detail: Wall Niches
If your modern bathroom has a glass shower surround, every detail within the shower counts, so keep products neat and within reach with well-designed niches. You may want to measure your most frequently used products before committing to a design to ensure the finished product will work for your daily life.
Wall-mounted or single-handle faucets in polished nickel, chrome or matte black create a modern, minimalist look. For consistency, choose one metal finish and repeat it throughout the bathroom. In this space from architect Elaine Richardson, even the sink drains are matte black, echoing the sink and bathtub faucets.
Streamlined Lighting, Frameless Mirrors
Lighting in modern bathrooms is clean, simple and streamlined. Look for sleek wall sconces, lighted mirrors and recessed lighting. Mirrors are sleek and frameless, with or without medicine cabinets.
In a modern bathroom, every detail matters. Add that perfect finishing touch with a stack of colorful or beautifully textured neutral towels, a wall-mounted towel warming rack and modern planter.