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Contemporary Bathroom Ideas and Designs

If your bathroom is a small space in your home where you don’t spend much time, it’s time to think about alternatives. Whether you’re going for a full renovation or just a refresh; making your contemporary bathroom design brighter, cleaner and more attractive will make you feel happier to use it every day. Browse the pictures to find inspiring bathroom ideas on Houzz, including stylish vanities, fancy toilets, taps, shower tiling, as well as storage ideas for small bathrooms.

How do I find contemporary bathroom ideas for my remodel?


If you’re starting your bathroom remodel from scratch, or ripping out and starting again, then once you’ve sorted the plan and the plumbing you’ll need to think about what kind of ideas you’d like. The easiest option is to get inspiration from bathroom professionals. However, if you’ve dreamt of a roll-top bath or a walk-in shower with heating at, then you might want to take longer looking for each item individually. Choosing all white elements will obviously tie everything together, but also think about the style you’re going for – ultra modern taps will clash with traditional Victorian-style wash basins. And it’s probably good to consider your flooring or surfaces, and walls to make sure everything will complement. Take a look through the different styles of bathroom designs on Houzz to get some inspiration.
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How do I select the right contemporary bathroom decor & furniture?


Selecting contemporary bathroom decor such as cabinets, mirrors, shelves or other furniture for bathrooms can be tricky. You want to consider the storage they offer while also making sure they make an attractive feature as you enter your bathroom. Don’t forget you need them to be durable and withstand the damp conditions, e.g. if you’re going for a painted cabinet make sure the paint is suitable for baths. For medicine cabinets you will find most have mirrored fronts, but you can find extra features such as clocks and shaving sockets built-in.

What contemporary bathroom storage ideas should I look at?


While bathroom storage ideas is not the first thing you think of when it comes to bathrooms, you’ll be surprised at how much difference it makes when your bathroom is organised – specially if you’re dealing with a small bathroom, this is essential.

We all know how accessories like bottles, toiletries, lotions and potions can pile up next to the bath. And where to put the cotton buds, painkillers, plasters, other medicine, creams and sanitary products? That’s not even considering using your bathroom as a place to store your towels and bathrobes. The first thing to consider when reviewing bathroom ideas is if you can invest in built-in bathroom storage. Large vanity units will have drawers and compartments to store a great number of toiletries and bathroom necessities, and if your bathroom or cloakroom has room for a built-in cupboard you can start storing small accessories and larger items there. If you can’t do anything on this scale, you could investigate built-in storage around the bath or look at less permanent options.
bathroom ideas for improving storage

Shelves and shelving units, like ladder shelves, will give you extra space without taking up too much floor space. Also look for wire, wicker or fabric baskets, large and small, to store items under or next to the sink, or even on the wall.

What's the best ideas for lighting?


Water and electricity don’t mix, so make sure your bathroom lights are safe, first and foremost. There are actually regulations around what type of light fittings you can use and where – IP67 rating lights for submerged areas e.g. inside baths and sinks (Zone 0); IP65 for any area above a shower or bath (Zone 1); and IP44 rating for anything 0.6m from a bath or basin (Zone 2). After you’ve made sure your light fittings are safe and to-code, you can consider the type and style you’d like as your working through your contemporary bathroom ideas.
incorporating great lighting into your bathroom design ideas

The sink, the mirror, shower and/or bath are the places where you might want the clearest and strongest light. You can use these if you want it to be bright and clear. Otherwise, you might want to look at some soft, ambient lighting in the form of chandeliers, short pendants or wall lamps. You could use accent lighting around your contemporary bath in the form to create a tranquil, spa feel, as well.

Bathroom tiles – what should I go for?


It’s rare to find bathrooms without tiles. Although it can be done with panelling, materials like tadelakt, waterproof paint, wallpaper or well-treated wood; bathroom tiles are so copious and easy to apply that it’s hard to avoid going with tiles in the bathroom. The great thing is that both floor tiles and wall tiles come in a huge variety of sizes, styles, colours and patterns, so you can remodel your room completely with whatever tile choices fit with your contemporary bathroom ideas. When it comes to flooring, tiles will be durable, easy to clean and deal well with water, but if you want something different you could go with modern concrete, traditional or country-style treated wooden floorboards, or a bit more quirky bamboo, cork or vinyl.
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What to do with small contemporary bathrooms?


The best small bathroom ideas will maximise the space you have. From installing a bidet to simple decorative tips there are plenty of things you can do to make it look bigger. Recessed shelves can make a huge difference both visually and practically to contemporary small bathrooms, so if you are able to have these installed when your walls are being renovated you could add some to your shower or sink area.

You could choose pale colours and iridescent tiles that reflect the light, keep walls and ceilings the same colour and texture, and use complementary shades throughout the bathroom– fewer contrasts and transitions will help maintain the sense of space. Floating bathroom units also draw the eye to visible floor space underneath them, and clear glass shower screens will keep the room feeling open and airy. Finishing touches like artfully placed large mirrors will also make small bathrooms appear more expansive.

Browse some of the most popular room pages on Houzz.
Photo of a contemporary shower room in Manchester with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, an alcove shower, a wall mounted toilet, grey tiles, a trough sink, grey floors and a hinged door.

Photo of a contemporary shower room in Manchester with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, an alcove shower, a wall mounted toilet, grey tiles, a trough sink, grey floors and a hinged door.
The use of Wood Effect Porcelain Tiles on both the wall and the floor to create a warm and modern look. - thetileemporium

Photo of a contemporary bathroom in London with an alcove shower, a two-piece toilet, multi-coloured tiles, white walls and a hinged door.

Verity Cahill
Photo of a contemporary bathroom in London with an alcove shower, a two-piece toilet, multi-coloured tiles, white walls and a hinged door.
The low wall allows the toilet to share a wall with the shower. This layout could allow a smaller area for a bathroom. - onewaydesignsnw

Photo of a large contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with freestanding cabinets, a freestanding bath, white tiles, marble tiles, white walls, marble flooring, marble worktops and white floors.

Photo of a large contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with freestanding cabinets, a freestanding bath, white tiles, marble tiles, white walls, marble flooring, marble worktops and white floors.
his and hers porcelain bathroom - jamjam2015

Photo of a contemporary ensuite bathroom in Surrey with open cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a vessel sink and black floors.

Chris Snook
Photo of a contemporary ensuite bathroom in Surrey with open cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a vessel sink and black floors.
Gray tiles wooden unit with bowl - wten

Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in London with a trough sink.

Nathalie Priem
Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in London with a trough sink.

This is an example of a contemporary shower room in London with an alcove shower, multi-coloured tiles, black floors and an open shower.

Innovation Interiors
This is an example of a contemporary shower room in London with an alcove shower, multi-coloured tiles, black floors and an open shower.
So cool! The little crazy dark tiles and the light on the wall - lili_kaneva51

This is an example of a small contemporary wet room in London with green tiles, ceramic tiles, white walls, cement flooring, a claw-foot bath, a two-piece toilet, multi-coloured floors and an open shower.

ON-TREND SCALES Move over metro tiles and line a wall with fabulously funky Fish Scale designs. Also known as scallop, fun or mermaid tiles, this pleasing-to-the-eye shape is a Moroccan tile classic that's trending hard right now and offers a sophisticated alternative to metro/subway designs. Mermaids tiles are this year's unicorns (so they say) and Fish Scale tiles are how to take the trend to a far more grown-up level. Especially striking across a whole wall or in a shower room, make the surface pop in vivid shades of blue and green for an oceanic vibe that'll refresh and invigorate. If colour doesn't float your boat, just exchange the bold hues for neutral shades and use a dark grout to highlight the pattern. Alternatively, go to www.tiledesire.com there are more than 40 colours to choose and mix!! Photo Credits: http://iortz-photo.com/
colour scheme! tiles! walk in shower! - kym_larson35

Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, a built-in shower, a one-piece toilet, an integrated sink, white floors and a hinged door.

Excited to supply tiles for a property developer for his own house on all of his 6 bathrooms. The project has been challenging given the tight deadline and also the many different tiles, brands chosen. Most of the tiles have been 60x120cm which we specialise in. Client wanted Marble effect, Cement effect with some feature walls and special finishes. We also supplied curtain fabrics for the entire property. We do not have a fabrics section in our website but please do reach out if you look for quality, good value for money materials, predominantly Italian.

Large contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a built-in bath, grey tiles, cement tiles, limestone flooring, limestone worktops, grey walls and an integrated sink.

Radu Palicica
Large contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a built-in bath, grey tiles, cement tiles, limestone flooring, limestone worktops, grey walls and an integrated sink.
Color del mueble? - maritadupre

Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, a corner shower, pink tiles, pink walls, an integrated sink, black floors and a sliding door.

Roques-O'Neil Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding bath, a corner shower, pink tiles, pink walls, an integrated sink, black floors and a sliding door.
tiles - charlotte_crow14

This is an example of a contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, beige walls and a submerged sink.

This is an example of a contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, beige walls and a submerged sink.
Crystal pendants by vanity over full mirror - mccabea

Design ideas for a contemporary bathroom in London with a freestanding bath, white walls and concrete flooring.

Elina Pasok
Design ideas for a contemporary bathroom in London with a freestanding bath, white walls and concrete flooring.
Natural stone with pale colours - laura_guest

Photo of a medium sized contemporary family bathroom in London with shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, a built-in bath, a shower/bath combination, white tiles, ceramic tiles, ceramic flooring, a wall-mounted sink, solid surface worktops, grey floors, an open shower, a one-piece toilet and white walls.

Chris Snook Photography
Photo of a medium sized contemporary family bathroom in London with shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, a built-in bath, a shower/bath combination, white tiles, ceramic tiles, ceramic flooring, a wall-mounted sink, solid surface worktops, grey floors, an open shower, a one-piece toilet and white walls.
Large family bathroom - webuser_775931532

Inspiration for a large contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with a built-in shower, grey walls, marble tiles, porcelain flooring, white floors and an open shower.

A glass panel adds to the sleekness of this wet room design; we love the cutting-edge shower head and how the marble tiling adds to the sophistication of the space. An alcove which smartly integrates a mirror expands the perception of space in the room. Perfect!
colour and only shower has marble. nothing on walls - michelle_hill5

This is an example of a contemporary ensuite bathroom in Surrey with a freestanding bath, a built-in shower, beige walls, a vessel sink and an open shower.

This is an example of a contemporary ensuite bathroom in Surrey with a freestanding bath, a built-in shower, beige walls, a vessel sink and an open shower.
natural bath/ shower. shower cave - zoe_sherlock

Photo of a medium sized contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with grey tiles, porcelain tiles, a walk-in shower, an integrated sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets and an open shower.

Simon Maxwell
Photo of a medium sized contemporary ensuite bathroom in London with grey tiles, porcelain tiles, a walk-in shower, an integrated sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets and an open shower.
Feature wall and built in mirror - ant450932

This is an example of a small contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets.

Jack Hobhouse
This is an example of a small contemporary bathroom in London with flat-panel cabinets.
Mimic the sunlight If you’re still keen on bringing in a sense of the outdoors, try installing a dramatic drop-ceiling with recessed lighting at the edges that mimics sunlight streaming in from above. The light is then directed down the walls and will highlight any interesting wall textures or tiles to make this the focus of the room. Here, brass details further hint at the idea of sunshine. - clodagh_brook

This is an example of a contemporary bathroom in London.

This is an example of a contemporary bathroom in London.
Large built in shelf along length of shower - ant450932

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