18 Unique Modern Bathroom Ideas | Cabinets, Vanities + More
Discover the best tips for designing a gorgeous modern bathroom.
Modern bathrooms are undeniably beautiful—characterized by glossy tile, luxury finishes, minimalist design and sleek style. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the notion that a modern bathroom “should” look a certain way, with clean lines and neutral colors. This is the most common way to design a contemporary space, but it’s not the only way to create the perfect modern getaway. In fact, there are hundreds of ways to tweak your bathroom and still achieve the modern result you desire.
Modern Bathroom Cabinets
Modern bathroom cabinets don’t have to be flat panel and glossy to match the updated finishes of the space. In fact, its possible to incorporate almost any cabinet style into a modern bathroom with the right design plan. One popular (and affordable) cabinet style for contemporary spaces is the Shaker cabinet. With a five-piece door frame and minimal details, the no-fuss style of the Shaker cabinet is perfect for modern designs. Popular colors for modern bathroom cabinets include white, grey, black, and navy.
Modern Bathroom Vanity
When choosing a modern bathroom vanity, opt for neutral colors and minimalist design. The less ornamentation, the better. The best materials for modern vanity tops are marble, granite, and tile. For a more natural and earthy modern bathroom design, opt for wood or concrete vanity tops.
Modern Color Scheme
Think the only way to design a modern bathroom is in black and white? Think again! Although black, white and shades of grey are the most popular color options for modern bathrooms, you shouldn’t limit your design to what is most common. Earthy colors like jade, emerald green, deep blue and turquoise can really pop in a modern bathroom. Even bright, non-traditional colors like bright yellow and fire engine red can look stunning on the walls, floors or cabinets. When choosing colors for your bathroom scheme, go with what makes you feel happy and refreshed—that’s what matters. Then choose updated modern finishes to match.
Don’t be afraid to go against the grain when it comes to making your space feel like home! When it comes down to it, it’s your opinion that matters most. Read on to learn 18 more unique ideas for designing a modern bathroom that stands out.
Natural Wooden Cabinets
To add an earthy vibe to this modern bathroom design, the interior designer opted for natural wood shaker cabinets for the vanity. The grain of the wood provides a lovely natural contrast against the stark white shower tile, white countertop and marble tile flooring. Exposed bulb pendant lights illuminate the room and incorporate an artistic touch.
Geometric Floor Tiles
Need to update a contemporary bathroom on a budget? Instead of investing in a full-blown bathroom remodel, consider simply changing up the floor tile. It’s surprising how much a unique floor pattern can revive an outdated bathroom. This matte black hexagonal flooring is a great example. It adds some contrast to the color scheme without distracting from the overall design.
White Shaker Cabinets
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Picking the right cabinets for a contemporary bathroom design can be a challenge. Flat panel cabinets are common in modern bathrooms, but are they the only option? Certainly not! Another affordable and functional cabinet style for modern bathrooms is the classic shaker. The five-panel cabinet door design is simple and understated, but offers a bit more style than a basic flat panel cabinet. Shaker cabinets are also a more affordable option than most other modern cabinet styles.
CM Natural Designs
One way to add some visual interest to a basic modern bathroom is to install circular wall mirrors in lieu of the traditional rectangular style. Both practical and affordable, circular mirrors are a nice way to add some artistic flair to your bathroom wall. To take the design a step further, match the frame of the mirror with the bathroom hardware. For example, this bathroom has circular mirrors framed in brass to match the hanging brass pendant lights.
Black-Framed Shower Doors
Shower doors with black frames have become increasingly popular in modern bathroom design. They offer a unique blend of modernism and industrial style. This designer paired them with rich espresso shaker cabinets and brass hardware. White subway tile backsplash and white tile floors contrast the dark colors to create a dramatic color palette. The result is a contemporary spa fit for a king.
Subdued Color Palette
A subdued color palette gives a modern bathroom a more gentle and inviting feel. Especially in small spaces, lighter neutrals like white and grey can play in your favor as they make the room feel larger. This modern master bathroom features light grey shaker cabinets, brass hardware and herringbone tile floors. The result is a simple space that carefully balances delicacy and intrigue.
Unique Wall Art
One inexpensive way to spruce up a modern bathroom wall is with a framed piece of art or one of your favorite photos. This washed out beach landscape ties in perfectly with the bathroom’s chic all-white color scheme. A piece of wall art can function as a statement piece that centers the bathroom design. It’s also easy to swap out the art or photo for a different print when you decide you’re ready for a change.
Chic Shower Curtain
Most ultra-modern bathrooms have glass shower doors. However for many bathroom layouts, a glass door isn’t an option. In these cases, a simple modern shower curtain can be a beautiful substitute. It’s also a better way to break up a modern bathroom and create more privacy. Extra tall shower curtains with minimal details in neutral colors are often the best choice.
This modern design was given a pop of brass with gold wall candle sconces, a golden tray, and two small golden jars in the corner of the vanity. Gold can add drama and luxury to an otherwise plain bathroom space, making it a great choice for simple contemporary bathrooms that need a touch of glamour. The good news is, brass or gold hardware can be found at affordable prices. You can save on your hardware and feel great about updating your modern bathroom for less!
Bored of traditional modern bathroom backsplash and wallpaper? Opt for a patterned wallpaper that adds character to the room without distracting from the rest of the design. This unique yet subdued geometric wallpaper adds some shape to the bathroom without being too busy. Fun wallpapers are great for homeowners with more of a modern eclectic design style.
The “modern jungle” style has become wildly popular in contemporary bathroom design. If you browse bathroom ideas on Pinterest, you’ll notice a common theme of greenery. Indoor plants not only give a space a refreshing feel, they purify the air. They’re arguably the best home decor—they’re affordable and improve your health! Common plants for bathrooms include ferns, air plants, dracaenas, pothos and bromeliads. All of these species thrive in low light and high humidity, making them perfect as bathroom decor.
Luxe Large Mirrors
Not only do large mirrors make a bathroom feel more glamorous, they also create the illusion of a bigger room. This modern white bathroom includes a double wide mirror and double sink, creating beautiful clean lines. The room is already large, but the oversized mirrors make it feel massive and luxurious. To complete the look, bright white shaker cabinets and chrome hardware were chosen to match the rest of the white finishes.
Back To Black
This grand master bath looks luxe with black bath vanity cabinets. The stark black color is gorgeous against the white marble floors and white wall paint. Making the design feel massive, extra tall black-framed mirrors elongate the height of the pitched ceilings. This bathroom has the perfect blend of dark and light colors and finishes.
Give your modern bathroom cabinets an illuminated glow with LED under-cabinet lighting. Affordable and easy to install, LED cabinet lighting takes a modern bathroom design to the next level. For ultra-modern homes, colored LED lights can also be a striking look. Blue or red lights can be a vibrant futuristic touch to glossy all-black cabinets.
Vanity Powder Seating
To create a small powder area, leave a gap between the cabinets in the vanity for a small stool. If you don’t have an existing seating area, this is a clever way to add it without installing a separate vanity. This beautiful marble bathroom adds a sitting space between the two double sinks for a gorgeous multi-tasking modern vanity.
Modern style bathrooms look stunning fitted with vessel sinks. To add an artistic touch, opt for a vessel sink of a unique shape or material. Common options are ceramic, glass, cement and steel. For modern bathrooms, there are plenty of neutral colors to choose from, but you may also consider marbled, mosaic or hand-painted varieties. Regardless of the style you choose, a vessel sink will add value and luxury to your modern bathroom design.
Wood & Ceramic Tile Flooring
Flooring options for modern bathrooms are limitless. Depending on your unique design style, there are hundreds of different options to choose from. One unique idea that has recently hit the design scene is mixing wood flooring with ceramic tile. The combination is not only durable and timeless, it creates a beautiful natural contrast. This interior designer here used grey ceramic tile for the main area of the bathroom, then waterproof wood planks for the shower floor.
Update your modern bathroom mirror with soft back-lighting. The subdued glow creates optimal lighting to apply makeup or style hair. It also turns the mirror into more of a statement art piece. This is an affordable and easy way to give your modern bathroom a custom touch. This bathroom has lights installed under the cabinets as well, keeping the room beautifully illuminated without distracting from the overall design.
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