The bathroom — with its hard, smooth surfaces, clean lines, and potential for sleek fixtures — is a great place to dabble in modern design. If you’re toying with the idea of going modern with your bathroom remodel, here are some ideas to consider.
Modern design is usually characterized by minimalism — in texture, color, décor. Neutral colors such as white, gray, black, and taupe are big. Porcelain sinks and tubs can provide the white, and wall treatments such as tile and stone add some subtle color. Lightly stained wood can provide relief from the neutral palette.
On the subject of color, keep in mind that contrast always has its place in design. Pop something bold into the coolness of the room, such as a bright backsplash or wall.
Minimalist is the word for plumbing fixtures. Go for shiny finishes, and don’t mix metal colors. Often a sink, tub, or shower fixture can look like futuristic art.
Hanging a vanity off the wall so that it floats over the floor adds to the clean lines and makes the floor a continuous surface.
For the shower, choose a frameless glass door. Or dispense with the door and just hang a glass panel to contain most of the spray.
As you window-shop for fixtures for your modern bath, check out the luxury toilets. The prices might be prohibitive, but you can’t beat the sleek, minimalistic look.