From Beth on October 12th, 2009 in Bathroom Remodel
The interesting thing about modern bathrooms is that no two are alike. Because of the varying sub-styles under the “modern” umbrella, you can take pieces from one style and mix it with another and never clash. Urban, Asian, Zen and futuristic are all inspired by a basic theme – they must be highly functional and efficient with a sleek minimalistic design. That usually includes cutting-edge fixtures and components. The layout, design and elements that go into a modern bathroom will vary by lifestyle, home décor, needs and personal taste. So what does it take to create a modern bathroom?
There are basic aspects of a successful modern bathroom remodel. Once you understand these key elements, you can shape and mold your bathroom to suit your lifestyle. Let’s get started.
The Underlying Theme
As an example of the modern bathroom and the various elements involved, you’ll find (below) two almost identical bathrooms. Both utilize the basic modern theme but with completely different materials.
Designed by Kanner architects.
Unlike a traditional bathroom that can be pieced together as budget permits, a modern bathroom remodel needs to be thoroughly planned from the ground up. It should have an open space concept with all dysfunctional walls removed. Typical built-in bathtubs are replaced by standalone tubs or custom built-in tubs. Wall-to-wall oak cabinetry is replaced by sleek, highly efficient wall-mounted or standalone cabinetry. Get the bones right first and everything else will follow.
Depending on the sub-style, flooring can range from slate to high-gloss laminate. Futuristic bathrooms look stunning in brightly colored ceramic tile, as well as shiny stark white vinyl. Urban bathrooms are beautiful with natural, highly buffed concrete or tile in soft, neutral tones. Asian or Zen bathrooms look gorgeous with cool gray stone or warm, burnt-brown clay.
Cabinetry & Storage
Modern bathroom cabinetry comes in a vast array of choices for all sub-styles. Usually hardware-free and modular, the cabinetry is sleek, uniform and elegant with clean lines and simple design. Common materials include stainless steel, lacquered wood, and veneer or laminated covered wood. Storage is integrated and minimal.
From Rapsel – Vision washbasin
Vanities are the jewel of the bathroom; they tie the entire room together in balanced harmony and they’re the most used piece in the bathroom. Whether you’re drying your hair, brushing your teeth, or applying your makeup, this is your centerpiece. As you can see from the above lit fashionable sink & vanity combo, the sky is the limit when it comes to modern vanities. They come in all shapes, sizes, materials and colors. Vanities should be sleek and elegant and always remain clutter-free.
Bathtubs & Showers
Tubs are typically clean-cut and contemporary. They often feature whirlpool jets for added luxury. Today’s modern bathroom contains standalone pieces, such as shower towers or open showers. Multiple showerheads, handheld features and top-of-the-line fixtures are a must.
Toilets & Sinks
La Fontana bathroom by ArtCeram
Wall sinks, sculptured wall toilets and bidets are the hottest trend – they take up minimal space and provide easy upkeep. Visually, they make the space much larger. They’re innovative, efficient, sharp and ultra-contemporary.
High-end fixtures go with modern bathrooms like peanut butter goes with jelly. If you shortchange your fixtures, your entire bathroom will be a fraud. Gold finishes are taboo; only use stainless steel or chrome. The ideal fixtures will be trendy, sophisticated, utilitarian, artful and crisp.
Designing a modern bathroom starts with basic elements. From there, you can add recessed lighting for unobtrusive ambience and accessorize with mirrors and specialty lighting over the vanity. You can hang a towel warmer or a flat screen TV. It’s your bathroom – make it your favorite room in the house.