Chic and stylish are seldom the first words that come to mind when you
think of your bathroom. For most people, bathrooms are more functional than
aesthetic—after all, you don’t use it as much as your bedroom or living
room. But modern design is slowly changing all that.
Modern bathrooms have evolved from the basic shower-and-toilet setup to
luxury rooms where you can relax for hours. Think of it as a luxury spa,
except that it’s right in your own home. But the best news is that it’s not
as lavish as it sounds. Here are some trendy touches that can take your
bathroom from drab and dated to stylishly modern.
Vessel sinks are placed completely above the counter so that they look like
separate pieces. This is a fresh change from traditional sinks, which are
often built or integrated into the countertop. The modern look of vessel
sinks comes from their sleek designs and bold colors. Look for bright colors
that match other elements in your bathroom, such as shower curtains and area
rugs. Modern materials such as glass and stone offer excellent wear and will
last years of constant use.
Set off your sink with a matching bathroom faucet. Modern design is about
combining function and style, so look for one that’s both stylish and easy
to use. The taps that come with most sinks are usually of low quality. Look
for one that can withstand everyday abuse. Metals such as brass, copper, and
stainless steel are fairly durable and will fit in with the modern theme.
Traditional bathrooms use overhead lighting, or a single large bulb that
lights the entire room. While this is certainly convenient, it doesn’t do
much in terms of aesthetics. Modern bathrooms favor subtle lights that work
on smaller parts of the room. Use a separate light for your vanity, tub, and
shower areas. This makes for a more relaxing mood and a more flattering
reflection. Use yellow or white area rugs to help disperse the light.
The vanity is an important element in modern bathroom design. What was once
a simple dressing table is now a personal armoire complete with a sink,
counter, shelves, mirrors, and carefully planned lighting—all matching a
single theme. Vanity sets are available from most home supply stores, but
you can save money by putting your own set together. Pick a modern
countertop as your base and let it set the theme for the rest of your setup.
Flooring has evolved more than any part of the bathroom over the years. If
you’re still using ceramic tile, consider updating by using modular carpets,
cork, or even hardwood. Use area rugs to protect your floors from damage and
provide warmth in the cold season. Just avoid natural materials such as wool
area rugs and jute area rugs, as they won’t hold up well to moisture. If you
have a small floor space, use kids area rugs—they’re smaller and add a more
welcoming look to the room.