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Tips for Designing A Contemporary Bathroom

POSTED ON Tuesday, July 16, 2019 IN Bathroom

Create a space that looks clean and feels comfortable

As one of the most frequently-used spaces in your home, your bathroom must be both functional and attractive. If it fails to fulfill one of those two requirements, then it may be time for a much-needed remodel. Or maybe you’re simply ready for a new look. Whatever the reason, there are a variety of ways to improve the look, feel, and functionality of your bathroom, especially if you are a homeowner looking to bring a contemporary style to the space.

Contemporary style is clean and fresh. The goal is to create a space that is warm and welcoming, experimenting with a blend of bold and neutral colors. You will want to take a more minimalist approach to your vanity, cabinets, and fixtures if you are aiming for a contemporary look and feel.

If you are looking to redesign your bathroom to suit a contemporary style, you’ll need to take a look at how your vanity, sink, shower, and decor fit within that design.

Contemporary Bathroom Vanities

As the centerpiece of your bathroom design, the vanity is the visual anchor of the space. You’ll certainly want to find a vanity that fits the size of the room and serves your functional needs for washing and storage, but the style is also an important, if not essential, element.

Consider the simple and clean look of Bertch’s Riverside style vanity. It is minimalistic and uncomplicated, but also contributes to the ambiance of your bathroom. You’ll want to create a warm and welcoming space, and the clean feel of this particular vanity provides that. The Interlude style vanity is a similar option, giving a modern look when paired with a matte black finish.

Granite countertops are a popular choice for contemporary vanities. It is a durable material that resists stains and damage from water or heat. Granite also offers long-lasting quality that can not only enhance your bathroom, but also add more value to your home.

The wall-mounted Arcadia style vanity evokes a more modern contemporary design. But the white ash 3D laminate finish and sleek faux granite countertop incorporate clean lines and a bold contrast of stark colors that will give your bathroom a distinct aesthetic. 


Modern Bathroom Vanities

Modern is different from contemporary, but the two styles share enough commonalities that homeowners can mix and match to create their own unique look.

Modern style traces back to the mid-century modern designs of the 1950s and 60s, whereas contemporary design is rooted in the here and now. Wood and earthier elements are frequently associated with a modern design, compared to the glass and metals of contemporary style.

But both embrace a minimalist aesthetic, clean lines, and an open feel.

Colored vanities are a popular trend with today’s modern bathrooms, but the simple and straightforward finish of a white vanity will always be a staple of modern design.

Double vanities or double sink vanities are both popular choices among modern homeowners. They are ideal for shared bathroom spaces, allowing two or more people to effectively use the space without conflict. Double sink vanities, which are essentially a vanity with two sinks, are a practical alternative for those with limited space in their bathroom.

To have more than one vanity is more common for homeowners with large bathrooms. Even in an average-sized space, two smaller vanities can be an effective alternative to one large double vanity. Giving each vanity room to breathe can create the illusion of a larger bathroom.


Contemporary Sinks

What separates one sink from the next? Well, quite a bit in today’s market. We’ve touched on determining the right number of sinks for your bathroom, but there is also the question of what style of sink, how the sink will be placed on your vanity, and more. There are distinctive features and unique characteristics that separate each of the sink options available to you.

It’s all about finding the perfect match.

Pedestal sinks are generally ideal for smaller bathrooms and embrace the minimalist approach of contemporary design, but that can also be perceived as a knock against them for some homeowners. They generally have smaller countertops and lack storage space underneath, but streamlining your sink can allow you to get creative elsewhere in the bathroom.

The more traditional alternative, if you want to keep a contemporary or modern design, is the classic recessed bathroom sink. This means that the sink is completely sunken into the vanity top, providing greater basin stability and more counter space, generally. Semi-recessed sinks, with part of the sink rests above the countertop, are also an option.

For something more elegant, Bertch’s lotus bowl sink may be the touch your bathroom needs. It can be mounted to your vanity in three distinct levels. For further customization, you can even choose a color that either matches or contrasts the decking, depending on your style.

Contemporary Shower

If you are redesigning your bathroom, updating the shower can breathe new life into the space. More homeowners are upgrading their showers and opting for a barrier-free design for ease of access. It’s one of many practical changes signaling a move towards showers that embrace the open concept and minimalist approach of contemporary style.

Don’t be afraid to shake things up by adding a touch of color to your shower space. Find a tile or finish in a bright or saturated color to add contrast to your all-white bathroom. Mixing tiles and patterns can also add a layer of texture to an otherwise clean space.

If you want to create a focal wall to help draw attention to the elegant details of your shower, consider tiling the shower wall in a different pattern or color than the rest of the bathroom.

There is no checklist of requirements for designing a contemporary bathroom. It’s ultimately about finding what elements fit that aesthetic and speak to your personal style. To start planning your bathroom redesign, visit our nearest showroom.


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