Modern bathroom ideas – 28 refreshing ideas to give your bath a splash of style

These modern bathroom ideas will ensure this space is a calm, welcoming and deeply relaxing oasis

A modern, all white bathroom
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Today's modern bathroom ideas include a whole gamut of design innovations...from statement mirrors, sculptural tubs, bright hues, and indoor-outdoor showers, to steam rooms, saunas, and even self-cleaning toilets. What does the modern bathroom not contain? 

Bathroom design has come a long way from the basic choices of years past. This year, if you’re thinking of changing things up and are looking for of-the-moment design ideas to inspire you, we have it covered. 

Take a look at these creative bathroom ideas, and select the ones that suit your style and needs.  

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is an experienced homes writer and editor. She has written hundreds of articles helping readers make the best home design choices, and spends her days interviewing interiors industry experts to bring the latest ideas to her readers. For this piece she spoke to the world's best designers who have created modern bathrooms in the most inspiring ways, ideal for compiling this article. 

28 modern bathroom ideas that stretch design imagination

1. Consider a double vanity

A bathroom with double vanity

(Image credit: Ecru Studio. Photo credit Suiyu Studio)

All mornings and nights are bookended by standing at the bathroom sink, so this area deserves to be refreshing and inviting. If you have the luxury of space, there's nothing more magnificent than having two bathroom vanities – the perfect balance between style and practicality. 

Choose earthy, tactile materials, and go for similar yet statement-making mirror designs so each vanity looks as desirable as the other. 'This bathroom's design was all about adding layers and paring back at the same time to create simplicity and a sense of harmony,' says Jin Chen, founder of Ecru Studio (opens in new tab).

2. Go for a spa-like bathroom with a steam shower

A bathroom with a steam shower

(Image credit: JL Design. Photo credit Reagen Taylor)

Steam showers are slowly becoming a beloved feature in homes, and rightly so. They don't require fire pits, tarps, or natural underground heat. Just a touch of a button and you're good to go. 

A great big-to-small small bathroom shower idea is one equipped with a sloped ceiling, adequate lighting, and a showerhead that can immediately cool you off. 

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3. Consider adding a skylight in your bathroom

A bathroom with a skylight

(Image credit: Wanda Ely Architect. Photo credit Scott Norsworthy)

Create your light show with a skylight in the bathroom. These can lend drama to a space and accentuate the material of the wall itself, creating a whimsical ambiance. Install one above the tub to give it an ethereal glow. 

Plus, there's no better bathroom ceiling light idea than sunlight.  In fact, the less you need artificial lights and the energy to power them, the better it is. 'This space was designed to prioritize natural light and a feeling of spaciousness and serenity,' says Wanda Ely, founder of WANDA ELY ARCHITECT INC (opens in new tab).

4. Create a customized marble vanity for a luxe feel

A bathroom with green marble vanity

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If you want a bathroom that is bang on trend, a splash of marble is the way to go. Whether you choose marble bathroom flooring, walls, or even vanity, its beautiful, veined, and light finish will complement the otherwise muted sanitaryware, and elevate the space from mundane to luxurious. 

Sure, marble is not a cheap material, but even a touch of it can do all the work. If you have a generous-sized bathroom, choose a large basin with wall-mounted taps. Want to add more interest and layering? Natural materials are always beautiful and combined with the sleek look of marble, look like a treat. Consider adding a rattan-framed mirror or a jute rug in the mix. 

'For our Gallery House Project, we especially custom cut Guatemala Verde marble to create this vanity area,' says Noa Santos, founder of NAINOA Architecture and Interiors (opens in new tab).

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Choose these LED vanity lights for a modern, sleek bathroom, and enhance the mirror area with this elegant design.

5. Choose vibrant floor tiles

A white toned bathroom with patterned tiles

(Image credit: Jessica Nelson Design. Photo credit Carina Skrobecki)

If your bathroom is giving you cold feet, it's because it's not quite living up to its design potential. Eye-catching tiles can completely change the look of your bathroom, and likely prove a great investment come to resell time. If you're wondering how to choose bathroom flooring, keep one thing in mind – a patterned tile might be a good choice if you want to make a statement. 

'Our client loves color,' says Jessica Nelson, founder of Jessica Nelson Design (opens in new tab). 'We wanted to infuse a playful pattern into a very traditional home and we felt these super saturated, super matte cement tiles were the perfect contrast to the more traditional unlacquered brass washstand.'

6. Go for a built-in bathtub

A modern bathroom with a white, built-in tub

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While freestanding models have been stealing the limelight for a while, when it comes to a feeling of pure bliss and a long soak, nothing compares to a built-in bathtub, that has a lovely drop-in feel to it. Built-in tubs are comparatively more practical, as they maximize space, provide a ledge for storing toiletries, and are generally easier to clean.

Plus, inset bathtubs are available in several designs as well; and you can paint your bathtub to give it a personalized touch. If you're planning on designing one in your bathroom, make sure you position it away from the more frequently traveled path from the shower to vanity. Give it its own space and corner, and create a relaxing, exclusive spot.

7. Use geometric angles to give your bathroom an edge

An ivory toned bathroom

(Image credit: Kellie Burke Interiors)

Geometric angles in your modern bathroom will give the space an edge. In this minimalist bathroom example, the shower is right in the center, at an angled design, creating sharp lines and almost an optical illusion in the space. 

The overall white palette ensures that the layout doesn't seem too stark, and the visuals are neat and seamless. The moldings on the storage and walls give a dainty touch and layering to the design. 

8. Go for a glamorous marble floor

A marble floor in checkerboard black and white

(Image credit: Lolita Colensa)

If your budget allows you, a marble floor makes a real statement and is a long-lasting solution to your bathroom interior design upheaval. Stone flooring is an option that will always look chic and reinforce the idea that your bathroom is a place dedicated to pampering and sanctuary. 

The issue with natural stone is that it can be expensive, but a natural stone is an investment certain to last you a while.  'Stone needs to be looked after carefully,' says Barrie Cutchie, design director of BC Designs (opens in new tab). 'Natural stone is porous and so needs to be sealed. It will also require maintenance in order to ensure it remains water-resistant but if you have the time to dedicate to this, it really is beautiful. '

This example is Kemptown House, designed by Lolita Colensa Designs (opens in new tab). 'It's all about luxury and luxurious stone,' says Lolita. 'These hardwearing black and white marble tiles were chosen for their perfect keeping with the period of the listed house and fun, they bring through eye catching geometric patterns and unbeatable drama. Bathrooms look more glamorous and inviting with this type of flooring.'

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Choose these LED vanity lights for a modern, sleek bathroom, and enhance the mirror area with this elegant design.

9. Choose terrazzo for a dynamic look

A bathroom designed with terrazzo

(Image credit: Studio Nato. Photo credit Hanna Grankvist)

A terrazzo scheme is a great way to add some effervescent energy to your bathroom, and the colors of the tiles give a great base to inform the overall color palette. Go for terrazzo flooring, vanity, bathtub, or an entirely-terrazzo bathroom. This material comes in many forms, but the main types of authentic terrazzo are cement- or resin-based. 

To draw focus to terrazzo, choose all the other fittings in neutral tones. Want to give the bathroom an even more modern, eye-catching feel?  Choose the largest possible aggregates as the primary marbles. 

10. Experiment with a compact bath

A compact bath design

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Don't feel limited by space. People often associate freestanding baths with huge bathrooms but this doesn’t have to be the case as several of the best-selling models on the market are available in a smaller footprint. If you have a bathroom that is smaller on size, you aren't limited to a built-in tub. 'These smaller footprint baths average around 1500mm in length, while models can get up to 1900mm,' says Barrie Cutchie of BC Designs (opens in new tab), who designed this Essex Bath - a compact 1510mm freestanding bath.

'If you do have the space, consider placing the bath in the centre of the room as a standalone piece but if space is limited, consider a short roll-top or slipper bath, or a back-to-the wall design,' says Barrie.

11. Include a dressing area for comfort and luxury

A modern bathroom and a vibrant vanity inside

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If you're blessed with a large bathroom, make the most of every square inch to increase functionality and a luxury factor. Design a vibrant and comfortable dressing room, equipped with snug seating and lighting.

What makes this space even more special is that since it is usually quite hidden away you can indulge in the decor, and go wild with colors, prints, and daring ideas you couldn't possibly use in the living or dining room. If you have extra space, include a wardrobe here as well so that the mess of the space doesn't spread around in the bathroom. 

12. Embrace luxe materials 

A gold mirror and onyx vanity

(Image credit: Artistic Tile. Design: Barette Widell)

If you want your modern bathroom to be a sumptuous and luxurious space, a touch of gold can go a long way. This gold statement mirror from Barette Widell (opens in new tab) brings opulence to this small bathroom and adds a focal point to the room

'I call this my jewel box,' says Barette. 'The colors of Artistic Tile's Rainbow Onyx stone vanity always brings a smile to my face. I wanted to create a room that felt playful yet dressy all at the same time and the combination brings a modern touch to a timeless bathroom.' 

13. Opt for a pendant light fixture

a modern bathroom with a pendant light over the bath

(Image credit: Rebekah Westover. Design: Becki Owens. Lighting: Hudson Valley Lighting Group)

A pendant is an interesting addition to a modern bathroom. Adding a statement bathroom lighting adds a touch of glamour and luxury, making your modern bathroom a pampering space.

'Your bathroom lighting is an area where you can let your personality and style shine through,' says Natalie Mann of Iconic Lights (opens in new tab).

'Pendant lighting works particularly well, as it creates a design feature that provides both task and mood lighting,' says Natalie. 'To create a focal point, consider positioning above the bath, and the light will diffuse softly, allowing you to relax in the bath below. As this is within a splash area, it's important that you look for an IP rated pendant.' 

'When choosing your bathroom pendant, consider size and shape and look towards intricate details,' says Natalie. 'This will add decorative interest, especially if you have opted for a simplistic contemporary bathroom design.'. 

In this design by Californian-based interior designer Becki Owens (opens in new tab), a clear glass pendant light from Hudson Valley Lighting (opens in new tab) ensures the lighting doesn't block daylight from the window behind. 

14. Factor in clever storage solutions

A modern bathroom with a clever storage solution

(Image credit: Daniel Villarreal. Design: Interior Fox)

It's the little things that make a bathroom feel like a spa, and a touch of storage goes a long way. A modern bathroom is often a place that is reflective of our busy lifestyles, so regardless of how much space you have on offer, think about the layout and how to organize your bathroom and keep it decluttered. 'If your bathroom is on the smaller side, it's essential to find fittings that are functional, modern and allow for free movement without feeling cramped,' say Jen and Mar of Interior Fox (opens in new tab). 'Choose a basin, WC, shower, or bath that fit proportions.'

'A vanity unit is the perfect addition and can provide ample storage for cosmetics, towels and even cleaning products,' say Jen and Mar. 'Position a mirror and occasional shelf above for ease for your soaps and creams.' 

15. Introduce graphic lines

modern bathroom with pink tiles and black accents

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One of this year's biggest modern bathroom trends is introducing graphic lines. So be inspired, but this gorgeous pink bathroom designed by New York-based Crosby Studios (opens in new tab)

The strong geometric shapes that ooze a post-modern vibe and the versatile black-and-white bathroom products can be mixed with almost any other colors, while painting the back wall a lighter shade creates a sense of depth and perspective.  

16. Bring in raw industrial style with concrete finishes

white bathroom with concrete walls


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We love the raw, textural look that concrete bathrooms showcase. Even just a single concrete covered wall is enough to set the tone and create an industrial-inspired theme – or you could use it to create a contrast to more polished bathroom furniture and fittings. The bateau bath and brass taps in this bathroom look striking against the plain concrete backdrop and soften the industrial feel of the material. 

'A key factor in mastering a modern bathroom is to keep things minimal.' explains Juan Pillay of Crosswater (opens in new tab). 'Swap colorful walls or elaborate wallpaper for marble paneling, wood cladding, clean walls, or neutral tiles. Also ensure you have enough hidden storage space to keep your bathroom tidy and free from clutter. Finally, try to avoid filling the space with decorative accessories. Instead, leave the statement-making to the fixtures and fittings.'

17. Choose green marble for a twist on the traditional

modern green marble bathroom

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Marble bathrooms are timeless, classic, and elegant – they are by no means a new concept. But this year we're seeing green marble become a hot new bathroom trend, popping up in luxury bathrooms around the world.

Perfect for achieving spa-like serenity. We're also seeing some very convincing fakes. The best applications we’ve seen include a powder room by Flack Studio (opens in new tab) and Alternative Bathroom (opens in new tab)’s so-convincing-you-might-think-it’s-real Aqualunae bathroom wallpaper.

18. Go for a graphic tile pattern in the shower area

modern bathroom with pink geometric tiles and walk in shower


(Image credit: Paul Craig)

New tile collections are featuring more graphic lines, which assemble together to form modern graphic or geometric patterns. Nailing just about every current bathroom trend from the pink hexagonal Lily Pad tiles to the black taps and Crittall-style shower screen, this is a truly modern shower room

'Those with very small bathrooms will have to comprise on a bath and, instead, let the shower be the focal point of the room,' says Juan.  'A walk-in shower is the best solution for small spaces. They blend function and style and, importantly, don't require much space to stand out. To give your walk-in the contemporary touch, opt for exposed shower fittings with a more modern finish, such as brushed brass, stainless steel, or matt black.'

19. Incorporate fluted furniture

modern bathroom with marble wall tiles and blue cabinetry


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Fluted and textured furniture has been cropping up in new furniture collections and in our homes. It gives a space movement and dynamism, plus adds a layer of warmth. 

Now it's stepping into bathrooms too. Add a lovely subtle texture and interest, it's the perfect contrast to sleek marble wall tiles. 

20. Brave a darker scheme

A black toned bathroom


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A smokey black bathroom color idea can feel very grown-up, especially when combined with very sophisticated fixtures and a gloss paint that makes the room shine. 

Interestingly, if you have an oversized bathroom and want to give it a more cozy, intimate feel, go for warmer color paints. These will create the feeling of contraction(which is a good thing), bringing the walls in. An enveloping feeling will thus be created, giving you a snug, cocooning vibe. 

21. Connect to the outdoors

spa bathroom in a lightwell


(Image credit: Photography: Joe Fletcher)

A seriously cool way to bring the outdoors in is by linking up a light well to a basement bathroom via floor-to-ceiling glass doors. We're in love with this super chic bathroom, from the whirlpool bath to the indoor-outdoor vibe that the light-well garden creates.

22. Hang a modern chandelier for a luxurious touch

A modern bathroom with a crystal chandelier


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Statement bathroom lighting not only illuminates a room but also lifts the mood of a bathroom. 'Chandeliers are an increasingly popular choice in bathrooms as they help to ease the transition between bedrooms and soften the harder and more linear finishes and fixtures in bathroom spaces,' says Clara Ewart, senior designer at  Kitesgrove (opens in new tab). From long,  cascading designs to thin, petite forms, choose a shape that is ideal for the scale of the room.

Also, before picking up a design of your choice, remember to check the Ingress protection (IP) rating, especially if you're hanging the light over the tub. Also, check with the manufacturers about moisture, and consider weight, as some chandeliers can be heavy and will need extra mounting.

23. Create a walk-in shower room

modern bathroom with large marble walk in shower


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Walk in showers add such a luxurious feel to a bathroom, and despite being associated with large, elegant bathrooms (just like the one above) they can actually work in smaller bathrooms too as you don't have to break up the space with bulky shower enclosures, so the space feels open and airy. 

This walk-in shower enclosure is framed in white marble. A subtle step-down in the marble floor keeps the rest of the bathroom dry, while alcoves in the marble wall create a space for toiletries. 

24. Install a Crittall style shower screen

modern monochrome bathroom with walk in shower with Crittal style door


(Image credit: Future)

For a simple, achievable look that you can make work in any modern bathroom, switch out your current shower enclosure for a Crittall style design. Trends in shower screens have moved on from the pared-back, can-barely-see-it’s-there look. Outlining is one way to breathe new life into bathroom minimalism, with their elegant clean profiles.

25. Arrange tiles in chevron formation

small modern bathroom with black chevron tiles


(Image credit: Paul Raeside)

Not only are chevron tiles perfect for adding texture to a minimalist bathroom scheme, but the pattern is ideal for smaller spaces as this bathroom proves. 

Rectangular bathroom tiles are arranged in a modern chevron formation, creating a striking focal point in this black and white bathroom. The shape and formation create an illusion of expanded space, as though the narrow shower area isn't as as compact. Black radiators complement the color scheme.

26. Build a built-in shower seat

modern marble bathroom with built in seat

(Image credit: Jannat Vasi)

For a luxe look, create built-in bench seating in your shower room using the same material as the rest of the walls and floors. The green marble basin continues through the glass shower partition in this modern bathroom to become the seating in the shower.

If a built-in design isn't for you, consider adding a stool or a chair, or even a foldable seater that matches the design or color scheme of the bathroom. In smaller showers, to save space, a flexible seating piece would do better. 

27. Introduce brassware

A bathroom with brass tapware


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Adding brass bathroom fittings can really help to warm up any bathroom palette, be it white, brown or grey bathroom color scheme.

'The expansion of available finishes in recent years has made brassware a more central design choice in the bathroom,' says Emma Joyce of Perrin & Rowe. 'Fewer people now specify chrome than our other finishes. To create an impact, specify a bold finish such as gold or brass.'

She recommends that 'to ensure that every piece of brassware matches – it is important to find a comprehensive range from a single manufacturer, as no two brass finishes are alike,' says Emma. 'If possible, match furniture handles too for a really cohesive look.'

28. Choose a modern freestanding bath

dark grey modern bathroom with freestanding bath


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This modern bathroom is a place to totally disconnect, relax and indulge. The dark walls and luxe bath give it a grown-up, sophisticated vibe, while the raised bath turns it into a showpiece. Plus, there is a working fireplace, generous steam room and shower. 

'A freestanding bath with a more curved silhouette has become synonymous with the modern bathroom aesthetic,' says Rebecca Maher of Clearwater. 'This contemporary shape will soften the room and help mirror the luxe hotel look. As for bath materials, natural stone has fast become the most sought-after. Soft and satin-like to touch, natural stone not only looks contemporary but also provides durability and longevity. It is also celebrated for its heat retaining capabilities, helping water to stay warmer for longer.' 

How much does a modern bathroom cost?

A bathroom with a free standing bathtub

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How much a modern bathroom costs can vary massively depending on how big your space is, how much it needs to be reconfigured, the quality of the finish, the price of the fixtures and fittings you choose. On average, however, a new bathroom costs around $8,000 to $12,000. But you want to create a more luxurious modern bathroom costs can go over $20,000. 

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.

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