Get the sleek, clean look in your bath with these fixtures, features, palettes and finishing touches.
Contemporary bathrooms are sleek and current, with smooth surfaces and clean lines. Look for the latest tech and cutting-edge designs, from heated floors to stunning stone and tile. Here are some common elements to look for:
- Freestanding bathtub
- Floating vanities with flat-panel doors and drawers
- Minimalist faucets and hardware
- Glass shower enclosures
- The latest in tech, fixtures and finishes
Contemporary bathrooms can (and do) break the rules, but as a whole they stay away from heavy embellishments and traditional shapes. Here’s what you won’t see:
- Carved door faces or ornate knobs
- Elaborate molding or wainscoting
- Cluttered surfaces
- Heavy or ornate mirrors and lighting
A black-and-white palette is a popular choice in contemporary bathrooms, although any high-contrast color combination can work.
Colors for contemporary bathrooms:
- High-contrast. White, black, charcoal
- Sophisticated neutrals. Dove gray, taupe, mushroom, ivory
- Bold accent hues. Teal, navy, fire engine red, yellow, gold
Contemporary bathrooms favor simple, streamlined vanities with no ornamental accents. Look for wall-mounted “floating” vanities paired with undermount sinks; marble, quartz or solid-surface counters; and minimalist bar pulls or integrated C-channel hardware.
Wall-mounted or single-handle faucets with slender, minimalist profiles fit contemporary bathrooms beautifully. Look for updated and high-tech designs for the whole bath, including shower panels, smart controls and touch-free faucets.
Claw-foot and pedestal-style tubs are too elaborate for contemporary bathrooms. Instead, look for a clean-lined, sculptural modern tub that can become the focal point of the space. If you like the look of a freestanding bathtub but want to increase accessibility or make cleaning easier, consider choosing a partially freestanding tub instead.
Simple, elegant glass shower enclosures are a good choice for contemporary bathrooms. Enclosures can be complete, with hinged or sliding doors; or they can be made up of glass panels with a doorless opening. For increased privacy, customize the shower enclosure with textured, colorful or frosted glass or a partial wall.
Tile in contemporary bathrooms can run the gamut from neutral to boldly colorful — but wherever your taste lies on the color spectrum, tile is a wonderful way to customize your bathroom design. Neutral tile in an arresting shape or full-blown colorful and patterned tile? The choice is yours.
Mirrors in contemporary bathrooms tend to either be frameless or feature a slim, minimalist frame. The clean lines and light-enhancing qualities of the mirror itself — whether round, rectangular or another shape — are more important than the frame. Also look for mirrors with integral lighting and hidden storage.