There are many ways to give your bathroom a modern touch-up, or a whole new modern look, and homify has plenty of examples for you to browse in order to find all the inspiration necessary. While modern style itself is open to interpretation in a sense, there are several elements, themes and items that stand out across the vast majority of rooms conforming to this style. Large mirrors along with contrasting colours are common, as is an overwhelming adherence to bold, strong materials such as stone and tile. It’s about finding the line between what your personal vision and what is present in other spaces. While you can copy a textbook modern bathroom, injecting a sense of your own unique style will make it all the more enjoyable in the long run.
One principle to live by in modern design is that excess is not welcome and the ideas that “less is more” is an important one to keep in mind. An efficient and sophisticated lighting system is also important in modern design, as the tone of the room itself as well as the style can be defined by the pieces you choose. Even if you’re going for a modification as opposed to a renovation, you’ll likely need help installing a new lighting system.
Designed by Google, these smart spaces propose a range of features including mirrors with sensors that can perform a wide variety of tasks including the measurement of pigment in the skin, ultrasonic bathtubs with the ability to measure our bone density and smart toilets that can determine the weight of our intestines. That’s the future of bathroom technology and it might seem like a way off, but there are actually some pretty interesting options already available.
Complete with a detection system, smart toilets are able to automatically flush as well as clean the seat and cover. The lid is able to be manually or automatically controlled and is equipped with a heating system, which is cushioned and customisable.
Lighting is important in any room, and the bathroom is no exception. The decision really comes down to choosing colours and tones that add to and accentuate the already modern style of the room itself. Modern bathrooms will likely feature sensor activated lighting, meaning that as soon as you enter the bathroom, step into the shower or look into the mirror, the appropriate lighting will be activated. Systems for floor lighting are also available, allowing for cream or soft tones to light your way in the dark. For areas that are wet, it’s necessary to ensure that the lighting system is water resistant. The first step in achieving this is to place the lights in safe areas. If you opt for above the tub and shower, the light must have an IP44 rating; to place them in any other space with a bit more distance from these humid zones, an IP21 rating is your go.
The most important advantage of a “smart shower” is that is that they use less water overall. As soon as you enter, water of the perfect temperature will be expelled via small jets that have been previously adjusted to your ideal pressure. These showers were developed using nanotechnology and were initially used for space science and medical devices, as they work is like an “atomiser,” via which thousands of tiny drops come out, covering ten times the surface area of a regular shower flow. This not only saves water and improves the overall experience but actually saves money. A conventional shower will use about 75 litres, while smart showers average out with about 22 litres, a total 70% decrease. What’s even better is that you can usually install these yourself, with no need to call a plumber.
When choosing the right colour for your bathroom, it’s important to keep in mind that while a certain, super modern shade might be trending, if you don’t like it—don’t cover your bathroom in it. Even if Pantone’s colour of the year is recommended for all modern bathrooms, you need to make your own choice. That being said, the colours most commonly used in bathroom decoration are neutral, ensuring that the room appears spacious, clean, organised and bright. These colours, most commonly, include grey, blue, white and cream. Choosing a harmonious and relaxing colour is essential if you want your bathroom to function as a space in which you are able to disconnect from the stress and drama of day-to-day life.
However, if you are a lover of bright colours then there are plenty of modern bathroom designs that cater to your taste. This usually involves the incorporation of a feature wall with tiles and brightly colour mosaics including red, green, beige, pearl, taupe, lemon yellow, arctic grey, orange, pacific blue and roasted ocher.
Usually, the simplest option is to resort to tile flooring as it is easy to clean, economical and stylish. Remember that if you have a small bathroom, opting for clean and clear walls and floors will make the space appear much wider. Other modern options for floors include dark wood or concrete, both of which are surprisingly resistant to moisture damage and both of which have an undeniably cool look.
Porcelain: Easy to obtain, comfortable to maintain - this is a favourite of South Africans. It’s beneficial because it’s cheap, nice and is available in a variety of colours. Packages are likely available starting at around R2000.
Tiles: Super resistant, easy to install and maintain and available in many styles, shapes and colours, tiles are a great option. You should be able to find an appealing package for about R1000.
Vinyl: The key advantage to vinyl flooring is that it’s cheaper, sold by the roll and you can install it yourself… who doesn’t love a good bit of DIY? While the result isn’t usually quite as beautiful as the former options, there is an extensive range of colours and styles available to choose from. Rolls usually start from around R270 per square metre.
Wood: More luxurious and with a touch more longevity, wood is probably the “classiest” option you can choose for your bathroom floor. It’s comfortable, warm, hypoallergenic, easy to clean and increases the value of your property… so why would you opt for any other flooring solution? Well, wood is usually the most expensive at about R700 per square metre.
When decorating a modern bathroom, it’s important to make smart choices as you can’t go overboard. Among those most common and necessary are curtains, towel, vases, mats, cups for toothbrushes and soap and mirrors. Anything more than these basic items, and perhaps the addition of candles, will result in a room that is too cluttered to be stylistically considered modern.
As with all small spaces, the most important thing to do is prioritise space and ensure functionality above all else. Once you’ve determined exactly what you need and precisely how you will get the most out of the space, you can move on to ensuring that the items chosen fit your taste in a modern, refined manner. We recommend shelving units behind the toilet, fixed to the wall or a corner a unit that takes advantage of the corner. It’s also essential to have enough racks for hanging towels and a vanity underneath the sink for storage. Also incorporate a shelving solution in the shower itself (if it’s big enough) in the name of taking advantage of all the space we have. Paint your walls in light tones, preferably white, so that the whole space looks brighter and ensure that the floor is not too dark—you want to space to flow and exhibit continuity.
Classic: With touches of modern and traditional styles, classic is always a good option as we get a touch of the past, a sprinkle of the present and a look into the future. This style is usually elegant and not too overstated.
Scandinavian: Keeping things simple, Scandinavian bathrooms borrow from the modern discipline and are usually made up of white tones and wooden accents, featuring plants as accessories.
Mediterranean: Drawing influence from the countries of the Mediterranean Sea, this style features wood, blue stones and tiles and plenty of rustic, summery vibes.
Minimalist: As suggested by the name itself, keeping the clutter to an absolute minimum is central to achieving minimalist style. It’s all about sticking to what is necessary in order to achieve good, calm, relaxing energy.
Eclectic: The opposite of minimalist, the eclectic style is all about including everything that you want, clashing patterns and going all out in terms of colour.