How do I make my bathroom look modern?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
colors should I choose for a modern bathroom?
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.
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.
type of floor should I install in a modern bathroom?
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.
most popular modern materials include:
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.
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
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.
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.
I accessorise a modern bathroom?
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.
I make a small bathroom look modern?
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.
are some other bathroom styles?
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
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.
Drawing influence from the countries of the
Mediterranean Sea, this style features wood, blue stones and tiles
and plenty of rustic, summery vibes.
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.
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.