The modern bathroom can be interpreted in a number of ways, but they all have to strike a balance between luxury and convenience. Luxury, for instance, can be accomplished with a double vanity and a roomy tub. In contrast, convenience can be exemplified with easy-to-clean tiles and ample shelving. Once these two must-haves are met, then a mix of timeless and colorful touches complete the look.
We scoured the internet for modern bathrooms that pack a big style punch. Below, let our top 20 modern bathroom design ideas inspire you.
Go for a Farmhouse Chic Look
A mix of bold tiling and white walls designates this casually blue bathroom by Eye for Pretty as "modern," as we've seen the popularity of bold floor tiling increase as a way to showcase personality. Clean, no-nonsense mirrors help balance more vivid details.
One of the best things about decorating with stripes is that they're versatile. That includes infusing a space, like this bathroom, with a fresh and polished accent like a hand towel.
Modern doesn't necessarily mean minimalist, but the overall vibe should feel streamlined. Utilize hidden storage, shelving, and hooks to keep items tucked out of sight when they're not in-use. Group items on display with intention to add style.
Play With Pattern
White tiles are a timeless bathroom feature, but they can feel more modern depending on the finish. In this Emily Henderson-designed home, herringbone pattern flooring gives this bathroom an edge, complemented by floor-to-ceiling gray-blue wall tiles.
It's also increasingly popular to stack tiles, too, as a fresh departure from more expected layouts.
Bring the Outdoors In
Modern home design and décor favors lots of natural light and open space, unlike the opulence of centuries past (such as the Baroque period). Maximize natural light in your bathroom with sheer window treatments that bring the outside in.
Opt for a Floating Vanity
A floating vanity offers crisp lines and space-saving storage. And these days, you're bound to find one that fits your needs, as they come in different configurations, from complete units to separates.
Another clear sign of a modern bathroom is sleek black and gold accents, and this one from Studio McGee nails it. Beige double vanities add texture to the look.
Black accents instantly update a bathroom, no matter what design aesthetic you're after. Jere, black faucet fixtures and a black-rimmed sink seal this bathroom with a sophisticated, updated look.
This bathroom introduces terrazzo flooring, a traditional material that's reemerged as modern. Designer Sarah Sherman Samuel created a geometric pattern on the floor that would pair well with the green tiles, and its gold grout matches the surrounding fixtures.
If you're dealing with a small space, opt for glass shower doors, which offer the illusion of a bigger bathroom.
Opt for a striking overhead light fixture and task lighting in a complementary shape. We like how the angular overhead fixture's lampshades match the vanity's task lighting shades, and that the gold-finished hardware glams up the overall feel of this bathroom.
Use Natural Materials
Designer Sarah Samuel nails the modern bathroom look in this space, thanks to gold accents and detailed tiling, as well as wood details. Convenience also comes into play when using a ladder as towel storage, and the floating vanity is also stunning proof of form and function.
Quartz countertops, especially in a lighter finish, do double-duty to modernize a bathroom and provide a low-maintenance surface. Quartz is easy to clean and resists scratching and staining—in other words, the material is perfect for areas that get a lot of traffic, like the bathroom.
Incorporate Bold Tile
This bathroom is a confident mix of emerald green tiles in the angular shower and pink and red ones on the floor that makes a bold statement. Plus, there's enough storage to make the space functional, too.
Use an Unexpected Shade
By now, you've learned that black accents, clean finishes, and color are all details of a modern bathroom. And this one, also from Elizabeth Roberts, encapsulates that checklist. The pink vanity is an irresistible touch, and the rounded mirrors add to its overall soft, approachable look.
Make a Big Statement With Small Tiles
Penny tiles are yet another traditional aspect of a bathroom, but they are given a modern twist in this example from GRT Architects because of their unexpected colors and fun design. The zigzag pattern of the floor-to-ceiling tiles is sleek and impactful.
The modern bathroom aims to celebrate the beauty of the outdoors. That might look like a playful leaf-print motif on the walls, or sprucing up drab corners with live plants.
Choose a Tub Over a Shower
Creating a space that's a sanctuary is a hallmark of a modern bathroom, and that lesson is often interpreted with lush potted plants. In Katherine Carter's design, a traditional clawfoot tub is accompanied by a bright green plant for a relaxing detail to an otherwise timeless white bathroom.
Install a Smart Sconce
A modern bathroom has more than enough storage to retain its ultra-clean appearance, and this bathroom from Elizabeth Roberts fits the bill. Sconces are also widely used in today's bathrooms; here, the detailed design on this sconce matches the colors in the nearby runner.
Add a Framed Illustration or Graphic
A colorful, playful illustrated phrase or graphic keeps the modern bathroom on-trend. Hang the piece on the wall, or prop it up against the vanity if you have the space. Striped towels also help keep the space fresh and upbeat.
Large Format Tiles
For a high-impact style without the high-maintenance cleaning schedule, opt for large-format tile. They'll leave fewer grout lines, meaning less cleaning. Plus, the array of colors, texture, and finishes available means you can get a customized look.