10 Modern Bathrooms Anyone Can Pull off (They're Emily Henderson-Approved)

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Design: Studio DIY, Photo: Jeff Mindell

When looking to update their bathroom, most people are looking to create a serene oasis. In our opinion, few styles encourage relaxation more than a modern look. But what exactly does that word mean? The truth is that a 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 even a roomy tub. In contrast, convenience can be exemplified with easy-to-clean tiles and enough shelving for a collection of products. Once these two must-haves are met, then a mix of timeless and colorful touches complete the look of a modern bathroom.

Looking for some inspiration, we scoured the internet for modern bathrooms that pack a big punch when it comes to style and comfort. If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed with where to start, consider this your guide.

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Go for a Farmhouse Chic Look

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Design: Eye for Pretty, Photo: Amy Bartlam

A mix of bold tiling and white walls designates this casually blue bathroom by Eye for Pretty as "modern," since the past few years have seen the popularity of bold floor tiling increase as a way to showcase personality. Clean, no-nonsense mirrors are also aspects of this trend because their simplicity helps balance those more vivid details. 

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Play With Pattern

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Design: Emily Henderson, Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

White tiles are a timeless bathroom feature, but they can feel more modern depending on the finish. In this Emily Henderson-designed home, a herringbone pattern for the flooring gives this bathroom a modern edge, complemented by the floor-to-ceiling grayish-blue tiles on the wall. It's also increasingly popular to stack tiles, too, as a fresh departure from more expected layouts. 

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Go Glam

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Design: Studio McGee, Photo: Jessica Kettle

Another clear sign of a modern bathroom is sleek black and gold accents, and this one from Studio McGee nails it. The beige double vanities add some texture to the look, but those two shades are what stand out. 

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Try Terrazzo

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Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel

Aside from that stacked tile look, this bathroom introduces a traditional material that's recently reemerged as something modern: terrazzo flooring. 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.

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Use Natural Materials

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Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel

Designer Sarah Sherman Samuel nails the modern bathroom look in this space, thanks to the gold accents and detailed tiling, but also because of the 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. 

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Incorporate Bold Tile

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Design: Studio DIY, Photo: Jeff Mindell

If your eyebrows rose an inch or two when you caught a glimpse of this bright bathroom, you're not alone. Its confident mix of emerald green tiles in the angular shower and pink-and-red ones on the floor make for a standout finish and one that captures a modern taste for making a bold impact. The colors are contained with white and beige accents as not to be overpowering, and there's enough storage to make the space functional, too. 

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Make a Big Statement With Small Tiles

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Design: GRT Architects, Photo: Nicole Franzen

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. For the most part, modern bathrooms are sleek with impactful but straightforward twists, and the zigzag pattern of the floor-to-ceiling tiles is just that.

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Choose a Tub Over a Shower

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Design: Katherine Carter Design, Photo: Tessa Neustadt

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. 

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Install a Smart Sconce

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Design: Elizabeth Roberts Architects

A modern bathroom has more than enough storage to retain its ultra-clean appearance, and this bathroom from Elizabeth Roberts fits the bill. As you've likely already noticed, sconces are also widely used in today's bathrooms. Here, the detailed design on this sconce matches the colors in the nearby runner. 

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Use an Unexpected Shade

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Design: Elizabeth Roberts Architects

By now, you've probably learned that black accents, bold floor tiles, clean finishes, and color are all details of a modern bathroom. And this one, which is 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. 

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