Bathrooms are spaces that we use everyday, so their importance is far greater than we give it credit for. From bright and cheery to sophisticated and imposing, modern bathrooms have long gone beyond the limit of space. Creative solutions for small bathrooms have completely changed the way we look at spaces, while the endless design possibilities for spa-like environments have surpassed our wildest dreams. In between, details transform dull bathrooms into fantastic relaxation and refreshing spaces.
Beauty lies in the details
After taking a tour through 30 beautiful and relaxing bathroom design ideas, it’s time to expose contemporary details, materials, textures and light that sum up to a modern bathroom.
When your home displays vaulted cathedral ceilings in the master bedroom and porcelain floors throughout, you know you’re surrounded by high quality and ask nothing less than that in the bathroom, too. This is one of the four bathrooms in the Elysium Penthouse located in the Grace Tower building in Vancouver. It flaunts a free-standing bathtub right next to the window overlooking the city, so that a bubble bath is a sensory and visual experience.
When your bathroom employs a natural color palette backed up by warm materials, relaxing baths are surely part of your routine. With a modern rustic appeal, the bathroom shown above makes use of wood to create a pleasant ambiance basked in natural and artificial light. If you’re looking to get the best use of space in your bathroom, try using mirrors, good lighting and a monochromatic palette that can balance a small bathroom.
Showcasing a crisp interior design, this modern bathroom is part of the 813 Laurel Avenue House. Within a luxurious home like this one, the bathroom had to be spacious and induce a feeling of openness. The wall acting as a background for the freestanding tub was not only painted dark, but also fitted with a window that frames the natural outdoors – that’s an interesting idea to apply in your own large bathroom to add character.
Making the most of your bathroom requires careful planning before inspiring decorating. An efficient layout stabilizes the overall appeal, leaving room for moving around freely, as we can see in the Mandeville Canyon Residence‘s bathroom above. Use a practical bathroom layout guide to help you define the areas in your bathroom that necessitate attention so that you can enjoy the results with no regrets.
Luxury bathrooms like the one in this stunning Aspen home is an example for those of you who aspire to live in a sumptuous environment. Contemporary bathroom design is made up of carefully chosen details, colors and textures and defined by the use of space and light.
When your home is a chalet-inspired modern villa in Madrid, the bathroom conveys a sense of luxurious relaxation. Greenery makes the space more welcoming, while the bathtub is basked in natural light coming through a floor-to-ceiling window.
Modern spaces that inspire our own fantasies of what a bathroom should be like are only a click away. The contemporary bathroom seen in the elegant Punta Brava 2 Residence merges a spa-like environment with finely crafted details and glimpses of an outdoor green area that balances intimacy and openness.
Moving on to a more minimalist bathroom design, this warm and inviting bathroom seems defined by the presence of French oak both on the floor and the ceiling. Part of the Naramata cabin, it showcases the use of wood as a softening element and manages to “achieve a sense of simple luxurious comfort, that feels curated rather than designed”.
Inspiration can come from all sort of sources. Displaying all things needed to leave this room refreshed, the luxury Malimbu Cliff vacation villa in Indonesia flaunting this modern bathroom was imagined as a cheery space that provokes you to leave worries behind.
The sophistication seen in the bathroom of British studio SHH‘s Addison Road House makes use of vanity mirrors to induce a sense of deep relaxation and visually enlarge the space. Between the oversized mirror and two windows welcoming natural light inside, bathing here seems to be reserved for royalty.
Seeing the amazing bathroom of Villa des Parcs makes us wonder how details like that could do for our own private spaces. Employing the warming power of wood and the serenity showcased by a combination between clean contemporary lines and intriguing dirty pink furniture, this bathroom exudes serenity and relaxation.
Finding the perfect tiles for your bathroom could mean the difference between kitsch and luxury. Seen on Fap Ceramiche, the exemplary bathroom above transposes us into a world of perfection, where colors and patterns collide to shape an inspiring bathroom design.
Wood can completely transform your bathroom. This has been proven not only by South African Metropole Architects, who imagined the Albizia House as having a comfortable bathroom mirroring the design seen in the rest of this amazing residence. The carefully planned bathroom looks as inviting as a living space – isn’t that something you would want in your own home?
We’ve seen many modern bathrooms flaunting a dramatic free-standing bathtub, but this example designed by Len Cotsovolos and LC²Design is simply stunning. This bathroom’s sophistication and astounding openness to the ski resort beyond the framed window was “designed from the inside out, while trying to bring the outside in”, just like the rest of the house it serves.
Wood and brown hues compose an almost surreal comfort zone enhanced by the use of a frameless mirror that runs the length of the raw wooden basin support. Photographed by Rachel Lewis, this monochromatic modern bathroom is a provocative example of today’s design possibilities.
Taking a bath at night, when everything is quiet, is like hitting the reset button. This spa-like bathroom with steam belongs to a robust Los Angeles home and facilitates your journey to dreamland with an attentive selection of details like the concrete column in the corner or extensive use of glass.
Overlooking nearby Lake Tahoe in Nevada, the bathroom in the impressive dark-skinned Lake House seen above provokes our senses and inspires our minds. This spacious private room displays a large shower area dressed in glass and a free-standing bathtub so that the owners can choose between a quick shower and a long bath while enjoying panoramic views over treetops and the sparkling lake.
When your home is a luxurious Penthouse in Budapest, high-quality materials and perfectly fitted details come with the territory. Deep chocolate hues employed in the apartment were also used to create a sense of belonging and comfort in the bathroom.
This spacious bathroom is found on the French Riviera, in the beautiful Villa in Cap Ferrat. A fresh design and good lighting create a sense of cleanliness. Storage underneath the sink was ingeniously continued to shape a powder table and a round stool was fitted underneath.
Up-to-date modern homes might be dealing with large bathrooms that can be creatively transformed into bathing and relaxing experiences. Pebbles around the oval bathtub massage your feet as you enter the hot water and the busy city of Taipei seems to be just a framed moving picture through the floor-to-ceiling window.
Most bathrooms don’t come equipped with panoramic views, yet present themselves as sophisticated private spaces where light is present during the day and the night brings romantic ideas. Just a few carefully placed candles and this black and white bathroom becomes an exotic retreat in the middle of Stockholm.
Cream-colored and revealing a simple design, this modern bathroom displays an ingenious solution for the shower area. Everyone likes the possibility of choosing between a quick shower and a long bath. And when you know how to choose a relaxing bathtub for your home, this dream is easier to materialize.
When even that window is missing from the bathroom, a carefully planning of the space, great lighting and the use of mirrors could mean the difference between seeing your eyes under poor light and leaving the bathroom confident and refreshed. Not to mention that the vessel sink surrounded by mirrors from three sides stylishly completes this space imagined by Merlin Bergeron Design and seen through the lens of Cody Gephart.
Flooded by natural light, a modern bathroom like the one above imagined by London-based TG Studio can showcase an imperial London influence toned down to create a simple and elegant space with white beveled tiled and accents of veined white marble.
From luxurious influences to contemporary design, bathrooms can make you feel you’re royalty or that we’ve already colonized other planets. The modern bathroom above was designed by Iñaki Leite for the sustainable Dezanove House. A sense of stillness and peace was achieved in this bathroom in “frozen glass” warmed up by textured wood.
Unusual spaces can easily become intriguing bathrooms when designed by creatives like Mark Dziewulski Architect. Mirrors on both walls make this long and narrow space look wider, while the glass-encased shower and free-standing bathtub are almost hidden by the curve.
Vessels sinks are one modern way to update your bathroom. Take as example the private space shown above: simple clean lines kept in neutral colors beautifully contrast the green outdoors.
Compact modern bathrooms rely on creative ideas to look larger and feel cheery. You can update your bathroom on a budget by working with what you have. Open shelves decorated with a repetitive pattern of plants and rubber ducks is all it takes to make a boring bathroom pop out. This is a simple idea applied in the minimalist N House.
For a feminine modern bathroom, elegance and sophistication are the main ingredients. Mixed with select patterns and basked in natural light, the bathroom photographed by François Halard and designed by Tiffany Eastman Interiors showcases amazing details like the marble tiled floor, gray linen drapes, acrylic Z chair under the built-in vanity and freestanding tub basked in light.
One way to update your bathroom is to work with the given environment. Decorating an Australian home designed by Gary Marinko, this bathroom looks made for relaxation. Within this spa-like environment with a door leading outside, you can indulge in a little well-deserved “me time”.
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