Contemporary bathroom designs, by their very nature, are always changing. What is considered contemporary today is probably not going to be ten years from now. When you’re looking for bathroom remodeling ideas, it’s important to balance contemporary with longevity.
Yes, most designs will come back around to being in style eventually. But in the meantime, that design that is cutting edge today might look a bit kitschy in ten years.
There are several aspect to your bathroom design that can create a contemporary look while remaining reasonably timeless.
Lighting is one of the most overlooked aspects of bathroom renovations. In fact, if you look at pictures of bathrooms in home design magazines or on the internet, you often don’t even see the lighting fixtures.
But the lighting itself is a huge part of making those pictures look so great. The shadows and bright spots created by the lighting can have as much impact on the design of the bathroom as any of the fixtures or decorations do.
Most home design centers have a showroom with a wide range of light fixtures that you can choose from for your bathroom remodel. You’ll be able to find something that will suit your taste, whether you’re looking for a modern-looking design or something a little more traditional.
The cabinets you choose for your contemporary bathroom design will also have a large affect on the end result. There are many, many different styles and sizes of cabinets. You’ll be limited by the space available to you, of course, but even if you’re working with a relatively small bathroom there are lots of choices.
Most contemporary cabinets forego hardware like drawer pulls in favor of “hidden” hardware. They use soft closing drawer slides and cupboard hinges that will stop them from slamming hard (and loud!) even without something to physically hold on to.
You can also choose from various options, such as:
- wall hanging vanities
- double sink vanity cabinets
- free-standing cabinets
- corner vanities
This is partly up to you, depending on your tastes, and partly up to the design and layout of the bathroom itself. Obviously, if you have a larger room you’re going to have more freedom to choose than you will in a limited space.
Your bathroom fixtures are probably the most important part of creating a contemporary design. Like most other things in your home, technology has come a long way and prices have dropped considerably on what would have once been considered “luxury” items.
Things like jacuzzi tubs and rain shower heads are within reach of the average homeowner where even just 10 or 15 years ago, they would have been far too costly for most people to even consider.
But it’s not only the cost that has dropped, the “technology” (for lack of a better term) has improved considerably. For example, if you’re thinking about going with an “antique” design for your bathroom, you don’t have to limit yourself to older fixtures. A clawfoot bathtub would fit nicely in this type of design but what if you don’t want to use an older fixture? There’s no need to choose, with tubs like the Jacuzzi Era Slipper.
There are also modern touches like glass sinks or stone sinks that can really finish your design in style. In fact, these types of fixtures can even be retrofitted into your existing bathroom design to make an older bathroom more contemporary.
With some additional touches, such as mosaic tiles and textured glass panels, you can upgrade your existing bathroom without having to completely gut it and start over.
There are various ways you can get inspiration for your contemporary design. Magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and other home design publications often have photo layouts of homes that can be a great source of ideas.
One of the nice things about these magazines is that you can get ideas from other parts of the world, where styles might be a little different. Even opposite ends of the country often have different tastes, as you can tell if you compare homes in Los Angeles to homes in Miami, for example.
These magazines will often showcase unique pieces that may not be directly available to you, but there are often similar fixtures and cabinet designs that mimic them very closely.