Modern Bathroom Design

Do you enjoy the precise logic of geometric patterns? Do you prefer neutral colors? Do you enjoy both natural and man-made materials? Well, then, you just might be the perfect candidate for a modern style bathroom renovation.

A modern bathroom remodeling project offers an eclectic homeowner the opportunity to integrate a variety of cultural themes and design elements. Drawing inspiration from around the world, from Sweden's Ikea-like efficiency to Japan's warm minimalism, a modern bathroom might include elements as diverse as a cast iron Swedish tub and bamboo cabinetry straight out of a Japanese Zen monastery.

As these examples prove: although modern bathroom design is often defined by geometric patterns and neutral colors, a modern bathroom makeover does not necessarily mean a bland space. With a modern design, your possibilities are endless. Modern bathrooms can evoke relaxation and warmth or elegance and style. Forget bland! Instead, think innovation and imagination - two keywords that will undoubtedly define your project.

Read below for a brief history of modern bathroom design as well as the preferred design elements and materials for the most eclectic of all bathrooms - the modern bathroom.

Modern Bathroom Design: A Brief History

First, when speaking about the history of the bathroom, it's important to make a distinction between modern design and the room itself.

The bathroom as a distinctive room in the house did not exist until the twentieth century. Before this time, the wash stand and basin and the tub existed in separate rooms in the house, and the toilet (or outhouse) existed outside. Facilitated by the invention of modern plumbing, the modern bathroom combined all three of these elements in one room. For the early part of the twentieth century, most bathrooms were modeled on what we now call the traditional bathroom design.

Modern bathroom design was initially influenced by a number of late nineteenth-early and twentieth century cultural factors, from modernist design, art, and architecture to the invention of man-made materials. However, the design surged in popularity after World War II, when architects worldwide, influenced by a Nordic aesthetic of combining style and utility, rejected the elaborate curls and finery of traditional bathroom design in favor of a clean, simple approach.

Modern design soon evolved into postmodernism and, in the 1970s, contemporary design, but the simplified aesthetic that made modern design so popular remains viable in bathroom renovations across the globe. And happily, this international popularity has led to an assimilation of elements from diverse cultures - a boon for the eclectic homemaker.

Geometric Patterns and Neutral Colors: Key Elements of the Modern Bathroom Design

Most bathrooms contain at least one key element of the modern style: geometric patterns or shapes. A simple geometric fixture, like a perfectly circular mirror can add a modern touch to any bathroom. Taking the design to the rest of the bathroom, you might include flush wood cabinets, a granite floor cut to perfect squares, and an angular glass shower.

Obviously, with any bathroom renovation, you can add accents of a particular style, or model your design entirely on one style. You might install flush square cabinets for a simple modern bathroom update. For the modern design, many homeowners, choose to contrast angular pieces with gentle curves. Imagine a flush countertop with rounded wash basins.

The other key element of modern bathroom design is neutral colors. Crisp white walls are the perfect way to showcase your inventive fixtures. Or, if you prefer a more subdued tone, you might try a soft creme, warm woodsy brown, or geologic gray. Remember, just like your patterns and shapes, your modern design do not need to be entirely dominated by neutral colors. Homeowners often opt for pops of color, like warm green, bold blue, or rusty sienna, for contrast.

Natural and Man-Made Materials
Unlike a traditional design, which typically utilizes only natural materials, a modern design often employs a variety of natural and man-made materials. Think stone, glass, and wood as well as synthetic and alloy materials, and combine as you please for a distinctly modern appeal. Pairing wood and stainless steel for a vanity, for example, adds a hip and eclectic touch. Or complement a ceramic sink with a glass mirror framed in modern chrome.

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