Modern bathrooms are contemporary, elegant spaces that can be a great addition to any home. They reflect a forward-thinking design approach with clean lines, geometric patterns, flowing curves and hard angles. They’re popping up in more and more homes as homeowners move beyond traditional designs.
Contemporary design differs from modern design in some key ways. First, it is generally believed that modern design began in the 1920s and 1930s; It really took off in the post-World War II period, when mid-century modern design emerged and took hold in the Nordic countries of Europe. While contemporary design may adopt some influences and styles of modern design, it does not refer to a specific historical period or era of design. Instead, contemporary design can include any style that incorporates current materials, design trends, or decorations. For this reason, contemporary bathroom designs are often confused with “modern,” even if they do not have any specific design references from this famous post-war period.
Because modern bathroom design often features a sleek, simple and relatively unadorned style, it is often considered particularly well suited to smaller bathrooms. While that may be true, contemporary design is so diverse that it can be used in bathrooms of almost any size. If your space is smaller, the clean lines and sharp angles of contemporary design can be a huge benefit, but these facets can also complement a larger space.
For example, an angular double sink and cabinet combination can fill a larger bathroom while maintaining a sleek, efficient, and modern look. In a smaller space, a simple pedestal sink can be a great addition to a modern bathroom – and this style is now available in a variety of materials, from glass to stainless steel to copper, which fit beautifully into a modern design. This space-saving design can be a great part of any bathroom that wants to maximize both efficiency and elegance.
Materials for contemporary bathroom designs are varied, but one common feature tends to hold true: modern bathrooms generally feature at least a selection of materials that have only recently become available. While more historical designs use traditional materials such as wood, stone and porcelain, modern bathrooms often also use contemporary materials, including synthetic materials such as laminates and plastics. That doesn’t mean they can’t be finished with natural or more traditional materials, but due to their contemporary design, modern bathrooms are definitely better suited than their historical counterparts when it comes to incorporating artificial or “modern” materials.