A guide to creating a modern bathroom
With summer on the way, it’s the ideal time to spruce up your bathroom and make a lighter, airier space. There’s no need to embark on a large-scale renovation project to achieve this – just take a few pointers from contemporary designs to update the look of the room on a budget. Modern bathroom ceiling lighting, neutral shades and metallic fixtures lend the space a fresh, spacious quality that can be a real boon in the hotter months.
Ceiling lights are the best choice for a bathroom because pendant lights leave the bulbs exposed to moisture, but they are also a great way to direct light around the room. Well-placed spot lights and bath panel lights give the space a serene illumination – it’s best to avoid harsh lighting if you want to create a relaxing atmosphere. Mirror, cabinet and specially waterproofed shower lighting all add subtle touches of class to the room.
A black and white theme looks great in a modern bathroom, particularly if it is accented by natural wood. Walls should be painted white, while cabinets should be white if countertops are dark and black if they are light. Floor tiles can be black or white depending on personal choice – white tends to create the illusion of space, but too much can look cold.
Stainless steel fixtures and fittings add to the clean, modern effect and can usually be found in eye-catching designs at relatively low costs. Try to keep the design and materials consistent throughout the shelving, taps, soap dispensers and even your toilet handle! If the space is in danger of looking too clinical, brighten it up with some plant life or a painting on the wall.
If you’re prepared to invest a little more in your bathroom, a retro theme can also work very well with the simple black and white colour scheme. Browse antique stores for claw-foot bathtubs, chunky washbasins and vanity mirrors, and draw attention to these set pieces with judicious use of lighting.