Unlike clas­sic inte­ri­ors, which are lim­it­ed by strict canons, a mod­ern bath­room can look com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent. But cer­tain dif­fi­cul­ties are asso­ci­at­ed with such free­dom: what col­ors, mate­ri­als, fur­ni­ture to choose so that the design does not cease to be rel­e­vant in a few years? We under­stand in this arti­cle.

Bathroom interior in modern style

Style Fea­tures
Design Ideas
— Palette
– Fin­ish­ing
— Plumb­ing
— Fur­ni­ture
— Decor

Modern style bathroom features

Social net­works of design­er Anas­ta­sia Laskovskaya

Con­tem­po­rary does not have a sin­gle visu­al pic­ture, since the whole point is in vari­abil­i­ty. The main thing is to fol­low the gen­er­al prin­ci­ples of mod­ern design.

Comfort and naturalness

The rhythm of city life can be very tir­ing, so the house should be the place where you can relax and “turn off” from work­ing days. This is helped by nat­ur­al tac­tile­ly pleas­ant mate­ri­als, calm nat­ur­al col­ors, sim­ple shapes with­out an excess of bright decor. A bath­room in a liv­ing space plays a key role: it is here that you can wash away all your wor­ries, get dis­tract­ed from busi­ness and ful­ly relax. Hence, one of the main trends in the design of a mod­ern bath­room (pho­to below) is the orga­ni­za­tion of a full-fledged home spa. It can be a free­stand­ing bath­tub, a rain show­er with dif­fer­ent modes, an aro­mather­a­py cor­ner, etc.

Lots of light and air

One of the main mark­ers of con­tem­po­rary style is an open floor plan. On the one hand, this is not so impor­tant for a small bath­room, on the oth­er hand, you can cre­ate a feel­ing of spa­cious­ness and air even on sev­er­al squares.

This will help:

  • Any translu­cent struc­tures (for exam­ple, glass block par­ti­tions and screens look styl­ish).
  • Com­pact fur­ni­ture of a sim­ple form.
  • “Light­weight” sus­pend­ed plumb­ing.
  • Light col­ors and calm fin­ish­es.

Functionality comes first

Anoth­er impor­tant rule of mod­ern design: first — func­tion, then — form. The inte­ri­or is filled with com­fort­able, ergonom­ic and func­tion­al items, be it fur­ni­ture or appli­ances. Even decor should ide­al­ly have a prac­ti­cal use: for exam­ple, can­dles, trays, beau­ti­ful con­tain­ers for sham­poo and show­er gel.

Think­ing through the fill­ing of the bath­room, ask your­self the ques­tion “How will this thing make my life eas­i­er?”. Use mod­ern mul­ti­func­tion­al mod­els and all sorts of tech­no­log­i­cal fea­tures: antibac­te­r­i­al coat­ings, smart faucets, show­er sys­tems with remote con­trol and voice assis­tant.

Conscious consumption

Ini­tial­ly, con­cern for nature was a pop­u­lar trend, but now it can be con­fi­dent­ly con­sid­ered one of the char­ac­ter­is­tic fea­tures of con­tem­po­rary design.

She is expressed in sev­er­al ways:

  • Eco-friend­ly fin­ish­ing mate­ri­als.

  • Com­pli­ance with the prin­ci­ples of zero waste.
  • Refusal of cheap plas­tic and dis­pos­able acces­sories.
  • Plumb­ing that helps you use water wise­ly.

Design Ideas

Con­sid­er how to design a bath­room in a mod­ern style step by step, with pho­tos of cur­rent exam­ples.

Color spectrum

Social net­works of design­er Maria Mikhailo­va

There are no strict palette require­ments in the con­tem­po­rary direc­tion, with the excep­tion of one gen­er­al prin­ci­ple: use nat­ur­al, pleas­ing to the eye shades, rather than flashy acid col­ors. More­over, the bath­room is exact­ly the room in which you can safe­ly exper­i­ment with col­or com­bi­na­tions.

To choose the right palette, answer a few ques­tions:

  • Do you like col­or or mono­chrome inte­ri­ors?
  • Dark or light col­ors?
  • What atmos­phere do you want to cre­ate in the bath­room?

If you pre­fer a con­tem­po­rary style with a min­i­mal­ist twist, then most like­ly a calm one will suit you. light gam­ma Pos­si­bly mono­chrome. In this case, any uni­ver­sal col­or is tak­en as the basis: beige, gray, white. The palette is based on its shades, which are revealed on dif­fer­ent tex­tures. It can be smooth plain tiles, wood imi­ta­tion, ter­raz­zo, mar­bled or con­crete effect porce­lain tiles, etc.

dark col­ors look very impres­sive, so they are also often used in the bath­room. In this case, pay spe­cial atten­tion to the mate­ri­als: choose non-stain­ing sur­faces on which every fin­ger­print or drop of water will not be vis­i­ble. It is also impor­tant to avoid the dark cramped box effect. This will help inter­spersed with light col­ors, mul­ti-lev­el light­ing, mir­rors and light trans­par­ent struc­tures.

The bath­room can be dec­o­rat­ed in bright col­ors. In order not to over­do it with var­ie­ga­tion, remem­ber the bal­ance: the rich­er the shades, the calmer the tex­tures and pat­terns should be (or it’s bet­ter to do with­out prints at all). When choos­ing col­ors, use the 60/30/10 rule: 60% of the palette is occu­pied by the main one, 30% by the sec­ondary, 10% by the bright­est, accent.


Fin­ish­ing mate­ri­als must be of high qual­i­ty, durable, unpre­ten­tious in care, mois­ture resis­tant.

Social media stu­dio Rika Inte­ri­ors

The most com­mon option for mod­ern style bath­rooms is tile, as in the pho­to below. It can be a clas­sic tile, porce­lain stoneware or quartz vinyl that is cur­rent­ly rel­e­vant. Any design is allowed: plain glossy or mat­te fin­ish­es, pat­terns, imi­ta­tion of nat­ur­al mate­ri­als. The lat­ter option is used espe­cial­ly often if the bath­room is dec­o­rat­ed in neu­tral shades. The tex­tures of wood, mar­ble, con­crete, stone make the inte­ri­or more volu­mi­nous and inter­est­ing, com­pen­sat­ing for the lack of bright col­ors.

In addi­tion to ceram­ics, paint, dec­o­ra­tive plas­ter, pan­els and even wall­pa­per are used in bath­room dec­o­ra­tion. The most impor­tant thing is to use water-resis­tant vari­eties, as this is one of the key cri­te­ria for the “wet zone”.

For a small room, a com­bi­na­tion of 2–3 coat­ings is opti­mal: for exam­ple, tiles of var­i­ous types, porce­lain stoneware and paint or wall­pa­per. If you take more, it will turn out too col­or­ful, and the visu­al integri­ty of the design will also be lost. If you lim­it your­self to one tile every­where, it can look bor­ing.


A set of plumb­ing depends on the area and type of bath­room. It can be com­bined or sep­a­rate.

Social net­works of design­er Dmit­ry Kurilov

In the first case, every­thing you need is placed in one room: a sink, toi­let, bath or show­er. In the sec­ond — the toi­let is tak­en out in a sep­a­rate room. If the area allows, they put a wash­ing machine in the bath­room or orga­nize an entire laun­dry area.

When choos­ing plumb­ing, it is impor­tant to con­sid­er two cri­te­ria:

  • Design. Despite the fact that wall-hung toi­lets and sinks cost more than clas­sic ones, they look visu­al­ly lighter, take up less space and make clean­ing in the bath­room much eas­i­er. In con­tem­po­rary design, this type of plumb­ing is used much more often.
  • Col­or. The most pop­u­lar option is clas­sic white. In stores, there is a larg­er selec­tion of such plumb­ing, and it is usu­al­ly cheap­er. It is more dif­fi­cult to choose black or col­or, and it will be more expen­sive, but it looks very impres­sive. At the same time, keep in mind that on a dark sink or toi­let, all pol­lu­tion will be more notice­able than on light mod­els.


Fur­ni­ture in mod­ern bath­rooms, pho­tos of which you will find below, is main­ly rep­re­sent­ed by stor­age sys­tems.

Social net­works of design­er Olga Ryzhenko

It could be:

  • Cab­i­net with draw­ers or shelves under the sink.

  • Rack or book­case.
  • Closed stor­age cab­i­net.
  • Shelves on walls or in nich­es.

Although open stor­age looks styl­ish and dec­o­ra­tive, in real life it is unlike­ly that it will always be pos­si­ble to main­tain per­fect order. To min­i­mize the visu­al mess and not turn the bath­room into an untidy clut­tered clos­et, it is bet­ter to make most of the stor­age closed.

As for fur­ni­ture design, as a rule, these are con­cise, sim­ple-shaped prod­ucts. Cab­i­nets and cab­i­nets are often made with­out han­dles, with a click-open­ing mech­a­nism. Facade mate­ri­als must be mois­ture resis­tant. In most cas­es, it is bet­ter to replace nat­ur­al sol­id wood with high-qual­i­ty MDF (it will turn out cheap­er). Met­al, high-strength plas­tic, glass are also used.


Despite the fact that mod­ern design is based on the prin­ci­ples of min­i­mal­ism, this does not mean a com­plete rejec­tion of decor. There is a place for him even in the bath­room.

Social net­works of design­er Dmit­ry Kurilov

Acces­sories com­plete the inte­ri­or and set the nec­es­sary accents. The main thing is to choose them con­scious­ly. Bet­ter it will be a cou­ple of styl­ish dec­o­ra­tions than a dozen gaudy lit­tle things that only cre­ate visu­al noise.

Suit­able for the bath­room:

  • Sin­gle style con­tain­ers for soap, sham­poo, show­er gel, etc.
  • Posters or paint­ings.

  • Unusu­al laun­dry bas­kets.
  • Scent­ed can­dles and inte­ri­or per­fumes.
  • Beau­ti­ful orga­niz­ers for stor­ing cos­met­ics and small things.
  • Arti­fi­cial and live plants (they can be put on a shelf or hung from the ceil­ing)
  • Accent lights.