We use the word contemporary to describe a style that is current, on-trend and popular in this present time. However, if you're looking to update your bathroom, what does a contemporary bathroom actually look like?

In this handy blog post, we'll demonstrate just what the contemporary bathroom of 2018 looks like, giving you design tips and inspiration to help you create your own stylish space.


Planning a contemporary bathroom

This blog post is definitely for those you who have now reached the design phase of your bathroom project. If you are starting from scratch, it's probably best to read our post "Planning a contemporary bathroom" which provides a step-by-step guide to the planning process. To read this article, click on the banner below:

Planning a contemporary bathroom


Contemporary colours

Contemporary bathroom colours tend to be bold, yet non-intrusive. Try something in steely grey, soft ivory white or even black and white patterned. Contemporary colours are designed to flow seamlessly with bathroom furniture and complement the aesthetics of the room whilst not overriding it. When choosing furniture or paint, avoid bright colours and go for something relaxing or even futuristic.

Pantone's colour of the year for 2018 is Ultra-Violet, so if you fancy giving this a go, check out our guide to an ultra-violet bathroom. Green has also proven to be very popular in recent times, so why not give green a go?

If all else fails, we have plenty of advice and inspiration when it comes to choosing colours for your bathroom.

Ultra-Violet bathroom

Create a contemporary bathroom that's bang on trend with an Ultra-Violet colour scheme


Contemporary baths

The bath is the centrepiece of your bathroom, and contemporary design can really help to showcase this. Many contemporary baths are traditional white in colour but will take extremely ergonomic and flowing shapes and forms. This includes rounded, cylindrical or elongated bathtubs.

The taps are usually in the middle as opposed to one end, and freestanding baths are still very fashionable.

Mode Tate freestanding bath

A luxurious freestanding bath, like the Tate from Mode Bathrooms, is the key feature of a modern, contemporary style bathroom


Contemporary bathroom lighting

Hard, overhead lighting from a single source is a thing of the past. Nobody wants to relax in a bathroom that’s too bright and lacks atmosphere. New bathrooms and contemporary designs utilise recess lighting, which can be installed into any ceiling.

This soft, more adjustable set of spotlights will help you control the exact atmosphere you wish to create in your bathroom. Whether it’s full brightness or dim and relaxing, with recess bathroom lighting you set the mood.

Of course, there are other options which are suitable for contemporary bathrooms. Why not check out our bathroom lighting ideas for 2018? Click on the banner below for instant illumination.

Bathroom lighting ideas 2018


Contemporary bathroom suites

Big square basins are a thing of the past. The best shape to go for when choosing from contemporary bathroom suites is a round one. Not only do these complement a contemporary aesthetic with their flowing shapes, but they also reduce space.

Changing your basin from a big, old square juggernaut into a stylish one will help give the illusion that the room is actually much bigger than it actually is.

Another thing to consider is your choice of contemporary toilet. Most contemporary bathroom suites feature toilets with slimline cisterns, minimal styling and a water-saving, push button dual flush. Again, these help to give the room a clean, simple and stylish appearance. Rimless designs are also making big in-roads, providing a more hygienic toilet that is easier to keep clean.

Hardy bathroom collection

The Hardy collection from Mode Bathrooms, with its clean lines and minimalist style, is a great example of a contemporary bathroom


Adding contemporary features to your bathroom

Keep everything else such as shelves and ornaments absolutely minimal. The bathroom should not be crammed full of things. This will ensure that the clean lines of the room’s styling make a great impression.

For more pointers on contemporary style bathrooms, check out the following resources:

You can also check out our "Get the look" style guides, where we show you how to achieve the latest trends in bathroom design.

If you're ready to buy, you'll find the very latest in on-trend designs available from Mode Bathrooms.