When you're renovating your bathroom, chances are you'll want to make it as modern and contemporary as possible. But what exactly is a modern contemporary bathroom? In this article I hope to talk you through the elements involved in designing your bathroom to look as up to date as possible.
The one aspect of bathroom design that effects all the others is the choice of colors, if you pick black tiles for example, you probably wont want to fit a brown carpet. The first thing you'll want to do is go into a DIY store (if not check on the internet) and look at some color swabs, to see which color schemes look good to you. If your bathroom has a lot of natural light, you can get away with a dark color scheme, but if you only have a small window (or no window at all), it's important to pick a light scheme, to avoid your bathroom looking dull and murky.
Once you've chosen the colors, its a good idea to make some other decorating choices. Will you be using tiles, wallpaper, or just painting the walls? Will you be carpeting the floor, using tiles, laminate or exposed floorboards? Although it's a traditional building material, wood effect on the floors can work very well with modern designs, although I'm recommend laminate over real wood, as even when treated wood is vulnerable to water damage over time. Carpet is warm and comfortable, and can look good with modern designs, but you might want to consider the hygiene implications before picking one out.
Now when you select your bathroom suite, you'll know what the room around it will look like, which makes it much easier to select something complimentary. Designers are bringing out more and more beautiful basins and baths every day, but before you settle on anything, be sure that its function meets your needs!
Next up are the fixtures and fittings. It's important that if you have a shower, bath or all three, it is important that you get the same material of taps if not the same style. Chrome is usually the best choice if you're going for a modern look, but gold looks good in most situations. In my opinion, brass usually looks better in period bathrooms.
When you're choosing a shower, consider using a rain shower head. These are typically larger than traditional shower heads, and given their environmental and health benefits, they go very well with contemporary bathrooms. They are also available in hand held models, so if you only have a shower head to wash your hair, it's still a good choice.
Once the installation is complete, you'll want to get accessories that match. Glass mirror cabinets are an excellent choice of vanity in modern bathrooms, as they are functional and beautiful at the same time. Be sure to choose bins and toilet brushes that match either the decoration or your fixtures and fittings, to make sure the finishing touches are just right.