By Pankaj Sabharwal – AffluenceArt

Modern bathrooms create a simplistic and clean feeling. In order to design them we have to make sure to utilise geometric shapes and patterns, clean lines, minimal colours and mid-century furniture. The bathroom can effortlessly become a modern sanctuary for cleanliness and comfort.

Since bathrooms are spaces that we use every day their importance is far greater than we give it credit for. From bright and cheery to sophisticated and imposing, modern bathrooms have long gone beyond the limit of space. These modern details transform dull bathrooms into fantastic relaxation and refreshing spaces.

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Simple and minimalist design

Simplicity is a rule of thumb for modern design. Make sure that you are keeping open and organic space free of clutter. Use built-in shelving and cabinetry to hide unwanted personal items. Choose tile and backsplash with geometric shapes to add interest and character without sacrificing minimalistic design.

Freestanding Bathtubs

Freestanding tubs are a staple for modern bathroom designs. Balance is the key, so keep things symmetrical and sharp by strategically placing your tub in a spot that enhances the fengshui of your bathroom.

Traditionally bathtubs are the familiar oval shape; however, give a rectangular or pedestal tub a try.


Adding a touch of greenery in your bathroom creates a connection between the indoors and outdoors. Organic design coincides with modern design, meaning that the natural outdoor space should easily mesh with the indoor space you are designing. Bring the outdoors inside by adding an indoor plant or two


Choosing lighting is a crucial part of modern design style especially in the bathroom. There are plenty of lighting choices available to you. Modern design is all about lines and geometric shapes, so keep that in mind when shopping for light fixtures, windows, and placement of lighting. However, make sure to remember that the quality of the light is further more important than the actual light fixture. Skylights are great idea for modern bathrooms, because they add more natural light and interest to your bathroom.

Bathroom counters


Choosing the perfect material for one’s bathroom countertops can be a bit of a brainteaser, thanks to the abundant — and quite attractive — options available at nearly every price level. But because bathroom surfaces typically don’t face the same abuse as those in the kitchen (think hot frying pans, sharp carving knives and spilled Bordeaux). Fortunately, the top bathroom countertop materials on the market combine beauty and brawn in equal measure.


If your heart is set on granite, count yourself among an enduring majority. Despite encroaching competition from quartz, granite remains the premier choice among the varieties of natural stone, due to its dramatic beauty and seemingly endless variety of colors and patterns.

Solid Surface

Solid-surface materials are made of acrylic resin and crushed stone. Top brands include Corian, Gibraltar, Formica Solid Surfacing and Staron. You’ll find a wide range of solid colours and subtle patterns that pair especially well with contemporary decor.


For centuries marble’s cool elegance has been synonymous with wealth and privilege. But thanks to improvements in its production, this rare beauty has become a bit more affordable. A hard, crystalline form of limestone, marble is often white with streaks of grays, although there are many colour variations.


No longer exclusively an industrial material, concrete has miraculous shape-shifting abilities that allow an endless array of looks. Most concrete countertops are manufactured offsite for maximum quality control.



Laminate has come a long way since the garish pastels and visible seams many of us remember from the ’60s and ’70s. Most commonly known as Formica, this easy-care product is composed of a thin plastic surface that’s pressure bonded to a particleboard or plywood base. The latest printing technologies are used for modern laminates to produce amazingly realistic stone- and wood-like finishes, as well as a plethora of solid and graphic patterns


Ceramic tile can be a charming and informal surface material, especially in a Spanish colonial – or beach cottage – style bath. Boldly patterned tiles also make wonderful backsplashes and tub surrounds.


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