Modern Bathrooms

Find out all you need to know about modern bathrooms, and get ready to create an up-to-date bathroom in your home.


Reflective surfaces and a rich, warm color palette punctuate the modern master bathroom.

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If you want your bathroom design to reflect an updated, sophisticated style, you'll want to explore the range of designs available for modern bathrooms.

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Bring Bling to the Bath

"I love to bring an ornate chandelier that looks like it should go in an entryway or dining room into the bathroom. To me, I think it really connects the dots throughout the house," says Tracy Martin Taylor, owner of the Dallas-based design firm Eleven 11 Design. Of course, homeowners must be cognizant of room height, Taylor says, but a glitzy chandelier is a great way to bring feminine details into a room that is often dominated by stark materials. Design by Alicia Friedmann

Drop a Sink in It

"For a one-of-a-kind piece, I like finding a really great piece of furniture, like a sideboard or bedside table, and dropping a sink into it to use as a vanity," says Tracy Martin Taylor, owner of the Dallas-based design firm Eleven 11 Design. The furniture needn't be some fancy antique piece, though those work well, too, she says. Anything found and refurbished that fits the scale of the room can work. "Furniture makes a room feel comfortable and warm." Design by Sarah Richardson

Wood is the New Black

"A wood floor goes with absolutely everything," states Tracy Martin Taylor, owner of the Dallas-based design firm Eleven 11 Design. While wood historically has been shunned from the steamy bath, today's homeowners are clamoring for the look and feel of reclaimed wood floors. Unlike the smooth, featureless planks found at a lumber yard, wood from old barns or salvage yards boasts visually compelling natural features. If treated properly, the wood can stand up to the moist environment. "Comfortable, warm and earthy, reclaimed wood works with modern and traditional design." Photo courtesy of

Poured in Place

"(Concrete) is what we are seeing now at the best luxury hotels and resorts," says Tracy Martin Taylor, owner of the Dallas-based design firm Eleven 11 Design. Counter to what we might assume about concrete being cold, hard and sterile, Taylor says that it is "surprisingly natural, organic and comforting." It also is incredibly functional as it is often prepared and poured in place, unlike granite, which must be cut off-site and delivered. Photo courtesy of Sonoma Cast Stone

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A Place to Sit, Fashionably

"Anything you can do to soften up the bathroom and make it feel more like the rest of the house, I'm for," says Tracy Martin Taylor, owner of the Dallas-based design firm Eleven 11 Design. One of her favorite techniques for doing so is by introducing an upholstered piece of furniture. "Not only does it provide a place to sit, but it also really warms up the room." Homeowners should use this approach as an opportunity to blend styles. An ornate velvet chair is a great way to counter act a modern, sleek bathroom, she notes. Design by Anissa Swanzy

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Often defined by clean lines and efficient but elegant use of space, modern bathrooms incorporate a wide range of elements to create a cosmopolitan, up-to-the-minute design aesthetic.

One of the most common elements in current modern bathroom designs is a standalone, raised sink, often in rounded or gently curving stainless steel or porcelain. This bold, flowing design is as much a statement as a space saver, as it doesn't require the sink to be set in a larger cabinet, creating an elegant "floating" effect.

Other elements of modern bathroom design include the use of contrasting materials like steel, stone, wood and tile or porcelain to create a Zen-like intersection of natural and man-made materials.

Commonly, modern bathrooms tend to feature a combination of clean, angular, understated furniture features along with more flowing sink and light fixtures, for a minimalist, soothing and elegant effect.

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