Contemporary Bathroom Faucets

Find out all you'll need to know about contemporary bathroom faucets, and prepare to install stylish and up-to-date faucet fixtures in your bathroom.


Lending a natural element and the needed pop of color, a mercury-glass vase, inspired by the design of a nighttime city skyline, holds a solitary split-leaf philodendron. Guest Bathroom of the HGTV Urban Oasis 2012 located in Miami, FL.

Photo by: Eric Perry

Eric Perry

By: Sean McEvoy

Contemporary bathroom faucets can bring a sleek, up-to-the-minute look to any bathroom space, and help increase the value of your home.

There are many styles of contemporary bathroom faucet designs to choose from, and they're available in a variety of materials. Solid brass and nickel are two commonly used materials in contemporary bathroom faucet design—both can be shaped into the striking, artistic designs common in contemporary bath spaces.

Eclectic Contemporary Bathrooms

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Small-Space Bathroom

This space beautifully combines a printed wall of trees, a textured wooden wall, a darkly stained vanity and crisp, white fixtures. Although this is a small space, the textures, patterns and colors in it work together to create a big visual impact. Design by Erinn Valencich

Photo By: Designer, Erinn Valencich

Eclectic Modern Bathroom

By drawing inspiration from a mix of modern and antique pieces, designer Jaymes Richardson gave this bathroom big personality. The turn-of-the-century washstand and tilt mirror are kept up-to-date with a custom-made vanity, geometric hardware and simple, modern light fixtures. The grid pattern of the tiled walls, coupled with the stand-alone tub and old-fashioned washstand, gives this space a complementary "old and new" feel.

Photo By: Designer, Jaymes Richardson

Earthy Bathroom Style

Inspired by the outdoor eucalyptus grove, this bathroom has bright, cheerful walls and nature-themed art. The mosaic granite and marble floor, in combination with the green walls, creates a classic yet fun backdrop for sculptural elements like the minimalist water closet. This space merges classic design elements with contemporary ideas. Photograph by Matthew Millman. Design by Steven Miller

Photo By: Designer, Steven Miller

Asymmetrical Shapes

Drawing inspiration from the colorful, unique painting, Designer Steve Appolloni gave this bathroom a jazzy feel with the eclectic tile design and an asymmetrical mirror that defines the entire room. By combining different colors, textures, shapes and design elements, the designer created a space that's fun and unique while still classy.

Photo By: Designer, Steve Appolloni

Tiled Haven

This bathroom ties together bricks in various colors and textures, a painted wall, tile floors and block-style windows to create a beautiful, well-rounded space that is anything but boring. The stand-alone tub, console table sink and simple arched mirror add classy touches to this eclectic space. Design by Didier Michot in California

Photo By: Designer, Didier Michot

Bright Bathroom Color

This bathroom, designed by Elizabeth Rosensteel in Phoenix, features bright aqua hues and clean white tile paired with pops of other bright colors scattered through the shower walls. The colorful painting ties everything together, including the deep blue blown-glass sink and glass-tile countertop.

Photo By: Designer, Elizabeth Rosensteel

Naturally White Bathroom

Windows appear to pop out of this bathroom wall, providing interest and plenty of natural light. This space is simple and elegant with a stand-alone tub, full-length mirror and white color palette. Image courtesy of Hinkley Lighting

Relaxing, Fun Bathroom

Yellow walls, paired with a clean white, gray and mosaic tiled wall, give this space a fun yet relaxing feel. The tile treatment acts as an artistic element in this clean, contemporary space, and the large window and European-style tub make this room a relaxing, spa-like getaway. Image courtesy of Collaborative Design Architects

Exposed Plumbing

The exposed plumbing and tall rectangle window are focal points in this master bathroom. With vaulted ceilings, this space is open and naturally lit through the block-style windows. The mosaic tiles on the wall, tall mirrors and the vessel sinks also work to complete the modern, eclectic look of this space. Image courtesy of Collaborative Design Architects

Recycled Glass Bathroom

Recycled glass tiles fill this bathroom to give it an underwater appearance, while the custom concrete sinks add a masculine touch to the room. The under-counter hampers add a contrasting color to the tile and to the wood floor mat and bench. The curvy wall sconce also balances the geometric feel of the space. Design by Lori Dennis

Materials matter when it comes to your contemporary bathroom faucet—when considering which to choose, it's best to err on the side of solid metal construction, as opposed to plating. The appearance of each may seem to be the same, but solid construction will last considerably longer and likely present fewer repair challenges during the life of the faucet.

In terms of style, contemporary bathroom faucets are available in both wall-mount and sink-mount styles. With the rise in popularity of bowl-like vessel sinks, wall-mount styles have become more common, as much for their convenience as for their high style.

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