31 Of The Best Ideas For A Modern Bathroom (With Pictures!)

Modern Bathroom Ideas

If you gravitate toward a more modem design style, you’re likely drawn to clean lines and a more minimal approach to decor. However, modern doesn’t mean all white or complete minimalist. Quite the contrary, modern design can take on many different looks. 

As a matter of fact, the modern design movement has its roots all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century. So you can have vintage modern, mid-century modern, or go with a more futuristic or industrial approach. Overall, though, you’re likely to find a mix of natural and structural elements, a more monochromatic color scheme, lots of natural light, and reflective surfaces. 

If you’re not exactly sure what kind of modern bathroom is the one for you, no problem. We’ve done the leg work for you, gathering up 31 different ideas and inspirations for modern bathrooms. So take a peek and see which one makes your design wheels start turning. 

2. Metal Pendant Lights

Image source: HGTV

This simple but stylish bathroom courtesy of HGTV makes a mid-century modern statement with straight lines, metallic finishes, and a few pops of color. The extra-modern touch is forgoing a standard vanity bar light for some retro-inspired brass pendant lights.

The pair makes a big impact in the space, framing out a large round mirror and providing essential downlighting over the vanity area. Plus, they tie in well to the matching brass fixtures and handles.

Read More: The Best Lighting Ideas For Your Bathroom

3. Bring the Outside In

Image source: Lulu and Georgia via Instagram

Here’s another way to go minimal with a modern edge; let the outdoors be your artwork and wow factor in your space. If you have the advantage of large windows and a view like this one from Lulu and Georgia via Instagram, certainly make it the focal point.

But, if you’re not blessed with this view, no problem. You can still borrow the same idea by bringing fresh greenery into your master bathroom and keeping the rest of the canvas simple. 

4. Wall-Mounted Vanity

Image source: Wayfair

For a more contemporary modern feel in your space, consider a wall-mounted, or floating, vanity. This stylish unit from Wayfair offers clean lines as well as ample storage.

Paired with a large mirror and black wall sconces hanging above, the whole picture becomes a study in balance and style. A floating vanity is also a great solution for a smaller space since it takes up less floor room and creates the illusion of more space in the bathroom. 

5. Vintage with a Dash of Humor

Image source: Parker via Pinterest

It’s always good to have a sense of humor, and it’s even better when you can find some fun ways to work it into your design. If you want to add a dash of quirky playfulness to your bathroom, take a cue from the bath mat in this vintage-inspired bathroom from Parker via Pinterest.

The clean lines and metallic finishes offer a modern design that pairs nicely with the more vintage touches found in the lighting, flooring, and shiplap walls. 

6. Timeless Elegance

Image source: John Campbell Realtor via Instagram

Modern doesn’t mean a space that’s overly trendy or some futuristic interpretation of what bathrooms might look like in space. It’s more about universal design that works well in combination with various elements.

The modern design style started back at the beginning of the 20th century, so it’s not a new idea. This classic modern style from John Campbell Realtor via Instagram features soft colors, a marble shower, and chrome fixtures, that all come together in an elegant way. 

7. Stand Out with a Geometric Floor Tile

Image source: Ant-Tile

The best part about modern design is that it encompasses so many different ideas. You can put a modern spin on almost any style that you can think of, whether it’s farmhouse chic or Hollywood glam.

In this bathroom, this geometric floor tile from Ant-Tile gives this stunning space an Art Deco vibe. The bold patterned floor complements the small dark tile tub surround, and the white walls help set everything off beautifully. 

8. Metallic Fixtures

Image source: Amazon

Modern style loves metal. You can bring metals and metallic finishes into your bathroom in a number of ways, including light fixtures, door hardware, mirrors, and of course, your plumbing fixtures.

Whether you choose, brushed nickel, chrome, brass, or this brushed gold vessel sink faucet from Amazon, you’ll add the perfect touch to your modern bathroom. Gold fixtures look especially rich against white backgrounds and lush and dramatic against black.

9. Add Some Abstract Art

Image source: Lussostone via Instagram

Another way to achieve a modern feeling in your bathroom is to keep the decor simple, but make a statement at the same time. Don’t brush off the idea of placing some fabulous artwork into your bathroom.

But, try and stick with one large piece or create a gallery wall, to really set the artwork off. In this bathroom from Lussostone via Instagram, a colorful piece of abstract art is the perfect addition to this otherwise simple and minimally decorated space. 

10. Color Pop

Image source: Interiors by Color

If going all white or too neutral isn’t for you, don’t worry. Modern doesn’t mean you can’t use color; it just usually means you stick to a more monochromatic color scheme.

In other words, various shades of the same color, or in the case of this bathroom from Interiors by Color, featuring a bright and bold color pop. In this otherwise all-white bathroom, the cheery yellow vanity and yellow patterned rug make their mark. 

11. Moody and Modern

Image source: Jean Stoffer Design via Instagram

This small powder room from Jean Stoffer Design via Instagram has a moody and dramatic feel that brings you back to Old Hollywood or the pages of the Great Gatsby. The dark gray walls are the perfect backdrop for a bright gold mirror and wall-mounted retro-style gold fixtures.

Plus the wooden, notched vanity balances things out nicely with its natural elements and keeps everything open since it’s mounted to the wall as well.  

12. Warm and Modern

Image source: Adaora the Realtor via Instagram

Many people often mistake modern design with spaces that have to feel cold and sterile. But, that’s simply not the case. In fact, modern design often uses warm tones and natural elements and can create quite an inviting ambiance in a room.

For example, in this bathroom from Adaora the Realtor via Instagram, the various hues of natural browns and taupes give the space a cozy feel, while the bright white, clean vanity helps balance out the brown.

13. Glass and Stainless Steel Storage

Image source: Amazon

Many people often mistake modern design with spaces that have to feel cold and sterile. But, that’s simply not the case. In fact, modern design often uses warm tones and natural elements and can create quite an inviting ambiance in a room.

For example, in this bathroom from Adaora the Realtor via Instagram, the various hues of natural browns and taupes gives the space a cozy feel, while the bright white, clean vanity helps balance out the brown.

14. Wild with Wallpaper

Image source: Domino Magazine via Pinterest

This bright, tropical-inspired wallpaper takes this somewhat traditional bathroom over the edge into more modern territory. This is a bold print, but since it’s only applied around the top portion of the wall, it balances well with the white wood wainscoting.

It also helps give this small space from Domino Magazine via Pinterest a more expansive look. The wooden sink stand and mixed metallic elements throughout the space all come together nicely to create one charming picture with some fun flair. 

15. Modern Farmhouse

Image source: Modern Farmhouse

This bright, tropical-inspired wallpaper takes this somewhat traditional bathroom over the edge into more modern territory. This is a bold print, but since it’s only applied around the top portion of the wall, it balances well with the white wood wainscoting.

It also helps give this small space from Domino Magazine via Pinterest a more expansive look. The wooden sink stand and mixed metallic elements throughout the space all come together nicely to create one charming picture with some fun flair.

Related: 36 Farmhouse Bathroom Ideas You Need To Check Out!

16. Simple Statement

Image source: CG&S Design-Build

If you’d rather not use a lot of décor, but you don’t want to be too minimal, consider using an eye-catching tile to make a big statement in your space.

This small bathroom from CG&S Design-Build takes the floor tile onto the wall behind the tub, making it the central art piece in the room. This is also a great trick if you’re working with a small modern bathroom since the tile draws your eye across the room.

17. Mid-Century Modern Wall Cabinet

Image source: West Elm

For a mid-century modern bathroom design, you can choose from an endless supply of options to add pizazz to your space. Of course, every bathroom needs storage; you have to put all of those toiletries and odds and ends somewhere.

Storage solutions are also a great way to add to your design. So, incorporate some pieces with mid-century modern vibes into the room, like this wood and metal wall-mounted cabinet and towel rack from West Elm

18. Clean Lines

Image source: ISCD via Instagram

Of course, one of the most essential features of any space featuring a modern design is clean lines. Straight, crisp edges are a defining feature of the modern design movement, no matter what style you spin.

This bathroom from ISCD via Instagram not only uses clean lines throughout, it literally showcases them with the black frame around the glass shower surround. They almost serve as an outline around the shower and tub room.

Related: The Best Shower Ideas For Your Bathroom

19. Posh Purple

Image source: Livingetc’s Pinterest

This pretty bathroom from Livingetc’s Pinterest takes some regal touches and pairs them with some rustic bits to create a modern space that’s sure to please.

The rich purple walls and sparkling chandelier add a dash of glam, while the natural wood vanity and window frame, as well as the stone sink, ground the room with natural elements. It’s the perfect example of two distinctly different styles coming together to create one fantastic space. 

20. Stunning Metallic Sink

Image source: Wayfair

Consider adding a wow feature to your modern bathroom. We’re absolutely loving this copper, trough-style sink from Wayfair; perfect for a modern bathroom and also adding some rustic vibes as well.

It really pops against the black vanity and looks great with the matching faucets. This longer sink puts a more modern spin on the concept of double sinks and vanities, plus it keeps the lines straight and crisp in the space. 

21. Mid-Century Modern Flair

Image source: Sarah Richardson Design

Dark woods, metallic finishes, pops of color, and clean lines; it’s everything you’d want in a modern bathroom with a mid-century feel. This sleek bathroom from Sarah Richardson Design encompasses some of the classic elements of modern design and showcases them beautifully in the space.

All-white walls serve as a blank canvas for the rest of the room, letting the rest of the design and other features in the bathroom stand out and do the talking. 

22. Mad for Metal

Image source: Beautiful Space Co

Here’s a more industrial take on modern design, from Beautiful Space Co. The color palette of blacks and grays, with a sprinkling of red (don’t miss the red tub), and the mixed black and chrome fixtures, give this bathroom a masculine edge with a modern punk feel.

Of course, the star of the show is the corrugated metal wrapped around the wall. It also adds some rustic vibes, and it’s certainly a conversation starter. 

23. Bold and Beautiful Tile

Image source: Lunchbox Architect

If you love color, then go for it all the way, as Lunchbox Architect did in this bathroom. The turquoise tile is absolutely stunning, almost making you feel like you’re under the sea. Plus it stands out against the black tile floor and balances well with the wood finishes throughout the space.

The large mirrors help reflect more of the tile’s beautiful color, and the clean lines throughout, paired with natural elements, make this a modern masterpiece. 

24. White and Gold Bathroom

Image source: Live Love Glam Decor via Instagram

Here’s a lighter and brighter take on the Old Hollywood style, in this white and gold bathroom from Live Love Glam Decor via Instagram. The large hex-tile on the wall gives the space a vintage feel, while the gold finishes add sophisticated Hollywood glam to the overall look.

Keeping the color palette simple, and the lines clean, gives this space a modern feel that makes you want to line up to get in this bathroom. 

25. LED Framed Mirror

Image source: Lowe’s

If you want to achieve a more modern feel in your space, but a full-scale remodel isn’t in the cards, start with a few simple touches. You can swap out fixtures and hardware, select some modern light fixtures, and opt for a stylish modern mirror.

This LED framed bathroom mirror from Lowe’s delivers a sleek, clean look, plus lighting, all in one. So, you don’t have to hang lights, making it the perfect choice for keeping everything minimal. 

26. Add Rustic Touches

Image source: HGTV

You can go all-out rustic and still get a modern bathroom, just take it from this cozy bathroom from HGTV. It evokes a sense of a luxe cabin retreat, mixing various wooden elements with dark tones and metals throughout the room.

There’s tons of storage courtesy of all the cabinetry. Finally, the lighter color on the walls and white freestanding tub help keep everything balanced and from feeling too heavy or overly masculine. 

27. Sleek and Dark Vanity

Image source: Pottery Barn

This gorgeous dark navy vanity from Pottery Barn is the perfect statement piece for a modern bathroom. It features clean, straight lines, gold hardware, and absolutely looks stunning set against an all-white backdrop.

Matching gold-framed, round mirrors above the sinks add to the overall posh and luxe look, while the gold fixtures help bridge the gap between the mirrors and the vanity’s handles. Using a large statement piece like this one can add interest to a room without getting too overpowering. 

28. Modern Artist Bathroom

Image source: Cascas Glass via Instagram

It’s always important to bring a little of yourself into your design, adding a touch of your own personality and style. That’s exactly what happens in this modern bathroom from Cascas Glass via Instagram.

The large artwork on the wall by the tub is truly an eye-catcher, as is the stunning wood shower surround and all marble floors and wall. The black-and-white image is large, but not overwhelming, balancing well with the other colors and elements in the space. 

29. Industrial Modern

Image source: Pinterest

This urban-inspired industrial-style bathroom from Pinterest keeps things simple, with a patterned floor tile that adds a punch. The concrete vanity counter, concrete walls, gray tiles, and exposed pipes in this bathroom give the space an industrial feel that seems at home in a modern loft.

Although most of the surfaces, edges, and overall design seem like they would be cold and harsh, the pattern on the floor helps soften the look. 

30. Exposed in the Shower

Image source: Signature Hardware

If you like a more minimal approach, or industrial style, for your modern bath, then using exposed fixtures is a popular choice. But, you want to make sure the pipes and fixtures you’re letting shine are attractive and not rusty, outdated nightmares.

So, choose some aesthetically appealing fixtures to add the modern edge you want to your space. For example, this exposed shower system from Signature Hardware is subtle and stylish, plus it pops against this black tile. 

31. Modern Zen Retreat

Image source: Anjie Cho via Instagram

Breathe in, breathe out, and say aaaaah. That’s exactly what this modern Zen bathroom from Anjie Cho via Instagram makes you want to do. The palette is simple; all white and all wood, and yet it works beautifully together.

The wood-slatted surround makes you imagine a calming Japanese Zen garden or spending time in a relaxing spa retreat. Plus, it goes perfectly with the black fixtures and all-white sink and tub. 

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