Make a Splash: How to Bring Your Bathroom Up to Date

Home Improvementby Mashum Mollah27 January 2021

How to Bring Your Bathroom Up to Date

Your bathroom may still be fully functional, but if the current design is an eyesore, it means it’s time for a change. Luckily, these modern times we’re living in offer countless easy and affordable ways to bring your bathroom up to date. What’s more, your design options are virtually endless. But what is the best way to style your bathroom? Sure, traditional bathroom designs are classic, but they may look and feel outdated especially if you want to update your bathroom in the literal sense. So, how do you make an old bathroom look modern and trendy?

Meet the contemporary style. Developed in the latter half of the 20th century, contemporary style is becoming an increasingly popular choice for designers, architects, and of course homeowners. If you want to better understand what contemporary style means, imagine it as the perfect balance between functionality and comfort. Contemporary style is all about finding beauty in simplicity, but at the same time not being afraid to make a bold statement. It emphasizes space, rather than quantity which is why it’s the perfect choice for bathrooms.

If you’re thinking that your bathroom design is outdated beyond repair, you can sigh with relief because with the right bathroom products, any bathroom, no matter how old it is, can look fresh and up to date.


FixturesContemporary bathroom fixtures and fittings are the definitions of style and functionality. When buying contemporary bathroom products, you need to go for clean lines, sleek profiles, and neutral colors that don’t make a huge fuss, but rather bring a sense of elegance and sophistication while making your life easier.

For instance, if you’re buying a new toilet suite, forget about the close-coupled toilets with exposed water tanks. Instead, go for a back to wall toilet suite where the toilet pan fits neatly against the wall and has a concealed cistern. This way, you’ll make better use of your space and there won’t be any visible piping to take away from your design. It’s also a good idea to choose a rimless toilet suite that has a neat and tidy appearance without any awkward nooks and crannies that are hard to clean.

When it comes to showers, frameless enclosures are the ultimate in contemporary bathrooms. Their clean and modern appearance gives a sense of light and openness to the interior which is something that you definitely want in a contemporary bathroom. Frameless enclosures go hand in hand with rain showerheads to give an ultra-modern vibe. However, if strong water pressure is on your list of priorities, you might want to pick the showerhead carefully and put functionality before looks.

If you have the space to fit a tub, consider buying a large freestanding model in contemporary design to make a statement or create a captivating focal point in your bathroom.


FurnitureLong are the days when large unwieldy bathroom equipment was used to fill the space, so you can kiss those bulky bathroom vanity cabinets goodbye. Contemporary design is all about saving as much room as possible, but at the same, keeping your bathroom decluttered. This means that you’ll need to integrate plenty of smart storage options into the design while allowing your bathroom to visually breathe. So. how does one achieve this

The answer is simple, with the help of wall-mount vanity cabinets. Not only that wall-mount vanity cabinets save floor space, but they also create an illusion of depth with their floating appearance. Apart from achieving a contemporary look, you can also use this trick to maximize the space in a small bathroom and make it seem larger. When choosing wall-hung bathroom cabinets, look for shallow depth and slimline designs to nail the contemporary chic.


LightingOne of the most commonly overlooked aspects when renovating a bathroom is lightning. What good is the contemporary aesthetic you’ve created if you’re not shining a bright light on it, anyway?

First things first, you need to maximize natural daylight. This is the hallmark of any contemporary bathroom. If you have a window make sure you keep it free and open to let as much natural daylight as possible. Consider installing a wall mirror across the window to bounce the natural light throughout your bathroom. Worried about privacy? You can install skylights windows instead.

Of course, even in Australia, you can’t rely solely on the sunny weather to brighten up your bathroom. The key here is to go for several sources of illumination to make your bathroom feel more spacious and airy. Opt for flush mount lights enclosed behind diffused glass or recessed light fixtures. For an extra contemporary vibe, consider uplighting your bathroom cabinets with LED strips.


And this is the part where you make that bold statement mentioned earlier. Contemporary bathrooms may be simple, but that doesn’t mean they should lack a personal touch. However, be careful not to get carried away with too many ornaments since this will make your bathroom feel cluttered. Keep everything neatly tucked away and use one piece of bathroom décor to create a centerpiece. It can be a lush plant, a stunning painting, or better yet a decorative mirror.

You can also use stylish yet practical bathroom accessories to add a nice finishing touch to your contemporary bathroom. Some bath products such as soap dishes, toilet brush holders and toilet paper holders have hidden décor potential that you can use wisely to style your bathroom like a pro designer. You can either use these items to add a pop of color or stick to a monochromatic color scheme to nail the clean and sleek aesthetic.

Closing Thoughts

As you can see, contemporary style may be the easiest and the most affordable choice for bathroom renovation since everything revolves around simplicity. Just remember to buy bathroom products designed for both functionality and style to capture its essence. And now that you know your wall-hung from your close-coupled, and a bit more about this up-to-date style, it’s time to put on your big boy/girl pants and give your bathroom a makeover.

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