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Are you designing a contemporary bathroom and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Primary Batb designed by Lacey Saggio
Primary BatbDesigned by Lacey Saggio
Hall bath designed by Bethesda Contracting
Hall bathDesigned by Bethesda Contracting
Primary designed by Bethesda Contracting
PrimaryDesigned by Bethesda Contracting
Main Bath designed by Lyss Wallace
Main BathDesigned by Lyss Wallace
Primary designed by Bethesda Contracting
PrimaryDesigned by Bethesda Contracting
Half Bathroom Mood Board designed by lindsay mann
Half Bathroom Mood BoardDesigned by lindsay mann
San Peppy - Powder Bath designed by Mckenna Osterhold
San Peppy - Powder BathDesigned by Mckenna Osterhold
P!nk-hued bathroom designed by Rod Dennis
P!nk-hued bathroomDesigned by Rod Dennis
Upstairs bathroom Jack and Jill designed by Riley Lindley
Upstairs bathroom Jack and JillDesigned by Riley Lindley
Family Room Lighting designed by Alexandra Moser
Family Room LightingDesigned by Alexandra Moser
Music Studio Bath designed by Dani Flax
Music Studio BathDesigned by Dani Flax
Guest Bath designed by Ashley Sere
Guest BathDesigned by Ashley Sere
Small Bathroom Tile Blog designed by Heather Hamel
Small Bathroom Tile BlogDesigned by Heather Hamel
Powder Rooms designed by Bethesda Contracting
Powder RoomsDesigned by Bethesda Contracting
Untitled designed by Skyler Ryan
UntitledDesigned by Skyler Ryan
Primary Bathroom designed by Ashley Sere
Primary BathroomDesigned by Ashley Sere
Bathroom designed by Ashley Sere
BathroomDesigned by Ashley Sere
DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM designed by Jamie Vierra
DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOMDesigned by Jamie Vierra
Gris-a-Gris Bathroom designed by Nicole Bomar
Gris-a-Gris BathroomDesigned by Nicole Bomar
AMANDA OLIVIA BATH MOOD BOARD  (copy 2) designed by Caroline Osborn
AMANDA OLIVIA BATH MOOD BOARD (copy 2)Designed by Caroline Osborn
sproos! I'd Rather Sink Than Call Brad For Help! designed by Christiane Mallon
sproos! I'd Rather Sink Than Call Brad For Help!Designed by Christiane Mallon
5 up right bath designed by Kylie Park
5 up right bathDesigned by Kylie Park
Spare Bath Front Left designed by Jayme Edwards
Spare Bath Front LeftDesigned by Jayme Edwards
Bathroom 5 designed by Abby Baker
Bathroom 5Designed by Abby Baker

Design tips for decorating a contemporary style bathroom

Here’s how to achieve the contemporary aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a contemporary bathroom?

On one hand, bathrooms are undeniably practical spaces. They serve a very specific purpose and are often the smallest rooms in any home. On the other hand, bathrooms also double as havens for cleansing and self-care, an intimate escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Small room, big personality.

Designing a contemporary bathroom that's both functional and stylish involves combining practicality with aesthetic appeal. Whether you're in the process of a bathroom remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design**:

  • Tile: Tile is typically the first choice you’ll want to make when designing a bathroom. You may opt to tile the entire bathroom or just the floors in a powder room or backsplash for the shower or bathtub area. Select tiles that are durable, non-slip, and easy to clean. Tiles range in all different shapes, sizes, materials, and layouts. From penny rounds to large format floor tiles, zellige to subway tile, or checkerboard to herringbone, your choice of tile will set the tone for the whole bathroom. And don’t forget the grout! Your choice of grout color can completely change the way your tile looks in the space.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: If you don’t choose to tile your walls, you’ll want to select a paint or wallpaper that can withstand moisture and humidity. Vinyl wallpaper is best for this application. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Bathroom Vanity: The bathroom vanity should balance the contemporary style with functionality, offering adequate storage and countertop space. The vanity provides place to wash hands or brush teeth, and storage for toiletries and personal care items. It’s common for modern bathrooms to include a vanity with a double sink. Sink options include under-mount, vessel, and pedestal sinks and range in materials from porcelain, stone, or glass.
  • Mirror or Medicine Cabinet: Choose a mirror or medicine cabinet that complements the vanity in size and style. Consider a framed mirror that matches the bathroom’s contemporary design style, or a frameless mirror for a sleek, more modern look.
  • Toilet & Sink: The modern standard for toilets and sinks is white porcelain. But if you really want to make a statement, consider going with a color! Colored fixtures are having a comeback moment or you can source a vintage option.
  • Shower or Bathtub (for full baths): Depending on the size and layout of the bathroom, you may opt for a shower or bathtub (or a bathtub with shower combination). A shower will consist of a showerhead, faucet controls, and a shower enclosure (shower curtain or glass door), while a bathtub provides a space for soaking and relaxation. If you have the space, you may opt for a separate shower and a freestanding clawfoot tub.
  • Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood. Sconces are popular options for vanity areas.
  • Faucets: Faucets are an opportunity to add a decorative touch. Select finishes that match other metal elements in the bathroom, such as cabinet hardware or lighting fixtures. Consider water-saving models for environmental sustainability.
  • Contemporary Bathroom Decor: From bath mats and shower curtains to soap dishes, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, bath accessories should be both functional and decorative. Coordinate the color and pattern with the overall color scheme and contemporary style to bring your design vision to life.

If you are looking for more inspiration or need an extra hand with your bathroom design, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Bathroom.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a contemporary bathroom design?

The word “contemporary” is often thrown out in the design world, but what does it actually mean? (We thought you’d never ask.) Contemporary interior design is ever-evolving, reflecting current design trends and innovations while maintaining a sleek, sophisticated aesthetic. Unlike our other design styles, contemporary design isn’t tied to a specific time period. Contemporary design borrows elements from modernism, minimalism, and art deco, prioritizing clean lines, neutral color palettes with bold contrasts, and open spaces that promote a sense of calm and order.

To achieve a contemporary look in your bathroom, focus on furniture and accessories that are sleek and streamlined. Furniture should be stylish yet functional, with an emphasis on form and quality materials like glass, metal, and smooth wood. Decor is minimalist but impactful, with statement pieces like large-scale art or sculptural lighting taking center stage. The contemporary style is adaptive and fluid, effortlessly blending elements from various periods and movements to create spaces that are cutting-edge and harmonious.

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