Bathroom ideas inspired by Modern vs Traditional.
A traditional suite might not suit a modern environment, while a contemporary suite may look out of place in a period setting. It’s important to have a general image of the finished result in your head before you start drilling holes and removing tiles…
In a world full of endless ideas, you’ll need to choose what’s right for you. It’s always a good idea doing some research or asking for an opinion from a friend or your designer, who may help guide you in the right direction.
To help you gain a sense of what a modern or traditional bathroom could entail, I’ve outlined a brief style description, as well as reflecting on some of my personal favourite ideas. I have also added in my designs produced on our software Virtual Worlds, to illustrate the styles.
Modern tastes tend to gravitate towards a neutral, minimalist approach. Monochrome is definitely a favourite. Simply because black and white is a timeless combination that won’t date, so you won’t need to keep up on the latest colour trends. Matte black taps and black framed shower screens are great focal pieces that are bang on trend. Clean lines and soft shapes can create an organised and calming space. Textures and hints of colour are great ways to add personality and keep it fresh. My personal favourite is supersized marble tile. It’s stylish, clean and luxurious and can give the impression of more space.
When designing a traditional bathroom, it’s a nice idea to incorporate the story behind your home. Make a feature of the original details such as beams, panelling, windows or fireplaces that retain your home’s authenticity and character. Experiment with finished or even exposed metals and brassware, complemented with wallpaper designs or open stonework. Involve antique accessories like mirrors and towel rails. If you’re looking for a timeless and luxurious theme, Art Deco and Victorian styles are the icons of traditionalism. I love traditional bathrooms as they are unique and timeless.
Even if you don’t live in a period home or a modern penthouse, there are plenty of universal ideas to decorate your bathroom. A tile pattern or piece of artwork can bring something unexpected. Low lights and candles can create a spa-like atmosphere. Metallic touches can add a sense of luxury while greenery and plants can bring colour and elements of nature.
If your space is large enough, why not try incorporating soft furnishings and display cabinets or even make a freestanding bath the focal piece. If you’re unsure where to start, your choice of brassware can be a great start to furnishing your bathroom.