Contemporary Bathroom Designs Ideas

Contemporary bathroom design ideas

There are hundreds of bathroom catalogues and websites available today that could show you ideas for your next modern bathroom design, but not many take the time to explain what you should take into account when you are creating such a modern bathroom.

Contemporary bathrooms are all about beautiful modern fittings and minimalist styling. If you’re planning a bathroom for a modern home today in 2019 then the clean lines and crisp design of a modern bathroom are often the best choice.

A clear advantage when planning for a contemporary style of bathroom is the fact that there are more contemporary bathroom products available in Britain than for any other style. The choice is massive. Another plus point is that contemporary bathroom fixtures from different suites will match together much more easily than say the more traditional fixtures you can buy over the counter.

In this guide Design Time will be taking a look at a few different contemporary bathroom design ideas that will help you to design a better. more energy efficient and beautiful modern bathroom in your home. Keeping in mind all ‘human factors’ which are important in your particular use case scenario.

We will take a look at the different parts of a contemporary design and discuss what’s trending right now and also how you can put these ideas together during your planning and design phase.

Contemporary Bathroom Suites

Choosing a contemporary bathroom suite is the easiest way to set yourself on the way to designing a beautiful contemporary bathroom.

These modern bathroom suites typically consist of a toilet, basin and a bathtub that all match and complement each other. As a change up from the classic bathroom basin, some suites now have a vanity unit or even a combination vanity unit included instead of a basin.

Bathroom Furniture

When it comes to choosing contemporary bathroom furniture, some of the more popular options include high gloss cabinets, wall hung units and fitted bathroom furniture. Wall hung fixtures in particular are tailor made for contemporary bathrooms because of their clean and minimalist styling.

The first thing to take into account is always the bathroom furniture, and there is a lot to choose from. Contemporary bathroom design generally requires simple furniture in sharp, straight lines. Design Time recommends choosing between hardwood, metal and glass.

Design Time has several ranges of bathroom furniture and cabinets available that all will complement your contemporary bathroom suite design and choice. Design Time are the principle installers of Roper Rhodes bathrooms and Villeroy & Boch Bathrooms in Nottingham.

Contemporary bathroom design : free standing bath

Freestanding Bath

Another way of adding a freestanding bathtub to your bathroom design is to choose the bath, basin and toilet separately. This way you get much more freedom to choose from a larger selection of freestanding bathtub designs.

Freestanding bathtubs come in lots of shapes and sizes but the two most popular styles are the circular and angular shapes ones. The key to knowing which style of bathtub to choose is to look at the other fixtures you have your eye on and take note of how they are shaped. A circular freestanding bathtub looka fantastic in a bathroom with a circular or curved basin. A square or angular freestanding bath would look perfect when you match it with square shaped taps.

Contemporary bathroom design : Shower Enclosures & Wet Rooms

Modern Shower Enclosures & Wet Rooms

Shower enclosures are perfect for all modern spaces: the sheet glass and minimalist styling make enclosures stand out in any contemporary design. A shower enclosure is also an excellent space saving idea if you are re-modeling a ‘smaller’ bathroom.

Enclosures come in lots of space saving shapes and sizes and Design Time is also offering a full spectrum of prices to suit every budget. Keep your eye on the thickness of the enclosure glass. Thicker glass will be more expensive than thinner glass. However, thicker shower enclosure glass has the potential to be a little more durable.

Another very popular choice is the frame-less shower enclosure. These beautiful modern frame-less shower enclosure can certainly add the ‘WOW factor’ to your next bathroom re-model.


The tiles you choose for your bathroom will have a dramatic effect on the overall look and feel of your bathroom. Bathroom tiles are a great way to add a little more flair, color and even personality to your bathroom design so we always advise looking at as many examples and styles as possible before you make your final decision.

Design Time dedicated a recent news article discussing many of the current bathroom design guidelines which you can find here:

20 Bathroom Design Guidelines for You to Follow


You can’t create a stunning contemporary bathroom without a beautiful contemporary shower to match. The good news is that there are plentiful options to choose from. One of the most popular ideas for a modern shower space is an exposed thermostatic shower.

Another showering solution is the ‘electric’ shower. Electric showers are a fantastic modern convenience that heats the flowing water with electricity so you don’t have to worry as much about it fitting in your design. Connecting it to your standard hot water supply system or main boiler in your home is no longer necessary. This reduces the space and piping it requires. So it could open up extra design options which normally are harder to achieve with a more traditional shower system.

Modern Bathroom Design : Bathroom Heating

Modern Bathroom Heating

Bathroom heating solutions are no longer just a way of making your bathroom toasty warm in the winter months. Modern bathroom radiators and towel rail designs are as much about looking good as they are about heating your bathroom. Instead of a clunky old radiator why not instead go for a heated ladder towel rail or even a designer radiator.

Heated ladder towel rails are a great choice for a modern bathroom because they’re cost effective, don’t take up much space and complement other modern fixtures easily.

If you like the idea that your bathroom heating solution could actually be a feature in its own right then a modern designer radiator is a solid design choice and investment. These bold, dramatic designs come in a stunning range of colours and shapes. Some designer radiators are even available in creative shapes and others even come with a well positioned mirror in their design.

Modern Bathroom Design : taps


The right set of bathroom taps can be the finishing touch to your masterpiece. The characteristics of a modern tap are smooth shapes and minimalist handles and spouts. Waterfall effect taps work very well as well with modern bathrooms, as do taps with a single handle to control the temperature and water flow speed or so called ‘mono bloc mixer taps’.

Still need help?

Call Design Time on  01159 81 89 81 for more information about our current contemporary bathroom ranges or to book a no-obligation bathroom design consultation.