Let’s take a moment to look at what makes a contemporary bathroom. But wait! Before I launch into this blog, there’s something I want to clear up – it’s a simple and common misunderstanding: the word ‘contemporary’ does not have the same meaning as the word ‘modern’. In fact, these terms, when it comes to bathroom design, refer to quite different styles.
Contemporary(a): existing or occurring at the same time
Modern(a): of or relating to recent time; not ancient or remote
Contemporary design uses concepts and materials that are the latest – in simple terms, it’s what’s in fashion right at the moment, so it includes both the new and the old, whatever is in style. It’s always changing, evolving and embracing new concepts. On the other hand, modern design refers to a specific era: e.g bathroom design for 2017. While it also embraces the latest in materials and concepts, it’s more of a defined style.
Ok, we’ll get down to business. Contemporary bathroom design: something we love talking about!
Why we love it
Elegant; up-to-date; relaxing. These are the first three words that spring to mind when we mention contemporary bathrooms. Clean lines, simple form, natural and synthetic materials, unique design features, hard angles and soft curves. As homeowners move beyond traditional styles to explore the novel and customized, contemporary design is constantly evolving. It embraces the best of functionality and practicality.
In 2018, contemporary design is dealing with straight, clean horizontal lines and simple silhouettes. This applies to choice of bathtubs, cabinetry and other fixtures. Well suited to both large and small rooms, contemporary style is relatively unadorned, with the focus on the finishes themselves, rather than extra decorations. Maximum efficiency combined with maximum elegance makes this style a popular choice for many of today’s homeowners/renovators.
And speaking of finishes, contemporary style embraces the lot. Glass; stainless steel; marble; copper; plastic; rattan; wood and laminate – it’s all in there. With the traditional materials mixed in with the new, the choice of finishes is huge, however, the contemporary bathroom generally features at least one or two materials that have only recently hit the fan.
Lighting is often to be the unsung hero of this style. As important as ever, lighting can be used to highlight design features, add that touch of gentle sophistication and create the desired mood for the space. Large windows where possible, and skylights or roof windows in internal rooms, allow maximum natural light to flood in. Simple light fixtures with dimming switches create a relaxing and inviting evening atmosphere.
The use of indoor plants is also a common addition to the contemporary bathroom. Connecting us with nature, they are a refreshing decoration and add a touch of organic beauty.
At Wonderful Kitchens, we love contemporary bathrooms. And, if this is your style too, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Call us today on 02 9772 2988 or drop into our showroom and talk to one of our friendly team members.