1. Bathroom Suites
2. Freestanding Bath
3. Shower Enclosures / Wet Rooms
4. Bathroom Furniture
5. Tiles
6. Showers
7. Bathroom Heating
8. Taps

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Contemporary bathrooms are all about beautiful modern fittings and minimalist styling. If you’re planning a bathroom for a modern home then the clean lines and crisp design of a contemporary bathroom is the perfect choice.

A clear advantage when planning for this style of bathroom is the fact that there are more contemporary bathroom products available in the UK than any other style. The choice is massive and another plus point is that different contemporary bathroom fixtures will match together much more easily than say traditional fixtures.

In this guide from Victorian Plumbing we will be taking a look at eight different contemporary bathroom ideas that will help you to design a beautiful new bathroom in your home. We will take a look at the different parts of a contemporary design and discuss what's on-trend right now and also how you can put different ideas together.

1. Bathroom Suites

Choosing a contemporary bathroom suite is the easiest way to set yourself on the way to designing a beautiful contemporary space. These modern bathroom suites typically consist of a toilet, basin and bath 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.

Milan Contemporary Bathroom Suite With L Shaped Shower Bath | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Milan Contemporary Bathroom Suite With L Shaped Shower Bath
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A clever space-saving and budget-friendly choice when deciding upon a contemporary bathroom suite is to choose one that has a shower bath included. Shower baths are typically designed in either an L shaped or B shaped (sometimes referred to as P shaped) style. If you like the look of an L shaped shower bath then both the Milan and Turin bathroom suites are good choices. If you're swaying towards a B shaped shower bath then take a look at the Cove and Venice bathroom suites.

Mirage Contemporary Bathroom Suite With Freestanding Bath | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Mirage Contemporary Bathroom Suite With Freestanding Bath
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If budget and space permits then a another modern bathroom idea is to choose a contemporary bathroom suite that includes a freestanding bath. These luxury bathroom suites come supplied with a freestanding bath that complements the other fixtures in the suite. A few choices to take a look at if you've got your heart set on a freestanding bath are the Pro 600, Miami and Mirage freestanding bathroom suites.

2. Freestanding Bath

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

Kimberley's Contemporary Customer Bathroom | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Kimberley's Contemporary Customer Bathroom
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Freestanding baths come in lots of shapes and sizes but two popular styles are circular and angular shapes. The key to knowing which style of bath to go for is to look at the other fixtures you have your eye on and take note of how they are shaped. A circular freestanding bath would look fantastic in a bathroom with a circular or curved basin for example and a square / angular freestanding bath would look perfect when matched up with square shaped taps.

3. Shower Enclosures / Wet Rooms

Shower enclosures are perfect for contemporary spaces: the sheet glass and minimalist styling make enclosures a stand out feature in any contemporary bathroom. Shower enclosures are also a brilliant space saving idea for smaller bathrooms and contemporary en-suites.

Nova Frameless Quadrant Shower Enclosure | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Nova Frameless Quadrant Shower Enclosure
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Enclosures come in lots of space saving shapes and sizes and there is also a full spectrum of prices to suit every budget. One thing to keep your eye on is 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 in the long run. A popular choice in recent times has been frameless shower enclosures. These beautifully modern designs can certainly add the 'wow factor' to your new bathroom.

Apollo Curved Walk-In Shower Enclosure | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Apollo Curved Walk-In Shower Enclosure
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Another enclosure option to think about is a walk-in shower enclosure or even a wet room. To achieve this look you can either buy a complete walk-in enclosure set or buy the glass and shower tray separately for a little more freedom with your design. Bear in mind that a wet room will require special waterproofing however if your children and pets splash as much as mine do in the bathroom, then a wet room makes for a stress free 'bath time'.

4. 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 rooms because of their clean, minimalist styling. Two furniture ranges that have some really nice contemporary wall hung furniture are the Brooklyn and Vienna ranges.

Brooklyn Contemporary Bathroom Furniture | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Brooklyn Contemporary Bathroom Furniture
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A contemporary furniture style that is bang on-trend right now is combination vanity units. These compact, space-saving units are available in an increasing amount of colours and finishes that include high gloss and wood effect. Another contemporary bathroom idea that could compliment your bathroom furniture is smart bathroom accessories. An illuminated bathroom mirror for example could be a stylish addition to your bathroom.

White Gloss Modern Fitted Bathroom Furniture | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
White Gloss Modern Fitted Bathroom Furniture
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Fitted bathroom furniture is another bathroom furniture idea. Fitted units are being used more and more in the bathroom and as a result there are more styles and colours on the market in the UK than ever before.

5. Tiles

The tiles you choose for your contemporary bathroom will have a dramatic effect on the overall look and feel of your room. Bathroom tiles are a great way to add a little flair and personality to your bathroom design so we advise looking at as many examples as possible before you make your final decision. Tile designs that work well in contemporary settings include the ever-popular metro tile, geometric shapes like hexagon tiles, and stone effect tiles like the on-trend split face tiles.

Monza Grey Wood Effect Bathroom Tiles | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Monza Grey Wood Effect Bathroom Tiles
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Another contemporary tile idea is to go for a plain tile on the walls of your bathroom and then choose a patterned tile for the floor. This particular combination can create a stunning visual effect. Another idea is to use wood effect tiles on the floor and also one wall of your bathroom. This continuous tiling style is perfect if you're looking to nail the much sought after scandi-chic bathroom look.

6. Showers

You can't create a stunning contemporary bathroom without a beautiful contemporary shower to match. The good news is that there are some really nice options to choose from. One of the most popular shower ideas for a contemporary space is an exposed thermostatic shower. Two examples that are really making waves right now are the Cruze and Milan thermostatic showers. The Milan shower has a large square shower head while the Cruze has a round head.

Milan Modern Thermostatic Shower | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Milan Modern Thermostatic Shower
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Another showering solution is an electric shower. Electric showers are a fantastic modern convenience that heats the flowing water with electric so you don’t have to worry about taking hot water from the main boiler in your home. If you're looking for a modern styled electric shower then a great place to start is looking at trusted manufacturers like Triton, Bristan, Mira and Grohe.

Milan Shower Package | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Milan Shower Package
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A further option to think about is buying a shower package. Shower packages consist of the shower head and an exposed or concealed valve control. Some shower packages even include massaging body jets so you have the sensation of water coming from above and from the side. One type of shower head that's becoming popular with modern shower packages is a super-thin shower head like the one included with the Milan shower package.

7. Bathroom Heating

Bathroom heating solutions are no longer just a way of making your bathroom toasty warm in the winter months; modern radiator 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 contemporary bathroom because they're cost effective, don't take up much space and complement other modern fixtures.

Urban Vertical Designer Radiator | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Urban Vertical Designer Radiator
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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 option. These bold, dramatic designs come in a stunning range of colours and shapes. Some designer radiators are even available in creative shapes and others have a well positioned mirror included in their design.

8. Taps

The right set of bathroom taps can be the finishing touch to your beautiful contemporary bathroom. The characteristics of a contemporary tap are smooth shapes and minimalist handles and spouts. Waterfall effect taps work perfectly with modern bathrooms, as do taps with a single handle to control the temperature and water flow speed (often referred to as mono bloc mixer taps).

Plaza Waterfall Effect Wall Mounted Basin Tap | 8 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas
Plaza Waterfall Effect Wall Mounted Basin Tap
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One more contemporary bathroom idea to think about with regards to bathroom taps are wall mounted taps. Popular on the continent and becoming more popular here in the UK; wall mounted taps look stunning in contemporary bathrooms and another advantage is that they don't take up any counter or bath top space so you'll have more space.

And there you have it: 8 contemporary bathroom ideas that will hopefully have your mind spinning with inspiration. For more bathroom ideas and inspiration why not follow Victorian Plumbing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Thank you for reading and good luck with your contemporary bathroom.

Edward, Victorian Plumbing