Archive | Modern Bath

Bathrooms with contemporary and modern styles, shower, tub, sink and tile treatments and sanitary fixtures.

Orange on Tap

Vola orange bathroom faucets in a modern concrete bath - kaleidoscopeblog via atticmag

Is orange also the new brass for colored bathroom faucets?

One gripe about minimalist décor is that it lacks warmth. That may be especially true when the walls and fixtures are concrete, black, white, gray or beige. And in this positively austere modernist bath, a few sunny shots of orange by way of the shower and sink fixtures look great. Chrome, or even nickel, faucets would fade into the walls of this bath which fits the “chic-drab” description. That’s my home decor equivalent of the French term “jolie-laide,”  which translates roughly as so ugly it’s pretty.

We’ve seen these cheerful colored Vola faucets in other baths such as designer MarryAnn Smiley’s green and orange  Juicy Color Bath.… Continue Reading


Warming Up Modern Baths with Wood

modern bathrooms - teak wood double-shelf with a vessel sink in a bathroom – Kathleen di Paolo Designs via Atticmag

Oak, teak and pine mix well in modern bathrooms with contemporary aesthetics.

Traditionalists sometimes use the terms “stark” and “cold” to describe modern bathrooms which tend to have sleek stone like surfaces and square lines. One way to warm things up is by introducing wood to certain areas.  In a Southern California bath with white-painted paneled walls [top], designer Kathleen di Paolo reduced a vanity to a set of floating natural wood-slab shelves. The top one acts as a platform for the vessel sink and the partner below provides handy towel storage. In addition to minimizing space taken up by the sink, the shelves are neutral.… Continue Reading


Bold Bathroom Tile Pattern

large-scale pattern cement tiles used on a bathroom wall and floor - via Atticmag

Large-scale cement tile prints can add the illusion of space.

One distinguishing aspect of mid-20th century bathroom design is the use of the same tile on the walls and floor. That look is being reprised in contemporary homes because it suits the concept of bathroom-as-spa and offers opportunities for design statements. In the narrow loft bathroom of an apartment in Sydney, Australia, architect Jodi York chose antique reproduction cement tile with a neutral palette but large-scale pattern. The visual boldness helps broaden the appearance of the accent wall and the pattern continued onto the floor creates a carpet-like effect. And the cement tile pattern marries nicely with budget-wise white subways.… Continue Reading


Hot Colors, Cool Bathrooms

lime green bath with glass tile floor and shower - Kohler via Atticmag

One great aspect of modern bathrooms is the opportunity to use statement-making color.

And when big color is used to pump up techno or very stylish bathroom features, the results can be as show stopping as these two concept baths. Wainscots and moldings would look extreme in a hue as loaded as shocking pink [top]. But on shiny, flat surfaces like an accent wall and tub surround, it frames and highlights the white tub. In this case, that’s purposeful because Kohler calls this a VibrAcoustic hydrotherapy tub — which combines color lighting with a complex sound system that amplifies music in the room and uses the same music to create sound waves in the water.… Continue Reading


Confetti Tile Children’s Bath

modern mosaic tile shower - via Atticmag

A modern shower design kids of all ages will enjoy.

For a split second, the tiny mosaic shower tile screamed Camp Winnataska craft time ashtray I made in the late 60′s.  While camp was not a good experience for me, the colorful random pattern used in this application will certainly make bath time fun.  The sliding bar handheld shower adjusts to suit siblings and growth spurts.  It also detaches to make cleaning an easier task.  The spacious stall has ample room for a teak bench – a handy place for toiletries when a shower niche is not included.  The bold tangerine vanity cabinet adds a jolt of color, while more colors are brought in with linens and accessories.… Continue Reading


All Over Bathroom Tile

raspberry tile bath with mosaic on floor and walls - James Morrison Construction via Attimc

Tile size and color helps define the bathroom style.

For traditional baths large field tiles are usually chosen for walls while another size — often smaller — is picked for floors. But during the mid-20th century, the modernist approach was to keep tile size (and often color) consistent on walls and floors. That “all over” strategy tends to flatten out the room and unify the surfaces, which is part of the aesthetic. In some mid-century baths, walls, floor, steps and even “sunken” tubs accessed by steps were  tiled as one.

That’s why I was especially intrigued by two baths with a hybrid approach.… Continue Reading