How to Modernise Your Bathroom: Fixtures, Furniture and Accessories

Published by: Kevin Sears

12th September 23

DIY

Reading Time: 5 mins 24 secs

Modernising your bathroom can transform it from a simple space into a luxurious haven. It can improve your quality of life, make your bathroom more accessible, hygienic and energy efficient, and increase the value of your home.

But how to do it? In this guide we'll explore the ways you can modernise your bathroom through fixtures, furniture and accessories – and some cheap and quick wins – to create your new favourite room in your home.

What is your existing bathroom like?

Before diving into modern bathroom design ideas, take a moment to assess your existing bathroom.

Consider the size and layout of your space, as this will determine what fixtures and furniture can be added, and also the bathroom lighting and the tone that creates. Think specifically about the natural and artificial light sources in your bathroom, which will affect the colours and textures of everything you include in the space.

Weigh up the pros and cons of your existing fixtures and furniture, because you’ll need to decide what is retained, updated or replaced. A big consideration here is existing plumbing and electrical systems, which can be expensive to change and will probably dictate some of your decisions. The same goes for the existing materials used in your bathroom: the current flooring, walls and fixtures will also impact your new design.

Modern bathroom fixtures

Updating your fixtures is the best place to start when modernising your bathroom. 

With many modern bathroom fixtures available on the market, choosing the perfect one for your space can be a challenge. However, by knowing your options, you can make an informed decision and create a stunning bathroom that suits your needs.

Bathtubs

Bathtubs, for example, are an excellent choice for those who want to add a touch of luxury to their bathroom, and there are two standout options here. Freestanding tubs offer a sculptural look that can be the centrepiece of the bathroom, while fixed steel bathtubs provide a more minimalist look that complements modern decor.

Showers

Modern showers come in various designs, from walk-in showers that offer an open, spa-like experience, to sliding and hinged door showers that are space-saving options. Wet rooms are another modern design choice that can create a seamless flow in your bathroom. Alongside your personal preference, your bathroom's size, layout and available space will help to determine which style is the best fit.

Toilets

Toilets are an essential fixture in any bathroom, and modern bathroom design offers several options to choose from. Wall-hung toilets are a popular choice for small bathrooms – and the easiest to clean – and back-to-wall toilets perfectly blend contemporary design and innovation.

Offering a host of futuristic features, smart toilets are really the ultimate in modern – and future – bathroom design, with our range providing automated flushing, memorised settings for different users and self-cleaning.

Basins

Basins are another essential fixture in a modern bathroom, and choosing the right one can make a big difference to your bathroom's overall aesthetic. Counter-top basins offer a modern, contemporary look that makes a bold statement, while vanity units provide practical storage solutions that can be customised to suit your style.

Taps

Taps are often overlooked when it comes to modernising your bathroom, but they too can have a real impact. Basin taps with a minimal design offer a modern, sleek look – wall basin mixer taps and deck basin mixer taps in particular are excellent options for modern bathrooms, combining contemporary aesthetics with leading functionality. 

Bath taps, on the other hand, can provide a modern spa-like experience, be it attention-grabbing freestanding bath mixer taps or design-focused bath filler taps.

Modern bathroom furniture

Bathroom furniture can play a very important role in any space refresh, and especially if you’re working to create a more modern look and feel. They can provide stylish, functional storage solutions, elevate your bathroom’s overall aesthetic, or of course do both – the real aim of the game!

Vanity Units

Two of the most popular options here are vanity units and cabinets, both practical storage solutions that can also add to your bathroom's overall look. Wall-mounted cabinets are a space-saving option that can be customised to your preferences, while freestanding units can provide a statement piece for your bathroom.

Thanks to their popularity, vanity units are available in a huge variety of finishes and colours to help freshen up and modernise any bathroom.

Mirrors

Mirrors are an essential part of any bathroom, and modern designs can add a stylish touch to your rejuvenated space. Then we have practical mirrored bathroom cabinets, combining shelf space with sophistication in a single unit – our range at 34 St John also offer ambient lighting, a built-in shaver socket and illuminating infrared sensors.

Modern bathroom accessories

Their design significance may often be overlooked, but bathroom accessories can be the icing on the cake of any renovation project.

They can add a subtle yet impactful finishing touch that reinforces your contemporary design choices to create a cohesive, polished look. Beyond aesthetics, upgrading to modern bathroom accessories can enhance the functionality of your space and improve its user experience.

Two essentials for any modern bathroom are towel rails and robe hooks. Together they provide first and foremost a practical solution for drying and hanging towels and robes, combined with an elegant style, a touch of luxury, and plenty of design flexibility to meet the specific requirements of your bathroom and the people using it.

Toilet roll holders and toilet brushes may be small details but they can still make a big impact on your bathroom's overall look. Modern designs combine functional upgrades with sleek, minimalistic styles and premium finishes that can complement and enhance any bathroom.

Then we have bath mats, rugs and towels. These will add comfort and luxury to your modern bathroom, and should work in perfect harmony with your contemporary colour scheme. Like with any other bathroom accessory, these are everyday essentials but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a purpose beyond being practical!

Quick wins to modernise a bathroom

Modernising your bathroom doesn't have to be time-consuming or expensive. With a few simple changes, you can easily transform your bathroom into an inviting and stylish space. Here are two of our favourite budget-friendly methods.

Painting

A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in transforming the look and feel of your bathroom – and it doesn’t have to take an age either. You can create a feature wall, or choose to give your bathroom fixtures or furniture a quick refresh. If you don’t know where to start, check out our guide on choosing the perfect bathroom colour scheme.

Plants

Plants can add a natural touch and a sense of tranquillity to your bathroom while contributing to your modern vision. Look for low-maintenance plant varieties that are known to do well in bathroom spaces, and get creative with where you place them – especially if you’re low on space. Consider hanging your plants from the ceiling, mounting them on a wall, or placing them on your windowsill.

Bringing them all together

A key step in modernising any bathroom is coordinating everything in it to create a space that perfectly balances functionality and aesthetics, reflects your style and meets your practical needs.

When selecting modern fixtures, furniture and accessories, consider how they will work together in your bathroom. Choose pieces that complement each other in terms of design, colour and texture, and consider how they will fit into the overall layout of your bathroom. 

Planning your modern bathroom renovation well isn’t about making sure that everything you want fits in your space; it’s about ensuring that all parts work in perfect harmony to create a user experience that’s comfortable, efficient and stress free.

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Kevin Sears

About Kevin Sears

Kevin Sears is a bathroom and interior design blogger here at 34 St John. He creates original content utilising his extensive knowledge of the bathroom industry and latest trends.

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