25 Contemporary Bathroom Ideas For 2021

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Are you ready to discover your dream contemporary bathroom? With 25 contemporary bathroom ideas to choose from, you’ll have plenty of inspiration.

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The bathroom is a place we retreat to after a hard day or where we go to freshen up to kick start our mornings. So it’s important to make it an optimal space for complete relaxation and comfort.

Whatever your style preference, we have over plenty of inspiring bathroom ideas to choose from.

Make sure your screen shot fingers are at the ready, you’re going to need them!

  1. Modern gold metals
  2. Organic meets contemporary
  3. Monochrome
  4. Marble
  5. Bowl basins
  6. Smart heating
  7. Clean lines
  8. Industrial style
  9. Simplicity
  10. Hotel luxury
  11. Wet Rooms
  12. Statement Floor
  13. Concrete space
  14. Unique Tiles
  15. Double basin
  16. Grey bathrooms
  17. Pastels
  18. Japandi
  19. Statement lights
  20. Copper up
  21. Wild wallpaper
  22. Neutral décor
  23. Wooden Wall Paneling
  24. Small tiles
  25. Mid-century

Modern Gold Metal

After years of chrome and nickel being the leading ladies in bathroom interior metals, brass is finally making a revival.

brass wall mounted taps

One of the most contemporary bathroom trends in 2021 has to be the gold fixture finish. If you would have mentioned gold taps 5 years ago, we would of all grimaced. However, gold is one of our most popular finishes.

Milano Clarus - Modern Mono Basin Mixer Tap
Shower Head and Hand Shower - Brushed Gold

A gold finish brings a regal warmth to your bathroom space and is an easy, affordable way to update your bathroom.

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Organic Meets Contemporary

Organic contemporary interior refers to the balance of mixing natural materials, neutral colour, soft surfaces, and of course modern forms.

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We would recommend introducing a wooden vanity unit like the Milano Oxley. It’s an easy and cost-effective way to introduce a natural aesthetic to your bathroom space.

Furnish the space with cotton towels and environmentally friendly bamboo earbuds, toothbrushes and other cosmetics.

Monochrome Ideas

A monochrome bathroom interior is a smart choice. Afterall, black and white are a timeless colour duo. Colour soulmates, some might say. So, you can guarantee, it won’t go out of style in a flash.

Monochrome modern bathroom
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Have fun with a black and white colour scheme by adding some unusually features, such as a feature wall or mosaic tiling.

You can even create a simple statement space with white décor and black fixtures and fittings from our Nero range. This will give your space a stark contrast that will really make the room pop.

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Marble Modern Bathroom

Marble is the perfect option if you’re wanting to create a spa-like space. Classic and effortlessly chic, there’s nothing this beautiful stone can’t do right.

parisian marble bathroom
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Whether you opt for a complete marble suite or a small marble splash back, it’s never not a good Idea to incorporate it into your bathroom, cloakroom or en-suite.

For a suite with a real contemporary feel, we would suggest a fully tiled marble space. You can create a beautiful Parisian feel if paired with our Elizabeth oil rubbed bronze fittings, just like influencer Chloe Lloyd did.

Round Basin Bowl

Nothing says spa quite like a round bowl basin. It’s the perfect contemporary alternative to a regular bathroom sink. Practical and stylish, is what makes them so fabulous.

They provide extra room on your countertop to place beauty essentials and high sides to prevent water splash backs. The shape of the bowl will give a softness to your bathroom for a charming hotel boutique feel.

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Our Milano Art round countertop basin is a beautiful blend of modern minimalism, paired with a high rise mono basin tap for the perfect washing temperature. It’s a match made in bathroom heaven.

Milano Art - White Modern Ribbed Edge Round Countertop Basin
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Smart Heating

Have you ever got home after a cold winter’s evening commute and forgot to put the heating on? Or got up for your morning shower the bathroom is freezing?

If you answered yes to either of those, it might be time to consider investing in some smart bathroom heating.

Electric Heating Wi-Fi Thermostat

Smart heating is ideal addition to any modern-day bathroom. It works by connecting your boiler to your home WIFI network via a thermostat. This will give you access & control to your home heating from your phone.

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Smart heating in your bathroom is a must have; sat in the bath and it’s too hot? Grab your phone and turn it down, having a morning shower and the bathroom feels a little cold, grab your phone and turn it up in seconds!

Clean Line Bathroom Ideas

Clean line bathroom interiors refer to sharp, straight shapes of your bathroom furniture, minimal decoration, and a clutter free space.

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When planning your clean line bathroom, you need to think about form and function; every piece of furniture, accessory should add something meaningful to the space. Designs should be simple, but never boring.

Industrial Style

Industrial bathroom interior celebrates high ceilings, exposed brick, weathered materials with a mixture of contemporary bathroom furniture

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The Industrial trend doesn’t show signs of slowing down, people everywhere are adapting raw materials to their bathroom décor.


If you’re looking to update your bathroom décor this year but would like to spend as little as possible keep everything super simple.

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A few ways to step up your interior style can, simply, include giving the walls a fresh lick of neutral paint.

A neutral palette will refresh and give the illusion of opening the space. Update towels, wall art and other accessories to energise your existing décor.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not upgrade your bathroom fittings. Swap old rusty taps and limescale shower heads to shiny new modern designs like the Milano Mirage range.

Hotel Luxury

Hotel luxury is about creating a bathroom that is not merely ‘nice’ but more a space with the ultimate luxury ‘wow’ factor.

Take @my_oakcliffe_home hotel inspired space. She has chosen to have the modern freestanding tub as the focal point of the room. This was done with strategic placing and of course the beautiful platform on which the bath stands.

simple bathroom interior

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This gives of a sense of grandeur that you would find in your favourite 5-star hotel.

Hotel Luxury is all about creating a space of extravagance with furniture such as freestanding bathtubs, space and opulent lighting.

Modern Wetroom Ideas

Wet rooms are a home must have. Not only do they look impressive, but they also add value to your home when it comes to selling!

You may be sat there unsure of what a wet room is? It’s a bathroom that has been turned into a shower room by taking away the shower screen and tray, although a lot of people like to keep a screen to keep shower spray confined to the showering area.

A wet room is usually fully tiled.

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Statement Floor

If you’re dealing with a small space and feel as though you’re really stuck with what to do. Why not introduce a statement floor?

Statement floors work extremely well in smaller spaces such as cloakroom bathrooms or en-suites.

Experiment with bold patterns and colours without overpowering the room.

Concrete Space

Believe it or not, concrete is becoming the go-to finish in many UK homes. Similar to industrial style, it offers a sense of being un-kept and raw, which when styled right can look fabulous.

milano lurus concrete vanity

This utilitarian finish is a great choice for your modern bathroom reno. Here at Big Bathroom Shop we have The Milano Lurus bathroom furniture range.

This furniture collection has been inspired by the concrete effect trend.

modern concrete effect bathroom

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It features smaller bathroom furniture products, that would fit more in a downstairs loo or en-suite. All with a beautiful concrete finish.

Unique Tiles

This year it’s all about visually interesting tiles. Whether that be including a splash back, only tiling your shower area or tiling your entire bathrooms walls and floor, make sure you’re adding a contemporary twist with modern bathroom tiles.

Unique colour modern tiles

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Opt for vibrant colours or patterns, but make sure you stay clear of any traditional styles if you want to keep your suite super contemporary.

You don’t have to break the bank either, choose to tile half a wall or as we mentioned above include a small splash back.

Double Basins

Double bathroom basins are a godsend for busy households. Not only are they a practical investment but also look incredible in modern suites.

dark wood double vanity basin

Having two sinks is a nice little luxury to have. Sometimes, a double sink can save some early morning arguments when schedules overlap and help ease the late-night brushing teeth traffic.

With so many beautiful double vanity units available, we’d say they are a must have for your new contemporary bathroom.

Grey Bathroom

Thanks to Mrs Hinch, grey is an extremely popular interior hue. It’s no wonder why when it’s such a versatile colour.

Mrs Hinch Grey Bathroom

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Forget about walls and tiles, focus on grey bathroom vanity units. That way, they grey won’t be too overpowering and create a clinical space.

The Milano Oxley is one of our most contemporary and adaptable storage solutions.

Depending on how it is styled, grey can look a little cold. So, it’s important if you’re looking for a warmer touch, to introduce colourful accessories to pack a punch.

Bathroom Pastels

Looking to introduce colour in your bathroom this year but nothing too daring? Keep it cool and contemporary with pastels. A pastel colour palette is a safer way to introduce muted colours.

Modern pastel bathroom

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Pastel paint or tiles will help you create an interesting twist to your bathroom, cloakroom or en-suite without having to really commit to colours.


Yes, we know what you’re thinking, ‘what on earth is Japandi?!’. Japandi is a mixture of Japanese and scandi interiors.

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This genius new bathroom trend brings together the soft, clean lines of Scandinavian interior design with the unique shapes and pastels from Japan.

Statement Lights

In modern bathrooms there is an ever-increasing focus on lighting. The bigger, more eye catching the better.

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This works particularly well in minimal bathroom spaces. So, if you have a simple décor why not add depth and fun with a low hung pendant light?

Copper Up

When it comes to modern bathrooms there is a list of fixture finishes you can include. Copper is one of the most loved finish for ultra-contemporary homes

copper shower

Rich, raw and warm, copper is the new up and coming finish we all need in our bathrooms.

The Milano Amara Collection features mono, high rise and wall mounted basin & bath taps, shower enclosures and shower systems all in this beautiful tone.

Wild Wallpaper

Thinking of going over to the wild side? More and more UK homes are designing their bathrooms with funky wallpaper prints.

Funky bathroom wallpaper

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The trick with this patter is to keep everything else simple and allow your walls to do the talking.

Before purchasing, ensure you are buying wallpaper specifically designed for damp and warm environments.

Neutral Décor

Neutral décor is the forever favourite when it comes to modern bathroom ideas. The perfect palette for creating a calm, tranquil, soothing space.

neutral contemporary bathroom suite

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Crisp whites, earthy browns, taupe and creamy beiges are all beautiful colours you can include in your bathroom renovation.

Wooden Wall Panelling

Love touches of nature in your bathroom décor? Then get ready to fall in love with a contemporary trend we are obsessed with.

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Wooden wall panelling adds texture, unique and boasts hotel spa luxury. If you look at your bathroom and feel it’s a little bare, why not purchase some wood strip decoration?

Easy to apply and boasts style to your bathroom wall.

Small Tiles

When it comes to a small contemporary bathroom space, the smaller the tiles, the better. Large tiles in a small bathroom can run the risk of making the room look ever smaller.

small bathroom tiles

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Smaller tiles are a great way to add colour, patterns and texture to even the tiniest of rooms. It’s all in the size, shape and placement.

Floor tiles work really well in compact spaces, the smaller detail makes the bottom half of the room look busy, therefore freeing the upper half.

Mid Century Modern  

Mid-century modern bathroom designs never go out of fashion. It’s all about eclectic designs coming together to create a both period and contemporary style.

Mid century modern bathroom

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Use contrasting textures, bathroom furniture shapes should be varied to create extra dimension.

Soft, round freestanding baths paired with sharp, square vanity units are a good example of using clashing furniture shapes. It’s a look that can be combined carefully with other styles.

There we have it, 25 contemporary bathroom ideas for 2021. We hope you found all the bathroom inspiration you were looking for.