Modern classic bathrooms to inspire your new look

I love a classic bathroom – elegant and timeless. But traditional can be so much more striking with a twist. Modern classic brings together traditional elements with contemporary fixtures and smart technology, creating a clean and stylish look, with an added touch of charm.

Having just completed my own family bathroom, as part of a larger renovation, I have looked at many different bathroom styles and modern classic was top of my list. With two rather energetic young boys, I knew that a traditional bathroom with a roll top and wallpapered walls wouldn’t be possible (the amount of splashing that happens in our bathroom doesn’t allow for this!) So instead we opted for a traditional large walk in shower and a built-in bath, we paired these fittings with some contemporary floor tiles for a cool modern classic look that we love.

As part of my planning I came across lots of beautiful and stylish looks so I’ve put together a gallery to share with you – sharing is caring, right?

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You can opt for pastel tones for a cool modern classic look. These textured tiles from Claybrook are the perfect combination and when laid vertically they create a beautiful contemporary look.

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Potters Glaze tiles in Leach, £64.24 per sq m; Smithfield basin, £600; Mid-town wall-mounted three-hole basin mixer with cross heads, £385; Brookhaven marble floor tiles, £95.02 per sq m, Brookhaven marble skirting £24.98 each, all Claybrook.

The bath is often centre stage and there are so many options to choose from. Try a traditional shape like this handcrafted William Holland piece with a modern luxe finish for the ultimate luxurious soak.

Handcrafted Aequs bath in copper, priced £5582.40, from William Holland.

You don’t need a huge space for a successful modern classic style – with cleverly chosen fixtures and well-placed mirrors you can make the most of a more compact space. I love this luxurious compact bathroom from interior designer Michelle Kelly, which pairs William Morris wallpaper with panelling for a real statement. How gorgeous is this gold roll top too!?

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The paint is Farrow & Ball’s Bancha, from £64 for 2.5 litres and the tub is from the Cast Iron Bath Company. The brassware was sourced from Perrin & Rowe and has been paired with the IC S1 pendant light from Flos, £340, while the floor tiles are from Mosaic del Sur.

Pair a traditional large Edwardian basin with a modern round mirror and circular droplet light for a twist on the classic style. These gorgeous terracotta tones compliment the look perfectly too!

Edwardian 61cm basin with standard pedestal in Moon Grey £798.00, Burlington.

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You can make modern classic work in a family bathroom too. Have the best of both worlds with a smart shower bath. Fitting neatly into a corner it helps free up valuable floor space and is great for a young family. This is the style we opted for our own bathroom renovation.

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Flow hybrid shower bath, £1495, Waters Baths of Ashbourne.

Mix dark tones with exposed concrete for a statement look. I love this one-drawer vanity unit from Laufen with its simple, sleek lines and topped with a more traditional basin.

Marcel Wanders has teamed up with Laufen to introduce this New Classics range. This contemporary Element one-drawer vanity unit comes in Traffic Grey, blacked oak, and gloss white. Prices start from £1473.90, Laufen.

What could be more classic than a roll top bath? A traditional claw-footed bath can be transformed into a more contemporary modern classic version with a striking matt exterior paint or stylish gold taps. Take a look at this selection, full of character and with a cool twist on classic.

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Add an element of surprise by painting the ceiling in a bold hue, such as Deep Space Blue from Little Greene. Walls in Flint, window frame in Marigold, from £47 for 2.5 litres of absolute matt emulsion.
Waterproof, scratch proof and fade resistant, Otto Tiles and Design’s new Amazonia collection offers the maximalist look of wallpaper but is digitally printed onto ceramic tiles. £180 per sq m.
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You can have the stylish look of tiles without the cost and time of installing them. Try these panelled tiles, Emerald Subway, from £400 per panel from Showerwall.

Featured image: Otto Tiles and Design’s Amazonia-inspired styles, from £180 per sq m, can make a real statement in your bathroom.

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