Six Steps to a Modern Master Bath.
1. Take out unnecessary walls, doors, and wood trim. In living areas, walls are often taken out to create an open feel. Fewer walls create a spacious, contemporary look. Just as in a living room, a basic step in modernizing a bath is to minimize the number of walls and doors. In the photo above, the wall on the right (with the thermostat) served no real purpose. It just compartmentalized the space. You can see in the photo below that it has been removed, to good effect.
In addition to removing walls, consider eliminating some doors. In the photo above, the excess doors take up space and clutter the room. They also date the home – in this case, an early 1990’s traditional.
Finally, remove crown molding and ornate trim. Replace this with contemporary 1″ x 6″ trim for doors and baseboard.
Compare the photo above to the one below.
What a difference! A barn door was used instead of the double panel doors - a charming way to handle the opening. This barn door was made from a large mirror. Barn doors can be made from old wood or glass doors. Or, a simple flat door painted in a bright color could be a nice touch. The hardware to hang the door is readily available and easy to install.
2. Replace the vanity cabinet.
As the focal point of the bathroom, the vanity cabinet deserves special attention. In the photo above, the chunky doors and accent tiles clearly says suburban home, circa 1990. An inexpensive re-do would be to replace only the doors and drawer fronts, and keep the old cabinet box. With a fresh coat of paint, the remodeled vanity would have a new, modern look.
In the photo above, a brand new floating vanity boldly establishes a modern feel for the room. The doors have clean lines, reminiscent of mid-century modern – a design style that developed from the 1930’s to 1960’s. It is characterized by a clean simplicity – yet is warm and organic. Midcentury modern designs are typically very open, with glass walls that connect with nature and bring in the outdoors.Continued on the next page