Modern Classic Bathroom Round-Up

These 7 modern bathroom designs by Sweeten sleekly show off personal taste

loft bathroom
(Above) Sweeten homeowner Lexi’s bathroom renovation

When you think of a modern classic bathroom, you probably conjure up images of white tiles accented with contemporary fixtures. It is a complementary mix of timeless design choices, like color scheme, cabinetry, and tile. To be considered truly modern classic, the space needs a clean aesthetic that can stand the test of time. 

Here, a look at seven different modern bathroom designs from Sweeten renovations that show that modern classic bathrooms never go out of style. 

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bold but still classically beautiful bathroom

While the boldness of the black paint may scream contemporary, what makes this bathroom classic too is the light fixture. Also complementary are the basketweave floor tile and ageless white subway tiles. The homeowner, Marissa, wanted a fresh design but didn’t want to make it too modern. So she decided to mix and match to come up with the perfect design to match her style. 

Modern accents, classic style


For Diane’s bathroom renovation, white subway tiles and a pedestal sink make up her classic look. She offset those items with a modern Toto faucet and a more contemporary medicine cabinet. The result is a simple, streamlined space that uses black tiles as accents to up the design quotient. 

Modern blue meets traditional white

Saskia and Ben’s bathroom remodel was laser-focused on eliminating dated 70’s tiling. A more modern subway tile filled in with gray grout was their key to success. Other changes included installing a towel heating rack, a “must-have” on Ben’s list. The bath was completed with a navy color to contrast the traditional white medicine cabinet. 

cleanbut not overly simpleaesthetic

Moroccan tile floor

Sisters Nicole and Missy turned to Sweeten to renovate their Arlington bathroom. Nicole originally thought she wanted a simple and clean white bathroom. However, as the project unfolded, she realized she wanted more personality in the design. The sliding barn shower door and white-washed oak vanity came in to complete this modern bathroom design. 

Classic white with modern black touches

loft bathroom
This Manhattan couple went with a minimalist white color scheme for their Greenwich Village bathroom update. Their Sweeten contractor installed a modern-looking vanity characterized by linear silhouettes and a lack of hardware. A black matte faucet was installed on the wall, which boosts the contemporary factor. 

Gray-accented subway tile

black bathroom backsplash
For Amy and Kevin’s bathroom renovation, they, like many other renovators, chose classic subway tile. However, they tweaked the look by using gray grout. (Gray is a great choice for modern design lovers as it is both classic and contemporary at the same time.) They also selected a large-format gray tile for the floor, which gives the space a modern vibe. To pull in a traditional aesthetic, the couple put in a 30-inch vanity in a natural wood tone. 

Contemporary design with classic fixtures

Chicago bathroom

Leah and Brian worked with a Sweeten contractor to update their Chicago loft’s bathroom. They went with antique brass for the finishes—as seen in the pendant light, shower head, and faucet—to give it a classic look. To add in a modern vibe, they chose porcelain tile in a gloss finish for the walls. Matte finish tiles laid in a herringbone pattern on the shower floor complete the look.

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