How to Design a Modern Family Bathroom


Designing a family bathroom is no easy feat, with each member of your household needing to be individually catered for.

A modern family bathroom should be practical, easy to clean, and clutter-free, and it also needs to be a safe space for your children and a relaxing place for yourselves.

Yet is it really possible to achieve all this? Can you realistically please everyone?

We are here to tell you that yes, you can.

With a little help and a lot of planning, you can create the modern family bathroom of your dreams. You just need to know where to begin.


Evaluate your space

Whether you have a large bathroom or a more compact space to work with, you can create a family bathroom that ticks all the boxes. You just need to make sure that you utilise all the space at your disposal.

There are several space-saving tips that you can use to ensure that you are getting the most out of your bathroom. These include:

  • Installing a contemporary back to wall toilet
  • Utilising underfloor heating instead of heated towel rails
  • Choosing vertical storage shelves

Factor in a bath

Of course, it is completely up to you what elements you choose to include in your family bathroom. That being said, there are very few family bathrooms that do not have a bath in them. This is purely a practical decision as a bath is much more appropriate and enjoyable for children than a shower.

Choosing the perfect bath for your family bathroom will be dependent on how much space you have, but this is a case of the bigger the better.

A great option is a large freestanding bath that is both contemporary and offers up the space that you need. Alternatively, you may want to consider a shower bath that can make nightly hair washing a lot easier.

Maximise storage

Unless you want your family bathroom to resemble a kid’s playroom with plastic toys here there and everywhere, you will need to think seriously about your storage options.

There are several different ways that you can create storage space whilst at the same time enhancing the overall look of your bathroom. These include:

  • A combination vanity unit
  • A wall-hung storage unit
  • Open shelf units (best for candles and attractive bottles)
  • Floating display cases

Opt for a soft close toilet seat

This may seem like a small and insignificant aspect of your bathroom design, but if you have children, this will be a sanity saver. From the deafening sound of the lid banging shut, to the constant worry that your little ones will trap their fingers, a soft close toilet seat will effectively eliminate both these problems.

Plus, you can find soft closers that have an antibacterial finish, which will help protect you and your family from nasty bacteria and fungi.


Other modern bathroom décor ideas

  • Geometric shaped mirrors
  • A floor-to-ceiling mirror
  • Stick to neutral colours
  • Use modern lighting such as skylights
  • Add a touch of greenery with a houseplant or two