If you are interested in channeling the past for inspiration in renovating your bathroom, I suggest that you look into the modern, modular, or art deco styles. The three are really quite similar in their appreciation of interesting crisp lines, shapes, and minimalistic style – so, we included them all here together.
This brief guide will give you a basic idea of what the modern, modular, and art deco styles are like and how to work these styles into your space.
Modern Does Not Mean Current
I cannot explain how important it is to remember this first point – the word “modern” does not mean the same as the word “current”. People often use these two terms interchangeably, and often to their own detriment. If you walk into a store looking for something modern and get pointed toward something “current”, or if you are looking for something “current” but get pointed toward something modern, you may find yourself with a mish-mash of unmatched pieces and a very confused bathroom décor.
Modern actually refers to a somewhat in-between style. Modern style takes the shapes and lines and curves of the 1950s and 1960s art deco style and fuses it with the minimalistic modular style. Much of what passes as modern décor, these days, is actually a mixture of this already mixed up style and the softer, muted, more natural color palette of the current contemporary style. By the way, if you ask for something in keeping with current trends, you will likely find yourself guided to contemporary pieces, so it is important to know exactly what you are asking for.
Color is Your Choice
Though color plays a very important role in most other types of design décor, it is, perhaps, the least important when it comes to modern design. I say this because modern designs can actually reflect the burnt oranges, dandelion yellows, and deep olive greens of the 1960s and 70s, yet it can also reflect the primary colors often used in modular designs, or even the muted, subdued, natural color palette of the early 2000s.
You can even choose to incorporate a pop of color here and there as a way to pay homage to the art deco style from which it was born. This is the approach many designers take these days when trying to create modern-influenced designs. Instead of going with the colors of art deco or modular designs, they use the muted contemporary colors and add a pop of bright red, blue, yellow, purple, deep green, or orange on a distinctly art deco or modular piece. For instance, they would include a deep, olive green shag rug or a bright red, oddly-shaped vase.