5 Simple Ways to Modernize Your Bath

By Rebecca Thienes Cherny | Updated Jan 14, 2015 10:37 AM

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Update Bathroom - Minimalist Bath Design

Photo: interi0r-design.net

Without a major renovation, it might not be possible to create the minimalist, modern bath of your dreams, but you can get pretty darn close by making these low-effort, big-impact changes.



Update Bathroom - Geberit Monolith

Photo: chictip.com

Ditch the traditional floor-mount toilet in favor of a model that mimics the look of a tankless wall-mount. DIY the installation of Geberit’s Monolith using a pencil, drill, hand saw, file, screwdriver, and caulk—that’s all you need! No expensive new plumbing required.



Update Bathroom - Silicone Hanging Line

Photo: Kontextür

Available in red, white, or black as part of Kontextür’s Hanging Line collection, silicone bands are an innovative method of hanging bath towels and toilet tissue in a visually interesting, lightweight way.


3.  Mirror, Mirror

Update Bathroom - Wall Mounted Medicine Cabinet

Photo: Restoration Hardware

Install a surface-mount medicine cabinet to gain storage and achieve clutter-free look. Shown here in a white, powder coat finish, the Pharmacy cabinet from Restoration Hardware boasts an appealing combination of modern lines and classic details.


4.  Quick Change

Update Bathroom - Modern Faucet

Photo: American Standard

American Standard has simplified what used to be so very uncomfortable and time-consuming: faucet replacement. An avid DIYer using the Speed Connect system is able to complete a switch-out in no time, making it easier than ever to match the faucet to other modern touches around the room.


5. Lighten Up

Update Bathroom - Porcelain Light Fixture

Photo: Rejuvenation

An inconspicuous porcelain light fixture finished with a mirrored incandescent bulb is the ultimate minimalist statement. The Hannah fixture by Rejuvenation is clean, simple, and elegant.


For more on bathroom remodeling, consider:

15 Ways to Create a Spa Bath at Home
Nate Berkus on Updating a Dated Bath
9 Designer Tips to Maximize Small Bathroom Design