Sustainability is not only a hot topic but also an important concern of this century. When it comes to bathroom design it’s possible to have a bathroom that’s both sophisticated and high-style in its modern aesthetic, as well as sustainable, too. In fact, many modern looks are designed with sustainability at their heart. By following these simple steps, you can create a sustainable bathroom whose contemporary-chic style also leaves a light ecological footprint.
It’s sad but true. Your bathtub is a huge waste of water—a full bath uses 70 gallons of water, whereas a five-minute shower takes only 10 to 25 gallons. Try ditching the tub for a water-saving shower instead. And if a leisurely candlelight bath is part of your nightly pampering tradition, consider alternating the days that you sit and soak—or even opt for a weekly bath instead.
Metal, porcelain, and recycled glass are all eco-friendly choices that will give you a sleek, modern-chic appearance while also leaving a lighter footprint. Glass tile especially infuses your bathroom with a refreshing and invigorating feeling.
Incorporate a combination of contrasting base colors, geometric shapes to add interest and color, and patterns like chevron and herringbone to create a contemporary style that you’ll love every time you set foot in your bathroom. All of these effects can be created with sustainable materials, which means that your bathroom will be not only luxurious but green-friendly, too.
Use creative fixtures and take advantage of natural lighting to create the best possible appearance in your bathroom. You can use task lighting to specifically illuminate areas like your mirrors, where bright light is more important, and decorative lighting that is designed to highlight specific areas in the room for maximum beauty. A back-lit mirror and under-cabinet lighting will also add to your bathroom’s light without sacrificing practicality or eco-friendliness.