The word normally gets tossed around when it comes to talks of design, but what exactly is a contemporary aesthetic? According to Rental Decorating, "[c]ontemporary is characterized by clean lines and smooth surfaces without intricate details." This means no frou frou embellishments and overly fanciful pieces. Additionally, a contemporary space makes use of a neutral palette as well as metal accents.
The use of metal is especially important in completing the contemporary look of a bathroom. Materials like chrome, brushed nickel or stainless steel are most often found in this kind of setting, just keep it uniform and avoid mixing and matching. The faucet, for example, is the perfect bathroom accessory to showcase the right piece of metal - it is, after all, the center piece of any bathroom vanity.
However, just like jewelry, use metal accents sparingly. Besides the necessary fixtures, try not to overwhelm the senses with too much of the material, otherwise, you could end up transforming your bathroom into a cold and uncomfortable space.