Sam Ball, Utopia’s stylist, looks at why modular furniture is ideal for creating a no-frills bathroom for men that still oozes contemporary style.

Much of the current popularity of modular bathroom furniture lies in its universal appeal. Using just one or two key elements to create that popular, pared back look, it’s the perfect solution for bachelor pads where the requirement is for a non-fussy, practical bathroom which also looks stylish.

  1. Keep it simple

‘Less is more’ is definitely true when it comes to bathrooms which are often small rooms and therefore benefit from simple colour schemes with limited furniture.

Remember, simple styling doesn’t mean basic. Our three new modular ranges are deceptive! What looks like a simple mirror actually boasts a touch sensor demister, integrated Bluetooth sound system and feature illumination.

  1. Don’t underestimate the need for storage space

Plentiful storage space is the key to preserving those lovely minimalist lines. Don’t forget you need to accommodate cleaning materials and loo rolls as well as personal grooming items and toiletries.

  1. Go modular

A washbasin unit with a spacious mirror cabinet above is a fabulous focal point and gives you lots of drawer and shelf space. Modular furniture leaves all the floor area free so it gives an illusion of space even in a smaller bathroom. It also makes mopping the floor a quick and easy job.

  1. Put the seat down!

Opt for a toilet with a soft close seat – not that we are suggesting you would forget to put the seat down!

  1. Tiling makes for an easy life

Fully tiled bathrooms are right back in fashion and there are so many fabulous shapes, sizes and finishes to choose from. Consider shaped tiles or a feature grout for a different look.

  1. Indigo is the new black

Steer well clear of ‘girly’ colour schemes - consider Indigo, one of the feature colours in our new modular collections. Much more sophisticated than black, it can be teamed with whatever you like, as can our other key colours of Powder Grey and Sea Green, all stunning colours in their own right.

  1. Don’t be taken in by gimmicks

It’s very easy to fall for over-specified products with features that you like the sound of but may never realistically use. Demisting mirrors, shaver sockets and a combination of both task and mood lighting are essentials but be wary of short lived fads such as a TV in your bathroom!

  1. Future-proofing

Unless you think you’re going to be in your current home forever, always consider things that might affect the resale value of your home. For example, you may prefer a spacious shower to a bath but think carefully before doing away with the bath altogether as this might be a negative for prospective purchasers. Would a shower bath be a good compromise instead?

  1. Don’t leave the lights on!

If leaving the lights on is one of your bad habits, why not consider investing in a room motion smart sensor? The sensor can operate lighting in your bathroom and indeed every room in your home – all you need to decide is whether you want it to activate feature lighting, ceiling lights, mood lighting or indeed all lighting.

  1. Accessorise with colour…

If you’re a lover of colour, don’t be afraid to add an accent colour – it’s easy to paint a wall and co-ordinate with a selection of accessories…

Bang on trend is grey teamed with canary yellow, a perfect combination for any ‘unisex’ bathroom.