Technology in the bathroom - 10 of the best ideas

Check out the latest developements in technology that will bring your bathroom bang up to date.

While bathrooms have traditionally been functional, utilitarian spaces, the latest developments in technology are making bathing an even more luxurious experience.

Modern bathroom technology can range from radiators that double as towel rails, to hidden showers and built in media units. You can update your room to feature as many of these new developments as you like and still not lose your classic bathroom design.

Traditional bathroom layouts and even vintage style rooms will still accommodate the latest technology, so there's no need to shy away from a high tech bathroom, even if a modern look isn't to your taste. Alternatively, you can go all out with a futuristic look and kit your bathroom out with the most up-to-date technological advancements.

For a subtler take on the trend, you can introduce just one or two additions to your bathroom. A sleek towel heater or some modern light fittings are the easiest way to give a nod to modern technology without compromising your whole style.

If you want to update your bathroom with new fittings, opt for new shapes for a thoroughly modern look. Geometric sculptured baths and basins or freestanding taps are the most glamorous ways to embrace technology in the bathroom. Hidden shower fittings and under-floor lighting will also streamline your bathroom, bringing it directly into the 21st Century.

Why not embrace the look whole-heartedly and install your bathroom with a wide screen TV and plasma fire. After all, what could be more luxurious than relaxing in the bath, with your favourite programme and the fire on?

Grey and cream tiled modern bathroom with towel heater

Yes, the bathroom radiator has revolutionised our lives by turning into a towel rail - and in ways we could only have dreamed of 20 years ago...

1/10 Towel rail

bathroom with bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

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2/10 Modern bathroom wtih geometric-style basin

bathroom with geometric style basin

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

You know you're a bit behind the technological times when you're not actually sure what something is. For the record - this rather handsome geometric sculpture in this modern bathroom is actually a basin. I know, had us guessing there for a moment, too!

Basin and basin spout
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3/10 Monochrome bathroom with flat-screen TV and fireplace

monochrome bathroom

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Modern bathrooms don't come much more technologically advanced than this! Not only can you relax in your tub next to a roaring plasma fire (yes, a PLASMA fire no less!) you can also catch up with Game of Thrones on the super-duper flat-screen TV.

Plasma fire
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4/10 Modern bathroom with floor lighting

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Oh hello! Spotlights on the floor are a bit swish aren't they? Make every bathtime a showstopper and get some in your bathroom...

Lighting
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5/10 Wet room with hidden shower fittings

wet room with hidden shower fittings

(Image credit: Future PLC/William Pryce)

The sleek shower fittings combined with the grey wood panelling and black-grouted metro tiles create a chic effect in this attic wet room.

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6/10 Glamorous grey bathroom with freestanding bath

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(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Bolton)

There are no clunky bathroom fittings in this glamorous bathroom. No sir! This streamlined look relies on the very latest technology to ensure that everything is at your fingertips... you just can't see where it's coming from!

Bath and basin
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7/10 Modern spa-style bathroom with contemporary floor lighting

bathroom with contemporary floor lighting

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Create a mood of meditative serenity... Clue: it's all about getting the lighting right!

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8/10 Arty bathroom with bepoke printed blind

arty bathroom with printed blind

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Ain't technology a wonderful thing? You can digitally print photos on to just about anything these days - including blinds.

Bespoke blinds
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9/10 Modern bathroom with woodland mural

bathroom with woodland mural

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Why have a soak in your bathroom when you can pretend you're in a verdant forest? It's a no-brainer.

Bespoke mural
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10/10 Pink bathroom with matching vintage-style radio

bathroom with matching vintage style radio

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dan Duchars)

Ahh... this bathroom is proof that, while technology marches on, we can't resist a bit of vintage!

Freestanding bath
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