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Lean into Luxury: Modern Materials + Technology

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A true luxury bathroom takes everything into consideration, from choosing dynamic materials to layering for your layout, picking cutting-edge technology, and beyond. Once upon a time, luxury materials only meant natural marble, stone, or wood. Now, modern materials not only give you the power to create a compelling contemporary aesthetic but also create classic looks without the added maintenance of natural materials.

The majority of these modern materials can be utilized across all the elements in your bathroom: vanities, storage, countertops, mirrors, and more. For example, pair your wall storage and mirror frames for a look that’s perfectly personalized.

Check out some of the most popular modern materials and technology.

Basin Materials

There’s no doubt that a sink is a utilitarian bathroom feature, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful.


Thin rectangular ceramic basin with colored stripes

This classic basin material can be anything but boring, especially if you play with shapes, colors, and finishes.

Classic white transforms from modest to modern with forms that range from spherical to rectangular to oval and oblong. Choose from any color in the rainbow, or even incorporate a rainbow into the basin itself. Go for a two-tone effect with a white interior and bold color on the outside of the basin. Consider a metallic finish for a touch of luxury in the least expected place. Choose glossy or matte, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.

With the design flexibility of modern materials, you can add personality to your space and create a basin like no other.


Green Vetro glass basin


Argento basin

Blue Chiaro basin

When you design a custom glass basin, you can be confident that you won’t see it in any other bathroom. Whether you choose an exotic brilliant color or a muted neutral, a glass basin has the true look of luxury. Design applications include a vessel-style above the countertop, semi-recessed, or integrated into the countertop for a sleek effect. While you may think of glass as a fragile choice, it’s an extremely durable material. It’s also non-porous making it more hygienic against bacteria and a perfect material for handling the humidity and temperature fluctuations in a bathroom environment.

Cabinet and Countertop Materials

Cabinets and countertops have to withstand the wear and tear of daily use and deliver a luxury look at the same time.

High-Pressure Laminate

High-pressure laminate finish countertop

Get the look of luxury materials like marble and stone without the maintenance, or opt for rustic wood looks or an industrial concrete feel with rich textured graining. High-pressure laminate (HPL) finishes are another versatile choice for your bathroom because it can be used across different design elements in your space to create a cohesive look.

Wooden look countertop

Regular laminate should be used for cabinets only, but high-pressure laminates are waterproof, making them a great choice for both countertops and cabinets. These materials are very durable and easy to clean and maintain. The non-porous nature of HPL provides a protective barrier from humidity and temperature fluctuations.

3D Materials

Side view of a vanity made of 3D-textured laminated material

Make your vanity a tactile experience with 3D-textured laminate materials in stone, wood, and cement finishes that add depth. Your vanity will not only achieve the look of these materials, but you will also feel the wood grain or slightly grainy cement texture. Unlike natural wood, they’re also resistant to moisture, impact, and scratches.

Fenix Countertops

Black and white Fenix countertop

Fenix is a leading new material with an innovative design for luxury countertop finishes. This long-lasting, highly dense product provides an advantage if there are animals or children in the home because any scratches can be easily fixed. An opaque material, Fenix undergoes an extensive treatment process that results in a matte finish to modernize your bathroom. It’s a good thing these materials are resistant to fingerprints because it’s hard to resist running your fingers along the luxury surfaces.

Tub Materials

Modern tubs made from stone composite solid-surface material not only look great, but they also have a silky feel that retains heat for a perfect, long soak. Because the color—white, back, or grey—goes all the way through the material, scratches and blemishes can be lightly buffed out to maintain that sleek, smooth look. Ergonomically designed shapes are not only striking works of art, but they also make it easy to linger as long as you like.

Modern Technology for a Modern World

VOLA silver towel warmer

Luxury bathroom design should include modern conveniences that make life easier. VOLA hands-free faucets, soap dispensers, and hand sanitizing stations are more hygienic, save water, and have the timeless look of Danish design. VOLA towel warmers allow you to step out of your soothing shower or tub and into comfort every time. With a sleek, modern look, these warmers feature automatic shut-off and can be synced with your smart home system.

Don’t forget about modernizing the mirrors in your luxury bathroom. Lighted mirrors provide uniform illumination with dimming functionality so you can always put your best face forward. Defoggers keep the glass streak-free and always ready to use.

Lean into Luxury with Hastings

When you work with Hastings, you can be confident that every product you see—from basins to vanity bases—delivers quality, durability, and luxury. Our team is here to help you embrace our modular approach for the ultimate in design flexibility.

Schedule a consultation today to get started.

To learn more about modern bathroom products and materials, download our free Luxury Bathroom Guide today.

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