Written by Becca Green

How to use black in your bathroom

A monochrome palette has always been a popular choice for bathrooms, but this classic scheme has been taken up a level with the introduction of on-trend matt-black brassware, smoked glass shower screens and tiles in dark hues like midnight blue, charcoal and chocolate. Add a few key pieces to vamp up a white or neutral palette, or for a dramatic effect, go all-out with a fully black bathroom decor scheme.

1. Black bathroom tiles

Black bathroom tiles make a super old statement and will give your space that boutique hotel feel. Metro tiles are proving to be a trend with longevity, but if you opt for a smaller tiles like this, maximise their impact by choosing black grout to match. If you’re going all-in on your black bathroom decor scheme, go for black sanitaryware and add contrast with gold or copper fixtures and fittings.

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2. Victorian Gothic decor

Go for the Victorian Gothic look with dramatic black panels highlighted with gold detailing. This black bathroom decor look works particularly well in larger, period bathrooms. Go all out with an ornate, claw-footed bath, black marble tiles and add a few accessories in a deep rose-red hue.

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3. Black bathroom flooring

Flooring can often be an afterthought, but make it the star of your scheme by going bold. A dark stained-wood floor, tiles or a patterned vinyl are among the many options. Pair with black sanitaryware and cabinetry alongside white walls for a sleek monochrome look.

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4. Crittall-style shower screen

Crittall-style showers are one of the main catalysts in the rise of black bathroom decor. The industrial-chic look is simple and enduring, offering you the chance to either add in a few additional black accessories for a light-touch monochrome scheme, or to go all out with a matching black bathroom suite.

5. Black bathroom fixtures

If you’re over chrome taps and standard silver showers, switch things up with black fixtures and fittings. There’s more choice than ever when it comes to contemporary brassware – from bright citrus colours to metallics and matt-black shower fittings. Replacing your bathroom taps with modern matt black is a great way to modernise an all-white bathroom scheme.


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