We've found 19 striking black and white bathroom ideas for a modern, monochrome bathroom scheme.
Black taps and brassware, and black framed shower panels are both a popular choice when paired with white tiles – but there are other, more unusual looks to get inspiration from too.
There's a reason black & white is one of the most popular bathroom colour ideas.
Black absorbs light and white reflects it – uniting the two is one of the most effective ways to create a bathroom that punches above its weight. In pattern terms, the options are virtually endless and can be as simple as black and white tiles laid in a chequered formation.
Tiles of the same colour stand out when teamed with contrasting grout, such as black tiles with white grout or vice versa.
Laying rectangular tiles in different patterns creates a multitude of looks, from brick or linear layouts to herringbone and basketweave – again this will create far more impact with contrasting grout.
If understated luxe is your thing, beautiful Carrara marble is hard to beat. At the other end of the scale, a fabulous black wallpaper will lend a dash of decadence.
Monochrome needn’t be moody and dark, if that's not the style you're going for. Balancing the black-to-white ratios in favour of the latter will create a far lighter, brighter space.
If you're just updating a plain, white bathroom, rather than renovating the room, the simplest way to monochrome magic is to replace the taps and shower fittings with some smart matt black brassware.
Alternatively, for an instant style upgrade, fit a cool Crittal-style shower screen and your bathroom will be fully on-trend.
If colours could be soul mates, then black and white would make the perfect pair. Team them in a bathroom and they'll create a striking scheme with lasting impact.
1. All-over black tiles
This smart, small bathroom space is covered head to toe in tiny black chevron wall tiles, giving it a cool hotel bathroom look.
2. White tiles with dark grout
The wall tiles in this shower room are actually enamel medallions found in a warehouse in Providence. Dark grout makes the circular patterns stand out.
3. A black-framed shower panel
Interior designer Amelie von Celsing used marble-effect porcelain as it looks so indulgent, but it’s practical and hard wearing too. The black framed shower panel adds a crisp contrast and accentuates the height of this small bathroom space.
4. White scheme, black taps
The Carrara marble mixed with the black taps and brassware gives a slice of drama to this classic and beautiful design.
5. Crittall-style bathroom doors
Dramatic, full height Crittall doors beautifully frame and complement this white black and white bathroom.
6. Black painted alcoves
Black painted alcoves for bathroom storage tie in with the large black framed mirror, cutting through this all-white bathroom scheme.
7. White tiles, black bath
The same effect was achieved in the family bathroom below, but with white grouting, and a black window frame to tie in with the bathtub.
8. Chequerboard floor
This home was once an Indian restaurant. Once the men’s loo, the basins were the only things that were salvaged. The room was painted in black gloss for a dramatic look, and the chequerboard floor was preserved.
9. Tiled feature wall
Tactile tadelakt and lava stone tiles wrap around this small bathroom that’s both efficient and indulgent. The black floor tiles continue up the walls as a feature wall. Black radiators complement the colour scheme.
10. Black taps and shower screen to break up a white scheme
Trends in shower screens have moved on from the pared-back, can-barely-see-it’s-there look. Outlining is one way to breathe new life into bathroom minimalism and with their elegant clean profiles, Alternative Bathrooms’ Metal Craft screens feel both modern and timeless.
11. Add further black details through bathroom lighting
12. Break up a white scheme with black taps and wall lights
13. Break up white metro tiles with a strip of black
14. Brave a more industrial look
The concrete wall and floor panels are bespoke and designed to create a gritty backdrop to the sculpturally shaped white basins.
15. Use dark grouting to make a tile pattern pop
16. Experiment with panelling and wallpaper
Taking a more traditional approach, this monochrome bathroom features bathroom wallpaper and painted black panelling.
17. Contrast a white scheme with a black floor
Plain white walls and a black floor keeps this bathroom fresh and simple.
18. Choose unexpected tile pattern
Monochrome tile risers draw the eye into this small, pure white bathroom, adding a sense of space.
19. Go bold with an all-black scheme
Dive into the deep end with a bold dark shade. Here, black gloss tiles and black painted walls are set against verdigris brassware.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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