Ideas for Modern Monochrome Bathrooms

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.

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.

See these beautiful metro tiled bathrooms. 

For a masculine, tailored space, look to smart stripes or houndstooth repeat patterns – Decorum Est has some exquisite monochrome mosaics in semi-precious stone. For an earthier vibe, introduce hard-wearing industrial materials, such as concrete or white painted brick.

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.

Check out these dark and dreamy bathrooms.

A softer, more organic approach can be achieved using irregular, curved patterns such as monochrome patchworks, floral designs or circular tiles, like the shower room shown below.

Equally, installing baths or basins in curvalicious shapes will soften a stark scheme, as will flourishes of foliage.

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.

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