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Smarten up with a monochrome bathroom scheme

Want a look that’s super sophisticated and bang on trend? A scheme in black and white is perfect for your bathroom and oh-so fashionable.


Freestanding bath, 

Unless you’re lingering in the past with a pink, yellow or avocado bathroom suite to replace first, you’re already off to a flying start on a black and white bathroom. Teaming your white bath, basin and loo with a dash – or more – of black will make it look even more crisp by contrast, and it’s a look that works whether your suite is ultra contemporary or more classic in style.Look to the walls

For a scheme with impact, be brave and consider a black wall. Whether you create it with paint or tiles, a black backdrop will draw attention to the elegant lines of a freestanding bath, a shapely basin or two, or a showering space.

Thinking of going for black on more than a single wall or section of the room? To ensure your bathroom doesn’t descend into gloom, try keeping the ceiling white, and even the above-dado area of the room. A white floor might be necessary as well in a small room.

Alternatively, consider a pattern for the walls in black and white. If your bathroom isn’t steamy and your walls aren’t in danger of getting splashed, a monochrome wallpaper can look striking. Pick a damask for grandeur, a stripe (whether vertical or horizontal) to play with the proportions of your space, or a black and white floral for pretty detail. Don’t despair if you have a family bathroom, though. You can create your wall pattern with tiles. As well as alternating black and white for a classic effect, you’ll find black as well as black and white-patterned designs that’ll create splashproof detail.

Think about the floor

If you keep your walls plain, a black and white floor is a classic choice in a monochrome room scheme.


Diamond chequerboard patterns complement traditional-style bathrooms, and contemporary schemes alike, and can make the most of a generously sized bathroom. Want something a bit quieter? Adding a border to a white-tiled floor is a more subtle take on the look. For contemporary style, an all-black floor is a show-stopping option in a monochrome scheme. Choose large-format tiles to keep your scheme feeling streamlined and spacious.

Quick revamps

Don’t have the time for a full-on monochrome makeover? Use accessories to create your black and white bathroom scheme.
Try these ideas: 

• Add in a bathroom chair or stool in black – it’s a handy extra for any bathroom as well as an easy way to get the look.

• Create a gallery feel with a selection of black-framed prints on the wall.

• Swap wicker or wood laundry baskets for a design with graphic style, such as this striped laundry bag (below), Idyll Home 

• Dress your window with a roller blind with a black and white motif.



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