9 black bathroom ideas (yes, really)

Forget safe, white sanitaryware for your bathroom redesign – black is the monotone of the moment

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It's safe to say black is having a moment in bathrooms. Stylish, sophisticated and easy to match with other shades, it’s being embraced by designers and interior brands across the globe throughout new collections of wallpapers, furniture, textiles and now bathroom fittings, fixtures and accessories. 

Safe in the knowledge that homeowners are becoming increasingly more confident with colour, bathroom brands are introducing a plethora of products in blacks, charcoal and grey hues perfect for giving traditional spaces a striking edge. 

Let’s face it, although we love to spend hours relaxing in the tub every now and then, bathrooms aren’t rooms we spend too much of our time, which makes them brilliant spaces to go a little wild. In a kitchen, black, charcoal and deep greys may be difficult to live with - but bland bathrooms or cloakrooms are the perfect space to unleash your dark side and add some period drama. 

For a quick refresh, a lick of black paint or simply adding in black bathroom accessories like the Dado range from Made.com are great ways to ride the trend. For those daring enough to take the plunge and splash out on a new bath, fixtures and fittings, there are black and graphite ranges on the market. For the ultimate statement, luxury companies such as CP Hart offer striking jet black sanitaryware and the period bathroom must have, the roll top, is also available in midnight hues. 

1. Make a STATEMENT with a black ROLL TOP

Roll top baths are a big investment, so choosing a versatile, neutral colour which will go with anything if tastes change is a great idea. But rather than traditional white, why not opt for black for a design statement which is equally at home with colour? 

£1,500 from Heritage Bathrooms this Essex cast iron freestanding bath can be paired with its co-ordinating Granley vanity unit in Graphite, £710, and Caversham mirror in Graphite, £175, a monochrome scheme 

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For those that prefer a more fuss-free, sleek design to the claw foot, why not try this bateau-style bath? Resting on a brass plinth which sets off the graphite finish perfectly, this freestanding Bow bath from Frontline it costs £1,690

2. Choose STRIKING black SANITaRYWARE

Coloured suites may be a contentious issue, and it seems the avocado suite has very much been confined to the '70s never to return, but who says sanitaryware has to be white? 

Black is just as easy to pair with all sorts of prints and colours and is guaranteed to add a quirky edge to what can be a bland space. Pictured are the Henley large Basin, from £525.60, Henley low level pan, from £990, both from luxury bathroom brand CP Hart 

3. Choose cool black VINTAGE-style TILES

Today light and bright hues tend to lead the way when it comes to interiors, but in the Victorian era moody, sludgy colours found favour. Inspired by 19th century subway tiles, these Artworks brick tiles in Jet Black from Original Style are just the ticket for creating a moody vintage look 

4. Give walls A LICK OF black PAINT


If you’re worried about committing to permanent black features and fittings, then a lick of dark paint is a great choice. An easy weekend refresh, it may take a few coats to cover over again, but at least you can reverse the decision if you change your mind. 

Proof that dark really can look classy in a traditional scheme, this room is painted in Jack Black 119 Intelligent matt emulsion from Little Greene, £48.50 for 2.5ltrs

5. Fit CHIC black SHUTTERS

Perfect for controlling ventilation and privacy, these plantation shutters from Shutterly Fabulous are available to buy in black for those looking to build a moody monochrome scheme, from £299 per m² for standard colours and custom finishes

6. Take a tWIST ON TRADITION

A contemporary take on the traditional Belfast design, this striking Harwood sink in a black lava finish from heritage brand Thomas Crapper is perfect fitting for a introducing black into a traditional bathroom. Hand made by British craftsman from long-lasting fireclay, the sink boasts both quality and a beautiful textured patina, £399 

7. Go for monotone STONE SURFACES

Introducing the new Fusiontile range from Mandarin Stone - ideal for introducing black into the wet room. Offering the beautiful veining and grain of real stone, but practical benefits of porcelain, they look classy but are easy to clean and maintain, plus are more affordable

8. Pick ON-TREND black ACCESSORIES 

Accessories are a cheap and easy way to introduce on trend colours into a room. Featuring sleek copper lids and details, Made.com's dado accessories are guaranteed to add a glamorous touch

9. Fit FEATURE FIXTURES

Give a traditional bathroom a contemporary twist with black fittings. Inspired by the new trend for colour confidence, Burlington Bathrooms have introduced a brand new range of black handle and surface options throughout its collection, with brassware, radiators, shower valves and WCs soon to be available in the sleek black colourway. 

Available across the majority of its traditional ranges, this Anglesey deck mounted bath shower mixer is £590

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