Monochrome Bathroom Design Ideas

Using the Monochrome Trend in Your Bathroom Banner

Just look at the pages of any home interiors magazine and you’ll see that the monochrome trend – basing design schemes around black and white – is everywhere. Monochrome is simple, easy to live with, doesn't date as quickly as going with the latest colour trends, and is one of the easiest concepts to pull off effectively. In the bathroom, where few of us have the budget for a complete makeover every year or so, monochrome is the ideal trend to consider.

Keep reading to learn how to create your monochrome bathroom of dreams...

Shower and taps

Your shower and taps are some of the most important items in your bathroom, so why not make these a feature? Kiss chrome goodbye and choose a stylish matt black finish! The matt black finish contrasts beautifully against white tiles and sanitaryware, and is sure to make a big impression.

For more helpful information on what to choose, read our helpful blog... Black Taps & Showers Trend


Bathroom accessories are the ideal way to make your bathroom look well finished and refined - as well as serving very practical purposes! Accessories are great for improving your storage space, adding to your aesthetics or making your daily life easier.

Accessories are the easiest way to bring a monochrome theme into your bathroom. With many matt black pieces available, black accessories will create a stylish contrast against white tiles and sanitaryware.


What accessories can I get?

Toilet roll holders

Toilet brushes

Soap dish/dispensers

Towel rails/rings

Robe hooks


Waste bins

Toilet seats

If you’ve opted for a standard white gloss toilet pan, then a black toilet seat would contrast beautifully. It’s the small details that make a real difference with a monochrome bathroom design!

Tiles and wall panels


White tiles, white bathroom suites, and white walls can all be a bit basic and overwhelming, so think about the other half of the monochrome look by choosing darker tiles for your floors or walls. Shiny black tiles on the bathroom floor can look very luxurious and expensive, but can also be difficult to keep clean, so a matt tile is probably a better choice. Tiles come in shades of dark grey through to black, so whatever your tastes there will be something to suit!

Wall panels are a great way ofcreating a feature in your bath or shower area. The large patterned waterproofpanels are easy to install and come in a large variety of designs and colours.

Tiles come in multiple shapes and sizes,allowing you to choose how you’d like them to look and how you want thempositioned.

Toilet and basin


The best news is that plain white bathroom suites are sold in every DIY store and builders’ merchants across the country and are super easy to find. But here you have a choice – the more common option is to choose a black vanity and toilet unit with a white basin and pan, but why not switch things up? There are now stylish black basins and pans on the market that can make a striking feature when paired with a bright white unit (and even a black handle to match!).

Bath panels


When it comes to your bath, there areother ways you can add a touch of black other than just your shower and taps. Youcan opt for a black bath panel to contrast against the glossy white finish ofyour bath, creating a new feature all by itself!

Bath screens


Your bath screen is another fantastic way to continue your monochrome mood in your bathroom. Black framed bath screens are incredibly popular, featuring multiple different styles to choose from simple frames to grid designs.



Your bathroom mirror can really create a focal point in your bathroom, especially when choosing LED lighting and stylish shapes that add to your aesthetic. Available with different coloured frames, a black framed mirror would look stunning against white walls and tiles, creating a bold contrasting feature that is sure to impress.

Towel radiators


Towel radiators are a popular choice for most bathrooms, as they keep your bathroom toasty and warm whilst giving you a handy place to hang your towels (and keep them warm too!). Towel radiators come in a variety of colours including black AND white – so the choice is yours!

Décor and more

Towels, wall art and ornaments can be used to give a personalised feel to your bathroom and again, it’s very easy to stick to monochrome for these too. However, using brightly coloured towels or pictures gives you the opportunity to inject a bit of colour into a monochrome scheme. This is also a cheap and quick way of changing the colours you use in your bathroom rather than having to paint the walls a different colour or replace the bathroom suite. If you prefer to keep everything black and white, the fact that monochrome is so popular at the moment means you won't struggle to find things in the shops which will go perfectly in your bathroom.


Sascha Vickers

Sascha has been copywriting for over 6 years and especially loves writing about home interiors, renovations, and décor. She enjoys digital illustrating in her spare time and following the latest interior trends on social media.

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