Black & White Bathroom Design Ideas

Just look at the pages of any home interiors magazine or any Pinterest board and you’ll see that the monochrome or black and white bathroom trend is everywhere.

A black and white bathroom 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 for great black and white bathroom ideas or jump to the section you want...

  1. Showers and taps
  2. Tiles and wall panels
  3. Toilet and basins
  4. Bathroom furniture
  5. Bath panels
  6. Bath and shower screens
  7. Mirrors
  8. Towel radiators
  9. Bathroom accessories
  10. Decor and more

Showers and taps


When looking at monochrome bathroom ideas, a good place to start is with showers and taps. They 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 white sanitaryware and is sure to make a big impression.

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

Tiles and wall panels

Let's talk about decorating a black and white bathroom. White bathroom 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 for a perfect black and white tiled bathroom.

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!

Bathroom wall panels are a great way of creating a feature in your bath or shower area. The large plain or patterned waterproof panels 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 them positioned. You could even choose a stylish half-tiled wall.

Toilet and basin

The good news is that you can find a huge range of white bathroom suites to suit all bathroom designs. But here you have a choice – the more common option is to choose a black vanity and toilet unit with a white basin and white pan, but why not switch things up?

There are now stylish black basins, toilets and even full black bathroom suites on the market that can make a striking feature when paired with a bright white vanity unit (and even a black handle to match!). You can even accessorise with a sleek black toilet seat for a black and white toilet. If your black and white toilet ideas stretch further, ditch the traditional white pan and buy a black toilet.

Bathroom furniture


Bathroom furniture can be a wonderful way to add a stylish black and white design to your bathroom. With plenty of choice, either black or white vanity units, tall cabinets and mirror cabinets you’re sure to find the right furniture for your monochrome bathroom.

Whether you choose a white vanity unit or cabinet with black handles or a completely black design, once you mix and match with other black and white ceramics, fittings and accessories you’ll be well on your way to creating the black and white bathroom of your dreams.

Bath panels

When it comes to your bath, there are other ways you can add a touch of classy black and white bathroom decor other than just through your shower and taps.

You can opt for a black bath panel to contrast against the glossy white finish of your bath, creating a new feature all by itself by creating a personalised black and white bathroom suite. Or you could go all out and treat yourself to a luxury black-painted freestanding bath.

Bath or shower screens

A black bath screen or shower screen are fantastic ways to continue the monochrome mood in your bathroom. Black framed bath and shower screens are incredibly popular - no black and white bathrooms Pinterest idea board is without one - featuring multiple different styles to choose from simple frames to grid designs.


Your bathroom mirror can 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 mirror would look stunning against white walls and tiles, creating a bold contrasting feature that will impress. A mirror can be particularly useful when considering black and white small bathroom ideas too, reflecting light off the white walls.

Towel radiators

Towel radiators, also known as heated towel rails are a popular choice for today's modern small black and white bathroom, 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!

Bathroom accessories


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

Accessories are the easiest way to create monochrome bathrooms. With many matt black pieces available, from soap dispensers and toilet roll holders to toilet seats and bathroom bins, black accessories will create a stylish contrast against white tiles and sanitaryware.

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!

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, when thinking about what colours go with black and white bathroom tiles, you can't go wrong with using brightly coloured towels or pictures which allow you to inject a bit of colour.

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 means you won't struggle to find items which will go perfectly in your bathroom.

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