Using the Monochrome Trend in Your Bathroom
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 and 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.
Remember the 1980s? Anyone around in that decade will remember the trend for peach, green or blue bathroom suites and how quickly those have gone out of fashion. You can ensure your bathroom suite stands the test of time by opting for a plain white toilet, sink and bath when you are replacing a bathroom. White never dates, and if you steer away from the ultra-modern or fashionable styles on the market, your bathroom suite will not go the ways of the peach monstrosities of the 1980s.
The best news is that plain white bathroom suites are sold in every DIY store and builders’ merchants across the country, and can be very economical to buy. If you have a small bathroom, look for sinks or vanity units with built in storage drawers or cupboards. Black bathroom suites are not widely sold and may date quickly, but you could combine black with white by choosing a black bath panel or painting an old cupboard with black paint to use in the bathroom.
One of the main problems with going for an all-white colour scheme in your bathroom is that it can end up looking a bit like an operating theatre. White tiles, white bathroom suite and white walls can all be a bit stark 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. Every tile retailer will have a huge range of tiles in shades of dark grey through to black, so whatever your tastes there will be something to suit.
One of the best innovations in the bathroom market in recent years has been waterproof boards which can be fitted as shower panels, above a bath or as a splashback above the sink. Waterproof boards are much quicker and simpler to fit than tiles, and also come in a wide variety of finishes. Black or dark grey wall boards make a great choice for the bathroom, and the cost of wallboards is no more expensive than buying tiles. White is also a popular colour for wall boards, but remember to try to avoid a feel which is too clinical.
Most of us have a blind or curtains at our bathroom windows, and there is a huge range of monochrome blinds on the marketplace. Plain black or plain white is the simple option, but can look a little boring. Choosing a design or pattern for your blind can give a bit more personality to your bathroom, and with the huge range of blinds available on the high street and online, you can have practically any fabric made into any style of blind you like. Plain roller blinds are usually the best choice for a simple, clean look in the bathroom, but roman blinds are another popular option.
Towels, pictures 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 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.