If we're honest, monochrome bathrooms don't sound particularly exciting. The colours black and white don't necessarily bring about visions of beautifully designed rooms and we can admit that a monochrome bathroom probably sounds a little bit boring.
But wait! You're yet to be introduced into how we see monochrome. If you read as many interior magazines, blogs and twitter feeds as us, you'll know how fantastic monochrome can be if done with a sharp eye and a bold design vision.
Monochrome is one of those colour schemes that bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens scream out for. Clean lines paired with a restricted colour palette really give a room a bold, designer feel. It's really not difficult to get this look either; you can achieve a luxury bathroom on the tightest of budgets here and you won't need to spend hours sourcing fancy-pants accessories either.
Walls and Floors:
We'll start with the basics on this look, and it all really begins with taking a good look at your bathroom. We all know what our bathroom looks like, but do we really understand it as a room? Visit it at different times of the day, and take a look at how much light there is. Which walls are brightly lit, and which get cast in shadow? Would you say your bathroom was long, square, awkwardly shaped or small? The way your decorate your walls and floor really sets a precedent on how the rest of the monochrome bathroom will look. Firstly, the walls. If you're looking to tile your bathroom then the most popular and on-trend option here is the white metro tile. It has exploded in popularity over the past couple of years, and it's a look where you'll get the most out of it if you try something a little different. Try to source some crackled glazed tiles, or pick a flat metro tile without a bevel; You could add an extra-bold finish here with jet-black grout.
We don't recommend tiling the entirety of your bathroom though, as this look is best restricted to one area, such as the wall with your basin or toilet on, or the shower/wet-room area if you have the space. For those with budget restrictions or those who think tiles are a little fussy, go for plain white wall paint and paint every wall with it. We would recommend spending an extra couple of pounds here on specialist bathroom paint, which should stay mould and mildew free for years.
For the floors, you'll want to continue the masculine feeling. If you're lucky enough to have good quality floorboards, we recommend the darkest black stain you can find. Remember to finish off the stain with a wax or finishing spray to ensure a great quality job. There are a million other options here too, you could go for a jet black vinyl, small hexagonal or penny-sized tiles in either black or white, or you could even go for a larger unglazed and natural black tile. The possibilities are endless!
If you've got a smaller or more simple shaped room, you could add a little visual excitement here with some decorative ceiling mouldings or even a simple dado/picture rail.
Fixtures & Fittings:
As with most bathrooms, the bath is normally the central focus of the room. A black traditional slipper bath such as this, is our recommendation here. The chrome finish on the feet and on the bath will soften the look if you don't want to go for the full uninterrupted monochromatic feel.
We would then add a wall mounted basin for the industrial finish required. If the job allows for it, go for a simple wall-hung toilet too, but a close-coupled contemporary toilet will also look great.
Finishing Touches & Accessories:
This is where a monochrome bathroom really comes to life; accessories and decoration can make or break a contemporary monochrome bathroom. First thing's first - begin picking up simple black photo frames. It's up to you whether they match or not, as mismatched frames in different sizes can look great too. If you're sticking to the one frame style, a deep boxed square frame will keep the designer-luxury look moving. Fill these frames with some black and white photography of your choosing. You could even be extra daring and add some flashes of colour here.
Check out our monochrome bathroom inspiration pin board for some more ideas on creating the perfect monochrome bathroom look, you'll find some great ideas paired with real life examples. Let us know how your monochrome room turns out, we would love to see them over on our Facebook page.