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Bathroom Ideas: Dark Domain
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Bathroom Ideas: Dark Domain

Posted by Nicky Kingston in Style guides | 4 years ago 4 min read

Have you ever been seduced by darker colours when planning a home makeover? Let us take you on a journey to a bathroom far, far away from any you’ve previously imagined with our latest “Get the Look” style guide.

As part of our celebration of The Great British Bathroom, we’ve been casting our eyes over the latest interior design trends. One trend that has caught our attention in recent times is the use of darker shades to create a moodier and more atmospheric bathroom setting. However, “turning to the dark side”, is fraught with pitfalls and potential issues. If done badly, you could end up turning a once warm and welcoming space into one that is straight out of a Hammer horror film!

Thankfully, we’ve put our best people on the case, to help you create an on-trend bathroom that is deliciously dark and delightful. Get the “Dark Domain” look!

What is the "Dark Domain" look?

Appealing to the more discerning type of person, Dark Domain is all about creating a place to retreat to, where one can enjoy the finer things in life and indulge in some well-earned rest and relaxation. The style is high-end and designer, reflecting the care and attention which the owner would take with everything they own.

Dark Domain bathroom mood board

The "dark" element reflects a shift towards darker colour schemes and the use of luxury materials such as wood or stone, creating a more mysterious feel with a nod to retro designs. Indeed, it is a return to a more refined look, harking back to those classic eras in interior design. We're thinking Don Draper's apartment in Madmen, but with contemporary furnishings.

When it comes to a resting and relaxing retreat, what better place to begin than the bathroom?

Dark Domain bathroom

Offering the perfect antidote to a busy home, the Dark Domain bathroom is yours to enjoy during your downtime.

Get the Look: Dark Domain bathroom

To create this incredible bathroom, we’d recommend the following products.


To make the best use of your space and provide that luxury, high-end look and feel, opt for an open-plan wet room. The Mode 8mm wet room panel pack gives you a stylish glass partition, keeping water out but allowing light in. The Mode Harrison thermostatic triple shower valve shower set gives you the option to switch between an overhead shower and a versatile handset.

Mode shower enclosures

Bathroom suite

Choose a contemporary bathroom suite with clean lines and simple shapes to complement the look. A wall hung toilet, conceals your cistern and helps keep your floor space clear. A grey countertop basin, like the Orion (pictured below) will give the feel of a designer hotel bathroom.

To complement your countertop basin, a high rise basin mixer tap will produce a sleek and minimalist appearance.

Mode bathroom suites


Don't be afraid to go as dark as you like with your tiles. Create large expanses by using stone effect tiles, such as those from our Granby range.


Whilst you’ll want your Dark Domain bathroom to look cool, you’ll definitely want it to feel warm, especially in the depths of winter. A stylish towel heater, like the Rohe anthracite grey heated towel rail from The Heating Co., is the perfect choice, striking a balance between form and function.

The Heating Co. bathroom heating

Key elements for your Dark Domain bathroom:

  • A minimalist, uncluttered look—don't drown the room with objects
  • Dark, moody tones—blacks, browns, dark greys, all work well
  • Large flat surfaces—no matter how compact your bathroom is, this will increase the feeling of space
  • Functionality—don't lose sight of the fact your bathroom needs to serve a basic purpose
  • Open storage—Rather than closed cabinets, keep everything to hand with shelving or units without doors
  • Manly materials—Think chunky woods, stone or concrete surfaces
  • Clean lines—Keep things contemporary and ensure designs aren't fussy or ornate
  • Industrial—No dark bathroom would be complete without the odd industrial accessory here and there

Get the Look

If this style isn’t quite what you’re after, you’ll find plenty more style guides right here at To browse all our style guides and “Get the Look” that’s right for you, click on the image below.

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The Great British Bathroom

We’re proud to celebrate The Great British Bathroom in all its forms, from the smallest cloakroom to the grandest family bathroom. Discover the very best in British bathroom ideas by clicking on the image below.

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Author, Nicky Kingston

Posted by Nicky Kingston in Style guides | 4 years ago

Nicky is our resident Stylist and loves bringing new and exciting bathroom trends to life. Nicky’s passion for design led to a 1st class degree in Surface Design & Textiles, before earning a reputation as a home stylist in London.

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