Be Bold with Maximum Monochrome

Now’s the time to put those timid thoughts aside and express yourself with a bold bathroom. In this style guide, I’ll show you how to create a bathroom that uses a monochrome colour scheme to the max!

Darker settings are set to be the big interior design trend for 2019, which is why I’ve come up with 3 bold bathroom designs that use deep, rich colours to create a more dramatic space.

One easy way to incorporate dark colours into your bathroom décor is to opt for a monochrome palette, with plenty of contrast between black and white. Far from being a boring look, with the right choice of products, you can create an inspiring space which feels both relaxing and stylish. Let’s take a closer look at a bathroom we’ve named “Maximum Monochrome”.


What is Maximum Monochrome?

The term monochrome originally comes from the world of photography, referring to a photo printed in a single colour (i.e. black and white), as opposed to the multiple colours you find in the real world. It is now used to describe anything which uses just black and white, including home interiors.

Whilst monochrome colour schemes have seen a rise in popularity in recent times, the beauty of it is its timeless appeal. Monochrome palettes have been used at various times throughout history and never lose their attractiveness. Which is great when you want a bathroom space which will remain looking stylish and won’t fall out of fashion in years to come.

Be Bold Maximum Monochrome bathroom

The reason black and white work so well together is that they are opposing forces. For example, white will reflect light, whilst black absorbs it. The old saying “opposites attract” couldn’t be more apt.

Whilst many would-be interior designers choose to play it safe by adding plenty of white space to their monochrome bathroom, we’re playing up to the latest trends and adding in much more black, to take this style to the max!



How to create your own Maximum Monochrome bathroom

Using a monochrome colour scheme may seem a simple black and white issue, however there are some tried and trusted methods which can be used to create beautiful bathroom interiors.

With our Maximum Monochrome bathroom, we’ve increased the number of black or dark grey elements to tip the balance. By turning the dark volume up a little, you’re able to produce a look that is bang on-trend.

Let’s take a closer look at just some of the ways we’ve used monochrome to the max.

White freestanding bath with black tap

When choosing your bath, have a good think about how you can incorporate your monochrome colour scheme into your design. One simple way to achieve this is to pick a white bath with a matt black contemporary tap or switch the colours around, so the bath is black instead.

Black and white accessories

Whilst you could choose to accessorise your bathroom with a bold accent colour like blue or raspberry, we’ve created a darker look by selecting exclusively black or dark grey accessories like the towel rail and wall hook. You could even add a dark grey heated towel rail. Black and white towels continue the theme.

Maximum Monochrome bath

Monochrome furniture

Continuing the interplay between light and dark, we’ve added storage to our Maximum Monochrome bathroom with a gloss white wall cabinet. This contemporary unit will help to reflect light, whilst the black handle insert works perfectly with this look.

Black framed shower enclosure and shower set

Black framed shower enclosures are becoming more popular and are a great way to add a darker element into your bathroom design. To enhance the look, we’ve even added a dark slate effect tray, brushed black valve and shower head.

Maximum Monochrome shower enclosure

Negative space

Whereas the area around the bath and shower are very much white with black accents, we’ve swapped things to create a negative image on the other side of the room, with the dominant shade being black. To ensure it isn’t overbearing, we’ve added a white vanity unit complete with black handle insert, plus a few white tiles, just to break up the wall space.

Individual toilet space

Another trend we’ve spotted in recent months is the return of the separate toilet space. In many older properties, you’ll find the old style WC (water closet) away from the bathroom itself and this concept is now being adapted to modern homes. A sliding door can simply be added to a recess or alcove to add a touch of privacy.

Maximum Monochrome vanity unit


Shop the look

Browse all the products used in this bathroom, and the rest of our “Be Bold” bathrooms, by clicking on the image below.

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More bold bathroom ideas

If you’re still searching for more bold bathroom ideas, check out our other “Be Bold” style guides and get the look:

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