Black is the New Black: Bathroom Colors and Black for a Chic Space
While many of us think of bathrooms as largely white spaces, due probably to the traditional and standard white porcelain fixtures, there are actually plenty of bathroom colors schemes that include not white but BLACK. This can be true even in the bathroom! Here’s a look at 15 gorgeous, chic, and inspiring bathroom ideas that incorporate black as one of the bathroom colors. Enjoy.
Black makes a perfect base color for a modern sculptural, geometric sink. The different face angles allow light to play off the black beautifully, making the fixture stand out, even against black walls.
Amidst a colorful wall, a black accent space is painted onto the sink and mirror wall in the bathroom to create a cohesive, singular feature. Three separate mirrors, instead of one large single mirror, allow more black to be visible, increasing the sophistication of this simple bathroom space.
Floor-to-ceiling black walls aren’t something that you see in a typical bathroom, but the contemporary vibe is tangible. Rich yellow silhouettes pop against the black wall and dark fixtures, breaking up the large visual chunk of black and bringing in some nice color to the cozy bathroom setting. Plus, few things are better than exposed light bulbs against a black wall.
While the use of dark grey might be considered a black cop-out to some, to others it might be as daring as they can muster up the courage to be. Design steps like this elicit applause. Warm woods work equally well against charcoal grey and ebony.
This neo metro Dyson red dual sink is a classic example of how to use bold color with black in the bathroom. With black floors, the two highly visual colors create a vibrant, classic statement…which is tempered with plenty of warm white on the walls.
Black as a bathroom color can be used in print or pattern form to incorporate the color by smaller doses. A zebra print on the cupboard door faces, for example, is an excellent non-intrusive visual compromise.
One standout bathroom fixture, such as this stunning Vanico slate flat basin, can be all the black your bathroom needs. Other colors or neutrals can be used in conjunction with such a piece, but, really, they should be used to highlight the clear design showstopper.
Vertical black stripes will be emphasized the most when they are combined with white vertical stripes. Break up the rigid structure of straight stripes with some chic rounded accents – an ornate framed mirror, for example, or a curvy vanity in high-gloss black, for example.
Now, here’s an interesting (and fantastic) tip that applies to any color, really, but is particularly effective with black. Provide subtle pattern by using the same color of paint (black) in contrasting finishes, such as flat and gloss. This works well in small-scale and large-scale settings, and I find it particularly gorgeous on a black bathroom vanity wall.
Although the bathtub is not present in this bathroom setup, it’s not hard to see the effectiveness of using black metal grating as a privacy screen for the bathroom. This particular pattern is a modern twist on the timeless penny tile pattern, which earns it two thumbs up, hands down. (Haha. Don’t think about it. Just smile and nod.)
Soften the potential harshness of a largely black space with some softer design elements. A quilted look on these contemporary bathroom cabinets and mirror frame is clever and effective in balancing out the primary black bathroom color.
Use black to your advantage in the bathroom to emphasize an element of lighting, whether that is a wall sconce, some under-cabinet lighting, or back-lighting. Black provides the quintessential visual contrast with the light, thus maximizing your lighting’s effectiveness. These black bathtub “legs” are a stunning aesthetic touch.
A black bathtub is just about as sophisticated as it gets, in terms of hulking porcelain fixtures. The inside of the tub, a glossy black porcelain, is nicely framed by a marbled effect and tastefully contrasted with a matte lower surround. The result is a cohesive but visually stimulating whole.
It’s certainly not rocket science, and it still must be stated: a flat black wall provides the most dramatic backdrop to a white silhouette. When your bathroom sink and hardware are as chic as can be, it makes sense to show them off in a sophisticated way…and a black wall in the bathroom does just that.
A warmly lit wall shelf above the bathtub makes for a nice feature amidst a black tile wall. What are your favorite bathroom colors? Do you like black in the bathroom?