25 black and white bathrooms that prove simple is best when decorating your home
Posted on November 25, 2022
The bathroom is often one of the most overlooked rooms in your home when it comes to design and decoration. Because it’s so small, and you only have a few changing options for permanent fixtures, it can be hard to come up with creative designs and color schemes.
In smaller rooms like your bathroom, simplicity is often best. One of the simplest design and color schemes is an easy black and white monochrome palette. Although effortlessly simple, black and white together are anything but basic when it comes to design. As Ann Holden points out, black and white create a lot of dynamic contrast for a room, which can definitely benefit such a small space as your bathroom. You can also switch up temporary bright colors, such as hardware, plants, flowers, or a simple piece of art, without losing the classic, timeless elegance that a monochromatic color palette provides. Keep reading for some stylish black and white bathroom inspiration.
1. Simple and clean
Start simple with a basic combination of wall, floor, and white hardware. Add some reserved yet effective touches of black through the details—tile grout, hardware, cabinetry, etc.
2. Black and white tiles
Start the black and white theme from the ground up with unique and stylish black and white patterned tiles. Alternate touches of white and black afterwards, such as a white sink, black countertops, white sink, etc.
3. Stylish black accents
Make white the main shade and then add touches of black afterwards. Add sleek black faucets, black hardware, tile grout, and brushed black steel lights.
4. Mix the flour tiles
When you only use two colors, you have plenty of room to play around with things like mixing patterns. Keep it simple with softer whites and gray-toned blacks, and choose subtle yet effective patterns to mix and match.
5. Rustic style
Black and white color palettes tend to be a bit modern, but they don’t have to be. Mix in some rough textures and soft grays for a more rustic look.
6. Bold pattern mixing
You can also go bold with mixing up your monochromatic tiles, choosing a single busy pattern paired with a softer, sleeker black marble.
7. Modern monochrome
Approach the monochrome bathroom scheme in a modern way with slightly grayish black tiles, paired with counters and flat white walls.
8. Black marble walls
For a more subtle and sophisticated look, opt for black marble walls and a clean, modern white sink.
9. Floating wardrobe
Floating cabinets are indeed a very attractive and modern bathroom design option. Make it stand out even more by keeping the rest of the bathroom white with a black floating cabinet.
10. Black and white marble
You can never go wrong with marble in your bathroom, especially in elegant shades of black and white. Mix and match them as desired, and consider looking for marble with gold veining.
11. Traditional monochrome
A lot of traditional or vintage bathrooms are black and white, with simple white appliances, subway tiles, and black diamonds scattered throughout the floor tiles.
12. Contrasting tiles
Another option for mixing black and white tiles is to add an accent tile wall in the shower. Make it contrast with your main tile so it stands out even more.
13. Black base
A very modern, elegant and sophisticated approach to bathroom design is to use all black: appliances, walls, decor, etc. Lighten it up a bit with white floors.
14. Stone accent wall
Tile isn’t the only texture you can use in your bathroom. Help liven up a simple black and white bathroom with an accent stone wall.
15. Checkered floors
Another classic and traditional black and white bathroom design is an all-white bathroom with black and white checkered floors, which has a lot of potential for modern and retro designs alike.
16. Walls of matte black marble
Instead of heavily veined glossy black marble in your bathroom, consider a more subtle and refined matte black marble, paired with simple square white floor tiles.
17. Gold accents
Add an elegant touch to simple black and white marble or not so simple with shimmering gold accents throughout. Swap out your faucets and cabinet knobs for a shimmery gold, and match it with décor throughout the bathroom.
18. Stylish and modern
For a simple, modern, and elegant monochrome bathroom, keep the contrast to a minimum. They gradually fade from a soft white to a medium and dark gray, avoiding harsh, saturated black or white shades.
19. Soft black accents
Matte black accents in a small white bathroom can work wonders to make it look more cohesive and refined, such as the faucet, shower head, soap dispenser, plant pots, and more.
Diversify plain white walls by adding a white accent wall. Paint key features such as doors or window frames a smooth black for some nice contrast.
21. White cabinets
White is a very effective contrast color when paired with all black, and you need very little for it to work. Add simple white cabinetry in a black bathroom for a dynamic look.
22. Luxurious monochromatic marble
Go all out by pairing black and white marble together throughout your bathroom in a luxurious, spa-like way.
23. Patterned shower tiles
Patterned tiles tend to be intended for bathroom walls or floors, but they can be incredibly effective in terms of design on shower walls.
24. Elegant marble
White marble has an unmistakably elegant and luxurious look and feel in your bathroom. Help enhance it even more with black touches like bathtub faucet, glass rim, etc.
25. Brass Touches
Copper is another great hardware color for a black and white bathroom. Choose a blue, almost gray-black shade for the best contrast.