Embracing the Dark Side with Black Bathrooms

Black in interior design is often shied away from. While it can be incredibly luxurious and a real statement, if used incorrectly, it can create a dark, dingey, and claustrophobic feeling space. Because of this, it’s important to use black the right way, especially in bathrooms when cleanliness and freshness are central.

As award-winning bathroom designs, we are here to tell you how to embrace the dark side with black bathrooms. So here, we’ll look into why black works well in these rooms and how you can implement this moody, chic colour with confidence.

Why Choose a Black Bathroom?

Black is an intimidating colour to work with in interior design, so it’s understandable if you’re off-put by implementing it in your home, especially in the bathroom. White, bright, and airy bathrooms are very popular, but we think it’s time to give the dark side a chance. Here are some of the reasons to choose a black bathroom:

  • Make a statement. Stepping out of your interior design comfort zone is important, and black can help you do just that. This shade is sure to make a statement in your bathroom, whether you go for black tub, fixtures, or black bathroom floor tiles.
  • Add a touch of luxury. Black is a very luxurious colour, and when used well, it can truly transform your bathroom into a five-star hotel! Just take a look at the South Lodge Project we worked on to see a great example of this.
  • Create a more expansive space. You may not believe it until you see it, but just like white, black can make a space feel much larger than it is because of the moody dimension it brings. This is especially impactful when black is used on both the flooring and the walls.

The Importance of Natural Lighting in Black Bathrooms

While you may opt for black because of the classy moodiness it conveys, it’s also important to remember to incorporate the right amount of natural light. Artificial light, such as overhead spotlights, LED feature lighting, or wall-mounted fittings, are great for ambience and functionality at night, but during the day, natural lighting works much better. If you’re working with just one window, or your space feels dingy rather than chic, mirrors are a great way to help brighten up your bathroom and let the light bounce around.

Of course, one of the only drawbacks of black used in these rooms is that mould and mildew are a little more hidden. Because of this, you must have windows that can air out the room and decrease the chances of hidden mould. Staying on top of cleaning is important, but bacteria thrive in wet, humid, and dark environments, so ensuring your bathroom is well-vented with windows is crucial.

Black Bathroom Tiles at Roccia

If you’re on board with the all-black trend, bathroom tiles are the best way to go about it. At Roccia, we have an extensive range of tiles to choose from, such as these Mattoncino Subway Tiles in Nero (pictured below). This is a great example of black in a bathroom setting without being over the top. The subtly chic addition of these tiles behind the sink area is a great way to bring in this dark shade without it taking over your room.

However, if you do want to go all out, we recommend choosing large-format tiles in black for both your floors and walls, such as these Palace Infibre Tiles pictured below. This is a daring approach to bathroom design and isn’t for the faint-hearted. However, with the right planning, it creates a spa-inspired space that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury resort.

Dark Details, Accents, Fixtures, and Fittings

If black bathroom wall tiles and matching bathroom floor tiles are a little much for you, it’s okay; there are plenty of other ways to add this colour to your space. One of the more subtle ways of going to the dark side is through installing black details such as your sink, bath, and cabinetry. When paired with bright white or marble, as seen below, it makes a statement and draws the eye to these areas of the bathroom. So, with that in mind, implementing black in this way is a great idea if there’s a specific pocket of your space you’d like to show off. Perhaps you have a rather grand mirror over your vanity, or your free-standing tub is the statement piece in your bathroom? If so, considering black in these spaces further spotlights them.


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Whether you want to go all out with black tiles and a matching tub, or you’d prefer to just switch out your stainless-steel taps for a dark alternative, we can help. Our award-winning bathroom design team are just a phone call away from making your bathroom dreams a reality.

Visit our showrooms today or enquire online for a consultation to discuss your ideas and discover what we can do for you.

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