Bringing the Black Back to Bathrooms

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Believe it or not, we still have 2 (possibly 3) full bathrooms to renovate in our home. We roughed in plumbing for a full bath in our basement and our upstairs bathroom (the only original bath in the house) is in reallllllllllly rough shape– so rough, I don’t have hot water available to wash my face. Yikes.

Until we save up enough pennies to tackle these projects, I am happy to dream about all the possibilities on W&D! Maybe one of you readers is itching to renovate soon, and can use the inspiration.


When we were designing the kitchen, I almost went with black fixtures. I liked the high contrast, and high quality brass was so expensive. We ended up going with a “brass” fixture and we’re really happy with it, but I have my eyes on black fixtures for one of our bathrooms. I pulled together a couple images of bathrooms that really do black fixtures well. The image above is from Whiting Architects. I love how the contrast makes this space both casual, modern, and luxurious all at once.

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This homeowner used clashing patterns bring some warmth to this black and white bathroom. (PS– their eclectic home is worth the detour…)


This bath is a real statement maker! Large slabs of marble with dark fixtures. Super lux.

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What’s so great about this bathroom is that is was a surprisingly affordable update (made with all my favorite trimmings).

Image Sources: 1 (Whiting Architects, image Sharyn Carins via Remodelista) / 2 (photographer Tessa Neustadt via MyDomaine 3 (photographer No Glitter No Glory via Remodelista) / 4 (photographer Stephani Buchman via MyDomiane)

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Carrara Marble Tile • $9.99
Trinsic Single Handle Centerset Bar Prep Faucet • Delta • $178–259
Norm Wall Mirror • Menu • $199.99
Memoirs Classic 27″ Pedestal Bathroom Sink with 8″ Widespread Faucet Holes • Kohler • $629
Reed • Rejuvenation • $355
5′ Clawfoot Tub with Black Exterior • Rejuvenation • $3,129
36″ Rustic Alder Horizontal Plank Door Kit • Rejuvenation • $699–799
Emily Isabella for Hygge & West Folkloric Forest Wallpaper • Isabella Collection • $148

BY Kate Arends - March 16, 2016

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  1. Amanda

    March 16th, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Black is such a fantastic neutral and grounding element, completely agree with using it in bathrooms!!Designer-Peeves/cmbz/5697dd6a0cf2e94e3fb7a77c

  2. Mila

    March 18th, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Black and bold colors are all over the place. Love them all.

  3. Kate

    March 21st, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Me too 😉

  4. W&D Renovates - A Pattern Happy Basement Bathroom - Wit & Delight

    October 19th, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    […] bathroom was originally inspired the this blog post. We ended up moving away from the idea of black fixtures and decided rather to connect the design […]

  5. How To Start The Bathroom Renovation You Dream Of Having | sydneybathroomrenomasters

    February 19th, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    […] bathroom was originally inspired the this blog post. We ended up moving away from the idea of black fixtures and decided rather to connect the design […]

  6. Morgana Chang

    July 10th, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Love it. I would love to have a bathroom like this!

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    February 5th, 2019 at 11:35 am

    […] finishes, so I opted to include those in my remodeled basement bathroom. In another bath, I chose Matte Black, giving the bath a high contrast, modern and casual look all at the same […]

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