Every room needs a little black right?
How many times have you heard this statement?
I want you to notice something else about this expression.
The word little.
That’s because black is the strongest and darkest colour which means that a little goes a looooooong way.
I have said this in many posts, and I predict I’ll keep saying it because the black trend is just getting started (well not to those in the know like YOU, but it is for the general public).
Add Black with Caution
Black can look chic, elegant, strong and dramatic, but it can also quickly look overly masculine, harsh, heavy, flat, and predictable.
The black shower doors in this white bathroom (above) are perfect. If the hardware in the shower was high contrast black too, your eyes would be jumping around to take it all in.
Because the shower hardware is not black, it doesn’t interfere with the great statement that the doors alone provide.
Black was repeated only once here, in the sconce lighting and that’s enough.
So if you need a rule for black to help you when making colour choices for your bathroom, I would say repeat it once and at the most twice, and THAT’S IT.
Let’s look at some more bathrooms shall we?
Compare this bathroom (above) to the first one.
The grout on the subway tile should have been white because now we have three busy patterns with the trendy encaustic tile PLUS the grid shower doors. Also the black shower hardware should have been chrome. The eye really doesn’t know where to land in this bathroom.
There are just too many demanding black lines.
There’s nothing wrong with black contrasting grout, but it should not have been specified in this bathroom because of the shower doors.
This is my bathroom (above). I technically repeated the black once after I installed the black and white classic floor tile.
In the countertop. The black picture frames and candle holders are accessories so they can be switched out anytime.
Had I kept going with the lighting, hardware or shower doors, it would have ended up looking boring and predictable.
Consider colour flow
Also, if you tour my entire house, you’ll see how my black and white bathroom (above) fits into my home.
The worst thing you can do, especially if your renovations happen over a period of a few years, is incorporate each new trend into each new bathroom. It’ll look like “Oh you did the master in the brown trend, the main bathroom in the grey trend and the powder room in the black trend”.
The obligatory accent tile strip does NOT belong with these doors
Okay, you know the strip of glass or geometric accent tile you might be considering? It does not belong with these doors. That’s why you don’t see it any of these photos. I wouldn’t do it in ANY bathroom, but certainly not with black shower doors.
Related post: A New Way to Design Accent Tile: Ceramic Architecture
In this bathroom (above) the black plumbing fixtures work because the glass is simply framed in black, it’s not a busy grid.
Basically, if you are installing the black grid shower doors I would choose chrome (or brass) plumbing fixtures (below) so you end up with a clean and uninterrupted look.
I would also choose a thinner grid or frame overall. The thicker frames get heavy looking very quickly. Then if you add a few more black elements along with the thicker frame, well you might not love your brand new bathroom as much as you should.
In this modern bathroom (above) the grid is achieved through black grout. I think there should have been more of a mix in the mirror, lighting or cabinet colour, black in every element looks a bit predictable. But this bathroom did not hit the tipping point of TOO MUCH BLACK because the all the tile in this bathroom is white. Also, had the floor been grouted in black, the overall look would not have been as balanced.
Bottom line, if you choose black accents in a white bathroom wisely, you can still end up with a classic and timeless look because one of the primary definitions of classic and timeless for me is that you end up with the flexibility of switching the colours whenever you want.
So that’s the lesson of the day my lovelies! Who is loving the black shower door trend?
Post your questions below.
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