Dramatic, bold and moody are just a few words that come to mind when considering dark shades for the home. Take your bathroom to the next level by incorporating a darker palette.


On the colour spectrum

There are loads of colour options if you are considering darker hues for the bathroom. But according to bathroom experts, these are the colours that are on-trend at the moment: grey, coffee, navy blue, dark teal/greens, ash, charcoal and black.

“This dark, moodier trend has infiltrated into dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms, and it comes as no surprise that the dark colour palette trend is now popping up in the bathroom,” says Sandra Larkin, owner of Sandra Larkin Interiors and a decorator and colour specialist for Versus Paint Specialists (based at their Parkhurst store).

As blues are one of the easiest colours to work with, if you are considering a dark palette in your bathroom but are not ready for black or charcoal yet, a good start is a shade of blue. “Calming, relaxing blue reminding us of the sea and sky is the ideal colour for a bathroom. Deep, moody blues add depth and sophistication to this space,” explains Katlego Kondlo, head of decorative marketing at Plascon.


Get the ratio right

Heather Darby, the owner of Bathroom By Design,, explains how best you can incorporate dark colours into your bathroom: “Light colours should be in the region of at least 75% of the space and 25% with dark as a maximum. If you have a bathroom that is over 25m2, you can increase the dark volume as the room should be able to handle it. A good alternative to consider is wallpaper if you want a different look that is not as permanent as tiles.”

Maharani Tiles & Bathrooms experts recommend using contrasting colours in geometric shapes to create balance. “For example, large rectangular-shaped tiles on the walls contrasted with long, thin wood-look tiles on the floor will create the perfect balance. Pair this with a large mirror for depth, and bold white sanitaryware for a pop of attention.”

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Choose your dark finishes

There are many ways that you can incorporate a dark colour palette into your bathroom. It can be as simple as choosing dark towels or even mats. If you are looking for something more striking, you can paint or tile a feature wall in dark colour, or you can go as far as selecting your sanitaryware in a dark and dramatic hue.

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“Dark sanitaryware such as black wall-hung toilet pans can create good contrast against a wood-look wall tile, or can appear to melt seamlessly into a metal-look dark tied wall. Black taps or mixers on black basins will create a very trendy dark-look bathroom,” say the experts from Maharani Tiles & Bathrooms.

Enhance the look

Once you have selected your dark colour palette for the bathroom, it is important to keep a few things in mind. “Natural light and artificial lighting in the bathroom will assist with toning down the strong dark colouring,” explains Nicole Russell, the marketing manager at Italtile.. So ensure that you get the correct type of lighting that will show off the bathroom in, well… the best light.


And if you have a smaller bathroom, Russell advises using larger-format tiles with rectified edges and tiling with 2mm grout lines, which will offer the perception of a seamless look, influencing the feeling that the room is in fact larger.