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Black taps, shower heads and frames look smart, modern and confident – no wonder they’re mushrooming in popularity. Check out these gorgeous bathrooms that have ditched silver fittings in favour of some jet black alternatives.
Black taps look fresh, edgy and different, adding industrial cool to the simplest of bathrooms. Mix them in with other dark details for a chic monochrome look. Here, the designers have added a black recessed shelf, a towel ladder and a cage light. For added drama, they’ve refrained from introducing any other colours.
Ground the space
It’s a good idea to add a few dark details to a white bathroom, especially if the room is quite large. Here, the wooden floor and black bathroom fittings add warmth to the pale space, making it feel cosier than if the designers had gone for just white with shiny chrome fittings.
Team with other colours
Black is a neutral, which means it works with most colour schemes. Here, the aqua wall tiles give this room a quirky feel, while the matte black bathroom fittings – basins, taps and vanity unit legs – bring in some urban cool.
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Keep them clean
Fed up with buffing away smears and limescale from your chrome or stainless steel taps? Fingerprints won’t show up so easily on matt black fittings. Good-quality ones will also have a durable electroplated finish that’s resistant to scrapes and scratches.
On the flipside, soap scum and toothpaste can be more visible on black. And beware bargain taps, as cheaper powder coatings fade over time and could be a false economy.
Despite their forgiving hue, don’t forget to give black fittings a good clean, and always follow the manufacturer’s care instructions, as some finishes aren’t compatible with standard bathroom products.
Work a heritage feel
Black-framed shower doors with factory-style frames offer a seductive combination of industrial chic, heritage style and modern edge in a bathroom. They work beautifully in period properties like this one, creating a touch of quiet luxury.
Add hotel luxe
Want that enviable hotel bathroom look? Black taps and veined marble are a classic combination, one complementing the other for a finish that’s sleek and luxurious. Here, the designers have added extra style points with wall-mounted taps and black window frames.
When buying taps, try to see them in real life, before ordering, to examine how they feel in your hands.
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Simplify your scheme
Often rooms just need one or two great design details and everything else follows. A chic black shower frame or tap is a great style cheat – it will instantly become the standout feature in your room and allow you to keep everything else pared-back, simple and thrifty.
Have you chosen black fixtures in your bathroom? Share your experience in the Comments section.