How to master a monochrome kitchen or bathroom
Pulling off the perfect monochrome space often comes down to three things: texture, pattern, and the injection of natural surfaces through the use of indoor greenery and timber. Follow our tips to mastering a monochrome kitchen or bathroom design.
Effortlessly chic and timeless, there’s plenty to love about a monochrome colour scheme. This clean and classic colour palette lends itself well to adding some unique twists, be it a statement tile, layers of texture or luxurious metallic hues. Here are Phoenix’s top design tips to get you on the road to monochrome magic.
Decide your colour palette
You thought you’d decided on your colour palette, right? Well, not quite! While the core palette of monochrome might be black and white, what really heightens this look is subtle layering of shades such as charcoals, greys or vanillas. Finish also makes a difference – matt finishes are much more contemporary than glossy finishes and add depth and complexity.
When using white, remember there are many nuances and undertones, so be careful with your choice; look at how the shade of white sits with the black finishes.
Image by SpaceCraft. Product: Vivid Slimline Pull Out Sink Mixer in Gun Metal
Choose statement tiling
With a wealth of designer tiling on the market to add patterns and textures, statement tiling is a great way to some spice to your monochrome bathroom or kitchen. From diagonals and geometric patterns to penny tiles, choose a pattern with the right scale and tone for the size and style of your space.
Patterned tiling is great for floors, but a feature wall or two can also work so long as you are careful not to use a pattern that’s too overpowering. You can also choose marble tiling to add texture whilst still remaining within the monochrome palette. This will give you a classic look and a touch of luxury.
Datum House by Figr Architecture. Product: Vivid Slimline Floor Mounted Bath Mixer in Matte Black
Amp it up with metallics
Metals not only warm up a black and white colour scheme but add that sense of luxury. A great way to do this is via your hardware and accessories, particularly tapware and showers as they can really tie the look together.
Products: Vivid Slimline Vessel Mixer, Vivid Twin Shower in Brushed Gold
Phoenix’s Brushed Gold finish has a warm tone with soft surface lines and a gentle metallic hue, which contrasts beautifully with black and white tones.
Product: Vivid Slimline Gooseneck Sink Mixer in Brushed Gold
You could choose a Brushed Nickel finish, which has a warm, soft metallic appearance with surface brushed lines, and suits white and light-coloured granite or marble, as well as stainless steel sinks.
Choose your lighting, mirrors, handles and other accessories to match for a cohesive look.
Play with natural textures
Timber elements are a great way to add warmth to a monochrome colour scheme and you can do this through the use of timber flooring, benchtops or vanities, or in smaller accent pieces, like floating shelves.
Similar greenery works wonders to heighten a monochrome kitchen or bathroom and it’s as simple as adding a pot plant or two.
Image by Jess Bicknell. Product: Vivid Slimline Wall/Basin Mixer Set in Matte Black