Monochromatic madness

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Monochrome Colour Palette

Now, when we say monochrome, the first thing that comes to our mind is the black and white combination, because it’s the most common one, and it’s considered stylish and high-end. But, if you don’t like these two, don’t despair! It’s your bathroom, and you can go with whatever colors suit you best. Think about the retro red and white, the marine navy and white, an ombre transition within one color range, or any other combination that works best for you.

Tile it up!

What a monochromatic space needs is some fun so it doesn’t look dull or too simple. This can be changed with the use of tiles, and if it’s a small bathroom, here’s the best designer trick out there: small tiles! The market nowadays offers literally every design and size you can think of, so just listen to your imagination here. Some of the classic and evergreen ideas include checkerboard and other geometric designs, which are a bit bold, so you can try and soften this look with, say, a floral motif.

Another interesting idea for a monochromatic bathroom is marble, the ever-so-popular marble. If you think it’s too much on the pricey side, the good news is that there are faux marble tiles (and many other items), which are much cheaper. For a dramatic effect, you can try the contrast of dark floors and white tiles, or making an accent wall against the uniform rest of the room, or the accent shower curtain which is a cheap and simple redecorating idea.

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Matte Finish
More and more interior designs today opt for a matte finish, since it’s simple yet elegant. Matte tiles will reflect light and create a soothing, relaxing ambient and you can have your own personal spa oasis. Besides, matte emphasises the shape of furniture, and makes a great choice for making your decoration items stand out in your monochromatic bathroom.

Show your true colors
The choice of monochromatic look for your bathroom doesn’t mean that you can’t add a splash of colour every now and then. You can achieve a striking effect if you pop in some details in a completely different and contrasting colour, which will bring the style to a whole new level. Add some life to the area with a couple of indoor plants but don’t stop here! Include more colourful details, such as towels, a bathmat or a rustic woven basket.

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Play with patterns

One of the best things about the monochromatic style is that it leaves plenty of room for experimenting. So, if you like patterns, feel free to go with it! You can do this with patterned tiles, but a simpler and more affordable option is including details such as shower curtains, accent towels, bathmats, soap dispensers, flower pots, or any other decoration you might like. These details are also good since you can continually change them, and the overall design more easily than, say, a wall.


The beauty of the monochromatic style lies in its simplicity and elegance, and with just a few simple tips and tricks, you can have a bathroom that’s both fun and glamorous.

Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief on Smooth Decorator.  She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.