How to Accessorise Your Matt Black Bathroom Theme

Published by: Kevin Sears

21st September 23

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A matt black theme exudes easy modern style and sophistication. However, it can be more difficult than it first seems to accessorise.

Include too many black features and your bathroom ends up looking gothic and dingy. Add too much colour and you cheapen the style. Opt for an off-shade of black and the aesthetic starts looking off too. 

To truly elevate your space, you need features like soft lighting, metallic accents and fully matt black fixtures. So, in this article, we explore where you can find them and how you can use them to build a space with that distinctive allure that matt black provides. 

How to decorate a bathroom with black fixtures 

Matt black is one of those timeless bathroom designs that will always be in style. Here’s how to make the look work. 

1. Balance with white elements

If you have too much black in a space, it can appear darker and smaller. Conversely, as Designer Camile Okhio describes, “When done correctly, black and white is easy on the eyes and provides a sharp contrast that feels like it came together naturally.”

Pay attention to how you balance your matt black fixtures against lighter elements such as walls and countertops. If you have white versions of the following key pieces of bathroom furniture, you can also make the space appear more hygienic:

2. Incorporate metallic furnishings

Metallic furnishings and accents provide more dynamicity than white features, bringing a touch of glamour and sophistication to a space and adding warmth and texture. 

Just take a look at one of our steel baths as an example of how this can look in practice. Set against a predominantly matt black background, it appears striking, with fluid lines and mesmerising reflections.  

3. Embrace different materials and textures

Incorporating varied materials and textures is the perfect way to offset the boldness of matt black fixtures and add depth to a space. And, as Designer Hayley Watters says, “Creating diversity through design using texture is a great way to give a space personality in a more subtle and understated way.” 

You could, for example, include a rattan basket and some pampas grass to create a distinctly elevated feel. Or, if you were going for a different aesthetic, you might opt for a sleek and polished look by incorporating marble countertops and glass accessories.    

4. Optimize your lighting

To complement your bathroom with black fixtures, you have several lighting options to choose from: 

  • Bright Industrial-Style Pendant Lights. These will add a touch of urban charm to the space and you can choose black or metallic accents to tie in with the matt black fixtures.
  • Sconces or Wall Lights. You can use these to provide localized illumination on a textured area. This will ensure that the matt look doesn’t become overwhelming. 
  • Recessed Lighting. Make sure that these are carefully placed to provide even, warm light throughout the space.
  • Cabinet lighting. Consider opting for a cabinet (such as our mirrored cabinet) which includes in-built lighting to add a contemporary touch.
  • Natural Light. In many ways, this is the best solution to complement matt black fixtures since it balances out darkness. Clear window space, install a mirror and install a skylight if possible. 


5. Include natural elements

Adding natural elements can soften the dramatic and sometimes harsh appearance of a matt black aesthetic. Look to plants, rattan containers, and cotton bath mats as easy places to start. 

6. Ensure your accessories are aligned 

When it comes to more essential accessories, like towel rails and toilet roll holders, it’s important to look out for items that match a deep matt black closely. This is because these are the touchstones that will tie your look together and anything off will start to cheapen the look.

We know it can be hard to find a range of accessories that are the deep matt black you need for your space. And that’s why we created pieces like our matt black robe hooks, towel rails, wall-mounted toilet brushes and toilet roll holders

Get in touch today to find out more about how they can contribute to your elevated and sleek aesthetic. 

Kevin Sears

About Kevin Sears

Kevin Sears is a bathroom and interior design blogger here at 34 St John. He creates original content utilising his extensive knowledge of the bathroom industry and latest trends.

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