Bathed in Colour: When to Use Black at the Toilet

Bathed in Colour: When to Use Black at the Toilet

Black is admittedly an unconventional color option for a dominant color. Making it work in a toilet can be extremely tricky, particularly one that’s cramped or underlit. However, when done well, it may look stunning and sophisticated, according to the selection of black baths featured under.

Here you’ll find hints for how to work with black in a bath, together with a selection of black paint colours to test on your space.

Jennifer Ott Design

Look for subtle differences in undertones when selecting a black hue for your toilet.

Some have a hot tinge; others are more cooler.

My favourite elephants have a small bit of purple or blue — this provides them a cool, clean texture that contrasts nicely with wood tones and warm neutrals.

Dark paint selections for toilets (from left to right):
1. New Black 4011-1, Valspar
2. Sorcerer 760F-7, Behr
3. Graphite 1603, Benjamin Moore
4. Iron Ore SW7069, Sherwin-Williams

Mia Rao Design

Black-hued walls do not need to make a space feel dark and confining.

Have a peek from this elegant toilet and select a blue-black for one or 2 of your toilet walls.

Cool colors recede, so the far wall feels more distant than it actually is, giving the impression of a bigger space.

The black wall shade also contrasts well with the dark veining in the marble.


If you decide to go all in and use black on most or all your bathroom surfaces, think of ways to circulate light so the space is not too dim.

The wide mirror (with its integrated light) and the walls of windows help to lighten things up in this toilet. The lighter color of the sloped ceiling makes the room feel more spacious, too.

Becki Peckham

What a pleasure, fantastic bathroom! It is evidence that a black and white palette need not be dull. The wall covering is such a strong visual component in the room that not much else, adornment-wise, is necessary.

Rozewski & Co., Designers, LLC

Play with shades of black and gray to get a trendy, debonair area. I like the usage of materials and textures.

The majority of the colours in the area are dark, but because of the number of materials and textures, it does not feel as a black abyss.

William Roy Designer Kitchens

If a limited palette of black, white and gray feels too cold to you, put in some hot wood to the mixture. These dark black and gray tiles offer a wonderful background for the sculptural plumbing fixtures. They really pop out and take center stage.

Grant Davis Thompson, INC..

If black partitions are not your thing, consider placing the hue in your flooring. Black absorbs light, so incorporating plenty of reflective surfaces helps to bounce light throughout the space.


Those lucky enough to have tall ceilings in their toilet can quickly pull off a palette that includes black without having the space feel cave-like and claustrophobic.

Tagr layout

This sleek, contemporary bathroom is a knockout with its interesting mixture of materials and textures. The black tile on the shower walls includes a wonderful texture and sheen that allow light to bounce and reflect from it, unlike with a light-absorbing matte black surface. This helps lighten the space up tremendously.

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