How to create a monochrome bathroom

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Create a stylish monochromatic bathroom with classic textures and moody modern touches 

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Keep an eye out for images of great bathrooms you can use for inspiration*.

*The products pictured in this bathroom are indicative only and not available from Mitre 10.

Classic with a twist

With its mainly monochromatic colour palette, this classic-style bathroom look is timeless but stylist Vanessa Nouwens has added plenty of modern touches throughout.

Get the look with these products from Mitre 10 MEGA

Mitre 10, bathroom

  1. Archistone glazed porcelain floor tiles, 300 x 600mm, 248925, Light Grey
  2. Mercator Polly pendant light, 274269.
  3. Mercator Fancy Globe, 240846.
  4. Matt Black 100 x 300mm wall tiles, 202603.
  5. Elementi Uno Nero Basin Mixer, 279911.
  6. Egyptian cotton towel set.
  7. Vomo Galleria toilet roll holder, 175710.
  8. Wooden frame mirror – DIY (see instructions below).

The floor tiles in this bathroom have a soft pattern running through them, which means they will be much more forgiving and not show marks as easily as solid coloured tiles. The black subway wall tiles look great and won’t compete with the pattern of the floor tiles.

When it comes to tapware, using one style throughout the bathroom is more common. However, mixing modern and classic tapware can look equally as stunning. Here we mix modern black tapware with a classic chrome bath tap.


9 Nouveau Black Mador freestanding bath, 240155. 10 Foreno Le Tap Floor Mounted Bath Spout, 248875.

Basin and bath
A wall-hung basin creates an illusion of more space – if space is tight – and storage isn’t key. Nothing says relax like a big freestanding bath that will be loved by both adults and kids.

A single bulb pendant light is a great modern touch and looks fantastic teamed with recessed lighting. It can also create a wow factor in your space. Pendant lighting can also be replaced easily when tastes change, which is a bonus.


11 Pesaro wall-hung basin, 234645. 12 Rumba toilet suite, 237821.


Meet Vanessa

Vanessa is a freelance interior designer and stylist, and mother to Maddy, 12, and Chloe, 9. Her interior design business Nes Design started almost four years ago. She is a contributor to Your Home and Garden and is responsible for inspiring readers by creating interior spaces that readers can aspire to and achieve. “Our readers love their homes and are always looking for simple ways to make an update.”

Vanessa Nouwens
Vanessa’s styling tips
When styling your bathroom, consider bringing texture into the space. A wooden stool, wicker baskets and a textured floor mat will help soften the hard surfaces in the bathroom. Don’t forget to add a touch of greenery too.

Small-space ideas
If you’re planning to create a darker-looking room, remember that they tend to work best when you have plenty of space. If space is tight, a darker room will appear even smaller, so keep this in mind! If the design of your existing bathroom works well in terms of functionality, you can keep costs down during a renovation by keeping the existing plumbing in the same place and simply update with new products.


Need a DIY project? Create the wooden frame mirror pictured above

Bring a hint of warmth to the bathroom with this wooden-framed mirror that’s ideal for softening up a space.

  1. Cut timber to length.
  2. Cut a mitre (45˚) on one of the two pieces of timber.
  3. Glue the frame together using PVA and biscuits.
  4. Oil the frame. Remove any excess oil with a rag.
  5. Place mirror in frame and secure using push pins.

Watch the video and get the full instructions at

Great range
Mitre 10 MEGA has access to thousands of stylish designer bathroomware items, offering the whole bathroom package. They have an amazing range of sinks and tapware, showers, baths, lighting, flooring and tiles, mirrors, paint, ventilation, accessories, cabinetry and homeware. You’ll love the selection of vanities and cabinetry including soft-close drawers and doors.

Visit or head to your local Mitre 10 MEGA to start designing your dream bathroom.

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