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Find 25 Examples of Small Black Bathroom Ideas

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June 5, 2023
Kallista Design

Dark tones are versatile and can add a dramatic edge to your small bathroom. When utilized as an accent color, black can create a striking contrast and add visual interest to your space.  

Bring your black small bathroom ideas to life by incorporating the color in paint, plumbing fixtures, or decorative touches. Discover small black bathroom ideas for your project below.

Create a Black Accent Wall

corner of bathroom with shiny black tile wall

Instead of painting every wall in your small bathroom black, consider adding a single accent wall behind the vanity to draw the eye. Paired here with a playful light tile on the floors, a warm wooden chair, and thoughtful decorative touches, the resulting design is simultaneously modern and cozy.  

Pair Black and Gold

black bathroom with gold vessel bowl sink
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While black and white is a timeless pairing, black and gold is also an elegant option. The gold of this vessel sink brightens the otherwise dark space, drawing on all available light for a charming look.  

Go for Classic Elegance With a Claw-Foot Bathtub

luxury bathroom with black claw foot tub
Credit: @amesinteriors @kateosborne Featured Product: Circe™ Freestanding Claw Foot Bathtub With Black Exterior

For a single-person bathroom without a shower, consider adding a touch of dramatic elegance to your bathroom with a black claw-foot tub.  

Claw-foot tubs fulfill both stylistic and practical goals. While they offer a dramatic visual statement, the best freestanding tubs provide a deep, relaxing soak.  

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Frame a Mirror In Bold Black

white bathroom with black framed glossy mirror
Credit: @changoandco Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Tall-Spout, Cross Handles

Turn the sink area into a focal point with a thick, glossy black frame for your mirror. Black frames are an easy way to make a mirror stand out against light-colored walls, and the same is true for wall art as well.  

Small Bathroom Idea: Black Vanity and Mirror Frame

small bathroom with white shiplap walls, black vanity, and black framed mirror
Credit: @firsthouseonfinn Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Tall-Spout, Cross Handles

For a cohesive black small bathroom idea, color-match details like towel racks, shelving, and the mirror frame to the vanity cabinet. Consider contrasting black components against white shiplap walls to create a warm and inviting farmhouse bathroom design.

Stand Out With a Unique Tile Pattern

Credit: @hommeboys Featured Product: One™ Wall-Mount Sink Faucet

A black accent wall in a small bathroom can help focus your design and create a striking visual. This unique tile pattern is the ideal backdrop for the brass fixtures and light wood sink, resulting in a truly unique aesthetic that feels modern and chic, perfect for basement bathroom ideas.

Opt for All Black and Take Advantage of Natural Light

black wet room bathroom with skylight and two backlit mirrors
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If your small black bathroom has a window or skylight, the natural light can provide warmth and brightness. Consider illuminated mirrors for a subtle glow.  

Choose Matte Black Fixtures

bathroom with marble tile and backsplash with black faucet. Mirror reflection shows a shoer area with black towel rods
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A simple way to incorporate black into your small bathroom design is to choose faucets and other fixtures with a Matte Black or Gunmetal finish. This elegant option pairs well with almost any color palette or design sensibility, from traditional aesthetics to a more modern look. Add unique bathroom door ideas, like this pocket door, to update the space even further.  

Look for Black Décor Elements

black bathroom with shelves showcasing perfumes, lotions, and a leather black storage bag

If you want to add black to your small bathroom in a simple way, look for small décor items that you can display on shelves or countertops. Even pieces like storage containers or baskets can be an easy way to add dark touches to your bathroom design.  

Create Sharp Contrast With Chrome Fixtures

black bathroom with chrome fixtures
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Cover your entire bathroom in black Nero Marquina marble, featuring lightning-like streaks of white. Choose cool, reflective finishes and white, glossy pieces for a powerful contrast.  

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Elegant Black Bathroom Idea: Small Decorative Touches

close up of a faucet with crystal clear knob handles
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Blending black surfaces with metal accents creates a modern look that feels at once minimalist and stylish. This update can completely transform a traditional bathroom, flawlessly partnering form and function.  

Add Texture With Tile

black bathroom with chrome arch faucet
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A layered, textured tile that reflects light can create an appealing aesthetic. This textured backsplash in this modern small black bathroom creates visual interest and works with the metal faucet to bring more light into the room.  

Explore Bold Countertop Patterns

black bathroom with speckled white and black countertop
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Solid countertops aren’t the only option for your small bathroom. A playful pattern, such as a marble-inspired quartz countertop, can turn your vanity into a design centerpiece.  

Pair Black With Light Metals

black bathroom with small linen cabinet with shelves

The shine of metal counteracts darker walls, so consider choosing vanity furniture and shelving made of lighter metals, like this small linen cabinet. Whether used for storing bathroom essentials or adding fun décor touches, these open shelves are a stylish addition to black small bathroom ideas.  

Choose Subtle Patterns

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Incorporate black into your small bathroom design in subtle ways with fun patterns, like in this tile on the floor. The playful design adds a modern vibrance to the space, pairing well with other details throughout the room.  

Make the Vanity the Focal Point

gold bathroom with black framed mirror
Credit: @alistinteriors @brittanyambridge Featured Product: Pinna Paletta® Sink Faucet, Low Spout, Lever Handles

Let your small bathroom vanity take center stage by framing the sink and countertop in sleek black walls. Paired here with gold details, the result is a design that exudes heightened luxury.  

Keep It Simple With a Black Faucet

guest bathroom with shiplap walls, white pedestal sink, and black faucet
Credit: @andreamayinteriorslj @karynmillet Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Tall-Spout, Cross Handles

Black details, like this faucet with cross handles, can be the perfect finishing touch to almost any bathroom, regardless of design. With the classic farmhouse style of this room, the black faucet pulls the feel of the space together, pairing flawlessly with the green and gold details.  

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Experiment With Patterns

white bathroom with black decorations
Credit: @honeycollinsinteriors @sarah_w_studios Featured Product: For Town, Sink Faucet, Cross Handles

Step outside of your comfort zone and add a little boldness to your small black bathroom ideas. Maximalist patterns on the walls, floors, or throughout smaller décor can bring vibrant characteristics to your space.

Select a Reflective Black Tile

bathroom shelving with books and perfume

With black walls, the more light you can reflect, the larger your small bathroom will feel. If you opt for an all-black bathroom or accent wall, choose a glossy tile or paint color that bounces light back into the room.  

Match Minimalist Black Details

bathroom with tall black faucet and large mirror
Credit: @serendipitedesigns @katevonmatchett Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Gooseneck Spout, Lever Handles

Black fixtures, like this gooseneck faucet, are excellent pieces for a minimalist small bathroom design, adding detail and sweeping lines to the clean lines of the space.  

Add Hints of Black  

black bathroom with white vanity
Credit: @stephaniebrowninc @philcrozier Featured Product: One™ Sink Faucet, Tall Spout, Lever Handles

If you don’t want to go all out with black in your small bathroom design, consider choosing lighter shades with elements of black, such as this dark gray tile.

Choose a Dark Countertop

black bathroom counter with chrome faucet and white sink
Credit: For Loft Sink Faucet, Black Crystal Handles

Instead of the standard white or off-white countertop, choose a black countertop to help your design truly stand out.  

Embrace Modernity With Clean Lines

modern sink faucet
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The sleek lines of modern design are a great way to update your small bathroom, creating a space that blends practicality and chic style.  

Add Details In Towels and Other Decorative Touches

For a simple update to your small bathroom, add decorative towels with black design elements and patterns or other wall art and décor items.  

Focus on Faucets

white bathroom with black faucet
Featured Product: One™ Decorative Sink Faucet, White Carrara Handles

For a small upgrade to refresh your bathroom design, consider updating to a Matte Black faucet. This modern option creates compelling contrast with the lighter walls and countertop.  

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