Combining different elements within your room schemes is, of course, a tried and tested interior design ‘trick’. If everything matched it would probably look odd and boring, so we always recommend the concept of a few unexpected contrasts within a scheme. This time we’re looking at the Ultimate Combination of very dark floors combined with gold accents. Of course we’re including brass, copper and rose-gold within those parameters!
Dark Grey Styling
Our Doblo Matt Grey Porcelain tiles are a super starting point for creating a scheme that can include contrasts and combinations. Even the bathroom fittings used here are black and whilst this may feel a little adventurous it does mean that you can add colourful accessories in the future, without feeling tied to either silver or gold. Just take a look here and below and you’ll see that dark grey and black look stunning when teamed with brass and gold finishes.
Going for Gold
The combination of black and gold is a winner – especially if you stand gold vases or planters against an ultra-dark floor. And the simple addition of a gold mirror hanging on a dark wall is stunning – it doesn’t have to be a ‘full’ wall – just a section above a dado, or an alcove or above a fireplace will suffice. From left: Try a selection of gold plant pots from Audenza, various sizes and shapes are available; This Gold Planter with Black Stand from Cult Furniture is the perfect choice to add glitz to a dark floor (just add greenery!); The Round Shell Edged Gold Mirror from Rockett St George is an amazing statement piece that would add a zingy contrast to a dark wall – or indeed a black bathroom.
This scheme already counts as an ‘ultimate combination’ of black and white; the black fittings are as beautiful as the tiles and bath. Imaging adding some rose gold accessories to warm up the scheme… rose gold is definitely desirable at the moment and adds a warm, contemporary touch. These tiles are our very own Surface in Mid Grey concrete-effect porcelain tiles which are suitable for both walls and floors.
Back To Black
Black tiles and white cabinetry allow the structure and space of this bathroom to make a very dramatic impact and, of course, allows room for combining this simple scheme with dots of colour and contrast. These are our Lounge Black Matt Porcelain floor and wall tiles, with both polished and matt finishes available – perhaps gloss for walls and matt for floors would be another good combination.
A Touch of Copper & Rose
Add a warm metallic look to a black and white bathroom. From left; Coloured taps are definitely the way to go to upgrade or update a colour scheme, especially using contrasting materials. This is the Rose Gold Basin Mixer from Frontline Bathrooms…it has a push-click waste mechanism and hard-wearing ceramic disc cartridge; Brushed Copper Soap Dish from Red Candy – matching dispensers and tumbler also available; Another gem from Red Candy, this time it’s the Copper & Concrete Soap Dispenser, an ingenious combination to add style to the bathroom.
Our bathrooms tend to be full of straight lines and precise angles (which is perfectly acceptable by the way) and we are loving the trends for black-framed shower screens and enclosures, which emphasise the contrasts. Here, our Country Khaki Floor & Wall Tiles create a fabulous combination of vertical and horizontal lines in this bathroom scheme.
Combine two different formats (i.e. two different sizes) of tiles to create a interesting visual combination of looks. Here, our Evolution Matt Natural Grey tiles are used in the 300mm x 600mm format for the walls, and for the floors, the designer chose the 600mm x 600mm format. A great way to emphasise the width of the room and the floor space.
Winning with Gold
There’s no doubt that gold adds glamour, so combine these ideas with dark schemes for a touch of glitz…From left: This Three-Tier Wall Mirror will soon be available from the brand new collection of mirrors at Oliver Bonas; The Kagera Tap in Satin Gold from Dowsing & Reynolds also comes in (hold your breath!) Neo Green and Miami Pink! They’re limited edition though, so hurry along to the website if you like the idea of a very fancy colour combination! And finally in our round-up of gold coloured accents, we’re rather taken with this chic and simple Hanging Gold Planter from Marks & Spencer… just right for glinting amongst the bathroom greenery.
You might also like these posts on the Tile Mountain blog…