In my business, trend can be a dirty word. Sure, trendy looks can be fun in the moment, but when you’re focused on maximizing value and return on investment, you’re looking for design features that will stand the test of time. The tricky part is figuring out which looks are fleeting, and which ones are here to stay.
Over the last several years, I’ve been using a lot of black bathroom hardware. Some people have cautioned me that it may become dated, but I’ve long predicted that it’s going to stick around. And fortunately, manufacturers of bathroom hardware and shower accessories agree with me.
Schluter®-Systems is fully onboard with the matte black look, and they’re making it easier to create a cohesive look for all your bathroom and shower accessories. Along with the Schluter®-SHELF and various Schluter profiles available in matte black, they’re introducing two new grates that are available for the KERDI-LINE linear drain. The SOLID and SQUARE grates are now available in matte black, in a variety of sizes.
Additionally, KERDI-DRAIN is available with a matte black grate in CURVE, FLORAL, and PURE designs. I’ve written before about How to Choose the Best Drain for Your Shower, so if you need more tips about the pros and cons of various drain types, be sure to check it out.
Why Choose Black Shower Accessories?
There are a few reasons why I like using black hardware and shower accessories. Most designers agree that every room should have a little bit of black in order to ground the space and give the eye a place to rest. In a bathroom, there’s no better place than the fixtures and fittings. It still qualifies as a neutral colour, but it adds a level of sophistication and class that other neutrals don’t.
Black hardware is versatile and adaptable, making it a great option for a lot of different applications. When used against darker tiles it creates a dramatic, and often seamless effect. In this bathroom you can barely see the linear drain because it blends in so effectively. For those who want to accentuate their hardware, a light backdrop can be used. In the photo below you can see how the accessories really pop.
A lot of people still equate black bathroom hardware with modern aesthetics, but that isn’t really the case anymore. While it suits modern spaces well, I’m seeing it being used successfully in a lot of heritage and country-style homes, and personally, I’ve been using it in a lot of cottage properties. So the sky’s really the limit when it comes to where you can incorporate black hardware.
I’d like to offer another piece of advice when it comes to choosing bathroom fixtures and fittings. While there’s a wide range of price points available, you shouldn’t skimp. You don’t need to buy the most expensive items on the market, but make sure you’re investing in quality items that will stand up to some wear and tear. Bathrooms in particular need to stand up to moisture, and you want products that can handle whatever your day-to-day life throws at it.
Check out Schluter Systems for more information about shower accessories including drains, shelves and tile profiles.