Jo’s Blog: Case Study: Elegant Black and Copper Bathroom

Our client came to us with the idea of creating a statement en-suite for their Victorian House Master Bedroom. The current layout worked extremely well as the space was generous. However, it was starting to look dated – despite the claw-foot bath taking centre stage in the room it was not bold enough to really have a standing. The room had so much potential and they really wanted something dramatic. Enter black and copper!

So we start this post by showing you the space before Adam designed it …

A bathroom with black and white chequered tile floors and a tub in the centre

As shown from the “before” images, the shower was one of the major problems that needed to be addressed. Our client knew they wanted a big shower but were currently limited to a small, raised corner shower – a wet room was the perfect solution! It’d allow us to make the most of the wide wall, by way of a fully marbled tile wall (which the black brass-ware really pops against). Levelling the floor accentuates the sense of space in this vast space. The room had a lofty ceiling and cried out for the focus to be brought back down within the room. To make this happen we created drama by the choice of bath, basin units and spacious shower; Adam introduced the same Black Blue (by Farrow and Ball) colour to the dado rail at the top of the room creating a natural top line for the eye. This in turn draws your eyes to focus on the detail in the bathroom. 

Here is the Inspiration Board for the Design Proposal.

A mood board with copper as its focus and dark contrasting colours.

When starting this design, Adam knew he wanted to use marble and wood effects to really give that luxury feel with the black brassware. He played around with nickel but in a somewhat monochromatic room, it needed something bolder to add warmth and unity. Therefore, Adam proposed a copper finish; this lifts the room with a bright colour and warm tone that is carried from the bath, to the basin and even the WC. The marble feature wall in the shower is then mimicked in the mosaic run under the bath, worktop and splashback for the basin. This brought in a harmonious feel, making a large area feel like a connected space which balanced finishes, tones and colours across the room.

The proposed new layout

A bright copper bath and copper sinks contrasted in a bathroom with dark features and a light grey floor

I love this design and I hope you do too! It has become one of my favourites to show clients how being a little bolder can really result in a beautifully finished bathroom. The dark units contrast against the lighter tile palette to highlight the sense of drama. While the bath, in all its black and copper glory, maintains as the centre piece of this luxurious room. It was important with such a large room to ensure everything had its own space, but also ensure that it all felt connected. So balancing finishes, tones and colours across the room was essential. I think this bathroom demonstrates that perfectly.

Here is the finished result of this gorgeous bathroom

A copper bathtub with a separate shower and white walls

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed this post; tune in for our June post where we are going to be feeling the Light! Where we will show you “Our TOP TEN IDEAS for Bathroom Lighting”