Recently we talked about incorporating color in your bathroom in easily updatable ways. Let’s do a 180 and talk about beautiful bathrooms without color. That’s right, we’re talking black and white bathrooms. There are ways to really get crazy with this style, and if you’re comfortable with keeping your bathroom black and white for substantial time, by all means use them: We’re talking black on wallpaper, bath tiles, floor tiles, the tub, or any other stuff you can’t easily switch out.
If you’re not ready to make a lasting commitment, there are countless simpler and less expensive ways to go black and white. As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, it’s good to stick with classic white for fixtures, flooring, and shower curtains. That way, you start with a neutral canvas that gives you good latitude for design changes over the years. Adding black quickly transforms the feeling of a white room from crisp to classic. It really can be as simple as buying a new shower curtain, hand towels, and a couple of accents or new accessories.
Another great way to bring black into your white bathroom is through framed photography. Of course, you’ll want to be mindful about the humidity of the bathroom, and choose (and protect) your artwork accordingly.
Other ideas for easily adding black switch plate covers, black toilet seats, or black hardware. Also beautiful are bathrooms in which black is incorporated as both matte and glossy surfaces, because black really shows off that contrast well. Last but not least, one of the boons of the black and white bathroom is that even the smallest splash of color (even the green of a small houseplant, see above) is eye-catching.
As you can see, black really has become, well, the new black in the home. The trend has been around long enough now that it’s transcended trendy and made the leap to classic. Black ties, little black dresses—the color black has a way of doing that! Have fun with it!