Reno Notebook / By Kelley Rowland / October 8, 2018
5 Takes on Black-and-White Bathrooms
Proof they’re not all same
When it comes to bathroom design, there’s no combination more iconic than black and white. The traditional pairing can be executed in many ways, from tile to fixtures, in a range of textures and patterns. So while it’s a common choice, renovators can take endless approaches to reflect their personal taste. See how these homeowners, who worked with Sweeten, a free service matching renovators with vetted general contractors, made B&W their own.
Pallavi and Keyur had a black-and-white palette in mind when they envisioned their bathroom renovation. The execution is on-point thanks to the thoughtful mix of tile and grout colors. The shower-bath wall features long white tiles offset with a darker grout, while the bath siding features smaller, square black ceramic with white grout. The natural-wood vanity brings warmth and contrast to the space.
A last-minute addition proved a good decision in Mary Ann and Frank’s renovation. Their guest bath took a traditional route with the old-fashioned sink, glass walk-in shower, and subway-tile bath, but the graphic floor brought an unexpected contemporary touch.
If you didn’t know it was a reno, you’d think Lindsay and Nicholas’ bathroom is all original. The quintessential black-and-white bathroom features full-tiled white walls with black chair-rail accent tiles. The matte black hexagonal tile floors the space.
A leak made Katie and Lance’s bathroom renovation an urgent matter, which meant their focus leaned toward function over aesthetics. They had to pare down their vision of intricate floor tiles and a teak vanity, but what resulted definitely looked like anything but an afterthought. The mostly white bathroom, with pops of black in the hardware and accessories, feels completely effortless and relaxing.
Required to stick with the existing footprint of their bathroom, Nancy and Aram instead opted to change all the fixtures and details. For the tile, they mingled textures: a circular dark gray-and-white tile on the shower floor, a floral-like motif for the bathroom floor, and a standard subway tile wall.
Looking for storage inspiration? See how these renovators used open shelves in their bathrooms.
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