Black and White Bath Remodel

by J on January 11, 2011

Are you ready for a new look for your bathroom, but you are somewhat of a traditionalist? Maybe you’re ready to change things up a bit, but you want to keep the plans on the conservative side. If so, then a black and white color scheme may be the perfect choice for your bathroom home improvement.

You can’t go wrong with a black and white bathroom. These two colors are always classy and imbue a crisp, clean feel to any room.  One way to achieve this look is by using black and white tiles. You have so many options when using tiles in your bathroom scheme. It’s versatile and can be used almost everywhere—on the floor, walls, and tub or shower surround. You can mix and match tile size and style for a truly unique look.

Why not use a thin subway tile as a border along a wall of the bathroom at about chair-rail height, and then install a square tile underneath the subway tile. Perhaps you’ll choose to do the subway tile in black and then use white tile for the square tile, making a striking contrast sure to be noticed. You can also use the subway tile to frame any pieces you want to accent, such as built-ins.

Speaking of built-ins, if you don’t have any of these in your bathroom, and you’re doing an extensive bathroom remodel, now is the time to add one or two. Homeowners love these built-in cabinets or niches for displays and storage. If you have the space, go ahead and add a larger cabinet with a door. If not, a built-in wall niche is a perfect choice. And don’t forget about the tub area. If you’re remodeling the tub, why not add a horizontal ledge inside the tub for stowing your shampoo and soap?

If you’d like a luxury look to these built-ins and ledges, scout out some marble, granite or other stone remnants. Most stone stores carry remnants that can be purchased much more economically than the whole slab can be. The remnants are beautiful quality pieces left over from a slab from other projects. Stone remnants work well for kitchen and bathroom remodel fixtures like vanities, shelves, ledges, stepping stones, fireplace surrounds, small island countertops—you’re only limited by your imagination.

A nice advantage of the black and white color scheme is that if you just tile the lower half of your walls, you’ll have the upper half available to inject some color into the bathroom through paint. Of course, you can stick to the scheme and paint the upper walls white. But that’s easily changeable at any time. Think about how a cerulean blue would look next to the black and white, or a bold red.

Either way, always classy, crisp and clean, you can’t go wrong with a black and white color scheme.

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