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March 16, 2012 > White - great choice for a bathroom

White - great choice for a bathroom

I've designed many bathrooms over the years, using a wide variety of materials from slate to granite, to glass. All have been beautiful and have suited the clients' taste to a T. If I had to pick my own favorite projects, however, I would pick the ones where we used a lot of white. There's just something so clean and pristine about white in a bathroom. And white is so versatile. It can be contemporary, traditional, glamorous, or spa-like depending on the accents used with it. Let me give you some examples:

There was the small traditional bathroom where we used white subway tiles in the shower, white hexagon tiles on the floor and white wainscoting on the walls. Accented with black toile window valance, a border of black hexagon tiles on the floor, and an antique oak wash basin instead of a vanity cabinet, the look is both clean and fresh, but also charming and homey.

Then there was the large master bath with the white claw foot bathtub front and center, white porcelain pedestal sinks, white bead board paneling, and the large walk-in shower featuring white tiles in three different shapes and patterns. Accented with a rich lilac wall paint above the bead board, this bathroom is just plain beautiful, oozing vintage charm.

One of my other favorites is a recent project - a stunning black and white and gray guest bath. White 9x12" wavy field tiles in the shower are accented with three bands of black glass tile mosaic. The vanity top is black granite, and the vanity cabinet is painted gray. The shower floor is made of black river rocks, and the rest of the bathroom floor is large 12x24 black porcelain tile. The high-contrast black and white color scheme is striking and contemporary. And the addition of the gray keeps it from looking too harsh. It's a very sharp look.

White can also add a touch of glamour. I am just finishing up this master bath project: white quartz counter tops with a touch of silver sparkle, all white 9 x 12 field tiles in the shower and surrounding the spa tub; the accent is a band of 4 x 4 glass tiles backed with silver leaf, and the walls are a very soft light blue. With polished chrome fixtures, and the sun shining on the silver leaf, this bath gleams and glistens. It looks light and bright, but also very glamorous and elegant.

The new bath project I am just starting will have white quartz countertops, large white Carrara marble tiles on the floor, and will feature tile mosaic in light green, white, and clear and frosted glass. It will have a very spa-like feeling, soothing and relaxing, and light and airy.

White is an extremely versatile color that takes on a variety of looks depending on which materials you pair with it. If you are planning a bath remodel, look at the myriad choices of white tiles, glass, quartz, marble and even granite. You can design the bath of your dreams.

Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local Interior Designer. Send your design questions to her at Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit

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