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White Bathroom Ideas

White embodies a sense of freshness and cleanliness, and what better place to encourage that than in the bathroom? Clean doesn’t have to mean sterile, and there are multiple ways to implement a white bathroom that you’ll actually want to spend time in. Learn how white bathrooms can be at once refreshing and cozy, and how to create that feeling in your own home.

Build on a White Base

When browsing white bathroom ideas, you’ll notice that most of them feature white walls and flooring. This base is what sets the tone for the whole space, but is also the perfect opportunity to create visual texture for a layered look. To do this, play with the tile work by laying it out in unique patterns, like herringbone. For even more definition, use a contrasting grout to make the whole thing pop. Also consider using materials that aren’t pure white, like a marble with interesting veining to soften the space. To add literal texture and dimension, add molding and trim to the walls for a hint of refined detail.

Focus on the Fixtures

When you start with a white base, you can really bring a bathroom to life with accessories and fixtures. You don’t have to lose the monochromatic feel either. Focus on little touches, such as faucets, handles and towel holders, to add a hint of whatever style you’re aiming for. A modern, minimalist feel, can be achieved with sleek chrome or matte black fixtures. For something with a little more traditional or farmhouse flair, use detailed fixtures that have a hint of charm. Go contemporary with gold or brass. The same applies to soap dispensers, toothbrush holder and similar accessories. In addition, accent an all-white bathroom with live plants and fresh flowers to add contrast while keeping things serene. Bring in decorative wooden objects, like driftwood, for a natural, beachy vibe.

Just a Dab of Color

Still itching to bring a bit more color into your all-white bathroom? Don’t worry, it has its place amongst the sea of white. With the neutral base mentioned above, you’ll need to be careful not to overdo any color as it will stand out and potentially take away from the clean look you set out to achieve. Try pulling in one colorful hue in the form of towels, a shower curtain or artwork that’s easy to swap out. This allows you to quickly update the space down the road so that it always feels fresh. Color not your thing? A nice black-and-white theme could be more your speed and provide the contrast you’re looking for, plus it will give a high-end feel to the space.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a white bathroom renovation or are building a designer bathroom from scratch, Houzz has 273,752 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Abbey Design + Remodel and Cumberland Custom Homes. Look through bathroom photos in different colors and styles and when you find a white bathroom design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful white bathroom ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.