Using white in the bathroom can be tough. If it’s abused, it can look too much like a hospital and not enough like a bathroom. Not enough white and it will end up accenting the areas that aren’t painted white and make them stick out like a sore thumb. Only the perfect blend of whites can create an all-white bathroom space without making it feel like you’re in a dentist’s office. Get the most out of your white bathroom design using these tips, techniques and advice.
White is an unforgiving color in the bathroom except for one item-the bath. A white bath can really help to set off a bathroom’s other colors without the need to break out a brush and start painting. White countertops, tiles and a bath combination are often more than enough white to produce a gorgeous effect without the need for paint.
The key to making white pop in a bathroom design theme is by creating a dark contrast. Dark hues and rich woods can really help to create a place for white. Dark flooring, walls and cabinetry accent a white tub and sink all too well. Throw in a white countertop and trim to really make your white bathroom space pop.
Natural Light is All Right
To help ensure a bathroom that employs white as its main color really shine, add natural light to the room to increase the effect. Nothing beats the sparkle and glimmer of an all-white space bathed in natural sunlight. Even if your home doesn’t have access to an exterior wall, you can still have sunlight in the space. By installing a budget-friendly solar tube skylight, you’ll be able to direct sunlight into the bathroom without the need to rip holes in the roof for a costly skylight.
Wainscoting is a nifty way to increase the elegance of a bathroom, without the need for expensive materials and labor costs to get in the way. Simply paint the lower half of your walls white and encase them with white trim. The new raised paneled wainscoting will look like a million bucks; without costing you a fortune in the process.
Take the Subway
White subway tiles can really accent a space with the color white, without drowning the entire room in it. Subway tiles are elongated so that the seams create a different layout than conventional tile. This creates a different lighting effect that really stretches its reach-especially when they are all-white. These white tiles work exceptionally well when they are used on a curving surface to create an all-white feel without going overboard on white.
Layer it on
White is really a very versatile color. There are so many different shades of white; it can make your head spin. Layering multiple shades of white throughout your design can help to accent specific areas without changing the color scheme. Layer your all-white bathroom space using different shades of white and you can’t go wrong.
Stone is White Too
It’s true; stone can be white too. Marble is probably one of the best examples of white stone in the bathroom, but limestone, granite and soapstone can all be colored white as well. The best thing about using white stone is that it creates natural variations of color so the area doesn’t get overwhelmed with too much white.