A classic combo popular since the 1930s.
When it comes to bathrooms, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with some type of black and white scheme, a tried and true neutral that can be rendered in a wide variety of styles and surfaces. Even though black and white is a beloved choice that’s frequently seen, it always appears fresh and rarely formulaic.
Deco Look – Black and white tiles set in geometric patterns [top] were typically used in the first “modern” bathrooms built just before World War II, when pedestal sinks and freestanding tubs also came into vogue. Here, small black square tiles set diagonally at the center of a quartet of clipped classic square white tiles create a vivid wall pattern banded in black. A more elaborate variation on the theme in reverse was used on the floor. It’s intense and it’s a statement-maker.
Marble Subways – Two walls of polished black marble subway tiles guarantee glitz and glamour. But the bath doesn’t seem heavy or oppressive thanks to the white geometric honed mosaic tile floor with black accents that continues into the shower. A glimpse of the marble slab-top vanity proves that matching isn’t always match-y.
Paint – Careful examination of this wood-paneled bath shows how effective paint can be. While the paneling is lacquered white, thick wood beams are coated in black to match the casement window and provide dynamic contrast that helps make this small bath appear wider.
Overall Wall Pattern – Whether painted, papered or stenciled, an overall pattern in white, black and gray gives off a cottage vibe which can be highlighted by accessories like the striped cotton rug and homey window curtain.