A white bathroom, when a ‘non-colour’ makes a difference

A white bathroom is sophisticated, classical and contemporary: décor inspiration for style that goes beyond fashion.

Although recent trends propose lots of colours for interiors (including the bathroom), with bright shades and strong contrasts, neutral shades and white are still a very popular choice.
Be it for the sense of light and elegance, or the perception of timeless elegance, or an association with the concept of cleanliness necessarily connected with the bathroom, a white bathroom often comes up trumps for its versatility and elegance.
A colour that’s discreet but also stunning and that will adapt to every style without overpowering other elements in the room is always top of the class. However, we need to know how to use it so that we don’t end up with a dull, boring bathroom.

Dolcevita | Detail of a white Aquatek top with dripcatcher edge

Using white to furnish a classical, contemporary bathroom

If you choose white as the main colour for your bathroom, you need to define a mood board to give character to its style, choose the finishes and textures to coordinate and decide which elements you want to emphasise (cabinets, tiles, bathtub or shower?). Not doing so risks creating a dull, characterless room.

Does it have to be all white? Certainly not, on the contrary.
There is no rule against choosing warmly coloured or even wood flooring, or using another colour, as long as it’s in a paler shade, to coordinate with white.

My Time | This bathroom furniture suite coordinates white and pale pink, making the bathroom feel softer, delicate and sophisticated.

Let’s see some ideas for a classical bathroom with a not too traditional look, concentrating on individual elements of elegant bathroom décor that features white:

1. White wall coverings or tiles (or light coloured): in a bathroom where white dominates the walls are luminous and delicate. There are now many alternatives to give them character: 3D surfaces, waterproof wallpaper, stone or concrete texture effects. In other words, white does not necessarily mean homogeneous or plain.

2. Furniture for white bathrooms: bathroom cabinets, tops and washbasins, wall units and tall units, shelves or complementary items can be coordinated tone on tone, glossy or matt lacquered, or with open pores to emphasise wood grain. Also in this case, white can be used to create many decorative effects.
Sense | White lacquered teak for this Sense bathroom furniture suite lends character to dominating white by using textured surfaces to warm the atmosphere
3. Marble or marble effect: marble is a valid alternative to homogeneous surfaces in a classical white bathroom. How to make it fit into your bathroom? For example, for cabinet tops, washbasins, cabinet fronts, or even as a shower tray or wall panel. In this case, the white background highlights the flow of the typical grain of natural stone.
Dogma | Carrara marble customises the fronts of these cabinets and brings character to a collection that elegantly furnishes a prestigious white bathroom
Blade | Is a stoneware shower tray, also available in a Calacatta oro venato opaco finish that’s perfect for totally matching decor.

4. Bathtub: white is the classical colour for bathtubs, which now come in different materials and can be glossy or matt. In the vast range proposed by Disenia there’s a predominance of white, which blends in perfectly with a refined total white bathroom.

Left, Soul bathtub in Mineralsolid and right, Dekò freestanding bathtub.
Dogma | White does not mean ‘all-white’: pale colours and delicate shades bring warmth to a bathroom that is in any case light and airy. Photo, the white bathtub also helps to underline the colour scheme. Black metal details emphasise the neutral background.
Nyù | It’s not evident from this angle, but the bathroom cabinet is light grey: white doesn’t have to be the only colour in the room to achieve a classical, timeless bathroom.
5. Shower area: the shower tray is not the only element that can be white (in different textured finishes, from marble to stone-effect ceramic); the shower enclosure frame can be white lacquered to give a delicate, elegant tone-on-tone effect.
The new Evo shower enclosure with sliding door. Clear glass with frame in matt white B002 finish. Blade shower tray in matt Pietra Grey.

Total-look white bathroom

Last but not least: there are other coordination possibilities. The white frames of shower enclosures can be matched with the metal finishes of the bathroom fittings (handles, for example), as can be a total white radiator. Helios, the electric radiator by Disenia, is available in different finishes so that it will blend perfectly with the style of the bathroom.

Helios: electric radiator by Disenia.

The shower tray, which is often white, can have a textured surface if it is made from a material other than ceramic, such as Tecnogel: take a look at our full range of shower trays.

Having read this post, is all-white bathroom décor not entirely your cup of tea? Read one of our posts dedicated to colour in the bathroom:

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