Lisa Higgins, Houzz Contributor
I'm a sucker for a black and white bathroom. In New York City, where I live, you'll find plenty of vintage beauties, decked out with traditional white subway tiles, black and white hexagonal floor tiles, and pedestal sinks and tubs with chunky chrome faucets labeled "hot" and "cold." You'll find them in high-end apartments as well as seen-better-days brownstones.
In these classic baths, homeowners can add color for punch -- bright pink towels or an orange bath mat or pale green paint on the walls. They can accessorize with old-style apothecary jars or go more modern with a mirrored wastebasket and matching soap dish. In new construction you'll find more luxurious variations on the theme, complete with dark wood vanities, marble latticework floors and glamorous freestanding tubs. Whatever the approach, the clean look of black and white is always a crowd-pleaser; check out some of my favorites here.
This gorgeous update of a traditional black and white bathroom features white subway tile accented with black marble and a floor of Calacatta gold and black marble in a basket-weave pattern. (The tile is from Walker Zanger.) Other luxe touches: an intricate custom-made leaded glass window, a Waterworks pedestal tub and an antique William and Mary highboy for storage.
This classic bath has some interesting design touches: the graphic dark-trimmed windows, which pick up the black and white tile floor and the legs of the claw-foot tub; the surprising teal ceiling (love this!); and the vintage wood soapbox for towel storage.
The centerpiece here is a vintage console table that's been artfully transformed into a vanity. Painted black and with two legs removed, it is attached to the wall and topped with matching white vessel sinks. Large black and white square floor tiles complete the high-style look.
Here's a true find in Toronto with lots of original elements: a gently curved tub, hexagonal floor tiles (note the designs within the layout) and subway tile walls with glossy black trim. The pretty casement window affords plenty of light, and a rough-hewn stool makes reaching the sink easy for kids.
Showstopping black and white wallpaper (Minaret by Osborne & Little) makes a statement here. The black and white interplay continues with a white cotton duck shower curtain trimmed in black, a black Jonathan Adler rug with a white border, and the stacks of black and white towels carefully arranged on a matching étagère.
Black, white and blue feel classically cosmopolitan together. That's Benjamin Moore's Heavenly Blue on the walls with a stippled glaze, matched perfectly by the turquoise towels. The shower "room" with a window is a keeper, too.
Pale blue paint (Sherwin-Williams' Tradewind) gives this bathroom a soft, ethereal look. That feeling continues in the lighting choices: a delicate Murano-style chandelier and Restoration Hardware's Lugarno wall sconces. The Cheshire claw-foot tub is by Victoria + Albert.
Updating this small, 83-square-foot bathroom in a New York brownstone included installing a furniture-style vanity and oil-rubbed-bronze fixtures, which go well with the old-fashioned clock and dark wood-trimmed window. Note how the subway tiles run right up to the ceiling.
This cute cottage bathroom features standard hexagonal black and white tiles, purchased at Lowe's in 12- by 12-inch sheets for quick installation. The apple-green walls are a lovely touch, as is the black trim on the towels and shower curtain.
Here's another interesting color combination: That's brown on the walls (Benjamin Moore's Branchport Brown), which complements the wood vanity. Black grout was used for the floor tile, but as the designer cautions, you have to avoid harsh cleansers if you want to retain its color.