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Beautiful Black-and-White Bathrooms

These stylish bathrooms show that a simple black-and-white color palette offers limitless design opportunities.

Written and produced by Debra Steilen
  • Tria Giovan

    Black and white—the most iconic color scheme ever—works just as well in a bathroom as it does in the kitchen. Inherently sophisticated, this high-contrast palette is perfect for highlighting intriguing textures and graphic patterns that express your personal style. Best of all, you can switch accent colors easily and often. Need some examples? Keep clicking to view our favorite examples of black-and-white bathrooms.

    Interior designer Larry Laslo showed just how beautiful black and white can be with his stunning bath for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Showhouse in New York. Matching rectangular white sinks gleam from within charcoal-colored iron bases. Frameless circular mirrors—one centered above each vanity—reflect the light generated by dramatic black-crystal sconces. Heavily veined Italian-marble tiles cover the walls.

    Design: Larry Laslo

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  • Stacey Brandford

    Slated for Relaxation

    Sink back and relax; this contemporary master bath features an organic-shape soaking tub silhouetted against a wall of stacked slate. Even the nearby television conforms to the simple black-and-white color palette. The slate wall adds texture and visual interest from top to bottom, while the floor’s trapezoid-shape marble tiles provide subtle warmth underfoot. See another view of this bath on the next slide.

    Design: Nathalie Tremblay

  • Stacey Brandford

    Plainly Peaceful

    Strong horizontal lines enhance the Zen atmosphere sought in this black-and-white master bath. Made from rift-sawn oak, the wall-hung vanity is stained a dark charcoal gray that allows the wood’s grain to peek through. A white quartz-surfacing countertop, trough sink, and marble-tile floor contrast beautifully with the long rectangle of dark wood. So does the vanity-spanning storage cubby coated in high-gloss white paint. Above the vanity, a narrow black stone shelf offers additional storage and display space.

    Design: Nathalie Tremblay

  • William Waldron

    Eclectic Combination

    “Juxtapose texture, color, style, or pattern to bring a dynamic and exciting energy to a room,” says designer Kristin Rocke. And this powder room, designed for a home overlooking the ocean, proves her point. Plain white walls provide the perfect canvas for high-contrast black and white components—as well as the view. The mirror’s black-painted frame echoes the lines of the room’s traditional crown molding—painted white, of course. Oversize black industrial-style sconces illuminate a two-tone sink. And at ground level, a striped step stool provides an optical illusion just above the glossy black-tile floor. 

    Design: Kristin Rocke

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  • Nancy Nolan

    Patterned Panache

    In this stylish powder room, bold black-and-white damask-pattern wallpaper provides a dramatic backdrop to the antique dresser reborn as a furniture-style vanity.  Ebony stain, a black granite countertop, and brass hardware enhance the illusion. The gilt-framed mirror reveals a crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling.  

    Design: Kevin Walsh

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  • John Granen

    Glamorous Vibe

    Custom cabinetry wearing an ebony finish and opulent hardware from Richelieu helps ground this elegant master bath. Silver-plated sconces complement the sparkling polished silver faucet from THG Paris. “It’s like fashion,” says builder Troy Van Vliet about the bathroom design. “You can have the entire outfit together, but the details are the icing.” The bathroom didn’t come together until the hardware was installed, he adds.

    Builder: Troy Van Vliet
    Design: Tereza Bajan

  • Emily Gilbert

    Opposites Attract

    “Dark paint...may seem counterintuitive, but painting a small space a dark hue can actually make it feel bigger,” says designer Jenny Wolf. Demonstrating her theory, Wolf gave this small bath drama and depth by painting it black as part of a remodel. A brass-framed mirror—hanging over a pedestal sink from Waterworks—replaces the original medicine chest. Robert Longo prints from the client’s personal collection are reflected in the mirror. See a shower enclosure close-up on the next slide.

    Design: Jenny Wolf

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  • Emily Gilbert

    Behind Closed Doors

    As part of the bathroom’s redesign, Jenny Wolf replaced the original tub with an oversized shower stall—upgraded with polished-nickel fixtures and custom-designed steel-and-glass doors. Using dark grout to install new white subway tiles creates the illusion of age. The custom Nero Marquina basket-weave shower floor with Carrara dots is from Waterworks.

    Design: Jenny Wolf

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  • Werner Straube

    Elegant Escape

    A glossy black traditional door commands attention in this bright contemporary bath by designer Christine Hughes. Classic Carrara marble tiles provide a backdrop for the sleek white tub; varying the floor-tile sizes and shapes keep the eye moving. A small-scale hexagon-print wallpaper by Allegra Hicks introduces another visual texture into the neutral palette, while a yellow vase adds a pop of bright color (that can be easily changed, Hughes points out). 

    Design: Christine Hughes

  • Werner Straube

    Simply Serene

    This black-and-white bath is part of a custom home designed with light, airy interiors. In this spirit, designers Shea Soucie and Martin Horner created a clean, simple bath that boasts Venetian plaster walls surrounding a custom Macassar ebony vanity with a white slab countertop. Sleek sconces illuminate without adding superfluous ornamentation.

    Design: Shea Soucie and Martin Horner

  • Werner Straube

    Botanical Beauty

    This lovely black-and-white powder room gets all its color from gilt-framed paintings of hunting scenes hanging above the commode. Charming tree-patterned wallpaper from Hunson & Co. makes a neutral—but free-spirited—background for a handsome black-framed mirror, wrought-iron sconces, and a vanity with black-marble sink surround. The Easton vanity and sink are from Waterworks. The Victorian series faucet comes from Harrington Brass.

    Design: Gail Plechaty

  • Werner Straube

    Modern Makeover

    Designer Summer Thornton describes this 1920s master bath as going from “highly decorative to stripped down.” Even with its simplified style, though, the bath is filled with eye-catching details. Thornton emphasizes the room’s angles by highlighting the contrast between white subway tiles and a warm oak ceiling. Both the subway tiles and the floor’s honed marble tiles are from Ann Sacks. The pared-down vanity table includes a streamlined Caxton china sink from Kohler.  See a guest bath from the same house on the next slide.

    Design: Summer Thornton

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  • Werner Straube

    Angling for Compliments

    A timeless black-and-white color scheme transforms this unusually shaped guest bath into a classic beauty. Behind the white commode, black-painted built-in cabinetry follows the sloping ceiling line. The hammered-iron McCoy vanity supports a sleek concrete sink from Bradley—both components standing out against the white-painted wall. The floor wears custom hand-poured concrete tiles from Granada Tile. 

    Design: Summer Thornton

  • Page Rumore

    Farmhouse Chic

    White-painted wood-plank walls line the master bathroom, where a painting cements the Victoria + Albert soaking tub’s status as a focal-point feature. “There’s nothing that makes a home feel more lived-in and comfortable than art on the walls,” says designer Rachel Halvorson. In this case, the artwork’s subject matter particularly suits the home; the property was once a horse farm. 

    Design: Rachel Halvorson

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  • Laura Moss

    Streamlined Style

    A high-contrast black-and-white color scheme delivers plenty of drama in this master bath—thanks, in part, to a ribbon of limestone mosaic tile that wraps the room. A freestanding tub centered below the ribbon as well as the bath’s only window acts as a cubist sculpture with a modern vibe. Pale gray walls and a cream-color limestone floor keep the focus on the white tub (atop a wenge base) and matching wenge column for the tub filler faucet. See the room’s luxuriously long vanity on the next slide.

    Design: Barb Foley Patrick

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  • Laura Moss

    Beveled Beauty

    Beveled drawers and square silver knobs distinguish the ebony-stained vanity with a lapis-azul limestone countertop. In this view, the limestone mosaic reappears in a narrowed band that forms the vanity’s distinctive backsplash. Overall, the simple but chic black-and-white color scheme promises to always be in style. “Our goal in choosing finishes was to create a modern yet classic feel,” says homeowner Julie Anderson. “We wanted the end result to be timeless."

    Design: Barb Foley Patrick

  • William Stites