18 Inspirational Black and White Bathrooms

Black and white bathroom with white cabinets and black rimmed shower door

The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto

Looking for some inspiration for your bathroom decor? Why not go the simple route with the classic and always-fashionable black and white?

In all parts of the home, black and white decor is going strong—and will go on strong for quite a while. It's easy, simple, and flexible. Black and white lets you use your favorite accent color for just a dash of happy.

You can also quickly change that accent color with small touches like accessories, linens, a new mirror, or a new coat of paint on the door frame.

Let's have a look at some beautiful black and white bathrooms. 

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    Dark Grey Bathroom

    Bathroom with half black and white walls

    If pure black scares you a little, then you might want to look into really dark grey, like the one in this classic bathroom from Dulux, with modern edges. 

    It still has the elegance of black and white, but with a little more softness. Dark grey is just as easily matched with an accent color of your choice. In this case, the touch of green through the plant growing near the bathtub is all this bathroom needs to be welcoming and cheery, rather than cold and stark.

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    Eclectic Style

    Black and white bathroom with red accents
    Chris Stout-Hazard / Roger + Chris

    A black and white bathroom doesn't need to be modern to work. Take this eclectic, neo-Victorian home from Roger and Chris, for example. The bathroom has interesting retro elements: the curtain above a freestanding tub, the well-worn leather armchair, the impressionist portrait hanging just in view of someone taking a bath or a shower, and the industrial faucet with the exposed pipe.

    And with just a dash of red via the cushion and the reflection in the mirror, this bathroom really stands out.

    Black and white can be just as quirky and personal as more colorfully eclectic decor. All you need is a basic idea, a few interesting items, and an eye for good placement.

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    Scandinavian Style

    Scandinavian style black and white bathroom
    Stefani Stein

    With plenty of white to spare, this black and white bathroom from Stefani Stein has a light minimalist Scandinavian design with an especially great flooring choice.

    To avoid making this room seem small and claustrophobic, the design here is focused on white (and a lot of it!) with black to accentuate mirrors, windows, and doors. The touch of color via the flower vase on the countertop feel like just the right amount, and enhances rather than distracts from the overall design.

    And, of course, the flooring is possibly the best thing about this space. This wonderfully ornamented mosaic tile adds movement and visual interest, and stands in contrast to the more geometrical, minimalist style of the rest of the room.

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    Use Gold Accents

    Black and white bathroom with gold accents
    Greg Natale

    Adding a touch of gold to this black and white patterned bathroom makes all the difference.

    This trendy bathroom designed by Greg Natale perfectly balances the strong black geometrical pattern on the walls with golden softness of the mirror and the hardware. Notice the cute flowers in a very simple white pot, which almost disappears in the background. 

    And the French-style doors are simply the best here. It adds a really nice and open dimension to this small, but well-designed space.

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    Traditional Black and White Bathroom

    black and white bathroom

    This primary bathroom shared on Houzz shows that black and white can be used for larger spaces too.

    Not afraid to use plenty of the color black, this bathroom brings together the best of both shades. The floor is elegant and has just enough pattern to be visually interesting; the walls and other vertical spaces are dominated by white and framed with just enough black to bring a good visual structure.

    We especially like how the shower is almost lost in the room, as if it wasn't really there. This gives the design itself all the space it needs to shine and impress.

    If you like the look of the marble countertop in this bathroom, learn how to get the look of marble for less.

    About This Term: Primary Bathroom

    Many real estate associations, including the National Association of Home Builders, have classified the term "Master Bedroom" (or "Master Bathroom") as discriminatory. "Primary Bedroom" is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.

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    Get Bold With Contrasting Patterned Walls and Floors

    Black and white bathroom with herringbone tile wall
    Sarah Sherman Samuel

    An all-black floor. An all-white wall. This should be stark and boring, but it isn't. Why? It's all in the patterns.

    The tight and quick-moving herringbone pattern on the wall stands in contrast to the calmed-down feel of the hexagon on the floor.

    The black pentagon flower pot on the white, wall-mounted narrow sink is a stroke of inspiration. And in this small space, the side faucet is a smart choice. 

    This bathroom from Sarah Sherman Samuel is design-savvy, clever, beautiful, and definitely something to tell the neighbors about.

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    Fun and Traditional

    Fun and traditional black and white bathroom
    Olga Chertova / Houzz

    Here's another interpretation of the traditional bathroom, photographed by Olga Chertova, in black and white. This fun, cheery design takes full advantage of the natural light from the large window to avoid a dark, closet-like look.

    But what really makes it interesting is its combination of patterns in the tile. Three different patterns, two on the walls and one on the floor, make this bathroom the opposite of boring. Some might say it's a little bit overwhelming, especially if your tastes are more minimal.

    But if this is your kind of thing, this bathroom definitely has movement and personality. 

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    Striped Bathroom With Red Accents

    Striped black and white bathroom with red accents
    Tony Soluri Photography / Q Construction / Houzz

    The black and white striping on this sleek bathroom by Q Construction, via Houzz, has almost a circus-like feel. The floor stripes bring your attention towards the shower space, which continues the stripes up the walls. 

    Everything has been carefully chosen to fit the theme, along with the bright touches of red that really make a difference here. Instead of a boring bathroom, you get something original and quite visually striking.

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    Retro-Industrial Bathroom

    Black and white bathroom with a double farmhouse sink
    Deuce Cities Henhouse

    Black and white doesn't just suit more contemporary styles. It also works really well with more retro and/or industrial styles, as this bathroom shows. This double farmhouse sink from Deuce Cities Henhouse is perfect for a primary bathroom, and the use of a single shelf above it saves a lot of space and opens up the room. A few touches of green make the whole look welcoming and organic.

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    Use Geometric Wallpaper

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    Tobi Fairly Interior Design / Houzz

    With something as simple as black and white, you can go bold with a show-stopping wallpaper, like the geometric pattern in this snazzy bathroom from Tobi Fairly Interior Design. Because it is very busy and full of movement, you'll want to keep the rest pf the space fairly low-key. A simple carpet with only a white frame and a white shower curtain with a black frame highlight the wallpaper and keep in harmony with the theme.

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    Use "Flowers"

    black and white bathroom
    Apartment Therapy / NY Times

    This is another, more daring example of the possibilities of black and white hex tile. This tiny bathroom shared on Apartment Therapy works as a wet room, with the toilet right in the showering space. But with that fantastic tile, the whole room makes you want to say "wow! this is great!" rather than "ugh, this bathroom is so tiny."

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    Luxury Bathroom With Silver Accents

    Luxurious black and white bathroom with stained glass window
    Shed Brand Studios

    Although the main theme of this luxurious bathroom from Shed Brand Studios is black and white, there's a fair amount of silver, which brings out the veining in the marble and the light from the window. Even the silver feet on the freestanding tub work to bring attention to the beautiful contrast of the tub itself. 

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    Black and White Kid's Bathroom

    A kid's black and white fossil-themed bathroom
    Grant K. Gibson Interior Design

    This simple white bathroom from Grant K. Gibson Interior Design has subway tile that is enhanced by an open black vanity and a cool fossil wallpaper, perfect for science-minded kids. A double vanity with gooseneck faucets ensures that everyone can wash their hands and brush their teeth together. 

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    Black and White Split Bathroom

    Bathroom with split black and white tile floor
    A Beautiful Mess

    This fairly typical-sized bathroom from A Beautiful Mess is made bolder with a split herringbone tile pattern: one half black, one half white. This unusual design really gives this space a bold, graphic look that's modern and trendy.

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    Think Outside the Box

    Black and white bathroom with an odd tub placement
    McIntyre Bills

    What an amazing way to open up the space in a bathroom! Instead of setting your alcove tub against a wall that cuts the space in half, get rid of the wall and install a rail curtain all around instead. This clever bathroom from McIntyre Bills shows what a little thinking outside the box can do.  

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    Design a Toothed Wall Border

    Black and white bathroom with white flowers and gold accents
    Hunted Interior

    Making subway tile walls more interesting is easy if you build your own toothed wall edge. It doesn't have to be black and white, either, but the contrast in this alluring bathroom from Hunted Interior is quite striking and bold. The graphic finish highlights the luxury of the bathroom, as it comes with monogrammed hand towels and a beautiful vignette. The decor elements are in keeping with the black, white and gold theme throughout.

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    Textured Black and White Primary Bathroom

    Luxurious black and white master bathroom
    JLS Design Associates

    If you plan on combining several different textures and patterns in the same space, it's best to keep the color scheme simple. This extravagant bathroom from JLS Design Associates shows that it can be successful. There is enough space to accommodate the different tiles and textures, but everything is tied together thanks to the black and white theme. Yes, sometimes you can mix and match to your heart's content.

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    Cool Black and White Bathroom

    black and white bathroom
    Jenny Wolf Interiors

    This cool, eclectic bathroom from Jenny Wolf Interiors features a large black hex tile floor and bright, luminous white walls. The black window frame continues the theme, while the tub and mirror add a gold accent that's a popular choice for black and white spaces. A small glass buffet holds towels and bathroom staples.