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12 Gorgeous Black and White Bathrooms

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.
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.