Install a Showpiece Tub
There’s something undeniably luxurious about a deep, stand-alone bathtub. To make a splash, consider painting your walls white and having a little fun with the color of your tub. A claw-foot tub (or just its legs) can be finished in shades like red or yellow, while metallic designs bring their own brand of panache to the party.
Add a Rug
It’s elementary, my dear: White floors + white walls + white cabinetry = an open and airy space. But if you’re itching for a burst of nonpermanent color (or reside in a rental that forbids painting), a bright rug will do the trick. Plus your tootsies will thank you during winter months. Change the color of the rug with your mood or the season: maroon for winter, daffodil for spring. Anything goes with white on white.
Rock a Chandelier
Whether your bathroom is warm and rustic or thoroughly modern, a major light fixture can take it from basic to out-of-bounds beautiful. Not only does interesting lighting show off high ceilings, drawing your attention upward, but it generally makes the room feel a whole lot more special. Don’t ever think a chandelier is too fancy for the WC—it’s not.
Discover the Magic of Mirrors
It might just be the oldest trick in the book, but it works: A well-placed mirror can make a room look almost twice as large. You can install a single one that spans the length of your vanity, but hanging multiples—whether a matching pair hung side-by-side, or a mishmash hung salon-style—is equally as illuminating.
Enlist a Little Paint
If the all-white thing is too monochromatic for your tastes, pick a wall or two to paint. Blue—from a vibrant robin’s egg to a formal navy—plays well with white, but other hues such as emerald or peach can look just as fresh. As for which wall to paint, your room will look brighter if you target the one behind the mirror, leaving the one across from it (the one it reflects) a lighter tone.
Embrace Dark Floors
Deep brown or black floors are a trend with staying power (there’s something so modern yet classic about them, right?). In bathrooms they look luxe but need white walls and furnishings to balance them out. Tone them down even more with a pale rug.
Up Your Art Game
Having a white bathroom doesn’t mean you have to steer clear of wall art. We say bring it on. Liven up the room with as many pieces as your heart desires as long as they’re heavy on the white space and light on other accent colors. If you’d like to make it easy on yourself, stick to black and white, always an elegant combo.
Spruce Up Your Seating
One of the easiest ways to imbue your bathroom with a tranquil, spalike feel is by adding in a chic chair or two. And while an upholstered arm chair or plush bench might appear downright extravagant in a bathroom, they hold stacked towels beautifully and give you a spot to perch for everything from at-home pedicures to makeup application. Lacking extra space? Consider a investing in a simple garden stool.