Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Basic White Bathroom Inspiration

Posted on | January 25, 2009 | 8 Comments

Waterworks showroom in Greenwich, Connecticut

We’re about ready to start actually buying a toilet, sink, and tiles for our first floor bathroom we recently gutted. Everything is so expensive so I figured I should start researching materials. I’m going try buying a few new pieces every couple weeks (or when I get paid).

But first you need to hear my dilemma about the first floor bathroom. Right now, the house is actually a two family. The first floor is it’s own apartment and the second and third is another. We are living on the top two floors while we renovate the bottom. Ever since we bought the house my boyfriend and I have had an ongoing fight weather to convert into a one family or keep it as two. My boyfriend’s idea was we would buy another house in a few years and keep this one as our rental income (update: didn’t happen, it’s becoming a single family). Great idea, but I love this house. It’s plenty of space if it’s converted to one house and I honestly don’t need anything fancier. That’s kinda the tip of the iceberg on the 2-family conversation.

So how fancy do I make the bathroom being that it could possibly be a rental bathroom? Do I just go basic? Or do I do what I really want? If we do decide to convert the house down the road I don’t want to renovate the bathroom all over again.

I picked out some basic white bathrooms as inspiration. White is totally classic and something that will last us for years. I can dress up the space with colorful wallpaper or paint if we do decide to convert the house. Let me know if you have any great bathroom links or inspirational shots. I have many more bathrooms and resources to share so stay tuned or click on “bathrooms” to see what I have already come up with.

Hexagon shaped tile floor paired with a classic claw foot tub.

A great combo hexs and subway tiles via apartment therapy.

A sliding glass stall door with an accent tiled floor via remodelista.

Turning the subway tiles vertically gives it a modern twist via design*sponge.

Penny rounds paired with a feminine legged sink feel powder room ready.

A standard white bathroom that could be dressed up with paint and a colorful shower curtain.

A wide paneled wall conjures a nautical feel via Living Etc.

A classic bathroom with a black accent tile in the floor via House Beautiful.

Using square white tiles on the walls makes for an interesting look

Amanda Peet’s bathroom has white subway tiled walls and floral wallpaper.

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8 Responses to “Basic White Bathroom Inspiration”

  1. Anonymous
    January 25th, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

    send me your email and I will send you the photo of my white inspiration bathroom that I hope to put in our house~



  2. Heidi Jo
    January 26th, 2009 @ 12:22 am

    I think you definitely have the right idea. You can go with a basic white bathroom and dress it up with the linens and accessories. I'm partial to the hexagon floor tiles, clawfoot tubs and pedastal sinks. : )


  3. Stephanie
    January 26th, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

    A white bathroom never gets old. I love the penny rounds!

    And speaking as a renter, i would pay more for a bathroom outside the standard issue vinyl floor and Home Depot sink console.


  4. Vanya @ Endless Inspiration
    January 26th, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

    White is a great classic never dates. I'm sure you have already thought of this, but salvage could be a cost effect, stylish way to go – you get the classic shapes and proportions that you feature in most of these images without breaking the bank. If you want to dress it up tiles up part way with wallpaper above as you show in the last image is v good.

    I suppose it comes down to what sort of tenant you want to attract. From a renters point of view, I would pay more for a well designed and decorated house.


  5. Vanya @ Endless Inspiration
    January 26th, 2009 @ 5:14 pm


    This might be helpful



  6. Anonymous
    January 29th, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

    Late to your post, but wanted to comment anyway. Love your inspiration pix and ideas. Some thoughts…

    —Since you have a historic house, you might want to go with a cream rather than a bright white (or my favorite: a combination of whites and creams). It will still "read" as white, but will just be a bit softer. And "softer" is a good thing at 6am.

    —Going to a tile showroom is like being a kid in a candy store! But you don't have to buy Ann Sacks to get a great look. It's more about the application. Daltile has a line of inexpensive ceramic tiles called Rittenhouse Square. The line has white/cream in gloss or matte finish, in a good selection of sizes and trims. Their "Keystones" line of unglazed porcelain mosaic tiles coordinates with it (hex or other smaller sizes). Simple, classic, and cost effective.

    This material would please you, AND makes economic sense if you end up renting the space later.

    —Salvage is cost effective, and a vintage item will add character and keep a renovated space from feeling like a showroom. Tub, mirror, light fixture, sink, etc… there is lots of great salvage to be had.

    —Since your bathroom looks fairly modest in size, I'd suggest a pedestal sink. Install a recessed medicine cabinet so you have storage right where you need it.

    —Think hard about an all-white floor. My hubby is dark, handsome… and hairy. Our old white floor seemed to amplify every errant strand of hair. This made me crazy. If you can relate, you might want to do combination of black/white or similar. (That said, I'm doing a white wood floor in our new bath, and planning to keep a cordless stick vac hidden in a closet right next to the room.)


  7. seesaw designs
    January 30th, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    lovely white bathrooms!


  8. Rich
    February 3rd, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

    Great blog. :) I should have started blogging about my basement renovation when I actually started! If you're keeping the house for 10-20 years, make it your own. If selling/renting is an near future option, go the cheap/plain route. You can find vintage and/or overstock items on ebay, craigslist, freecycle, etc. If you're working with a contractor for the tile floor, call around and ask tile contractors if they have anything in stock. There are many contractors who end up with pricey tiles that a previous customer paid for but didn't like. You can grab these on the cheap and you might even get a deal on the labor if the contractor is extra happy to get rid of the tile. :) Best of luck with the renovation! The tends-to-be-pricey bathroom is definitely one project I'm not looking forward to!


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