All-white bathroom suites may be a safe option, but they can all too easy look sterile and uninviting, instead of calm and stylish. So, to avoid your bathroom from looking cold and unwelcoming, make sure to check out these design ideas on how to add personality and style to white bathroom suites and create a space that you’ll enjoy spending time in.
Pops of colour
Complete bathroom suites often include a white bath, basin and toilet, and if the walls are white too, the space can look rather bland and boring. So, to jazz things up, add pops of colour by choosing bright towels, bath mats and accessories, which will really stand out against an all-white suite.
For a fresh and modern vibe, opt for Pantone Colour of the Year 2017, Greenery. This zesty yellow-green shade will create a sense of calm and relaxation, and you can be as bold or as subtle as you like with it. You can introduce this colour to your bathroom suite with tiles, towels, wallpaper, paint, towels, plants and even a new blind.
Of course you don’t have to choose bright colours, for a more luxurious, spa-style vibe, opt for neutral shades such as cream or mocha. Grey is also suited to white bathrooms, and it’s perfect for adding a chic, sophisticated touch to the space. Don’t forget about finishes, chrome is a popular choice and enhances any decor, but to warm up a white space, go for gold or copper, which will add a touch of luxury too.
Carrying on from the grey theme, an anthracite designer radiator or heated towel rail will add a smart, contemporary touch to your white bathroom suite. Anthracite heated towel rails are available in a wide range of sizes to suit any space, and they provide a super stylish and practical way to keep your bathroom towels toasty warm and dry.
A heated towel rail may not be enough to heat a large bathroom, and another heat source will be needed such as underfloor heating to ensure the space feels warm and welcoming in the cold winter months. Anthracite designer radiators are another great option for full bathroom suites too. To make a statement and to save space, choose a vertical design. There’s many sizes and style to take your pick from, so you won’t have a problem finding one to suit your requirements.
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An injection of foliage
Plants provide the perfect way to breathe life into white bathroom suites, and as the light is usually low and the humidity high, it makes this space the ideal home for a variety of houseplants. A bathroom environment suits many plants, but some varieties will hardly last the duration of a shower without wilting, which makes choosing the right plant essential.
Plants that are suitable for use in the bathroom include:
- Peace lily
You don’t have to choose real plants, you could instead fake it with artificial ones and still add a fresh, natural feel to your suite.
A bathroom suite tends to be on the small side, so opt for plants that will fit onto a windowsill, shelf, or hang one from the ceiling in a hanging planter.
Switch the toilet seat
To prevent an all-white bathroom suite from looking too sterile, choose a toilet seat in a contrasting colour. A dark wood or black toilet seat helps to break up the white and works equally well in both modern and traditional bathroom suites.
Quick and easy to fit, a new toilet seat in a colour other than white is a simple but effective update that will transform the room in an instant.
Metro tiles are always stylish and never look dull. If you are considering metro tiles, why not create a classic look by opting for white tiles but combine with grey grout? Grey grout will make the tiles stand out more than white grout, plus it has the added benefit of hiding dirt.
For a traditional look that’s full of character, fit a washstand, which will also double-up as towel rail to save space.
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The floor provides a great opportunity to perk up a plain white bathroom suite and add pattern. Laying patterned floor tiles will add wow-factor to any space and make a style statement. It doesn’t matter what colour you choose, just as long as they are patterned.
The bathroom is full of straight lines, and pattern adds softness and brings in your own personality too. If you don’t have the budget for tiles, go for inexpensive vinyl instead. There’s some great patterns available that will transform the room without breaking the bank. You could also add pattern with a shower curtain, towels and a bath mat.
A clutter free space
If you’re not keen on adding too much colour or pattern, and prefer a more minimal look, then make sure your bathroom is clutter free to pull off this look. To achieve a chic, contemporary space, incorporate bathroom storage to keep clutter hidden away from view.
A large mirrored cabinet will reflect the light, enhancing a sense of space, and it will hold your bathroom essentials too. If you need more storage, fit a vanity unit so you can keep toiletries and beauty products close to hand. Opt for a glossy finish for smart, modern look.
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Add style with wallpaper
Mainly white yet stylish wallpaper adds an element of pattern and contrast, but doesn’t lose the overall look of a white bathroom. You could choose a light monochrome design or a pattern that creates the illusion of texture, which will add extra interest rather than colour. If you’re feeling brave, create a feature wall with a bold pattern.
We hope these white bathroom suite ideas have inspired you! How would you style a white bathroom? We would love to know, so share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter @BigBathroomShop
Hi, I’m Liz, an interiors blogger. My main focus area is the bathroom, where I aim to inspire anyone who’s planning and designing a new bathroom – you’ll find plenty of tips, how-to guides and a wealth of ideas!