If you’re thinking about revamping your bathroom but as of yet do not have a theme to pursue, why not consider opting for white? This may come across as overt and plainly apparent, but according to the Benjamin Moore Paint Company – who have nominated “Simply White” as their colour of the year – white is a profound colour with many layers, distinctions and personalities.
The former utilitarian colour has superseded its most renowned feature of practicality in favour of a refined aesthetic interchangeable with both style and function. Whether your preference would be to layer different hues to create a soft and ambient atmosphere, or frame and flatter other colours with its energising properties, utilising its complex adaptations is key in helping define a theme for your room.
Layering whites to diffuse natural light
White is a colour that can be used to diffuse natural light around a room to create a subtle ambience, and its colour pallet is so complex that it can also be used as an accent of itself in a sophisticated nuance.
Using this technique in a bathroom setting may seem overwhelming at first, but remember that white makes for a forgiving first step allowing you to easily amend any decisions you make; it is forever a blank canvas.
Some people consider white to be cold and uncomfortable; this is not the case. To avoid a ‘clinical’ appeal, refrain from overusing modern, hard and modular furniture (unless you intend to inject an accessory of colour) and utilise tiles, plants, wooden storage baskets and other fabrics for a rustic and country aesthetic. White can be cosy.
Traditional and antiquated furniture is popular in white rooms as the colour can manipulate older furnishings to appear more current. However, when furnishing your bathroom in an all-white theme, be sure to take extra care and consideration as the lack of distractions makes every decision critical.
Create definition with contrasts and bold lines
White is the perfect backdrop for introducing bold colours and graphic patterns. The simple white base energises contrasting colours creating bold lines and crisp angles where they meet.
In a similar fashion, an amassing white pallet will help to soften busy graphics and patterns so that they can be appreciated for their aesthetic in a welcoming moderation. Without the white base, the loud and busy graphics may simply be overwhelming and look ‘cluttered’.
Black is a very common accent colour in this instance as it acts as denominator between the base and a feature by helping to merge the contrasting elements together. The dominant white and black colours will effectively break up the graphic patterns surround them, emphasising the pieces individually meaning that you will only require a couple of graphics (do not overuse the graphics).
Warmify your bathroom with a white and wood combination
Wood is renowned for its ability to warm up even the most sparsely furnished white room, which is why introducing wood furnishings to a predominantly white bathroom can make it feel more cosy and homely.
Used white-washed walls - brilliant white may be too dramatic for this look – in combination with soft/medium woods (maple, oak, alder beech) for a more rustic and distressed aesthetic. Again, white provides a natural base to complement the wood furnishings in a natural and harmonic finish; there are no contrasts in the partnership. The white refreshes and modernises the wood giving it a soft and homely glow, whilst the wood fills out the airy space created by the white base.