Black and white tile bathrooms are a popular choice with many readers, for good reasons: They are suitable for prewar and early postwar houses… It’s easy to vary the look just by changing wall colors… And because tile doesn’t get more basic and “white” and “black”, they can be put together relatively affordably. Here are six black-and-white tile bathrooms created by readers — let’s take a look a at the variations they’ve come up with.
1. Chris’ black and white tile bathroom includes a tile ‘rug’ — he did all this work himself, too! And, read his money saving trick to save 50%-67% on liner tile.
2. Dave and Fran’s new black and white bathroom in their 1938 home was inspired by a bathroom in one of our time capsule homes. Note the small hex floor tiles and the 6″ black wall base – nice.
Above: Dave and Fran’s black and white bathroom was by this black and white in a time capsule house with five vintage bathrooms.
3. Dawn used 4″ wall tiles (not subway tiles) in her bathroom remodel — like the inspiration bathroom above. Want to be more post-World-War II authentic? Use 4″ squares, not subways. But it’s your house, both are surely beautiful.
- See her source for the metal vent on the sink base
- See our story, 12 places to find 4″ x 4″ ceramic tiles in a wide variety of colors
4. Pam’s sister-in-law Amy used honed marble flooring to the bathroom in her 1930s Romantic Revival house. Yes, she also used green trim tile, which makes this not officially just black-and-white. But, it does hint at how you could extend your budget by making the mass of your tile (relatively) affordable black-and-white tile — but then spend a little more on a trim or liner tile with a carefully considered color.
5. Pam’s mom wanted a 1940s style black-and-white tile bathroom, too. The floor is small mosaics… and Pam repainted the vanity black. Virtually everything in this bathroom can be purchased (relatively) inexpensively at a big box store like Home Depot or Lowes.
6. Peggy’s black-and-white tile bathroom — everything from Home Depot. “I didn’t try to get creative, just used what Home Depot had on the shelves … but I’m very pleased with my black/white bath!” she said. Thanks, Peggy, nicely done!