Many of the country’s mid-century homes were built with colored porcelain fixtures with matching tile tub enclosures. Back then, it seemed charming and homey to install colors rather than the standard bathroom white. As these aging houses get remodeled, homeowners are returning to the bright white of old. They embrace the many advantages of white fixtures and tub or shower enclosures. Here’s why:
Never Looks Dated
Color fads come and go. What appeals to home buyers today may be reviled in twenty years. Is it possible the porcelain fixture industry encourages these fads? Even if it does, they also know that white remains timeless and desired, both in residential and public bathrooms. Most of their products still come in the one color that never goes out of style.
White is Big and Bright
In small, windowless bathrooms, white automatically reflects light and brightens the whole room. It lends a sense of spaciousness that you may not really have. In tiny bathrooms, a white tub or shower enclosure helps make the room feel much less cramped. If the room has a window or skylight that allows natural daylight to illuminate the enclosure, white brings a cheery disposition to the space.
Fits with Any Color Scheme
White clashes with no other color. Choose the wildest shade for the walls or towels, and white pairs with it for a nice offset color scheme. Of course, white makes friends with any tastefully-subdued palette, as well. So, if warm earth tones are all the rage this year, but cool grays, blues and purples come into fashion later, redecorating your bathroom won’t require an expensive replacement of your white fixtures.
White Shower Enclosures Look Clean
Finally, nothing gives the feeling of clean like white. Darker tub and shower enclosures tend to display soap build-up when you haven’t gotten around to cleaning it for a while. With white, you gain some days of grace. (Of course, if you use bath gels or cheap shampoos for body washes instead of bar soap, you can skip the scum issue altogether.) Hard water spots also remain camouflaged longer in a white enclosure. If the tub/tile surround also happens to be acrylic/styrene rather than ceramic tiles, you can avoid moldy, discolored grout issues, too.
Since decorating tints will always be subjective — where one person may find a particular color lovely and another finds it much less so — basic white will always please the eye. It allows you to accessorize the bathroom with any other color in the spectrum. It never looks dated and hides the fact that the room may not get a deep cleaning every week. You just can’t go wrong with white fixtures in your bathroom.