Years ago, white was not a popular color. Most people chose color fixtures like Almond, Heron blue, Seafoam Green or Wild Rose in their bathroom. The only time white was chosen is when price was a factor or if it was being used in a commercial bathroom. But now, most people want a bathroom with a lot of white.
So why is white so popular? First, white emotes a sense of cleanness and freshness. It symbolizes a fresh start or new beginning. A bath can be a sanctuary that provides a reprieve from the cares of the world as you soak in a tub or feel the spray of a shower. This leaves you refreshed to begin again. Second, white gives a feeling of peace with its simplicity. Today, we are looking for places in our homes that take us away from the stressful parts of life and calms our cluttered mind. Lastly, white makes a space look larger. It is great as a background or as the main color in a bath design because it creates dimension.
Often clients will say they have a blue or green bath tub and they don’t want that again! Invariably, they choose white, saying that they do not want to be stuck with a color that goes out of style.
Since I work in a bath showroom I get to help people combine colors, look at contrasts and mix texture as they design their bathroom. It is interesting to me to look back at the changes in products whether in color, style or shape. White in fixtures has been around from the beginning and it will continue to be a main part of baths. I am wondering if this trend will last or will the future trend include some brighter color fixtures. Currently, the next trend I am seeing is a return of gold fixtures. I never thought that would make a come-back!
Personally, I am not a fan of white fixtures for the bath. Although I like white or light shades as an accent in a bathroom I also love other colors in fixtures as it adds interest. My lack of love for white is probably because I grew up surrounded by colorful bath fixtures. Our baths at home always had the most interesting combination of colors. One of our baths had a red sink, gray toilet and gray tub/shower with silver/white wallpaper and red/black tweed carpet. My mom loved this bathroom especially the red sink. Later another bathroom was added and this time it had a tan tub/shower, tan toilet and the sink was evergreen. Can you imagine it? I know it doesn’t sound that appealing but it was awesome at the time!