Color Scheme Series: How to Pair a Gray and White Bathroom Flawlessly
Over time, the design pendulum swings between the popularity of warm and cool color palettes.
As of late, gray has been the go-to neutral and is continuing to stay an on-trend color choice for all areas of the home. If you’re looking to experiment with a cool, white and gray palette, you might want to start with a smaller space, like a bathroom. There are plenty of cool options in natural stone to explore, from stark, white marbles to dappled, gray granites and more.
Are you ready to experiment with gray and white hues in your bathroom but looking for some inspiration before getting started? Here are a few enchanting options to explore.
Stunning White Marble
You might not be keen to install an all-white room in a high-trafficked area, such as a family room. However, a bright, white bathroom that features hard surfaces that are easy to clean and less likely to stain can be a realistic option.
Just consider the all-white motif in this New York master bath, featuring white walls, creamy, white marble, white and gray tile and plenty of mirrored surfaces (check out the drawers) to reflect light. The whitewashed look isn’t for everyone, but if you’re committed to keeping it sparkling clean, it certainly makes a statement.
What if you don’t want to deal with the upkeep? Simply opt for more gray, as in this well-balanced Connecticut powder room. The gray walls are accented by white trim and a white marble countertop, while both colors are on prominent display in the patterned floor tiles, which tie the whole room together. This small room really displays the best of the white and gray trend, which can easily be accented with colorful linens or vibrant greenery.
Dynamic Gray Granite
Marble provides excellent options if you want a solid white look or a white background with dramatic gray veining. If you’re seeking a more uniform gray with dynamic depth, dimension and patterning, granite can deliver.
A good example is this bold New York bathroom, with the granite serving as the darkest shade of gray in the space, followed by the mid-tone gray of the flooring and walls and the lighter gray of the cabinets.
Of course, you don’t have to stick to an all-gray palette. Just look at this gorgeous, contemporary New York bathroom, where Absolute Black granite countertops are paired with stacked pebble walls, limestone floor tiles and a surprising pop of warmth and color, thanks to rich, mahogany cabinets and angled ceiling panels.
While less veining and dimension can be seen in quartzite stone, it does have a lot to offer, especially if you’re implementing a white and gray color scheme. This natural stone is characterized by pale gray and white variations, although it’s not unusual to see hints of yellow, orange, pink and other hues, depending on the presence of substances like iron oxide.
A dramatic example of what you can accomplish with quartzite is evident in this massive Connecticut shower, featuring silvery quartzite walls and mosaic pebble flooring.
For a more understated effect, opt for a medium gray tone quartzite countertop like in this traditional bathroom, paired with a gradient of paler gray cabinets, flooring and walls.
The Wide World of Quartz
If you’re looking for an expansive selection and affordable prices that still deliver the many benefits of natural stone, look no further than engineered stone surfaces, which pair 90% or more natural, crushed quartz with bonding resins and polymers. It has the strength and durability of natural stone, in a non-porous surface that is highly resistant to scratching, staining and more.
Even better, however, is the fact that pigments can be added to deliver the look of natural stone (marble, granite, you name it), as well as other unique patterns and colors, depending on what you prefer. You could go with something like the Arctic Silestone countertop featured in this New York master bath retreat, which has a similar look to granite. White cabinets and pale gray wallpaper complete the attractive and serene space.
If you’re looking for a bold take on the gray and white bathroom, there are bold quartz options for you to consider. You can definitely add a splash of color and personality to a white or gray palette with a countertop surface in Silver Star Red or Universe Blue from QuartzMaster’s Starlight Series, for example.
Or, you can add color elsewhere, as with this modern bathroom featuring a white quartz countertop, gray flooring and shower tile, and a bold, red backsplash.
Ready to Design Your Gray and White Bathroom?
With so many options to explore, you can definitely design the unique, gray and white bathroom of your dreams with the perfect marble, granite, quartzite, or engineered quartz countertops. We would love to help you pick the perfect countertop material for your next bathroom upgrade or addition. To request a complimentary consultation with one of our design experts, click here.