While in the process of designing our home, I knew I wanted to switch it up and create a classic black and white bathroom. After decorating the majority of our home with white on white, or wood and white, I was ready for some contrast and darker tones!
You might like my patterned tile bathroom post. See it here!
The Classic Black and White Kids Bathroom
It is a Jack and Jill style bathroom, sandwiched between both boys’ bedrooms. A door closes off the toilet + shower. Even though the girls have their own bathroom, we typically have all the kids brush their teeth/faces in this room before bed. This room works hard for us!
Money And Planning
I looked high and low for modern black and white bathroom inspiration while building. Of course this meant I was on Pinterest pinning black and white kids bathrooms all the time!
But our budget wasn’t too high for our kids bathrooms though, and this room was not one of our higher priorities. But I still wanted to do something fun and make it pop. In the end, I came up with a simple design that stands out, and came in under budget.
Don’t you love all the contrast?
The Details on This Classic Black and White Bathroom
The Quartz Countertops
We went with Cosmos’ white quartz for the vanity. White quartz feels like a classic to me. I love to see white quartz paired with dark cabinetry too. It helps light bounce around even if you have a lot of dark tones in the room!
Quartz is known for being durable, low maintenance (even less so or on par with granite), and doesn’t stain or chip easily. It’s nothing like marble where you need to worry about it.
Our handles are from Amerock. They are called “Black Rock”. I love the clean lines and the fun handles.
The mirrors were a great find! I couldn’t believe the price. Mirrors that are almost identical are sold for triple the price at some other high end stores.
The matte black bathroom sconces have a cool industrial vibe. I do wish they gave off a little more light to be honest. Had I realized that before hand I would have added a few cans in here to the ceiling.
The Grout Issue In Our Black and White Kids Bathroom
The old view below is from when we moved in (you can see Leo’s cactus wallpaper was up). Originally the bathroom grout was gray. As soon as I saw the contractors putting it in I regretted it.
This was my first experience picking grout, and gray grout is funny. People seem to fall into two categories with gray grout- and I’m in the hate it camp.
I disliked that there was no contrast. It looked dirty all the time. The grout didn’t even look gray- it just looked dingy and discolored next to the black. Like it was supposed to be white but wasn’t.
We had some water damage a year after moving in, and we had to replace this tile. This time I did my research and found I could actually get away with doing white grout in a bathroom! We used an epoxy grout in here to do a white grout that would be essentially stain proof.
Epoxy grout is different than cement grout. It is durable and the most resistant to stains and water damage. It is great for high traffic areas if you don’t want to be cleaning your white grout all the time!
Their shower has basic subway tile and gray grout, with a small niche cut out. Basic but fun.
Of course I have future plans for this room. Is a room ever done?? (Never!) I would love to put some vertical shiplap in here one day. I love that vertical shiplap is a fun (perhaps modern) twist on the horizontal classic.
And there you have it! What do you think?
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