White Bathroom Ideas for a Modern Design

by | Last updated Jul 10, 2020 | Apartment Renovations, Interior Design

White bathrooms are a staple of modern residential design. White gives of the feeling of cleanliness, purity, and lightness.

I am an architect in New York and owner of Fontan Architecture. We work on a variety of project types including apartment and loft renovations. All photos in this post are from our projects in New York. We will explore the use of white in bathroom design, and various white bathroom ideas.


  1. Pure White Marble
  2. Marble With Veins
  3. Porcelain Tiles
  4. Sculptural Tub
  5. Clawfoot Tub
  6. Add Color
  7. Matte Finishes
  8. Minimalist Design
  9. Add a Niche
  10. Custom Vanity
  11. Wall Mounted Vanity
  12. Attention to Detail
  13. Metal or Black Door Hardware
  14. Unique Metal Finishes
  15. Walk In Shower
  16. Barn Door Shower Door
  17. Frameless Shower Doors
  18. Wall Sconces


Pure White Marble

If you want a white bathroom then you may want to consider white marble. I will put white marbles into two categories. Marble with veins and marble without veins.  If you want a really all white uniform look than you should consider white marble without veins. Some marbles have a lot of detail but some have no detail at all. This is a good go to for modern white bathroom design ideas.

In the picture below you can see a white marble bathroom we renovated in a Manhattan Apartment. This marble has absolutely no veins and creates an incredibly uniform white surface.

Pure White Marble Bathroom

Pure White Marble Bathroom


White Marble Tile With Veins

There are many different types of marble available, even if you are only looking at white. Most marbles have some veining. Some marbles have more veins then others. If you are going to make a white bathroom you may want to use a marble with some veining to add detail and character to what could otherwise be a very stark bathroom design. This all comes down to personal taste.

In the picture below you can see a white marble bathroom with dark veins.

White Marble Bathroom Design

White Marble Bathroom Design


White Porcelain 

You do not have to use marble to make a white bathroom. Porcelain is a really popular material for bathrooms and comes in many different finishes. Porcelain tiles can be uniform colors, have textures, and mimic natural materials such as marble. Some of these porcelains look better than others so as an architect I always go to the showroom to see samples especially if they have large pieces on display.

This bathroom has a white statuary marble look porcelain tile. It was installed with tight joints to make the wall look uniform and the tiles are oriented vertically which is a more modern look.

White Porcelain Bathroom

White Porcelain Bathroom in a Brooklyn Heights apartment combination and gut renovation


Sculptural Tub

White and off white bathrooms can be overly simple. A sculptural tub can add a bit extra design to a bathroom. If the bathroom is large enough you may want to consider a freestanding tub which has a real luxurious feel to it.

The picture below is of an off white bathroom with a freestanding sculptural tub.

White Sculptural Freestanding Tub

White Sculptural Freestanding Tub in a Tribeca Loft.


Clawfoot Tub

A claw foot tub is a classical feature that can actually work very well in a contemporary or modern bathroom.

Clawfoot tub

Clawfoot tub


Add Color 

Sometimes the best idea for a white bathroom is to add some color. All white with white on white is not for everyone. If it is not for you then you should consider mixing some other colors into your bathroom design.

The bathroom in this next picture has white walls, a white toilet, and a white sink but also a wood vanity with a blue mosaic marble floor. Don’t be afraid of a little contrast.

Contrasting Color for Bathroom Design

Contrasting Color and Texture for Bathroom Design


Matte White Finishes

When making an all white bathroom you may want to use polished finishes but if not matte finishes can be a more subtle option. A matte white bathroom design can be a great idea for a simple contemporary bathroom.

This bathroom has matte white marble tiles, matte white Corian, white tub, and white toilet. The tub is an undermount tub with white Corian top and removable face panel. This therapeutic tub required access panels and due to the configuration of the apartment the only place to put access was in the tub apron, which we made custom and removable.

Matte White Bathroom Finishes

Matte White Bathroom in Riverdale, NY.


Minimalist Design

White bathrooms can be very minimalist. Keep it simple and you can have a modern white minimalist bathroom.

Frameless Shower Door

Frameless Shower Door in an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment


Modern Bathroom Niche

A bathroom niche is the ideal option for a modern bathroom. A niche can be long and linear or vertical and full height.

In this bathroom the niche goes from floor to ceiling in the shower. It is in the corner with one wall continuing straight into the niche.

Bathroom Niche Ideas

Bathroom Niche in an Upper West Side apartment we renovated


Custom White Vanity

If you can’t find a vanity you like then you can make a custom vanity.

This bathroom has a custom white vanity with a Corian integrated sink and countertop with countertop waterfall side panels. This is a simple contemporary vanity.

White Custom Vanity

White Custom Vanity in a Riverdale apartment.


Wall Mounted Vanity

Wall mounted vanities are a modern and convenient addition to a bathroom. They are easy to clean and have a modern floating look.

Wall Mounted Vanity

Wall Mounted Vanity


Details Make the Design

There are a lot of details to consider when renovating a bathroom. No detail should be overlooked nothing should be left to chance. Good design is consistent and thought out.

In the picture below you can see a large wall mirror with a mirrored vanity installed in it. The towel warmer is installed on the mirror and the outlet even has a mirrored cover since it is installed on the mirror.

Bathroom Details

Mirror Outlet Cover in a Modern Bathroom


Metal or Black Door Hardware

If you are going to make a white bathroom you will probably have a white door. Metal or black hardware goes very well with white. You may want to match the door hardware finish with the fixtures in the bathroom.

White Door with Black Hardware

White Door with Black Hardware


Unique Metal Finishes

Gold finishes have been trending recently at least what I can see from my clients tastes. It’s not for everyone but see the picture below with gold fixtures in a white bathroom. If you like white and gold maybe consider some unique finishes for your fixtures and finishes.

White and Gold Bathroom

White and Gold Bathroom


Walk In Shower 

A separate walk in shower and separate bathtub is a great option if the bathroom is large enough. this is very common in luxury bathrooms.

The picture below has a white marble and glass walk in shower with a mosaic floor.

Walk in Shower

Walk in Shower


Barn Door Shower Door

Modern barn door style shower door hardware is a great look for modern bathrooms. They metal finish hardware stands out and has a real sleek mechanical feel.

Modern Barn Door Shower Door

Modern Barn Door Shower Door


Frameless Shower Doors

Bathroom Frameless Shower Doors

Bathroom Frameless Shower Doors


Modern Wall Sconces

Bathroom Wall Sconce

Bathroom Wall Sconce


White Bathroom Design 

As an architect, I study design and construction, but these are complicated and quite involved issues. Every project is different and must be assessed on its own unique characteristics. This post does not assume to cover every possible issue or condition, but provide a general overview of the topic.


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Jorge Fontan
Jorge Fontan

This post was written by Jorge Fontan AIA a Registered Architect and owner of New York City architecture firm Fontan Architecture. Jorge Fontan has earned 3 degrees in the study of architecture including two degrees from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Jorge has a background in construction and has been practicing architecture for 15 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.