A versatile pairing, grey and white can be used to create a huge array of bathroom looks, from cool and calming, to dramatic and opulent, depending on the tones you use, and the proportions in which you use them. But if you are looking for bathroom ideas that are timeless and smart, it's hard to get wrong, whether you love a traditional or contemporary look, or something in between. To get you inspired, we have rounded up our favorite grey and white bathroom ideas, along with advice from the experts on how to strike the perfect balance with a two-tone scheme. 'Marble is classic material and since the client knew they wanted a black and white bathroom, the grey marble used here helps soften the high contrast and adds an element of sophistication,' says Corine Maggio, interior designer and founder. Not only does the combination of grey and white on the walls here make for a playful feature, the grey base – Little Greene's Gauze Dark – serves to anchor the space and draw attention to the luxurious roll top, while the ceiling, painted in the lighter Gauze shade, highlights the height of the room. If you're planning on having a grey and white bathroom, then factoring in plenty of texture is essential to prevent it from feeling stark and lifeless.
In this bathroom by Kitesgrove (opens in new tab), veined marble in soft grey adds texture and classic luxury, while the trapezoid bathroom wall tiles create a subtle feature wall with a contemporary twist, as opposed to those made up of regular rectangular designs. Here sculptural wall lights make an attractive feature but will also help set the mood.
'One way to add further interest is to use different styles and patterns of grey marble flooring to zone areas such as wet rooms and the main body of the bathroom. As small spaces we don't spend huge amounts of time in, bathrooms are rooms where we can afford to be bold with decor.
Opting for a walls in a charcoal shade will bring a sense of sophistication and luxury, especially when teamed with white marble with dark veining and glamorous bathroom ceiling lighting. In this grey and white bathroom by interior designer Tracy Morris (opens in new tab) a bathroom blind in a timeless vertical stripe brings subtle pattern to the monochrome scheme and provides an antidote to the strong horizontal lines that run throughout the space.
'We needed a paint color that brought all these tones together without competing in the space,' adds the designer who opted for walls in Benjamin Moore (opens in new tab)'s Silver Chain. 'The transient nature of a bathroom means it is an excellent room to have fun and bring in a sense of personality,' says Kate French, creative director at Dado Atelier (opens in new tab).
This ditsy paisley design brings pattern without being overwhelming and makes a beautiful backdrop for a show-stopping double sink with a marble countertop.
Powder rooms which are used infrequently a great places to experiment with bold eye-catching designs.
Many people like to play it safe when it comes to ceiling ideas, but for those that are looking to be more daring with decor, why not make a statement in the bathroom with dark grey overhead as done here in a design by Meyer Davis (opens in new tab)? The beauty of grey and white bathrooms is that they are neutral and work well with many most shades on the color wheel.
What color you put with grey and white will depend on the tone and temperature of the shade you choose. 'Accent colors should be used to highlight and work in tandem with the base shade rather than against it,' says Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene.
These greys can be paired with other shades with ease, combining well with blues, greens and pinks,' she adds.
If you want to stick with a monochrome palette then adding in pops of black will bring definition and depth to the space, be it through window treatments, accessories or through architectural details such as a Crittall shower screen.
Alternatively, for for a softer, more elegant look, turn to blush pink pastels or tranquil pale blues. Grey and white bathrooms have a tendency to feel cool, so adding warm metallic details such as gold or brass fixtures, fittings and accessories, is a great way to balance a monochrome scheme while also introducing a touch of glamor.