Remodeling Recipe: A Fail-Proof Combo for an Elegant, Classic Bath

updated May 3, 2019
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(Image credit: Annabode)

Continuing our series of posts about no-fail formulas for a beautiful remodel, we’re focusing in on a combination of elements that always makes for a fresh yet classic bathroom: hex tile, a black and white color scheme, and antique brass fixtures. Read on for some beautiful examples, plus sources to help you get the look.

Above: In this bath from Annabode, via their Instagram, classic subway tile covers the walls, while the medium-format black hex tile on the floor helps to ground the space. Grey grout is a smart choice here, emphasizing the texture rather than the patter of the floor. The not-so-shiny brass fixtures really complete the look: even though the style is quite modern, they give the bathroom an always-been-there feel.

(Image credit: Stories)

This bathroom from Stories takes the trio in a slightly more modern direction, with a black tub, antique brass fixtures, and large-format hex tiles. Hex tiles are a great alternative if you don’t like the look of subway tile, or are just looking for something a little more fresh.

This generously sized shower from House & Home works the same black and white tile combination as the first bath, with a few subtle distinctions: square tile instead of subway tile, and a smaller hex tile on the floor. The way the hex tile wraps up the shower curb is a particularly nice detail.

(Image credit: Homes to Love)

From Homes to Love, here’s another way you can take this combination in a modern direction. The brass fixtures add a subtle, refined glow to this bath, letting the black and white color scheme take center stage. (I’m not usually a fan of vessel sinks, but this black one, sitting on a stark white countertop, has me convinced.) The hex tile, which wraps from the shower floor onto the shower wall, becomes a central feature of the space.

Love the look? We’ve rounded up a few products that will help you bring it into your home.

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Maxwell towel ring in flat black, $80 from Schoolhouse Electric (Image credit: Schoolhouse Electric)