Spa Bathroom

November 13, 2020

Spa Bathroom

Lenni from Stittsville, Ontario asks:

Hi Steven!

We have a bathroom reno underway! We will have matte black octagon floor tiles with light grey grout and white subway tiles with black grout in the (glass enclosed) shower and halfway up the walls. My husband wants to paint the upper half of the walls white. Our dilemma: what shade of white?! It has been a constant argument in our household lol! As you know, Benjamin Moore has a million and one shades of whites to choose from and each white I choose is either too grey or blue for my husband (e.g. Baby’s Breath). The bathroom has no natural light coming in, but we will have recessed lighting and lights over the vanity. I would like it to be serene and spa like not stark. I truly think only a professional can help us resolve this dilemma and would love your suggestions! I was also wondering what type of mirror you would suggest and should we have 1 big mirror or 2 above the vanity? Thx for considering! I have added photos of our tile and vanity. 



Hi Lenni,

You are well under way and the selection of finishes you have chosen is a great direction. White is a difficult colour, and you may need to sample a few to see how they feel on the walls, seeing as there is no natural light. One of my favourites (which I have painted in my own kitchen) is Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White CC-20, its clean but not too stark and cold. For the mirror, I love illuminated mirrors as they provide the perfect light for applying makeup. If you have the space I have a mirror called Valet which is 30’’X 30’’. Two could be hung (one above each sink) and they would flood the room with soft LED light and are dimmable. A spa bathroom is all about indulgences and relaxation, so fill it with everything to embrace the senses….sight, sound and smell, and of course soft fluffy towels for “touch” - Steven