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What’s the Best Color for a Bathtub?

Bathroom with a white freestanding tub against a beige paneled wall.

The perfect color for a bathtub is white. It’s classic, timeless, and gives a super clean look! This is not just my opinion. Here’s what Isaac Mizhari, American fashion designer and brand owner, says about the topic.

“A bathroom should be sterile and beautiful and functional. It should exude Japanese-style purity.” 

I wholeheartedly agree with what Issac Mizhari says here. What Issac is also saying connects with the saying, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Now, where do people go if they want to wash away all the dirt and sweat and come out feeling squeaky clean?

The bathroom, that’s what. Not to be all religious, but spiritual purity has been likened to the color of snow, which is white.

White is also the color of the bathtub you need if you want to give your whole bathroom a sterile aesthetic. Read on as I expound more on why white is the quintessential and perfect color for your bathtub.

You Can’t Beat A Classic

Bathroom with clawfoot tub against an intricate divider.

Once something makes it to the Hall of Classics, it’s pretty much always going to be in fashion. Case in point, white bathtubs. So, maybe you’re wondering, “what about all these interior designers that I hear going on about how white bathtubs are going out of style and losing their attraction and what not?”

As a matter of fact, I have heard something along the same lines. For instance, Brittany Farinas, a designer working with House of One Interior has at one point or another been quoted as saying, “I see white basins and tubs slowly declining in design. Nowadays, there are so many innovative and creative options to choose from.”

Do I agree with that? Nope! For starters, I do believe that interior designers are amazing creatives who try to think outside the box on most things. But going against the grain doesn’t really work with classics. I mean, if it’s broken, don’t fix it, right?

But I believe that most designers try and stay relevant by turning tradition upside down on its head. So, just because a white bathtub is a traditional and classic choice, they can argue that any other color is a more novel choice.

The problem with novel ideas is that the trend for a while and people hop on board, but they are still going to go back to white at the end of the day. So, when it comes to white bathtubs, switching to a different hue isn’t necessarily a good thing.

I’m willing to bet that there are a few homeowners who were sold on the idea of a bolder bathtub color like jade green or bright yellow but then ended up re-enameling when both the novelty and the trend wore off. 

Other Colors Simply Don’t Compare

Bathroom with decorative tiled walls and white freestanding tub.

White bathtubs aren’t just superior because of the amazing aesthetic. They also make sense when it comes to functionality. As I said, you go into a bathroom to get clean.

But you can only feel truly clean if the bathroom is clean, to begin with. You know the bathtub is clean because it’s hard to miss even a speck of dust that’s set against such a pristine backdrop.

Otherwise, other colors are pretty good at hiding dirt and stains. That’s why you find that most hotels have a white bathtub to showcase their level of cleanliness. There’s no other color that’s better at convincing you a bathroom is cleaner than a bright, stark white.

After, all the last thing these establishments want is a reputation for questionable hygiene. 

White Bathtubs Can Still Fit Into Any Modern Bathroom

Modern bathroom with a freestanding tub and a vessel sink vanity.

I often hear the argument for using a different color for your bathtub because it’s more fitting for modern bathrooms. I agree that modern bathrooms shouldn’t be as dull as traditional ones. It’s essential to throw some creativity in the design, but not by looking for new bathtub colors.

The best way to achieve a more modern aesthetic is to focus on bathtub design and accessories. 

So, instead of the traditional clawfoot or rectangular bathtub, you opt for an oval tub, which is more comfortable, anyway. You can also opt for a corner tub, hourglass tub, or any specialty tub that fits in with the bathroom design you want. Bathtub accessories also come into play here.

So, instead of getting hung up on the bathtub color, you can dress up your bathtub with fancy accessories like a stool, bathtub tray, and free-standing bathtub faucets.

The Final Word On White As The Perfect Color for Your Bathtub

Cozy bathroom with a white bathtub and a spectacular view of the surrounding.

If you’re redecorating or remodeling your bathroom, you might be wondering if you should switch up the color of your bathtub. If your bathtub is already white, you have the brightest, cleanest, and option. If not, then switch up to white – the number one color for any bathtub in any home.