Photo by J. Savage Gibson; Styling by Liz Strong

With the right design, it totally works. 

By Mary Tomlinson
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When imagining the ultimate bathroom design, many things come to mind: simple white tiling, a touch of pattern on the wallpaper or shower curtain, and—especially in a home on the coast—bright, sunny colors. But in our 2018 Idea House, the soaking tub is quite the opposite of sunny: it’s matte black…and we love it.

Related: Step Inside Our 2018 Idea House

Idea House designer Jenny Keenan doesn’t shy away from bold color—check out her creative use of art throughout the house and her mixing of vibrant patterned wallpapers. But for the master bath in the Habersham, South Carolina, cottage, she embraced the powerful simplicity of a no-frills black-and-white color scheme and thoughtfully chose this gorgeously curved, matte black soaking tub.

Photo by J. Savage Gibson; Styling by Liz Strong

“We wanted to keep the vibe as serene as possible, as if you were walking into a spa,” Keenan says.

Related: How to Buy Tickets for Our 2018 Idea House in Habersham, South Carolina

The best way to design a bathroom around a black bathtub? Start with white or marbled floor and wall tiling so the tub immediately pops. Echo the black-and-white theme throughout the space, like Keenan did here with the Moroccan-inspired shower tiling and the vine-patterned Roman shade.

Photo by J. Savage Gibson; Styling by Liz Strong

The black-and-white theme also creates a clean backdrop for natural touches that immediately warm up the space. Add a plant or two here, a small flower there, and select furniture in warm woods and natural textures for a sophisticated yet comforting vibe.

Here, more inspiration on this stylish trend and where to buy your own statement bathtub.

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Where to buy a black bathtub

Courtesy of Victoria + Albert

Buy the soaking tub from our 2018 Idea House: Victoria + Albert Toulouse Deep Soaking Tub, inquire for pricing

Courtesy of Signature Hardware

 Buy it: Signature Hardware Saunders Black Acrylic Freestanding Tub, starting at $1,249

Courtesy of Home Depot

Buy it: Home Depot Laguna Freestanding Bathtub, $999

Courtesy of Victoria + Albert

Buy it: Victoria + Albert Barcelona 2, inquire for pricing

Courtesy of Signature Hardware

Buy it: Signature Hardware Eden Black Acrylic Freestanding Tub, Starting at $1,249