Joanna Gaines's bathroom makeover has made us rethink this dated trend, and we can't stop admiring the transformation

Complete with statement marble and walnut cabinets, Joanna's bathroom makeover reminds us that a white and gray color scheme will always stand the test of time

Joanna Gaines
(Image credit: Joanna Gaines x Magnolia Home Castle Collection)

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Castle is among the most talked-about fixer-upper projects of the moment – and all for a good reason. 

The 1913 stone manor house, located in the couple's hometown in Waco, Texas, was their most ambitious renovation to date – complete with a pale gray drawing room and a wood-paneled dining space (that pays homage to its original architectural assets). Most recently, however, we've taken our admiration upstairs – where Joanna's 'show stopper' bathroom tiles take center stage. 

'The tile is the real show stopper in this bathroom at the Castle,' Joanna says. 'The space used to be a dressing room, but we reworked the layout to include a shower and vanity area. I love how the walnut cabinet (see the second photo) contrasts with the clean, timeless look of the marble.'

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It is perhaps no secret that all-white and gray bathrooms are falling out of vogue among designers (with many now opting for earthier shades in every room of the home). However, this bathroom is a reminder that (when done right) these shades still impress – and they will do so for many seasons to come. 

On her blog (opens in new tab), Joanna shares more details about her bathroom color ideas – and, of course, the aforementioned tiles that make the desired statement throughout the space. She painted the walls in Magnolia Home's Silos White Interior Paint (opens in new tab) in Eggshell Finish – before opting for the Matte Finish on the ceiling. 

Chip and Joanna also installed hexagon, mosaic Carrara marble tile on the floor, along with a Carrara marble wall tile (and a marble tile trim and base throughout the bathroom), and a full-height marble tile in the tub and shower area. 

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Joanna, who is famously no stranger to decorating with antiques, also added a custom, 'antique-inspired walnut vanity cabinet' that, she notes, creates a juxtaposition against marble countertops. The design duo created an accent wall tile and paired the cabinet with a vanity mirror – arguably a nod to its dressing room past. 

The photos also showcase a clawfoot tub with a freestanding tub and the brass-toned shower accessories inside the glass cubicle. Chip and Joanna then replicated the original balcony door that overlooks the castle grounds. 

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With a bathroom as beautiful as this, we're convinced that white and gray will stand the test of time – and if Joanna Gaines approves, we're certainly not going to disagree. 

Megan Slack
News Editor

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.