Color Spotlight: Clean & Bright White Wash is A Classic
If you’re looking for a bright white tile guaranteed to stand the test of time, you don’t need to look any farther than White Wash. So much more than your basic white, White Wash is a classic way to add style to your space and our best-selling glaze color–for good reason!
Since it’s virtually free of all pigment and undertones, White Wash is the brightest and most luminous of the Fireclay whites. That also means that it effortlessly works with nearly any color palette. With very low color variation and minimal crackled detailing, it provides full uniform coverage while still boasting all the appeal of sustainably handmade tile. In fact, our recycled clay body that White Wash is applied to is stronger than your average porcelain tile, making White Wash a perfect blend of form and function. Plus, it’s part of our budget-friendly Foundations collection.
Tile Shown: White Wash
Refreshing and classic, White Wash loves natural light and has a high gloss finish that fits into any aesthetic–literally. While we love color here at Fireclay (obviously!) we find White Wash to be so exciting because it represents nearly unlimited opportunity. Want a clean, minimalist installation? White Wash is an excellent choice. Need a beautifully handmade tile wainscot to complement that wallpaper you’ve had your eye on for months? Hello White Wash. Looking for a classic backsplash to perfectly finish off your New Traditional space? White. Wash.
Tile Shown: 4x4 in White Wash // Design: Caitlin Flemming // Image: Stephanie Russo
Whether you prefer a classic interior or an eclectic look, White Wash is here to bring your dream to life in any space including kitchens, bathrooms, pools, and more. Keep reading to see how versatile this bright white really is.
White, Bright & Timeless Spaces with White Wash
White Wash is, unsurprisingly, a natural choice for neutral interiors. With its glossy finish and consistent coloring it pops with a like-new luster long after it’s installed, enhancing other neutral elements it shares a space with. The kitchen below pairs neutral cabinetry and gorgeous granite countertops with classic Hexagon Tile in White Wash for an inviting, always-on-trend look.
Tile Shown: 4” Hexagon in White Wash // Design: Jessica Sparks // Image: Kim Lindsey Photography
You really can’t talk about White Wash without mentioning classic subway tile. White subway tile has been in style since its 1904 introduction in New York’s subway system, and judging by its continued liberal usage in design over 100 years later we don’t see this trend falling out of fashion anytime soon. The midcentury-style bathroom below demonstrates a fresh yet timeless way to use White Wash with its classic offset ceramic wall tile.
Tile Shown: 3x6 in White Wash // Design + Image: Andrea Rugg
Forming an understated grid pattern, White Wash perfectly complements the navy blue cabinets and creates a glossy canvas for eclectic accessories in the New Traditional kitchen below.
Tile Shown: 4x4 in White Wash // Design: Mandy Lozano, Neil Kelly // Image: Netra Nei
Try playing with the size of the tile to attract the eye, like the bathroom below. A large format subway tile in White Wash clads this bathtub surround, giving off a distinctly modern look in a straight set pattern.
There’s a lot to love about the modern farmhouse kitchen below, but the breathtaking backsplash might steal the show. White Wash is luminous on our specialty Kite Tile, adding elegant counter-to-ceiling detail that elevates this kitchen to new design heights.
Tile Shown: Kite in White Wash // Design: Ideaspace A&D // Image: Raquel Langworthy
White Wash can be the fearless architect and designers’ favorite. The interlocking H-shaped tiles in the bathroom below create an unforgettable tub surround and coordinating built-in niche with eye-catching elements in every direction.
Thanks to its water resistance, White Wash is an excellent choice for backsplashes. Not only is it practical, it’s pretty too! The bathroom below merges elements of classic and contemporary design with a backsplash of offset square White Wash.
Tile Shown: 4x4 in White Wash // Design: Cathie Hong Interiors // Image: Margaret Austin
White Wash Plays Well with Others
As we mentioned above, White Wash pairs beautifully with other colors. The virtual lack of pigment makes White Wash chameleon-like and a perfect candidate for blending, two-toned installations, checkerboards, and more. The bathroom below uses a refreshing burst of White Wash across the floor and soothing green tile as the backsplash to cultivate a spa-like setting.
When we said White Wash goes with all the colors, we really meant all the colors. The bathroom below showcases beautiful rainbow stripes separated by lines of White Wash for an unforgettable result.
Tile Shown: 3x12 in White Wash, Amalfi Coast, Turquoise, Neptune, Lemon Cream, Koi, Sorbet, Desert Bloom, Glacier Bay // Design: Kelly Catania, Brittany Buchser // Image: Lia Mahoney // Installer: C. Cook LLC
Is there a color combination more classic than white and blue? The bathroom below pairs White Wash with two different blues, first against a bold cerulean tile wainscot along the walls and second as a beautiful mosaic installation across the floor interspersed with navy blue tiles in a floral pattern.
Another example of using White Wash as a foundation with more colors sprinkled in, the kitchen backsplash below makes every day a treat with our Large Diamond Tile in a geometric Escher pattern. White Wash acts as a beautiful base for the playful pops of teal and orange.
Tile wainscoting and wallpaper go together like peanut butter and jelly, but the bathroom below takes it a step further by adding an evergreen accent stripe in the White Wash wainscot.
We love the bathroom below, where an entrance of White Wash leads to a shower awash in color. The front half of the space is entirely classic with floor and wall tile in timeless white, beautifully setting the stage for the mermaid magic you face as you walk through the arched shower door.
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If you need a clean, handsome way to frame a handpainted tile focal point in your backsplash, White Wash is more than up to the task. In the Scandinavian-inspired kitchen below, classic subway tile in White Wash flanks a stunning column of decorative domes for a look that’s both timeless and one-of-a-kind.
In some cases, White Wash can create something of an optical illusion. Across the coffee bar’s braided Picket Tile in Voyager Coffee Shop, sprinkles of blue and gray appear to float in a sea of White Wash.
Using alternating colors of White Wash and pale grey French Linen, Becki Owens transformed a standard tile shape into an eye-catching statement on the bathroom floor below.
The kitchen below proves that you don’t need a large number of sq ft to make a lasting impression. Outlining H-shaped White Wash tile in bright blue grout makes for a memorable and magnificent petite backsplash.
Tile Shown: Chaine Homme in White Wash // Design: Mandy Riggar Interiors // Image: Christopher Dibble
Let White Wash Shine with Patterns
If you’ve fallen in love with one of Fireclay’s stunning tile patterns and want to showcase it in your space, White Wash is the perfect glaze to allow the shape to shine. The kitchen below is a beautiful example, with our Large Star & Cross Tile displayed on its counter-to-ceiling backsplash as White Wash emphasizes the interlocking pattern.
Tile Shown: Star & Cross in White Wash // Design: Ellis Creek Photography // Installer: Archetype
The bright white 2x4 tile below in a picture-perfect parquet pattern gives a fresh, updated feeling to standard field tile. The floor-to-ceiling white shower allows for a soothing respite in Orlando Soria’s guest bathroom.
Tile Shown: 2x4 in White Wash // Design: Orlando Soria // Image: Tessa Neustadt
The kitchen below has it all. The White Wash color in a herringbone pattern pairs beautifully with the neutral cabinets. By choosing a darker grout the designer has drawn attention to the angular pattern as well as created a conversation between the cabinetry and tile.
Tile Shown: 2x8 in White Wash // Design: Brownstone Boys // Image: Brownstone Boys, Bridget Badore
Let your tile pattern speak for itself with White Wash. The office kitchen below features a unique point-to-base triangle tile backsplash with tonal grout for a fresh, contemporary look.
Tile Shown: 4” Triangle in White Wash // Image: Lars Frazer // Installer: OLA Austin
White Wash is a durable and fade-resistant choice not just for interiors but for pools too. The getaway-worthy pool below channels a Moroccan riad with Star and Cross Tile in clean White Wash.
Tile Shown: Mini Star & Cross in White Wash // Image: Jessie Lane Interiors // Image: Jess Isaac
Look at a bright white like White Wash as a fresh start. This modern bathroom space went from great to gorgeous by the turn of a tile. Herringbone and other patterns can elevate even the most humble of spaces into works of art.
A white backsplash makes a kitchen look bigger, brighter, and airier. These Picket Tiles are a unique take on the classic white tile backsplash with their lattice-like shape and high sheen.
Tile Shown: Picket in White Wash // Design + Image: Courtney Fairchild
Want to experience the wonder of White Wash for yourself? Bring home up to five free samples to see how White Wash works in your space. If you want help finding the perfect way to use White Wash, fill out our simple Design Assistance form to get free design help from one of our friendly tile experts.