Art Deco green, white and black bathroom

Photo: Jean Randazzo, Vintage Remix (Abrams, 2012)

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Pale green can transform a sterile white bathroom. The trick to incorporating color is to keep the accents crisp, not flowery. Otherwise it can feel like a minty-fresh throwback to the chintz-and-mauve days of the early '90s. Art deco touches, like the patterned shower curtain and diamond tile trim, or a warm, neutral palette (think white, tan or silver accents) strike just the right balance.