‘It’s not a white or black bathroom’ – White bathroom vanity designer says
A white bathroom vanity is one of the most common bathrooms in many parts of the country.
It’s a popular feature in white-majority neighbourhoods and the main way to keep the look fresh and modern.
“I’m not going to say white, but I’ll say that if I were to make a bathroom that was white, it would have a lot more white on it,” said Heather Miller, the designer of a white bathroom.
The first time she saw a white vanity design, she thought it was “very tacky” and thought she’d made a mistake.
“If I was going to be a professional, I was always going to look at bathrooms and see that it’s always white,” she said.
“So I thought, I’m going to have a white one.”
Miller said she had to find the perfect white bathroom for her clients because they’re usually young, white and very affluent.
“The fact that we have so many different races and ethnicities means that it is just not going into the black and brown community, but white is just right,” she explained.
“White is what we’re going for.”
Miller’s white bathroom has a lot of space, with a pool table and a dresser.
“It’s an all-white bathroom because I feel like that’s the way to go, because I think that’s what’s best for your skin tone,” she added.
Miller said it’s a bit of a stretch to say she made a “white” bathroom, but said she wanted to be different from others.
“When I was a young kid, I used to watch the news and I’d watch people who were black and white in a room and I would see all the different shades of people, and I wanted to see people who weren’t all black and all white in the room, because that was my colour,” she told CBC.
“For me, I wanted it to be more of a black or white bathroom.”
Miller also told CBC that she didn’t make the bathroom because she wanted people to be able to look through it.
“In my mind, I didn’t want to create a black bathroom because black people are always in the news, because it’s the only bathroom that you can have a black man, a black woman, a white woman in, because they all look alike,” she elaborated.
Miller told CBC she wants to make white bathrooms “as comfortable as possible for people of all colour”.
“I’ve never felt like it’s easy, because people don’t know that there are a lot people who are different to them,” she continued.
“They don’t really know what they’re supposed to look like.”
Miller plans to make the next white bathroom at the end of June, with the next one to be in October.