HL chatted to Bathroom Bizarre’s Jasmin Kraneveldt, who explains how you can achieve a timeless and elegant New York metro-style look in your space.
Tell us more about metro-style…
The look is ageless and classic, with strong undertones of bold creativity and decadent glamour. What’s more, the metro-style bathroom is not too difficult to achieve and it’s ideal for either small or large bathroom spaces. It can be easily tweaked to suit both modern and traditional homes.
Why are black and white bathrooms becoming so popular?
White is a clean, bright colour, while black is sleek and bold. Put the two together and you have a classic combination. Black and white bathrooms offer a particular kind of longevity that few other styles can claim – it is a colour combination that never seems to go out of fashion. If implemented successfully, it can transform any bathroom design into a bold work of art.
What are the must-haves for achieving this look?
One of the earliest and most traditional black and white bathroom designs are the classic styles from the turn of the last century. Mosaic tile flooring with strong geometric designs, such as these black and white octagonal mosaics from Bathroom Bizarre, give the space a sophisticated elegance and a practical edge. On a functional note, the mosaic grouting creates an anti-slip finish ideal for wet areas. Another quintessential must-have is to include subway or metro tiles.
How do you create contrast?
The very essence of contrast, inherent in the combination of black and white, is one of the boldest design choices you can make, and the bathroom is the perfect space to try it on for size. The fact that the majority of sanitaryware is available in white, makes it easy to implement. The trick to getting the metro look right is to create the right amount of contrast in a balanced way.
How do we make sure we get it right?
The very first thing you need to do in the design phase of the project, is to decide on the balance of colours – ranging from all-white, and every proportion in between. The more black you add, the darker the room will seem, so it is imperative to get this just right. For smaller spaces, it is advisable to err on the side of white, or at the very most, create a 50/50 black and white split. If solid black spaces are too bold for your tastes, then you can consider adding white grouting instead of dark grey between the black metro tiles.
How do we ensure the ‘wow’ factor?
For that ‘wow’ factor, you need to choose a focal feature for added drama and visual appeal. Add a chandelier if you have a high enough ceiling, or an ornate gold mirror on the back wall. The inclusion of free-standing baths is another great way of adding drama and giving the space a solid focal feature that epitomises both the functionality and style of the space. So as not to make the room overly brash, keep the rest of the accessories simple.
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