Friday, April 13, 2018

Classically Styled Black And White Bathrooms

Black and white are true opposites that pack a powerful punch when wedded together and used in designing interiors. And whether your style runs toward classic or contemporary elegance, the black/white color combination works beautifully as a go-to palette for the bath. This blog post is directed to those who like an old world classic style bath and are especially enamored with the bold, high contrast sophistication of the black/white combination. Hopefully the images below will give you ideas on how you too can create a timeless black and white bath as well as make it uniquely your own.

One of the easiest ways to bring classical style into your black and white bath is via your flooring. The harlequin (or checkerboard) floor is that iconic pattern that’s been used for four millennia so I don't see it going away…ever. A claw foot tub and French chair complete the classic look

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Now this is my idea of a stunning old world bathroom. The black and white tile floor sets the overall old world feel and when you add in the French Empire chandelier, grisaille papered walls, and that fabulous bathtub....well you simply have perfection!!

Lovely black and white bathroom from Château de Chantilly. I love the portieres! If you are looking for a creative style that draws the eye and gives your space a grandiose feel, checkerboard marble flooring has retained its sense of luxury enough to bring class and drama to your space.This flooring is so elegant and opulent that it was used in the Queens Staircase in the French palace of Versailles.

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Since the elegant black and white checkerboard pattern has withstood the test of time it is the perfect choice for a classical black and white bathroom.

This lovely bath is not exclusively black and white but still comes across that way. The flooring, beautiful black and white claw foot tub, and old world antique accessories make this a very elegant bath. Visit their blog for more picture of a lovely home!!

The owners of this predominately white farmhouse style bathroom have still brought in the black and white theme through use of the harlequin floor. I think that even though it is considered old world this flooring works with all decors...... modern, farmhouse, traditional......

and vintage like this great black and white bathroom.

Interior Designer Frédéric Méchiche's apartment in Marais Paris

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In this black and white bathroom a solid black floor really makes the white tub pop and the FRENCH CORNER sliding shower enclosure from DreamLine will make you feel like you are staying in a European hotel.

A freestanding bateau bath sitting majestically in the center of a black and white bathroom oozes high-octane glamour.....minus the cow picture of course.
A glam black and white bathroom with iconic Dorothy Draper appeal.
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There are so many styles of black and white flooring to choose from. This homeowner has used black, white, and gray hexagon tiles to create a classic floor for their bathroom. This geometric shape is currently on trend and offers  endless opportunities for customization. 

Also we're seeing more and more gold fixtures in black and white bathrooms these days.

This personality packed black and white bathroom definitely exudes the "Oh la la" factor. Bold geometric flooring is right on trend as is the stylish free standing tub and the sculptural chandelier. Put all this against the old world boiserie and that fabulous mirror and you don't have a bathroom, you have a bathing experience.

Steven Harris

Loving the bold flooring in this black/white combination bathroom.

Great use of mermaid scale tiles in this black and white bathroom. They definitely give direction and make you feel like you are floating downstream.

Gone are the days of bathroom flooring just blending into the background!! Try building your black and white bathroom around a vintage claw foot tub you have found and painted black. 

To make a classic black and white bathroom your own, add pattern for extra visual appeal. Just be careful. This is a look that can go south on you real fast!

Interior designers love black and white because it is such a winning combination. Used in a bath it never fails to elevate the overall aesthetics of the room. Sleek and sophisticated, but with an appeal that is timeless. Try adding unusual focal points, such as a feature wall.

Another way to show personal style in your black and white bathroom is through the lighting. Be sure the lighting is good as one of the main bathroom design offenders is inadequate lighting. There's nothing worse than a poorly lit bathroom!

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If you are going in the direction of black walls and ceilings in your black/white bath, consider white wainscoting and/or decorative molding. These features will soften the look for you.

Or just dive into the black paint pool wholeheartedly. Your white sink and toilet will really look crisp and clean. Don’t forget to add framed art or other decorative objects as the finishing touches!

A black tub on a background of white subway tiles. The black grout makes these white tiles almost seem to pop off the wall.  Also they give this vintage black and white bathroom  a modern twist and help a small bathroom really come alive.

Remember you can add the classic combination of black and white to your bath with wallpaper and fabric. Toile is a good choice for a rustic French farmhouse look.

Striped wallpaper is such a classical look it will be perfect for a timeless black and white bathroom.

Black and white is such a stark contrast, there is no need to try and make a statement in any other way. However, if you like black and white bathrooms but monochromatic is not your thing, by all means have fun and add a pop of color.

A black and white bathroom is a classic style choice, but it is easy to stamp your own personality onto it and make it something uniquely yours.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

The Old World Appeal Of Copper Bathtubs

Changing the bathtub is one of the best ways to give your bathroom a fresh new look or create a different style. Homeowners, tired of the built-in tub, are replacing them with the more elegant style of freestanding tubs. This trend has been building momentum for the last several years and continues to reach new heights of popularity in 2018. It's basically a rule that a luxurious bathroom needs a freestanding tub. Also copper has been huge in home decor for several seasons so it stands to reason that the copper bathtub is leading the field as it's very presence suggests indulgence. Copper bathtubs provide both the wow factor that a luxury bathroom requires and the warmth and old world charm that makes for an elegant space in which to enjoy the extravagance of a long, relaxing soak.

Copper bathtubs come in many shapes and sizes and range from iconic Roman or clawfoot style to ultra modern. I prefer an old world aesthetic so this blog spotlights my passion for antiquity. Also there are many finishes to choose which makes selecting your perfect copper bathtub even a harder decision. 

If you are considering a bathroom makeover, take a long hard look at these copper beauties. And whether your preference is burnished, or rich with patina, I don't think you can go wrong. Other than a slight burning sensation in your wallets, I believe you will be well pleased.

The imposing appearance of a copper bathtub seems to evoke images of a grand bathing experience in an old world setting. Bathtubs began to spread among wealthy households in the late 18th century.

The rich would bathe in copper bathtubs, like this French antique tub, that were rolled into their rooms on casters.

For hundreds of years beautiful copper bathtubs have provided character and an elegant, luxurious aesthetic to bathrooms.

Copper soaking tubs were popular among the 18th-century French aristocracy.

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Even Marie Antoinette had one. This is her copper bathtub at Versailles.

Taking a bath usually meant filling a copper tub with water heated over an open flame. Bathers used bath sheets to protect themselves from the hot metal.

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Woman Leaving Her Bath - Edgar Degas 1886

The copper bathtub is uber-trendy today but actually these lovely tubs are considered classic and have been around for centuries. Degas painted Parisian women bathing in copper baths in the 1800's.

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Another copper bathtub can be seen in the 1884 painting by Gustave Caillebotte called

Man at His Bath Man Drying Himself

These fabulous copper bathtubs have the ability to compliment almost any type of bathroom decor from classic to farmhouse as well as modern. Since copper tubs are available in many shapes and styles, they can easily be installed in almost any size bathroom. This tub has a zinc interior.

Copper is one of the most durable yet malleable and attractive metals, which makes it a prime candidate for use in the manufacturing of bathtubs.

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I love the way these copper bathtubs start looking better over time as the finish ages and takes on that deep, rich color. Even though your tub will start out almost pinkish, you can rest assured as the finish ages it will take on that deep, rich tone.

The primary reason why a pure copper bathtub increases in beauty as it ages is because copper has a natural quality known as a ‘living finish.’ This means that it interacts with the environment. The speed your tub will change color and darken depends on how much it is used.

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In addition to looking great, copper bathtubs are healthy. Copper cannot be produced within the body and therefore needs to be added from external sources. When your skin touches the surface of a copper tub, your body absorbs small amounts of copper so every time you bathe the body absorbs some of this very needed mineral.

As homeowners are returning to more elegant and luxurious bathrooms, the stand alone tub has become increasingly popular. Claw foot tubs can be the centerpiece of just about any bathroom design with their elegant looks and character. This copper example is simply gorgeous!!

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The rich glow and gleaming surfaces of copper tubs lend a sophisticated air that changes the look of your space, giving it an instant old world feel.

These tubs are perfect when you crave a long, hot, and relaxing bath because the metallic properties of a copper bathtub conduct heat faster and retain heat longer than traditional bathtubs.

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Another fact for the pro side of the copper bathtub is the fact that it is easy to keep clean and sanitary because it is bacteria resistant. Other materials can harbor bacteria up to a month it not properly cleaned and cared for. Bacteria literally cannot live long on the surface of your copper bathtub because studies show that copper surfaces eliminate more than 99% of bacteria known to be human pathogens within just two hours. This applies to tubs with copper interiors.

Designed by french interior designer Frédéric Méchiche via photo by Avant-Gardenist on flickr

Copper bathtubs also come in several interior finishes from zinc to porcelain, stainless to even silver.

As opulent as the copper bathtub can be in more formal bathrooms, it's quite elegance still looks fabulous when used in a rustic European.......

Tubs can have different finishes from a glossy, lacquer-plated tub, to a brushed copper or weathered finish. It all depends on the look you are trying to create in your space.

Here is a copper bateau in a verdigris finish.

Copper tubs may be just the statement piece your bathroom needs. Just remember, there are different components that go into producing any copper product. These components are critical to its quality, appearance, and longevity of your copper bathtub. Just be sure and do your homework before purchasing one for yourself.

Yes, copper bathtubs are expensive, but they are great investments in aesthetics as well as function and durability. With only a minimum amount of care, your pure copper tub could last for decades...... possibly centuries.

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You could even pass them on to future generations as a family these!!

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