Black-and-White Bathrooms

Bathroom design can be such fun to explore, especially when you’re seeking something a little outside the realm of “standard.” From popping colors to specific themes, bathrooms run the gamut with creativity in many shapes and forms.

For a striking presentation, black-and-white design delivers. Whether simply represented throughout floor tiling or a bit more intricate such as fixtures and furnishings, the possibilities are grand in creating a chic bathroom environ.

Four Fabulous Approaches to Black-and-White from the experts at DBS Bathrooms:


  • Accessorize: This is usually the no-fail way to bring a new element of design into any room so why not inject some ideas into your bath space. For instance, crisp white hand towels with a dramatic black edge and black lacquer soap dispenser and toiletry holders pop against any ordinary white or neutral background.
  • Framed: Another tactic is to create bold borders. Take your basic over-the-vanity mirror and frame it with a black wood or lacquer frame. To carry that theme throughout, hang black-and-white photographs or prints and frame those in black to unite the design .
  • Soften It: If your bathroom spaces allows, go ahead and implement some splashy black-and-white furnishings–anything from vanity ottomans to chairs to benches can add a soft contrast to this otherwise edgy palette. Even an area rug portraying this color scheme can add punch to a standard floor.
  • Panel Discussion: So you know you want black-and-white to rule your bathroom. Then it’s time to step up and commit and no better way to do it than with decorative wall panels. Pump up the contrast in your shower with gorgeous glossy black splash panels with brilliant touches such as sparkles and your bathroom will be instantly be elevated to a whole new level.

Remember with black-and-white, it’s quite simple to integrate this color palette into your existing space. Whether designing with accessories or updating with more grand elements, your new bathroom will become an elegant, eye-catching space.

Invisible Kitchen by i29 Interior Architects

As living spaces and kitchen islands merge together in most contemporary homes nowadays, i29 designed a kitchen that acts more as a piece of furniture instead of as a kitchen. Their aim was to develop a kitchen system that seems to disappear in space.

The design is reduced to it’s absolute minimum, having a top surface of only a couple of centimeters thickness with all water, cooking and electrical connections included. Large sliding wall panels conceal all kitchen appliances and storage space.

In the case of this apartment in Paris, where the kitchen concept is installed, an existing profiled wall is exactly copied on the front panels in order to integrate the solid volume with the monumental space. The freestanding kitchen island is placed in front of the panelled sliding doors – gorgeous.

From Kitchen to Dream Space: 5 Must-Have Amenities

From cooking to relaxing, dining to entertaining, the kitchen reigns in the home. When remodeling your culinary space, the preliminary step is to set your budget. Then move on to these five easy design tips to create your dream kitchen:

Plan: One priority is proper space planning according to your individual needs, so consider the shape and layout. Do you prefer a center island with wraparound counters or a U-shape with peninsula? Do you have space for a separate eat-in area or thinking a built-in bench? Windows and doors are also vital elements that need to be worked into the plan.

Colors & Finishes: This is where you will live day-in and day-out, from morning to night–and sometimes in the middle of the night! The color should be something you will enjoy and not tire of in the near future. Naturally, paint transforms any room and can be changed frequently, though cabinetry and countertops will remain, so choose finishes that are functional while providing a timeless appeal.

Safety:  Not so glamorous but definitely important is kitchen safety. Our friend at recommend to use a fire alarm and smoke detectors. Next up you’ll want to have a fire extinguisher and make sure it’s easily accessible!

Appliances: Many cooks dream of an amazing range such as an industrial-grade, six-burner model.  This, as well as a full-volume wardrobe refrigerator and freezer, come in as top desires. Double dishwashers and under-the-counter wine refrigerators are also quite popular and can procure effortless entertaining.

Storage: What may seem like a dull concept is actually one which kitchen dwellers become smitten with: plentiful, smart storage. Favorites are retractable, workstation shelves for hiding large appliances such as mixers and waffle makers. Other top sellers are drawers with slide-out bins for cooking utensils, corner drawers to maximize space and rolling butcher-block stations which can be tucked underneath the counter.


In just five easy steps, you’ll be on your way to a dreamy, not to mention, enviable kitchen space!

Redesign: Pantries with Panache

Pantries have come quite a long way. Gone are the days where a small narrow folding door opens to a crawl space-type of closet with barely enough shelves to store your canned goods. Today’s cooks demand so much more and modern pantry redesign delivers with plentiful storage, shelving and space-savvy ideas.

No More Doors: While doors are necessary, pocket doors make the ideal entry to the pantry. Whether a single or double-door, the pantry space is immediately within view and allows the visitor to comfortably step into it. This design also allows for maximizing square footage and utilization of storage shelving within the pantry itself, without that annoying door to block space.

Basket Case: Pull-out baskets–deep or shallow–are ideal for anything from utensils, gadgets, table linens, barware, candles, and just about anything you can imagine. They act as drawers but can be easily viewed allowing for easy access.

Bar None: Ok, admit it, having your own barista-style bar would be heaven. The modern pantry features a counterspace suitable for that gourmet coffee machine, coffee selections, cups, spoons and sweeteners. If caffeine isn’t your calling, then this counter can be used for prep work or even desk-type organization.

Shelf Life: Open shelving is a dream when you need to reach for something quickly. Wide, deep shelves are ideal for serving platters making entertaining a cinch. Built-in shelving with indented racks for wine bottles are also an excellent alternative to the more expensive wine refrigerator. And of course, who wouldn’t appreciate a mini-library for all of those cookbooks which seem to take up all of your counterspace?

Light Bright: A simple yet functional idea is to install recessed lighting within the space, whether underneath shelving or within the ceiling. The bright light will shine on all of your kitchen goods making finding what you need a snap.

Today’s pantry redesign portrays easy-to-integrate concepts which will make cooking and entertaining that much more fabulous!

Walk-In Showers

Normally, for the pure aesthetic, I would choose a bathtub over a shower. And, especially a stand-alone bath, as it gives that romantic feeling to a bathroom. But, having seen these gorgeous walk-in showers while surfing the web, I am open to changing my mind completely.

What makes this collection of showers we compiled here so special? To begin with, they all have the look and feel of showers from a luxury 5-star hotel, or a zen spa – and who doesn’t need a little pampering?  Factor in that some of the hottest design trends — large and spacious showers with no doors, boutique tiles, wooden accents – fit right into these designs and you have a very modern,clean lined and current look for your shower. Add in varying angles of shower sprays, for an invigorating shower experience, or a seating area for comfort and relaxation, style and function have really seldom worked so well together.

A shower space need not be limited by its function, you can achieve an elegant minimalist look yet warm by using wall niches instead of storage shelves, or use rich-colored accessories, such as woven baskets, candles and scented confetti on trays, to warm up the space and have a spa-like atmosphere at home.

So… did I manage to change your mind as well with these eye candy showers?