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Back to Black

Black has long evoked a sense of luxury, indulgence and dramatic sophistication, and it never goes out of style. Throughout the year we’ve seen interior designers opting for bold, dark and sultry, welcoming all shades of ebony from the kitchen to the bedroom. Now black is stealing the spotlight from the traditional white bathroom we’ve adored for what feels like centuries. Feeling a little wary of this dramatic colour? We’ll guide you through the ins and outs that’ll have you embracing the dark side in no time.




For the bold and the brave, perhaps a whole bathroom makeover is in store. The monochrome traditionalist seeking a bathroom revamp will feel right at home with a statement black feature wall behind an original white vanity, and black tiles are not only arguably more practical than their white counterpart, they’re also incredibly classy too.

Sleek black marble is highly appreciated in modern interior design for its striking stylishness; for that true grandeur, pair with gold or copper bathroom amenities like tapware, sinks and mirrors.

Black also works well as a complementary accent, particularly if you want to play it safe, so consider replacing your existing faucets, shower head, radiator and other fixtures with raw black versions. Industrial-inspired elements in black are also oh-so-trendy this year thanks to their minimalist look that’s equal parts rugged and refined.

So why not take a walk on the dark side – your bathroom will thank you for it.



Small rooms with big impact: Armstrong Interiors

It may be one of the smallest rooms in the house, but this tiny room can have a big impact on your overall interior design scheme. Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors about how to maximise your bathroom’s potential, with or without costing a fortune.



How can you create a great bathroom on a modest budget?
Cleverly pick tiles that can enhance your space. A feature tile on the vanity wall is a nice way to add colour and texture into your design. When visiting your local tile supplier you will see different selections for floor and wall tiles. Be creative.

If you’re going to spend money on anything in the bathroom, what are your key investment pieces?
Quality stone tiles and tapware. I personally love the Axor Hansgrohe range of tapware; the colours available within the range can match with any look you are trying to achieve. If the freestanding bath is your feature then you may look to invest in this.

What are some quick bathroom ‘pick me ups’ if you want to create some simple changes each season?
Mirrors; circular, oval, square – anything goes. Consider painting the GIB in your bathroom a different colour, remembering to use a water-based paint for wet areas.

What are some of the hottest bathroom looks you’re seeing this year?
Adding a hint of timber, whether it be timber looking tiles, timber vanity or freestanding timber stool beside the bath. White tiles are out. Natural colours and adding feature wallpapers seem to be on trend also.

How can a professional – like Armstrong Interiors – help create a space that captures both form and function?
When asking us to look at your bathroom design, we will look at all aspects of your needs and expectations within your space. Drawing 3D models will help visualise the layout of the tiles and fixtures; working with colour options and choosing the right tapware and mixers to flow through the rest of your home. We can work with your plumber, builder and electrician and provide them with detailed plans to minimise costly errors.