Jailhouse Wash: Black & White Bathroom Trends 2012/2013

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Black & White Bathroom Trends

Retro Black & White Furniture Trend (Image Source: Lisa Millbacher Presentation, Trendtalk 1)

Today we publish the last post in our series on Bathroom Trends for 2012/2013, inspired by the presentation that Lisa Millbacher – of Bespoke Bathrooms – gave at Trend Talk earlier this year. The trend we’re focusing on is “Black & White” bathrooms; it all seems to dovetail quite nicely with the Vertical Impact post by Kim Bougaardt earlier this week which detailed black & white stripe influences in fashion and decor.

The above image is a perfect illustration of how the trend in Retro bathroom furniture fuses elegantly and seamlessly with the black and white furniture trend.

Black & White Bathroom Trends 2012

Polly Dickens Bathroom (Image Source: Lisa Millbacher Presentation, Trend Talk 1)

Black & White Bathroom Trends 2012

Polly Dickens Bathroom (Image Source: Lisa Millbacher Presentation, Trend Talk 1)

Lisa treated us to a review of The Boundary Hotel (voted by Conde Naste Traveller as the “Best New Hotel” in 2010) in which each room has been inspired by a legendary designer or design movement that the hotel owner, Terence Conran, admires. The bathroom above was by Polly Dickens (her great grandfather was author Charles Dickens), and she sought to portray some of the great author’s spirit in the design.

Black & White Bathroom Trends 2012

Black & White Enamel Finishes (Image Source: Lisa Millbacher Presentation, Trend Talk 1)

Black & White Bathroom Trends 2012

Black & White Enamel Finishes (Image Source: Lisa Millbacher Presentation, Trend Talk 1)

And if you’re thinking about a black and white theme for a bathroom, you do need to be wary of the scheme being dull and lack-lustre… One solution to this problem is to incorporate some high-gloss enamel furniture pieces as a way of bringing interesting textures into the scheme.

Black & White Bathroom Trends 2012

Image Source: apartmenttherapy.com

Black & White Bathroom Trends 2012

Image Source: homeklondike.com

Black & White Bathroom Trends 2012

Image Source: decorpad.com

Alternatively, you can bring pattern into your scheme by using a wall treatment – perhaps a paint detail like the vertical stripes in the first image above, or otherwise a wallpaper treatment as per the next two images.

Black & White Bathroom Trends 2012

Image Source: adetailedhouse.com

Or perhaps some magnificent, statement tiling will be the focal point of your black and white scheme?

Black & White Bathroom Trends 2012

Image Source: indulgy.com

But, if you want to know my personal favourite then this would be it… a black and white bathroom adjoining your wardrobe – perhaps it’s my fashionista tendencies! How effortless and brilliant is this?! Slipping from soapy suds into your outfit for the day without missing a beat!

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