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This Connecticut weekend house with midcentury design boasts a quaint master bath with big style: The tub is by Sunrise Specialty and has fittings by Sigma, the armchair is antique, the ebonized Louis XVI commode is from Duane and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl.
This master bath in Manhattan overlooks the Central Park reservoir in an apartment belonging to Ralph and Ricky Lauren. The white-lacquer cabinetry — with Thassos marble countertops and flooring — create a clean, crisp aesthetic.
In this Manhattan loft, black and white design in the guest bathroom makes a clean, bold statement. The tub and sink fittings are by Barber Wilsons & Co. and the paint-on-mirror artwork is by Rashid Johnson.
In the guest bathroom in a contemporary California farmhouse, a chair is upholstered in the California state flag, the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, the custom wallcovering is by Nathalie Lété, and the door is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green.
In this crisply elegant home in Tampa, Florida, designed by Nate Berkus, a spherical chandelier and a repurposed bookcase offer contrasting shadows to the bright white, airy space.
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This small guest bath in a Hamptons summer house is anchored by a claw-foot tub that’s original to the house and has fittings from Waterworks. The stool and artwork is by Michael Dweck.
For a bathroom just as impressive as the Central Park views, the sink and tub fittings are by Dornbracht and the flooring is marble.
The powder room in this upstate New York ranch house features a mural by Shantell Martin and wainscoting painted in Benjamin Moore’s Midnight.
A graphic black-and-white floor accents the elegant gallery of a New York apartment by designer Michael S. Smith.
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Black-and-white floor tiles by Clé provide a graphic welcome at the Manhattan duplex apartment of Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber; the interiors were designed by the firm Ashe + Leandro.
This West Village apartment, belonging to designer S. Russel Groves, showcases a bathroom with perfectly simplistic style. The sink is by Duravit and the fittings are by Arne Jacobsen for Vola.
A guest bath of a Manhattan home designed by Delphine Krakoff is sheathed in Bisazza tile; the sink is by Kohler, and the shower and sink fittings are by Waterworks.
In the Paris home of designer Christopher Noto, a fabric-covered, geometric light fixture and a large, gold-framed wall mirror accents the marble room. The bathroom sink and tub are custom designs, and the fittings are antique. The Japanese screen on the wall is from the Edo period.
The master bath of a London home transformed by Philip Vergeylen is outfitted with a Nicholas Haslam Ltd. vanity, medicine cabinet, and floor tiles, and a Castello tub; the sink and tub fittings are by Drummonds.
In this Art Deco pad in Chicago, the master bath’s custom vanities are in Belgian black marble supported by bronze legs; the Waterworks sinks have Barber Wilsons & Co. brass fittings; the Collier Webb sconces and Charles Edwards ceiling light are custom, and the floor is Belgian Black marble with bronze inlay.
In this Manhattan apartment, the masculine bathroom features a sink from Urban Archaeology. The fittings are by Waterworks, the cabinets are black glass with brass trim, the walls are clad in Saint Laurent marble and the flooring is limestone.
Iconic photographs of New York greet visitors in the foyer of this historic Manhattan apartment, which was renovated and furnished by Shelton, Mindel & Associates; the plasterwork ceiling and the picture lights were designed by the firm
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At a Manhattan apartment renovated by architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Victoria Hagan, the kitchen is outfitted with a Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers, a Miele dishwasher, and Caesarstone countertops.
The kitchen in the same home features pendant lights by the Lamp Goods, a Wolf microwave, Lostine stools, and a checkerboard concrete-tile floor; Ashe + Leandro designed the cabinetry and hood.
Marble tile from Paris Ceramics lines the entrance area of a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, residence by architect Bobby McAlpine and interior designer Ray Booth; the portrait is 17th century.
A Louise Bourgeois sculpture surveys a bathroom in French architect Jacques Grange’s Paris apartment. The bathtub, sink, and faucet are by L’Epi d’Or and the inlaid marble floor is based on a Byzantine pattern. The 19th-century chandelier adds a splash of gold to the otherwise black-and-white space.
The kitchen of acclaimed adman Peter Rogers’s New Orleans home is equipped with a Thermador range and hood and furnished with a table by Lars Bolander.
Architect Mark Ferguson devised the marble-and-granite kitchen floor in this New York penthouse decorated by Pamplemousse Design. LEM piston stools from Design Within Reach provide seating at the granite counter, the twin dishwashers are by Miele, and the ceiling is painted with high-gloss Benjamin Moore Decorators White.
A Notting Hill townhouse’s master bath is sheathed in black Nero Marquina marble, a striking contrast to the large white sink. The 1950s slipper chair is by Ico Parisi, and the 1950s vase by Ercole Barovier was found at a Paris flea market.
From sleek city lofts to rustic farmhouses, these two colors never fail to elevate the aesthetic of a space. Here you’ll find our 35 best bathroom design ideas in classic black and white for a lavish space that will always be in style.
A London townhouse plays with color throughout the home, including the red, white, and black master bath. The tub is by Villeroy & Boch, the steel vanity is a custom design, the closet doors have black-lacquered frames inset with red silk upholstery, and the photograph is by Pablo López Luz.
A circa-1950 brass mirror hangs in the powder room of the Paris pied-à-terre shared by designer Steven Volpe and his business partner, Roth Martin, who helm the San Francisco gallery Hedge. The French collapsible tripod table is vintage.
This small master bath in a historic New York house has a tub, sink, fittings and black limestone flooring by Waterworks. The kilim is from West Elm, the sconces are by Vaughan and the artworks are from London and Paris.
If you want to add a bold design element to your space, don’t forget to look down. The classic combo of black and white makes a big impact on the floor, whether you go for a simple checkerboard or a more intricate motif. We’ve combed through the AD archives to find spaces that are enhanced by black-and-white floors, from kitchens to baths to entryways. These eye-catching patterns add beauty to a room while allowing other elements, such as art or rich materials, to shine. Peruse these stylish spaces to find easy ways to amp up the drama from the ground up. Because when it comes to floors, sometimes things are as simple as black and white.
In Carla Fendi’s apartment in Rome, IKEA metal chairs are pulled up to a counter in the kitchen, which is paved with Sicis tiles.
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Mirrored walls are one of the easiest ways to create the illusion of more space. Ann Pyne, head of one of Americas oldest and most distinguished design firms, designed this petite bathroom for a Manhattan client using the age-old trick. A photograph by Luisa Lambri hangs above the bath.
The entrance hall of fashion executives Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s Beverly Hills home features a painted wood floor. The room is outfitted with a Charles Edwards lantern, an antique marble-top wrought-iron table from Guinevere, and a George Smith settee.
The kitchen of a Manhattan duplex decorated by Steven Gambrel features pendant lights from the designer’s own line for the Urban Electric Co. The cabinetry is by Gambrel and Arcologica, the wall tile is by Urban Archaeology, the hood is by RangeCraft, and the range is by Viking.
The tiles in the bath of designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex’s Manhattan home are by Nemo Tile Co., and the towels are by Restoration Hardware. The art includes a photograph by Machiel Botman, at top, and a Guzman portrait of Lambertson.
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This Swedish farmhouse’s bathroom takes black and white from classic to rustic. The vintage tub features fittings by Mora Armatur and the floor is tiled with Carrara marble.
Black, with hints of white, lend luxury to the master bath of this home in Tuxedo Park, New York. An 18th-century ladder-back chair and a 1920s towel stand in the room, the sink fittings are by Kallista, and the hamper is from HomeGoods.
In fashion exec Trent Wisehart’s home in South Orange, New Jersey, the small bathroom is decked out in varying shades of gray. A 1920s Venetian mirror hangs above the sink and the tiles are by Waterworks.
This Manhattan loft makes a classic color scheme glamorous and sophisticated. The tub, fittings, and tiles in the master bath are all by Waterworks, and the vintage light fixture is by JF Chen.
At a Miles Redd–designed house in Houston, Vaughan lanterns and an Iksel Decorative Arts wallpaper ornament the gallery.
In the same apartment, a ceiling fixture by Jean Karajian Collection hangs in the rear hall that leads to the dining room and kitchen; the artwork is by John Kirby, and the floors were stenciled by Pennoyer.
In an elegant Victorian townhouse, the master bath’s vintage tub is from the Water Monopoly in London, the shower stall is sheathed in Breccia di Massa and Vigaria Pink marbles.
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A Greenwich Village pied-a-terre for designers to the stars Waldo Fernandez and Tommy Clements offers a touch of modern black and white design in high style. The sconces are by Ozone, the bathroom vanity and tub are by Waterworks, and the fittings are by Lefroy Brooks. The walls are sheathed in Calacatta Viola marble.
This airy master bathroom in Meg Ryan’s beach house, designed by Marsha Russell of Satinwood, proves just how relaxed and breezy a black and white color scheme can be. The antique earthenware tub is from LooLoo Design, the towel bars are by Rocky Mountain Hardware, and the mosaic floor is by Daltile. Tour the home here.
A circa-1960s silver light fixture by Sarfatti provides a striking metallic highlight to this black and white master bath. The tub is by Water Monopoly, the side table is by Achille Salvagni, and the walls are sheathed in marble.
Designer Philip Vergeylen transformed a traditional London townhouse into a sleek and elegant oasis, complete with a striking guest bath. The vanity, topped in Thassos marble, and shower enclosure are custom made, and the fittings are by Lefroy Brooks. The sconce lampshades add a cheery pop of color to the otherwise black and white space.
Architect Andrew Skurman and decorator Suzanne Tucker transformed this San Francisco apartment in a neoclassical style reflective of its Beaux Arts building. Paved with Belgian marble, the home’s foyer makes a dramatic statement; the George III mirrors and demilune tables are all from Kentshire Galleries.
On a young family’s horse farm outside Philadelphia, designer Ellen Hamilton takes rustic life to a new level of sophistication. The tub in the master bath is by Agape, the vanity is a custom design, the child’s chair is Regency, the sconces are by Eric Schmitt, and the ceiling lights and tub fittings are by Waterworks.
In Amanda Seyfried’s Catskills retreat, the master bath’s custom vanity has fittings by Waterworks, the sconce is from Design Within Reach, the floor tile is by Heath Ceramics, and the beadboard is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse.
The cabinetry and mirror frame in Courtney Cox’s master bath are ebonized white oak. The contrasting black pendant lights are custom made. The sink fittings are by Waterworks, the chair and ottoman are upholstered in a velvet by Rose Tarlow Melrose House. The artwork is by Cox’s father. Tour the rest of the home here.