The Timeless Black and White Bathroom

I love a wild + cool cement tile more than most people, believe me, but theres a life-cycle to every trend and we may have seen the cement tile peak. The key to making great design decisions is not only the "wow" factor, it's about thinking ahead and making sure your design will withstand the ever-changing trends.......AND there are so many.

This is why I love a great black and white bathroom. If done right, it will remain timeless and you wont kick yourself every time you see fifteen hundred other bathrooms on pinterest with the same look. Soooooo passè.  I've rounded up six of my favorite black and white bathrooms that defy the word trendy........ and instead, scream awesome. 

The above bathroom was able to utilize an on-trend encaustic tile by pairing it with a more classic, old-word vibe. We're loving how this space maintains a level of sophistication. 

A beautiful example of a modern black and white design that incorporated the cement tile trend in one small dose, the shower floor. 

Just because you stick with a black and white color scheme doesn't mean you can't choose a fun shape-tile like these scalloped beauties. Adding whimsy doesn't always translate to color. This is a perfect example of that. 

One of my favorites, simple and cool. The black matte fixtures are the perfect contrast to the bright white penny tiles. 

The tall marble backsplash adds a level of depth to this bathroom that would have otherwise looked ordinary. 

The dark, almost black stain to this bathroom vanity is both interesting and unique. Consider a stained cabinet instead of a black painted vanity to create intrigue.

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xo, Vanessa

TOP 10 Trending: Bath Mats

I gathered some of my favorite 2' x 3' rugs. My clients often ask if regular rugs can be used in a bathroom and the answer is YES. The only stipulation is making sure the rug has high quality dye. Often, less expensive rugs and dye have a tendency to run, which would ruin the rug easily. If you're placing a small 2' x 3' in a powder bath without a shower, then you're fine but keep our tip in mind if you have kids who take baths and love to splash water around.

I love adding color in a bathroom. It's always an opportunity to add a punch of texture or color where its least expected. Have fun with different styles and lastly, don't be afraid to go funky.

XO, Vanessa

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Fresh in the Shop

We just added some beautiful neutral pillows to the shop! We added a bunch more of the fan-favorite mudcloth designs as well as some vintage indigo. Swing by or stop by our online shop and check them out! 

http://www.studiomatsalla.com/shop

XO Vanessa

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What We're Loving: The Studio!

This week we're sharing the makeover of our design studio! We utilize our space mostly as an office, but we also have a tiny portion that serves as a retail location for our pillows, vintage textiles and decor. We've got a big bright window that opens to the street that showcases our office and tiny little retail space, full of pillows, vintage textiles and decor.

The back of our space is where we sing, dance, laugh, work and create. We love our mint CB2 file drawers and our Modernica office shell chair. It was important to design our office to feel bright, happy and serene.

We like to keep things simple, reduce clutter and keep most of our files digital so we're not inundated with paper. We collect our favorite fabric samples and keep them in these pretty copper baskets. 

Our favorite Modernica office chair in color, Twilight.

We hope you enjoyed our mini tour as much as we loved designing it.

XO

Vanessa

 

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