Design Trends: Modern Takes on Timeless Black + White Tile

Design Trends: Modern Takes on Timeless Black + White Tile

‘Timeless’ doesn’t have to mean ‘vintage’.┬áA truly timeless design motif can be updated consistently and with dramatic effect. Like the “little black dress”, a truly iconic look can always be reinterpreted for modern times.

Recently, the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account took a look at modern takes on another timeless design theme – black and white tile. We’d say black & white tile design is making a comeback in 2019, but it never really went anywhere.

Still, with every new design season comes a plethora of updated takes on one of the most classic motifs in custom kitchen and bath design. From trusted advisors like Houzz and House Beautiful to HGTV and Elle Decor, black and white tile ideas are everywhere. But as always, the first place we turn is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century.

Why does black and white tile design work? As Jessica Gordon Ryan, founder of Gimlet Marketing, wrote quite eloquently:

For those who struggle with color, this takes the guesswork out of the equation, without being colorless. For those who embrace color, it can always be added in with accessories. With black and white anything goes – it’s like the little black dress for the home!

The color pairing of black & white in home design is timeless, so what are today’s designers doing to make a classic idea become contemporary?

Like a science experiment, every classic design motif needs a “control” element. Here, the control is two-fold: the color (black and white) and the medium (tile).

From there, everything else is in play. Construction, shape, material, and artistic interpretation are what makes this season’s black and white tile options particularly memorable.┬á

Mixed media appears to be popular in this season’s black and white tile designs; we’re seeing stone and glass elements make their way into tile construction and overall design concepts. Geometric and mosaic patterns in tile design are very popular and provide a “retro” element to the design space. And single-color metallic additions (like bronze, silver and gold) add an element of heightened class and ‘dazzle’.

How do you feel about black and white tile in contemporary design? Let’s have a conversation; leave a comment below!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s ‘Simple Tranquility’: Stunning Bathroom Design Photos

Peter Salerno: 2014 Transitional Bath Design [PHOTOS]

If transitional bathroom design is your taste, then Peter Salerno Inc. invites to take a look at this breathtaking bath project, called ‘Simple Tranquility’.

Peter Salerno’s latest completed bath design is a gorgeous black & white transitional bath in northern New Jersey. With a lot of hard work, inspiration, and teamwork (Stratta, the Tile Boutique and Stone Surfaces, to name a few), the results became┬átruly magnificent.

‘Simple Tranquility’ is a transitional bathroom in Bergen County, NJ. The cabinets are walnut with an espresso stain from Peter Salerno Inc’s coveted “Mastro Rosolino” (TM) line of cabinets.

Fill out the form below for more information on Peter Salerno Inc. designs, or call (201) 251-6608!

The tops are marble from our friends at Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ.┬áThe backsplash is glass and porcelain, and the floor is marble tile by┬áStratta – The Tile Boutique┬á, Wyckoff, NJ.┬áThe hardware is polished stainless from Hardware Designs in Fairfield, NJ. All the fixtures and fittings also came from Hardware Designs, while the sconces and chandelier came from Capitol Lighting in Paramus, NJ.

 

Photos courtesy of Peter Rymwid and Peter Salerno Inc.
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