MakeOver

18 dramatic looks that will inspire an elegant makeover

Black bathrooms are everywhere right now. Stylish, sophisticated and so easy to match with other shades, black is the trending color we are seeing the most in the dreamy bathrooms of Instagram. And if the Instagrammers are loving it, we want in. So here are some fabulous black bathroom ideas to inspire you to follow suit.



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Designing your space from scratch? Check out our bathroom ideas page for plenty of inspiration and to start putting your dream plans into action. And if you are feeling brave check out our colorful bathroom ideas too. 

1. Pick out a black roll top bath

Roll top baths are a big investment, so choosing a versatile, neutral color that will go with anything if tastes change is a great idea. But rather than traditional white, why not opt for black for a design that’s equally flexible and amenable to being combined with other colorful bathroom schemes? 

Find more advice on freestanding baths head to our design gallery.

2. Choose a statement sink for a black bathroom 

If you’ve ever wondered why on earth most bathroom sinks are white – showing every speck of dirt – then a black sink may well be for you. There are loads of different designs available from the more traditional to the super modern. We love the simple square design of this black sink. Oh, and we think we might steal the idea of hanging monochrome prints in a black bathroom, too. 

3. Go for a bang on trend black shower 

You must have seen them all over Instagram. Just like black bathrooms, black showers are in. This gorgeous set up is from Meir (black tap and shower specialists) and the whole site is just so swoonworthy you must go and check it

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This Black-and-White Bathroom Makeover Has Major Parisian Vibes

For homeowners Chris Aswad and his husband, Chris Pridemore, their one-bedroom Morningside Heights apartment is their little piece of Paris. The couple, who married in Kauai, Hawaii, in 2018, are avid travelers and self-described Francophiles, and while their careers have kept them in the city, they found a historic property that they could easily transform as an homage to the City of Love.

The home, located in a charming prewar building, already had beautiful herringbone oak flooring, high ceilings, and Central Park views, but it was still somewhat lackluster. Renovations from the mid-1990s made it feel dated and had removed some of the original architectural features. “They were eager to preserve the details of the apartment reminiscent of their time in Paris, while renovating to instill modern, masculine, and functional New York touches,” says interior designer Crystal Sinclair.

Chris Aswad and Crystal quickly got to work. The homeowner, whom the designer calls highly detail-oriented, even came to their first meeting at a local coffee shop with a binder of inspiration. He called for brass details, a black-and-white palette, curated vintage decor, and art from Parisian flea markets. “He wanted a home that felt like old Paris but still felt like it belonged in the city,” she says.

Classic and chic are two words that can now sum up the 800-square-foot home, which the couple moved into pre-pandemic in February. But the biggest transformation may just be in the smallest part of the home, the bathroom.

BEFORE: It was evident that the all-white bathroom would need a layout swap.

It was nothing special at first. The toilet was under the window, and the first thing guests saw when entering the room; plus there was a dingy bathtub and boring white tile. The owners wanted a dark bathroom with varying tiles

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Some Thoughts on Custom Kitchen Remodeling Design and Kitchen Makeover

As the kitchen is the heart of a home and the focal point of most households, kitchen renovation is usually required every few years. For many, the kitchen is the most important part of the house. It is a place where the family congregates during daily meals, holiday entertaining and other activities, and as such, kitchen remodeling and makeover is one of the most common home remodeling jobs general contractors deal with. Having a kitchen that will meet your needs is not a luxury but rather a necessity … and in fact, with today's kitchen remodeling ideas, one does not need to spend a lot of money on custom kitchen remodeling design … even a simple kitchen makeover will suffice.

When planning a kitchen remodeling design a detailed plan must be drafted. In any kitchen renovation, whether it's a custom kitchen remodeling or a small kitchen makeover, the kitchen layout style should be well thought of and considered. The kitchen area must be utilized and allocated in the best possible way for all the basic appliances and utilities of a kitchen – the size and place of the stove, refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, cabinets, counter-top, and so on, is the first step in determining the kitchen's layout and design. Next, we consider which materials to use for each of the kitchen renovation features. For instance, for the counter top we can use marble, granite, tile, Formica and so on. The same goes for the cabinets, floor, walls and lightning, where the choice of materials is just as varied.

In addition, the plumbing and electricity of the new kitchen remodeling design may require some work & adjustments. You may want additional lights or more sinks and faucets for the kitchen makeover, especially if the kitchen area is large and it's a custom …

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Make-Over Mistakes That Downgrade Your Bathroom

Are you renovating your bathroom? Are you thinking of replacing your existing bathroom? Please do not make the awful mistakes some people have. Simple mistakes can lead to disaster.

Bathrooms and kitchens are rooms that are used by many people in the home and should be designed for function first, and style, second. Essentially, you should decorate a bathroom in a classic and neutral way, to keep it from dating, and to preserve the appeal, of your bathroom, for resale purposes.

1. Never Buy Cheap Fittings!

You've splurged on tiles, and a good quality bath, and now your budget is depleted, so, you opt for the more budget-friendly taps. Never do this. As a rule of thumb, you should over-budget by as much as 20% for a bathroom. It's small room, but, highly functional, and in the long run, spending more, will pay you off tenfold.

When you look at reselling your home, you will deeply regret the cheaper fittings. Cheaper fittings will not last as long as more expensive, ones, either – invest in your fittings, and swap out the fancy flooring, for something that is a little less costly. It will pay you off, in the long term, to do this.

2. Is Your Toilet Squashed Into An Unsuitable Space- In between the shower and a wall?

Function. Function. Function. You are going to spend a proverbial penny, quite often, and your bathroom ergonomics are very important. Ease of use, and the placement of your shower, bath, sink, toilet, and bidet, in relation to each other – is extremely significant.

A bathroom is a small room that must function at a high level, and if you do not have enough space – it can be a disaster. Imagine how uncomfortable you are going to be, trying to squeeze …

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