This is Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's shower. While the rest of their Greenwich Village home in this month's Architectural Digest is incredibly lovely and somewhere I would just about die to even visit (let alone live there), I had to take pause at the photo above. Mainly because it gave me vertigo and I needed to find a place to sit down.
A little background: I'm a gal who loves bold geometrics. Black and white is my preferred palette for everything from clothes to dogs. I would no doubt adore this tile – a custom-made creation by Azulejos Talavera Cortés – were it to have come together for a life as a kitchen backsplash or bathroom floor instead. But along three walls of a closed-in shower stall? It's dizzying.
I think the disorienting effect comes from the combination of high-contrast colors and small prints. So if you're renovating a bathroom soon and going for a black and white tile scheme, consider sticking to a bigger pattern to keep yourself and your guests from getting dizzy.
Would you ever go for a shower like this?