27 October, 2020

Block Story: Black vs. Gold Accents. Or why not both?

This week’s Block reveal gave us two key trends in hardware detailing – a showdown between black and gold accents.

This week’s Block reveal gave us two key trends in hardware detailing – a showdown between black and gold accents. No doubt both will be featuring in client requests and many new kitchen and bathrooms over the coming year. Here are the highlights and the products you can use to incorporate the same hardware looks in your own designs.

Harry and Tash

Tash and Harry's laundry from the block with black pull handles
Let’s start with Harry and Tash’s laundry. Like all the contestants this week, the Melbourne locals had a tough time, despite scoring help from last year’s all stars Mitch and Mark.

The father and daughter pair carried through their theme of black accents into their hallway and laundry, with black pull handles for the cabinetry matching the black tap and sink and a contemporary black lever handle for the  internal door.

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SYMM solid brass pull handle shown in Aged Bronze, Old Silver and Black finishes.

Symm cabinet handles are available in 4 finishes: Satin black, old silver, aged brass and aged gold.
> Read more on Symm Handle here.

EVOKE solid brass lever handle in 4 different finishes

Sarah and George

Sarah and George The Block powder room with black toilet roll holder and black door knobSarah and George also featured black accents this week, carrying the black detailing we saw in their pendants and stunning arched glass door frame through to their powder room.

Here they used black tapware, towel rail and toilet-roll holder as well as a black door knob with privacy.

> Read more on how solid brass hardware can combat viruses with their anti-microbial properties.

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Jolie solid brass toilet roll holder

Daniel and Jade

Daniel and Jade Laundry The Block round gold cabinet handles
Daniel and Jade combined both black and gold hardware details this week. In their hallway, the cream and white look with black accents from the hardware detailing was a hit with Darren Palmer, who described it as ‘serene’ and praised the ‘elegance of a simple palette’.

The couple also used black accessories in their powder room, but then switched to gold in the laundry, with small gold round cabinet knobs creating a fresh look against light cabinetry. The functional features of the laundry were enhanced with elegant and classy styling, with a nod to luxury from the choice of gold.

> Read more on the LUNE knobs here. 

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The LUNE solid brass cabinet knob by Jolie is a sand-cast solid brass cabinet knob handcrafted by European artisans. This solid brass pull handle is available in 2 sizes and 4 premium finishes: Aged Bronze, Old Silver, Aged Gold and Black.

Luke and Jasmin

Luke and Jasmin hallway Block 2020 gold lever handles
The judges loved this hallway created by runners up Luke and Jasmin this week, appreciating the finesse with which the couple combined white paintwork, timber flooring and black steel door frames with gold lever handles.

Their ‘pretty hot’ powder room was praised for its ‘gold elements’, cheekily matching the gold label on Darren Palmer’s own product range included in the styling.

Their laundry also featured gold tapware matching with gold internal door handles and gold pull handles on the laundry cupboards, creating a harmonious look of ‘classic simplicity’.

Luke and Jasmin' laundry the block gold pull handles gold cabinet handles


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ESSENCE solid brass cabinet handle is a sand-cast solid brass pull handle handcrafted by European artisans for the Jolie Collection. It combines the unmistakable feel of solid brass with a classic, elegant shape. Available in four premium finishes shown here: Aged Bronze, Black, Old Silver and Aged Gold.

Jimmy and Tam

The Block 2020 Jimmy and Tam's laundry with gold handles
Winners Jimmy and Tam extended the use of luxurious gold accents that we’ve seen throughout their 1950s home into their rooms this week.

Their hallway featured gold lever handles on the doors and a black framed glass console to create what the judges described as a ‘visual’ feast as you enter the home.

In their powder room, we saw gold handles and a gold toilet roll holder. Their laundry was also a great success with bright gold cabinet handles and the light green cabinetry used in their kitchen, unifying a sunny, optimistic period palette.

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LIV solid brass cabinet handle in four aged finishes.

Secret pivot doors

The Block 2020 Jimmy and Tam's pivot door using door pivot to secret room

Both Luke and Jasmin and Jimmy and Tam featured pivot doors to secret rooms in their hallways this week. The judges described Jimmy and Tam’s paneled wall and laundry door as ‘a masterstroke’, creating a feature out of the laundry door in its challenging location opposite the front door.

How did they do it? A door pivot allows you to push a door inwards or outwards without the need for a handle. Concealed hinges are invisible when the door is closed and beautiful when it’s open, and magnetic closing systems keep the door closed in place to give the illusion of a wall.

We recommend:

Pivotica Pro 100 in floor is a self-closing pivot hinge incorporating an in-floor plate option for interior pivot doors up to 100kg.

Pivotica 100 self-closing pivot hinge.

ARLU’s new Pivotica Pro E 100 is signifacntly more compact and offers 2 mounting options for your wall, this including plasterboard ceilings and lintel. With extreme versatility, it can be instlled onto a range of different door sizes and shapes including curved doors.

The magnotica pro® is a magnetic contactless door closer used with door pivot hinges to keep interior doors shut noiselessly and without the need for a door handle or latch. Shown here in black

Magnotica contactless door closer (also available in white and grey)

The red dot design winning argenta® invisible black umber concealed hinge shown here M6 smallest size.

Invisible Neo concealed hinges – the concealed hinge for designers – shown here in Black Umber. Available in ten other colours and three sizes.

For more about pivot hinges, pivot doors and secret doors, read our blog post.

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