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Are we over it? Black Walls

  1. Rene

    August 18th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I can totally relate to this post although I think my vintage black and white tile master bathroom is smaller than yours. I recently stenciled ours, but was thinking about painting it black, ha. One would think that a black and white bathroom would be easy, but it has its challenges. I can't wait to see what you decide.

    -Rene

  2. abjb99

    August 18th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I love, love, love the mirror above your sink! would you share where you found it? I think the black and white is gorgeous and sophisticated, why mess with that?!

  3. MyLittleHappyPlace

    August 18th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Keep the black walls for now – your deadline, remember, BUT change something else up to freshen it a bit. To me, the bathroom is screaming that it wants something brass. Maybe change out the shade, that would be another easy way to change the "vibe" of the room. I still love it, but know what you're saying.
    I vote for a quick, and less painful fix!

  4. Kristen

    August 18th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    that's so funny – i was just thinking yesterday that i wanted to paint my tiny (pale grey) bathroom black! πŸ™‚ i say leave it black, and change up accessories?? but i understand the need to change!!

  5. Sarah La Rose

    August 18th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I love black walls but understand the desire for change. Paint is an easy fix. You could try the complete opposite and do white walls with brigtly coloured accents.

  6. Emily @ Timeless Paper

    August 18th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I love the black walls and your mirror/plate area. My tiny laughable master bathroom (maybe 6' x 6') is painted dark gray. I think it helps tame down my ugly pale pink tiles the previous owners installed. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see your house photos website.

  7. Jessie

    August 18th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    what if you changed out the curtain for a white roman shade with a ribbon trim and changed the mirror to be a bigger silver-edged one? that might be 2 quick (cheap-ish) changes that make it feel different. I love those walls and ever since you commented on my blog about it, I'm going to paint our tiny bathroom black too… someday…

  8. NK

    August 18th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I vote to keep it black. You're going to be tired of the new colour even faster than you got tired with black. (at least that's what happens to me) Black is a blank canvas. But if you're going to repaint, go white πŸ™‚

  9. Anonymous

    August 18th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Love the black. I'm sure another color (lilac?) would be nice too. White would be impossible because it would never match the tile correctly.

  10. Ari- Audrey Onassis

    August 18th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    This is the first time I've seen your bathroom, and I think it is just darling. I'm not over black walls yet, but I really adore black glossy paint, so maybe I'm just stuck on it.

    Love your blog!

    xo. Ari

  11. Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy

    August 18th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I am still loving the black – your little bathroom is so cute!

  12. High-Heeled Foot in the door

    August 18th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Ok you guys are totally not helping me win the battle with Jon, but you are helping talk me off the ledge.

    I got a nice white crisp roman shade that just went up and I'm thinking of switching out the mirror and adding a pop of color, but leaving the walls black.

    Mirror was from TJMAXX from 3 years ago. I got it for $24!

    I painted the walls in high-gloss paint, because I wanted a lacquered look. They don't look that glossy though more like a semi-gloss.

  13. Ms. Bright

    August 18th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Camila! We have almost twinkie "master" baths! We didn't go black walls, although I thought about it, but a fun black/white tropics toile. I added deep turquoise-teal accents for the much needed pop. I think that new roman shade could maybe get an edge of grosgrain or fun tape trim and maybe an accessory or 2 to pull that color. Maybe even consider the interior of the wall cab? Whatchu think, girl?

  14. Suzanne@Meridian Road

    August 18th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Well, the cool thing is~you could go any color in there since everything is black and white. I think it looks great as it is, but if you want a different color, go for it!

  15. vignette design

    August 18th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Keep the black. It gives your small bathroom drama and is still unexpected. I say change out the shade though. It takes it to the country side, otherwise your bathroom looks quite sophisticated with the plates and fab mirror. Maybe a white linen shade?
    Delores

  16. Connie @ SogniESorrisi

    August 18th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I still like black.

  17. Kate Collins Interiors

    August 18th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I love the black! I think it goes great with your bathroom tiles. Not sure what type of overhead lighting you have but what about adding in a fun chandelier with a pop of color?

  18. Emmyann

    August 18th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I love the way you did the black walls, it doesn't look like a cave! It helps that there are a lot of white tiles that contrast. We just moved into a house and they had the powder room painted black, floor to ceiling black. You go to the potty and you feel like you might have to dig your way out! Yours- I love!

  19. Kristie Lynne

    August 18th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I'm not a fan of the black personally, but since you're on a deadline, I say don't change it right this second. Maybe add new metallic fixtures or add a pop of color with an interesting curtain or artwork.

  20. traci zeller designs

    August 18th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Keep the black walls! They look amazing in there!

  21. Kathysue

    August 18th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Love love the black walls, do not under any circumstances change them. They are timeless. The prettiest bathroom I ever went into was a powder room painted black with brass fixtures and sconces. It was like a jewel box. I think you are just looking to make it more sophisticated. Change the shade, Get white towels with black monograms, remove the plates(although I do love them) Maybe a new light fixture with sophistication. Just glam it up a bit!!! Have fun, I know the look you were making and I know the look your hubby had, My husband cringes when I stare and my head leans to the side!!lol, have a great day, let us know what you wind up doing ,Kathysue

  22. Becky@Tea Party

    August 18th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I would personally keep the black. I think black is as classic as white and I think your tiring of it because you need a little pop in there. Think some different textures like wicker or brass and maybe add a new color into…like a kelly grenn…very sophisticated and fun…like the combo Sarah Richardson used in her downstairs guest room.

  23. Lavender and Lilies

    August 18th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I personally love the black walls mainly because I am in love with Gwyneth Paltrow's black bathroom in her hamptons house but I understand getting tired of a color. I paint constantly so I would never stand in your way!

  24. Bailey@ peppermintbliss

    August 18th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I was worried about this when I went ahead with painting our guest bath black after I saw a nearly identical version in Lonny, but I went with it and I do love it. I think it depends on the space, and how much you use it etc. I think maybe if it was my primary bathroom it could get old, but as it is guests love it, it works for the space, and I am still delighted when I pop in there on the occasion! Why not just revamp it for the photoshoot and go for a larger overhaul some other time, no need to make yourself crazy!

  25. liz @ bon temps beignet

    August 18th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I feel your pain. Our 'master bath' is 5×8 total sq ft too. We're in the process of gutting it right now. We're just trying to see if we can make any difference in space. Doubt it : /

  26. Mary

    August 18th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I painted my guest bathroom black last year & I still love it. Instead of white tiles half way up the wall, I did white beadboard.
    Check it out:
    http://havenandhome.blogspot.com/2009/10/when-black-works.html

  27. Mary

    August 18th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    If it's been that way for three years, then I would completely go for a re-vamp!

  28. I'm Stacey...

    August 18th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I think black walls are awesome! I've never painted any of my walls black, but it's tempting.

  29. Belly

    August 18th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I still love dark walls, especially for bathrooms, and I can see your point. Maybe a navy/cobalt? or aubergine? It can be really awesome.

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  31. Lissa @ After Adornment

    August 18th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I like where you're headed….keep the walls black and add some pops of color with accessories. That will cure the itch you have for a change! Show pics when you are done!

  32. Maggie Rose

    August 18th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Another vote for keeping the walls but switching out some of the accessories. I think a pop of color like coral and some brass accents would look gorgeous!

  33. Pamela Rosenberg

    August 18th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Oh you are so ahead of your time. πŸ™‚ I do like the black walls and thought about doing them in a jack and jill bath because the color would work with both bedrooms. I can see where you might get tired of it on a daily basis and you could keep all the other black and white touches and just change out the wall color but still, I like it a lot.
    Pam

  34. Style Chronicle

    August 18th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I know the feeling. No matter how fabulous a space is, we creative types crave change!

  35. elisabeth (bovagoods)

    August 18th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    i have a black half bath. it looks much like yours except that we have white beaded board wanescoting.

    i love the look of the black walls but i felt like it needed I needed change too, so i just painted black chalkboard paint over it. it only took one coat since the walls were already black. it's a fun place to leave notes to each other and my children have fun drawing on the walls as well.

  36. courtneyoutloud

    August 19th, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Don't Paint! I love your black walls. I seriously thought about painting our master bedroom black, but backed out of it due to my incurable need to keep my partner happy πŸ™‚

    But in the end, everything will always be overdone. It's the nature of design. However, I think your bathroom is timeless and not trendy……

  37. Stacy Rajab

    August 19th, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I love the black. Yes, it is overdone, but not in the same way as your bathroom. I think black in a small space adds drama and can even fake the viewer into thinking the room is larger than it is.

  38. maria Mrasek

    August 19th, 2010 at 5:16 am

    hello, I love the black walls but don't love the all b&w accessories, and don't really get why there are plates hung in a bathroom…maybe I am too logical? I think a few perfect pops of color is certainly needed. Way to tune out the nay-sayers and go for it! Did you have that Oh Lord what have I done feeling before it was done?

  39. Rhiannon

    August 19th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Im all for the black walls, maybe all you need is another splash of color in there something bright like red or yellow.
    I totally can relate because we painted our bedroom chocolate brown with tan and white accents, soooo tired of it and i added some lime green in the mix and poof thats all I needed to make me love the color again. Good luck

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