Steal This Look: The Bath in Black

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When I refinished my bathtub a few weeks ago, that wasn't the only thing I had in mind for my tiny bathroom. I've had the itch for a while now to paint the room black, and I finally took the plunge this week. Even I—a serial dark-color painter—was nervous about what was in store. I'd never actually used a real black. And the results? What was by far the dullest room in my apartment just got a lot more interesting.

Photos by Liesa Johannssen

Black Painted Bathroom with White Sink and Mirror, Remodelista

Black Painted Bathroom with White Sink and Mirror, Remodelista

Above: I did some overall sprucing up, and sourced some upgrades for the room from our sponsor, The Home Depot. But the biggest change is the warm black wall color. I also refreshed the white cabinets and trim with a shade of white that works well against the black. I used Behr Premium Plus Flat Enamel Zero VOC Interior Paint in Broadway (black) and Polar Bear (white); $24.96 per gallon at The Home Depot. The towel bar came with my apartment, but a similar one is the Delta Greenwich 24-in Towel Bar in Polished Chrome; $23.98 at The Home Depot. Original photography shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. The filmmaker’s camera.

Black Industrial Pendant Light in Black Bathroom, Remodelista

Black Industrial Pendant Light in Black Bathroom, Remodelista

Above: This is a pendant light that I already owned, but it's similar to the Illumine ANP Black Hanging Pendant; $184.80 at The Home Depot. Another similar light is the Progress Lighting 1-Light Pendant, which comes in white, green, or silver, starting at $58.14.

Unfinished Wood Cabinet Knob and Heat Register, Remodelista

Unfinished Wood Cabinet Knob and Heat Register, Remodelista

I wanted some warm, natural tones to contrast with the black, so I used unfinished wood hardware. Above L: Liberty Hardware Birch 1-1/2-inch Round Cabinet Knobs are $1.48 each at The Home Depot. Above R: I replaced my truly unsightly register cover with the Decor Grates 4 x 10-in Wood Unfinished Oak Register; $16.71 at The Home Depot.

Porcelain Keyless Lamp Holder in Meredith Swinehart Bathroom, Remodelista

Porcelain Keyless Lamp Holder in Meredith Swinehart Bathroom, Remodelista

Above: I replaced a faux-Victorian sconce with the simplest, and best-looking (not to mention, least expensive) wall light I know: The Leviton Porcelain Keyless Lamp Holder; $1.49 at The Home Depot. 

Nickel Cleat and Green Linen Towel in Black Painted Bathroom, Remodelista

Nickel Cleat and Green Linen Towel in Black Painted Bathroom, Remodelista

Above: I love the nautical look of metal cleats, and wanted polished ones to complement the existing bathroom hardware. Lehigh 4-1/2-in Nickel-Plated Rope Cleats are $1.98 each at The Home Depot.

Polished Chrome Faucet and Black Walls in Bathroom, Remodelista

Polished Chrome Faucet and Black Walls in Bathroom, Remodelista

Above: For a similar faucet set, consider the Delta Leland 4-in Widespread 2-Handle High-Arc Bathroom Faucet in Chrome; $146 at The Home Depot. 

Gray Indoor/Outdoor Rug from The Home Depot, Remodelista

Gray Indoor/Outdoor Rug from The Home Depot, Remodelista

Above: Indoor/outdoor rugs are durable and easy to clean—perfect for the bathroom.The Home Decorators Collection Saddlestitch Gray and White Area Rug is on sale for $15.20 at The Home Depot. 

-Meredith Swinehart

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