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When the home of J.Crew's Jenna Lyons appeared in Domino magazine, her black bathroom spawned a legion of copycats. In a space that essentially is known for making you feel squeaky clean, there's a perverse quality to coating it in black paint. Since the most inexpensive upgrade in any room is wall colour, would you take the plunge to create a chic — albeit slightly gritty — urban bathroom?

Not only did the black walls of Jenna's former Brooklyn brownstone make waves, the roughed-up oversized herringbone floor and brass fixtures are still having a ripple effect on decor.

Black walls are a striking backdrop for white fixtures, turning a pedestal sink into a sculpture. A slightly glossy paint finish makes the black feel more luxe and less goth.

Here the trim is painted out as well so that the overall envelope isn't chopped up. You would think the coverage hides a multitude of sins, but black actually makes imperfections like rough walls more evident, adding to the industrial flavour of this space.

Black gives this bathroom a decidedly masculine look when paired with white, like a tuxedo. Penny tiles are a perfect complement to the retro vibe.

Again a classic hexagon penny tile softens the effect and adds some light, since even the wainscoting is painted black. The clawfoot tub appears to float in space, and the graphic effect is emphasized by the shower curtain. To warm up a black and white scheme, add natural materials like a handmade basket and wood stool.

See our photo gallery of Black Rooms for more inspiration.

Photo credits:
1. La La Lovely Things blog
2. Knight Moves blog
3. Lonny
4. HomesDIR
5. Decor Pad


Wendy Jacob

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