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photo: black bathroom with white tiled floor

Aside from a yoga workshop, I was pretty much housebound during the G20 summit situation in Toronto last weekend. It ended up being a productive weekend at home, however — I organized my storage locker, hung and re-hung some art, and painted my bathroom. Inspired by Connie Braemer’s dramatic bathroom escape, I was convinced that true black was the only option. (See more of Connie Braemer’s gorgeous home in this video tour of her kitchen.)

For my bathroom, I used two coats of Francesca from Martha Stewart’s new line of paint for The Home Depot. (By the way, the paint is an environmentally friendly, low-VOC latex. I used two coats over oil-based paint without a primer and it covered like a dream. Go Martha!) The paint is great, but the jury is still out on the overall look.


Photo: before shots of bathroom

It’s not the black I’m second-guessing — the problem is that now the hideous rental light fixture and beat-up medicine cabinet are that much more obvious. I cringe every time I turn on the light. So, my quick paint job became a whole new project and work-in-progress. Here is what I’m thinking:

Photo: white medicine cabinet - Restoration Hardware

I’ve always thought that Restoration Hardware’s Cartwright medicine cabinet was a timeless bathroom staple, but now that I’m considering it, the steep price hurts. Ikea’s Flåren cabinet hits a similar note for much less. I’m hoping it will be easy to change the latch, but in reality, I’m not sure it will work with the old cabinet’s recessed frame.

Photo: bathroom lightening

When I was looking for bathroom finds, I spotted this new Train Station wall sconce (left) at Restoration Hardware, which I LOVE. Unfortunately it won’t work for this bathroom. The Bistro sconce (right) is more practical — and affordable. It all depends on the medicine cabinet outcome.

Photo: wire basket

West Elm used to have the best wire storage collection and I’m kicking myself for not buying them when they were still available. I did find a few on Etsy, but I’m still looking for something to replace my basket for foam bath, lotion etc.

Photo: moody inspirational bathroom shot

This moody inspiration photo from photographer Melanie Acevedo captures the spirit of my dark-loving decor fetish.

If you are thinking of trying the dark look, consider that any paint job has a pretty big impact. With black, that impact is even more dramatic. I might be stating the obvious, but it completely changes the way a room feels — even more than I expected (and half of my walls are white tile). I still recommend it; you just have to be conscious about the rest of your choices!

For more inspiring bathrooms, check out our Dramatic Bathrooms photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. House & Home October 2007 issue, photography by Virginia Macdonald
2. Andrea Mills
3. Flåren cabinet, Ikea
4. Restoration Hardware
5. Etsy
6. Melanie Acevedo

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