Friday, July 5, 2013

House Tour: Powder room in coal

I'm a bit obsessed with black and white these days. My favorite combo has made it into my powder room, which has given the small space a dose of oomph.


Out with the beachy blue and in with a sophisticated coal color (almost-black). It was quite a shock when I first started painting, but I knew it was a move in the right direction.



I would love to hang wallpaper in there, because it can make a tiny room feel like a jewel box. But even with minimal square footage (the room is only 3 feet wide and less than 7 feet long), it wasn't in the budget. My spending money these days is prioritized to camera gear, so I decided to go bold with color in lieu of a more costly bold patterned wallpaper.

The two paint colors I considered were navy and black. Either would have been amazing, but black ultimately won out, because it ties in with the living room and kitchen, which are the other two rooms most of my guests see.

Along with the wall color, I changed out the towel to a black and white striped fouta. I ditched the Method-branded soap for a classic designed pump in black. And the light fixture I chose when the house was being built was switched out for a classic schoolhouse fixture. Ahh ... much better.


I'm a minimalist, so while the sink could probably tolerate another decorative item, I don't know that I could. If something speaks to me, maybe I'll try it out.

When you open the powder room door from the hallway, the sink is to the right and the toilet is to the left. The artwork I had hanging above the toilet was something left over from our last house. It was never me, but since I rarely use the powder room myself, I hardly ever thought about it. Once I decided to go with black walls to contrast against the white fixtures and medicine cabinet, I decided to continue the color scheme in the artwork.

Remember me telling you about my very own buffalo print several months ago? This is the room I selected it for! It's definitely much more impactful than what hung on the wall before.


For women, the buffalo will be a surprise when they walk in the powder room. I mean, who expects to see that face in a small room? Or any room, really? But for the men who have to stare at it, it might be a little creepy. I'm not afraid of being creepy.

The only bad thing is that my friend Buffy is a bit lonely in the powder room, since it's not exactly a place where people spend a lot of time. While I love the impact she/he has in the room, I might have to move her permanently to a more trafficked location. Because I want to see her/him more often!

Have you made any odd decor choices lately? Or completely changed your color scheme? If budget were no object, I would change things monthly because I'm constantly wooed by new things. But I think the coal color in the bathroom will stick around a while.

Two other blue rooms in our house are our master bathroom and the laundry room. They are both on my radar for a makeover, and I think the laundry room will win out. I've got a unique pattern in mind for the walls but it will take some work to come up with the design, so I might procrastinate on that for a while!

Hollie

12 comments:

  1. OMG - it's just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!
    I LOVE black on walls - I did a dining room once - all black walls with tons of white trim -
    You did a beautiful job !
    XOXO

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    1. Thanks so much, Suzan! I'm still trying to convince my husband to let me go navy on the living room walls. I've realized that in spaces that don't get a lot of natural light, you might as well go with the darkness instead of trying to make a dark room look light. We'll see how that goes ....

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  2. Love the black!!
    I just painted a wall in my living room black & I'm loving it!

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    1. Dark living rooms can be so moody and cool. Glad to hear you went for it!

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  3. that's fantastic! The buffalo print is perfect in there; black and white are kind of serious but that print shows that you also have a sense of humour.

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    1. I like the way you put that, Mel. I often struggle with wanting classic design, but I also like quirky and fun. I guess this room is a good mix of both!

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  4. What a bold choice, but it looks fabulous, never thought a small room would look good with a dark colour!

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    1. Most people think that dark colors enclose a room. They definitely can make a room feel more cozy. But what I've come to understand is that dark colors help corners recede, so the dimensions of a room become less noticeable.

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  5. It looks great! And that's a really cute print on the tissue box, by the way. (Something I never thought I'd say!)

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    1. Funny that you commented on the tissue box. When I find some with designs I like, I tend to hoard them!

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  6. Oh yes, it looks FANTASTIC! God I love black walls and a little room like that can totally take the drama. Love the little burst of colour in the issue box and your beautiful buffalo looks perfect there :) Wonderful job, amazing what a bit of paint can do, eh? ;) xxx

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  7. The walls look fantastic!

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