Paint It Black, errr, Dark Gray?


Posted by Michael, September 6th, 2011

Before I even dive into this post, do you guys know how hard it is to take pictures of an awkward sized powder room?  An awkward sized powder room that is a bit sandwiched in the hallway between the front door and the kitchen?  I had NO idea how to properly capture this space, so you’re only  getting two pictures tonight!

The powder room is pretty much entirely painted.  We do have some touch-up work to do as well as some re-caulking in some areas.  But otherwise, the incredibly dark and dramatic paint is here to stay.  The pictures don’t really do it justice, the contrast just isn’t strong enough.  I’m sure once we fill the space with some accessories, the space will look incredible.

The dark gray really is growing on me though!  Especially after spending a few minutes in there glazing at a wall.  TMI?  Too far?  We’re friends, right?

Here is the powder room from the hallway.  Holy dark Batman!  It does look a bit black, but I swear, it’s not.

And here is from another angle.  I was hoping to capture the color better against the glossy white sink.  Did it work?

While spending some time in Home Depot yesterday picking up supplies, we decided to look at towel racks and the like.  We found a set we liked, but for the price (roughly $25 for the towel bar and another $25 for the toilet paper holder) we just weren’t completely sold.

We both loved this towel ring as it’s entirely seamless, but after sleeping on it, I think it screams “THIS IS US!” too much.  Do we really want something that screams “US!” in such a dramatic powder room?  I think we can be a bit more creative in this space than going with something predictable.  But ten bucks says we still settle on it.

And here is the toiler paper holder.  Again, we love the brushed nickel and the seamless design — but I feel like we’ve done this before.

What do you think?  Do we go with the predictable options?  Or do we set out to discover something a bit more creative?  My hesitation with the latter is, how creative can you really get with these things anyways?

And by the way, this was the first time I have painted where 1) I didn’t get paint all over my clothes and 2) I didn’t get paint in my hair!  And Macky stayed paint-free as well!

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20 Responses to “Paint It Black, errr, Dark Gray?”

  1. I AdOre the dark Walls. They really make the space cozy and unique. Ppl are often afraid to go too dark in a small room but I love the look.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Random note: the dark walls somehow make the room look larger! The ceilings are 9 feet and when it was all white, you could hardly tell how large it was! All of the little details stand out much more now 🙂

  3. Cait @ Hernando House says:

    I love it! And I like the brushed nickel, but creative/different is fun!

  4. ALittleBite says:

    I love, love, love how it turned out!!! So dramatic!! I hate how in Spain bathrooms and kitchens are tiled throughout – it makes it so hard to change/adjust to your preferences because you can’t simply paint it a different color.

    Oh and I like the brushed nickel (it’s what we have in our bathrooms, actually) but I’m not a big fan of the seamless design. But if it’s something you love, go for it!

  5. I love it and I think the color looks great next to the wood floors! I’m jealous because our bathroom is floor to ceiling tile. I swear, our landlord would’ve tiled the ceiling if he could!

  6. I like it. We have a similar powder room (as I’m sure you’ve seen in the model!). I don’t know if we’re that brave… I have a feeling everything is going to be neutral in our house!!

  7. Elz says:

    Love it! It’s so bold and unexpected!

  8. Brittany says:

    I am really digging the dark colored walls. With the right accessories and mirror it will really transform that small space!

  9. That is looking so sexy. 😛 I love the dark walls. It looks really sharp and chic. 🙂

  10. Indiri says:

    Taking the door off makes it much easier to take pictures of the room and only takes a minute or two. I took it off while I was painting and then left it off until I took the pictures for my blog.

  11. I love the dark, moody paint. Isn’t it funny how now we’re getting picky about TP holders?!? Here are a few of my favorites:

  12. kelly says:

    Love it – so interesting to see how paint can completely transform a small space. Did you paint the ceiling dark too? Choosing a ceiling color is what throws me when it comes to painting walls really dark. We used a deep blue on the walls of our tiny powder room and then painted the ceiling a slightly lighter shade of the same blue and really like it.

  13. Cyndi says:

    Hi! Love it! We’re just about to finish our tiny powder room and I’m trying to be brave enough to go dark gray, which is how I came across your picture. What color/brand is the paint? Do you have any final pictures? Thank you!

  14. anonymous says:

    Please tell us the paint color/brand! Looks great!

  15. Kacy says:

    Atze ist auf alle Fälle der beste !Ohne ihn wäre deutsche Komedy- Scene nicht da wo sie jetzt ist.Daher haben wir den verrücken Lockenmann mehr zu verdanken als wir denene.Wkiter so !

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