Our master bath is still one of my most favorite full room makeovers we’ve ever tackled. Maybe it’s because I still have nightmares about the starting point and appreciate how far it’s come. Or perhaps I simply love the contrast of dark and light, warm and sleek, natural and industrial.
I think for most people, the nearly black walls are a big part of the equation, as it’s not a color ordinarily found in bathrooms. But, when paired with white lower sections and a large window letting in plenty of natural light, the dark color doesn’t feel cold or cave like. Rather, it’s a warm, but bold neutral that packs a punch.
When the lovely lady that bought our old house asked me if I thought the same color (Wrought Iron in flat finish from Benjamin Moore) would work in that master bathroom, I said yes. Like our current master bath, this room also has a window and plenty of white wall trim to balance out the dark, pulling color from the tile up to the walls. In a moment of insanity, I offered to paint it for her, as a fun reveal of sorts. Fortunately, she didn’t find it crazy and agreed, to painting as well as a post about the changes. Here’s the bathroom, in all its pink glory while we still lived there.
Eek, that last photo looks really bubblegum, though in person it looked softer and deeper. I figured the only room I’d ever paint pink was a bathroom and went for it. Three plus years later, the current owner was ready for a change.
After only a few hours of painting, and a handful of new accessories, here’s it is after:
While the pink was light, airy, and borderline cottage-y, the dark is masculine, enveloping, and modern. Along with ample natural light, wood tones keep the dark walls from feeling sterile and lifeless. In the case of our bathroom, the walnut vanity adds that natural warmth. With a white vanity here, a couple of dark wooden accessories and art peppered around the room do the trick. I sanded and stained a bamboo tissue cover and created a custom wooden sign.
For a dash of fun and humor, we agreed on the ‘get naked’ design, as it hangs across from the shower.
Over by the sink, we added a circular trio to fill out the wall space. Using a kit and 10 inch wooden disk, I painted and hung a distressed clock, small wood slice art, and the owner’s antique hand mirror passed down from her grandmother.
The other side is simple with a hand towel and wooden bowl for hair ties. Going so dark on the walls really emphasizes the white trim, too.
It was fun to be back in a familiar space, working on a project and the happy couple love the changes as well. So, it goes to show that an unconventional, unexpected color can work in different spaces. Worst case scenario, if the changes aren’t great, it’s only paint.