Black Walls in Bathrooms: Yea or Nay?

Black Walls in Bathrooms: Yea or Nay?

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Carolyn Purnell
Oct 14, 2014
(Image credit: My Paradissi)

Black bedrooms, inky kitchen cabinets, and dark living rooms have all been fodder for discussion here on AT, but lately, I feel like I've seen a spate of black walls popping up in bathrooms. What's your take on this bold choice?

On the one hand, black walls in bathrooms can be unbelievably elegant and beautiful, as the bathroom in the Sag Harbour cottage above (designed by ASH NYC) shows. And if you're the sort of person to take long, relaxing baths, the dark walls could feel cozy, intimate, and restful. I had a black bedroom for years, and the color made it feel like a retreat from the world.

On the other hand, bathrooms are not all about relaxation. In the morning, when you're getting ready, you probably want some light to jog you into being, and when you're trying to put on makeup, get a close shave, or perform other grooming tasks, it can be helpful to have a brighter space. It would make a difference if the bathroom in question had windows, of course, or lots of white tile or other white accents, but generally speaking, dark walls don't offer a light and bright atmosphere.

So what do you think? Are black bathrooms a good idea, a bad idea, or good only in certain circumstances?

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