Black Bathroom Walls- Would You Dare?

Black walls are trending, but would you dare to paint black bathroom walls? Well, I recently did, and the payoff was worth the risk! Let’s see if you agree.

Black Bathroom Walls - Would You Dare?

 

We needed maximum results for minimal cost in this beach vacation rental project. Since bathroom is the only one on the main floor, it serves as the bathroom for an adjoining bedroom, as well as a powder room off the kitchen and living area. Here are some before photos:

before

No need to tear out the white beadboard on the walls or subway tile in the shower. It might be helpful to understand where this bathroom ties in to the rest of the house. Here’s the adjoining space:

33 Palms Kitchen, designed by Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist, green base cabinets, Rose Bay Cambria quartzsee the befores and afters of this kitchen here

The bathroom door is the closed one furthest away, right next to the door to the first floor bedroom. Since it has no windows, choosing black bathroom walls isn’t going to make it any darker when the lights are out, right? My plan for this bath was simple: update the flooring with ceramic encaustic tile, paint the walls above the beadboard black, and change out some decor.

You may have already seen the flooring I chose in a previous post or on my Instagram feed, but here it is:

Marrakesh ceramic encaustic tile

 

I love it soooo much. Less than $4.50 a square foot and there are lots of ways you could use it – for floors, backsplashes, walls:

 

The existing tile flooring had to be removed, which was an ugly thing to watch:

in process

 

But what a difference the new flooring made! We didn’t even have to repaint the existing trim or beadboard.

Marrakesh encaustic tile floor by Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

 

 

So here’s the previous listing photo of the bathroom (the walls were much darker and more brown than this appears):

before

 

And here’s the new wall color, Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black SW6258:

black bathroom walls in Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black SW6258

 

Here’s a shot I took from the bathtub:

 

The art above the toilet repeats the green from the new bathroom mirror,

 

which is painted the same green as the base cabinets in the adjoining kitchen, Benjamin Moore Garden Cucumber 644:

kitchen design with benjamin moore garden cucumber lower cabinets, gray walls, Rose Bay Cambria quartz, design by Kristie Barnett of The Decorologist

 

I used a satin finish on the black bathroom walls to reflect the light, which you can probably tell from the photos. It looks so much CLEANER than it did prior. So the question remains, would you dare??

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Molly Hendricks
Molly Hendricks
2 years ago

You’re KILLING me with this….I absolutely love love it!!!

Kim
Kim
2 years ago

Yes, Yes and Yes. I did in my bath in Ohio and doing at our lake house. I love it. Where is the time from?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 years ago

No I wouldn’t! Love the kitchen color

Alyce Tucker
Alyce Tucker
2 years ago

Love it!!

Kelly Gregory
Kelly Gregory
2 years ago

YES! Love it!

Jennie Blackburn
2 years ago

Holy Midnite, it looks fantastic!!

Paula
Paula
2 years ago

So much better in black & white! Think I might do this to my powder-room!

Paula Robert
Paula Robert
2 years ago

So much better in black & white! Think I might do this to my powder-room!

Christy Byers
Christy Byers
2 years ago

I think it’s stunning!

Celeste Breen
Celeste Breen
2 years ago

Love it, just a few changes and it looks so much better.

Lisa W
Lisa W
2 years ago

I really LOVE this. I have a bathroom that has a similar amount of white and wonder if I could make this look work. Would you have still chosen black if there was a window, and if the white was just a little creamy?

Gloria Staats
2 years ago

I love it! I would not have thought about it, not sure if I would “dare”! But love watching the amazing job you have done. Not surprised, love your style!

Pam Clark
Pam Clark
2 years ago

Love it!

Susie
Susie
2 years ago

It is lovely, especially with the white millwork. I have a powder room I treated similarly, but used a very dark blue-green above the board and batten. Black wouldn’t have looked right in my house.

Shannon Garcia-Brown
Shannon Garcia-Brown
2 years ago

It’s beautiful! The white balances out the black walls so it doesn’t look like you’re walking into a cave. My master bedroom has two black walls and I used white to balance it. The look is stunning, classic and WOW, black walls! I personally love it.

Laura P.
Laura P.
2 years ago

Absolutely! The satin black looks so fresh and clean! Love how you brought the pop of green into the powder room, and the glints of sparkle in the framed prints. The floor tile is just beautiful! Great job, Kristie!

Patti Bower
Patti Bower
2 years ago

Love it! Especially with the touch of green. Lovely.

Beth Lester
Beth Lester
2 years ago

The black definitely works, Kristie. Looks beautiful!

Joanne
Joanne
2 years ago

It’s beautiful, Kristie! I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try it, though. (I’ve loved everything I’ve seen in this vacation home redo!)

Tina Marie
Tina Marie
2 years ago

I love it! It looks amazing, I would do it in a heartbeat! Flooring is great too. Job well done!

Teresa Wright
2 years ago

LOVE IT!! Amazing what the perfect paint and flooring can do! I’m curious though – would you have used black if the bead board wasn’t there?

Tamara from BetterBuyerSavvySeller

The black bathroom walls totally make a statement! They tie in nicely with the floors and since the tile in the shower was a classic white subway (with black trim) that worked too. That pop of green for the bathroom mirror was a nice touch. I’ve seen a few dark colored walls in the bathrooms of model homes. Navy blue and fuchsia also make a statement.

Leigh Ann Portale
Leigh Ann Portale
2 years ago

That’s beautiful! Everything about it!

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 years ago

Love it!

Carol
Carol
2 years ago

I like the black and white so much better. Not a fan of beige. I really like the patterned floor and the pop of color with the green that ties in with the kitchen as well.

Shelby Sprague
Shelby Sprague
2 years ago

Such a simple, clean and classic transformation!

Susie
Susie
2 years ago

Wow! I love, love, love it and would do the black walls in a heartbeat. For some reason, I’m not loving the green mirror. I know it ties with the kitchen, but I’m not feeling it.

Susie
Susie
2 years ago

Yes, I think it’s the gloss, but also maybe it’s too ornate. I see a simple gold mirror in the space 🙂
Love you Kristie!!!!

Cathy
Cathy
2 years ago

Love this! What paint do you recommend – egg shell finish or something else that will stand up to moisture and humidity from regular bathroom use?

Thanks!

Alysa
Alysa
2 years ago

Looks so good, big impact with paint and tile.
If i was looking for a beach rental and came across it I would be excited. So fun and fresh.

Melanie Miller
2 years ago

Love it! Not sure I’m brave enough to try this, but it looks great. And that tile is amazing!

Trudi Smith
2 years ago

Love, Love, Love. If you can’t take a risk in a PR, then where. I am so embracing the color explosion in design!

Carol
2 years ago

Black and white bathrooms are the cats pajamas! And this one is gorgeous

Salome
2 years ago

I love it. good job.

Angelique Konrad
2 years ago

Hi Kristie,

I love it. I was just thinking about using black wall paper, from one of my favorite brands Elitis , in my guest bath room to make it more funky. It has a bit of a 3D element to it. The rest of the bathroom is quite flat. So thank you for making me take the decision, once I saw your transformation. It looks fantastic!!

Sunny Penner Cox
Sunny Penner Cox
2 years ago

Eat your heart out, High Point! Kristie, this is such a fresh, clean take on a beach getaway. Nice and cool, totally unfussy, with glamour for miles! Perhaps instead of fretting so much about “timeless design,” we sometimes ought to consider which facets of the current offerings appeal to us and try jumping in with both feet! Thanks for the reminder!

Sunny Penner Cox
Sunny Penner Cox
2 years ago

PS (only leaving this here because I know it will get moderated). IKEA curtains have been my best friends for “hanging them high” in the shower area of the bathroom. But I almost ordered the FJÄDERKLINT pattern the other day, and it would look fabulous with that cucumber green! It’s “leafy” without being too “palmy.” Check it out!

taylor
1 year ago

Black in bathroom looks interesting, i think this colour looks better in modern interior.

Deborah von Donop
1 year ago

Love it, love it, love it. I always love reading your color advice. This is a great read, As an Interior Designer and decor blogger, I agree with you that choosing a color to live with your home is daunting for many. The most popular question I get in the field, is what color? Then they say they just want white! Maybe it feels safe. Our world is very visual, and many of these conversations need images and sometimes a little trust for the professional. You showed your professional prowess here.

Tanya
Tanya
1 year ago

I did this 2 years ago in my bathroom that has white tile going 2/3 to 3/4 way up the walls and there are eaves in the small-ish bathroom. I did tri corn black (SW) on the walls and ceiling and a black and off white shower curtain and I absolutely love it! No regrets, not even for a moment! My house is mostly neutral and lighter colors and we needed a bit of drama.

Sherrie
Sherrie
1 year ago

I would do this in a New York minute. Perfect!!!!

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