black walls

Black walls are everywhere at the moment. I first noticed them in designer Connie Braemer's home featured in the October 2007 issue of Canadian House and Home. I was struck by how bold she was. Entire rooms including her bedroom and bathroom were painted black. One image, in particular, stayed in my mind. It was of a clawfoot bath tub with a small window and white hexagonal tile floors.

A few months later, we purchased our home on Marion Street. The bathroom had bead board panelling, a clawfoot tub, and white hexagonal floors. The panelling was painted a creamy white and the walls were mustard yellow. The overall feeling was quite cottage-y and country. Not my style at all! Knowing we had very little money to spend renovating the bathroom, I suggested we paint the whole bathroom black. Everyone thought I was nuts - a black bathroom ?!? But I knew black paint would be unexpected and make the bathroom interesting and contemporary. It ended up being the first project we did in the house. Here are the before and after pictures:

Eventually, I'd like to replace the reproduction pedestal sink with a vintage one. I'm also really liking the weathered brass fixtures that Jenna Lyon's used in her black bathroom shot by Melanie Acevedo. It seems so fresh after years of chrome and nickel hardware.