Dramatic Black Powder Room

Often the design direction of a room will begin with a single piece of art. For this powder room re-do, it was a small painting that took the room in a classic, yet dramatic direction:

Dramatic Black Powder Room

This is what the room looked like a few years ago, when we moved in:

It still had its builder grade vanity, which wasn’t even 30″ high.

And here it is, after:

Powder Room After

The dark wood vanity with a granite top adds richness to the small room. Because it is such a small space, I looked for a vanity with legs, which visually expands the floor and makes the room feel airier and less constricted. This meant tiling the space underneath, but luckily there were a few tiles left by the previous owner.

Wood Vanity

The upper portion of the walls were painted a dramatic black, and the ceiling highlighted with crown moulding. Note the gold of the ceiling, referencing both the artwork and the gold damask blind.

Powder Room

Applied panel moulding on the lower half of the walls adds further architectural interest.

Powder Room

Notice the warm metal accessories? A few years on, and they’re becoming even more prevalent in design. Someday I may even replace the chrome faucet with brass if I come across a set at a good price. In the meantime, mixing metals is fine.

Colourful artwork pops on the black walls.

Large Leaf Artwork

And finally, here are side-by-side before and after photos:

What do you think? Would you use black in a powder room?

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