Thursday, October 18, 2012

{black & gold guest bathroom}





We signed the lease on our Chicago place almost 5 months before we actually moved.  Even though we never saw our place in person before moving day, I did have a ton of pictures and a floorplan to allow me start dreaming up decor for the different rooms.  One thing I was most excited about was that we would have both a master bathroom and a guest bathroom which meant I could do something a little crazy with the guest bath.  I fell in love with the sexy look of these black walls forever ago, but our loft just did not lend itself to this kind of look since the walls were 20 feet high. I figured the Chicago guest bath would be the perfect opportunity to try out the look of black walls!  The guest bath is pretty small so if the black paint looked horrible it wouldn't be that big of a deal to just paint over it.

We definitely won't be painting over this bathroom anytime soon because I am obsessed with how great it turned out.  The deep black walls mixed with the clean white fixtures would have been a good look on its own, but I really wanted to add in gold hardware and accents to give the room a bit more of a luxe feel.



 {brass tray to hold my perfume}

{bin from Crate & Barrel transformed by my favorite gold spray paint available here}


 {Jonathan Adler's soap dispenser from the "druggist" line . sadly this line is now discontinued}


 {brass guest towel holder with the custom guest towels we originally had made for 
our wedding with our custom crest}




 {I wanted to create somewhat of a "his and hers" look with the towel holders, but rather than going with the obvious printed signs I choose two of my favorite images which I printed on regular cardstock to give them a muted vintage feel.}


 {another inspirational image in a little bit bigger of a frame from Michael's Crafts which I painted gold}




{the mirror is from Ikea and is sold in a matte black finish, but I obviously 
gave this one a few coats of gold spray paint}


We used a true black paint from Ace Hardware for this room and I would give you the exact color name/number, but honestly it doesn't matter because there is only one shade of black available in most paint color brands and they will all work for you.  I could not have made this project happen without some trusty gold spray paint and the fact that we are fortunate renters with landlords that chose beautiful white Kohler bath furnishings.

After seeing the results of this room, I would most definitely paint a bathroom in any of our future places black.  I also think this color would also lend itself well to a second bedroom that is converted into a closet/dressing room.



25 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! We just had our gross 70s bathroom redone in all white, and you're making me rethink that decision...

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  2. LOVE the look! I have been dying to do something similar in a small bath/powder room, but for now we only have one bathroom. Also, really love the vanity tray!

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  3. Looks phenomenal! You are very talented.

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  4. This is so gorgeous and dramatic! Love it.

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  5. How sexy! Definitely something you'd have to be brave to try, and I'm so glad you were. Looks fantastic.

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  6. I love this! It's amazing what a coat of paint can do.

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  7. This is beautiful! I lived in Chicago for 3 (amazing) years, couldn't have loved it more - unless I'd had a black and gold bathroom.

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  8. This is gorgeous! I love the floating shelves above the toilet and the wire basket diy!

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  9. Gorgeous! I'm definitely copying this for my guest bath -- what finish on the paint (gloss/eggshell) did you use? It turned out so well!!!

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    1. Normally I like a more matte finish for paints, but since this was going in a bathroom we used a semi gloss finish which was recommended. Although it looks much more glossy in the photos!

      Hope that helps!

      -Natalie

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  10. This is insanely gorgeous! I love black rooms. I painted my dining room black, and added white and neon pink accents.

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  11. Love this!! What a difference the black walls make, they look so fancy!

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  12. Where did you get the black shelfs?

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    1. Hi Martha-

      The black floating shelves are from Target:

      http://www.target.com/p/wall-shelf-black-24/-/A-11042715#prodSlot=large_1_12

      Hope that helps!

      -Natalie

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  13. I love how bold you were with this room. Way to pick a theme and stick with it!

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  14. I love this! I am completely jealous!

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  15. Looks amazing - we don't have such forgiving landlords here in Australia. Will you have to paint it back to original colour when you leave?

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  16. Hi Natalie, there's nothing I don't love about this...and your entire blog. Thank you! Can you tell me who the woman is in the photo you framed above the towels?

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    1. Hi Mary,

      Thanks!

      The woman in the picture is the french actress, Lou Doillon, from a photoshoot for French Playboy.

      Hope that helps!

      -Natalie

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  17. Love this space! So bold yet fancy at the same time :)

    -Victoria
    xogorgeous.blogspot.com

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  18. Natalie there are so many varieties of gold spray pain , do you remember which one you used?

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