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I want to paint my guest bathroom black. Black and what? I'm thinking maybe a cream or white. Too boring?

Any suggestions?

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  • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
    Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com Colonia, NJ
    on Jan 29, 2013

    While black may be a good color for perhaps a powder room, I would think again about a guest bath. Black while a interesting color it will show all water marks and spills. Also it will tend to make the room very small feeling. Lighter and brighter colors makes the room more inviting. Perhaps using black on trims, but for wall colors I am not so sure about that. What color are the fixtures, tub, toilet, vanity?

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 29, 2013

    thanks for your input! right now fixtures are bronz and the rest is white, but all is to be changed.

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 29, 2013

    oh! and the vanity top is blue.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I New York, NY
    on Jan 29, 2013

    What about black white and emerald green? I love that combo...Do you plan on keeping the blue vanity top as is? Here is a clipboard full of black projects (which I personally love) to give you some ideas: http://www.hometalk.com/b/149036/50-shades-of-black

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 29, 2013

    no, the blue vanity top has got to go! it's seriously ugly! the emerald green sounds pretty. i'll get my paint chips out and play with them. what about black, white and cobalt blue? or cream instead of the white?

  • Jonell Everett
    Jonell Everett Clarkton, MO
    on Jan 29, 2013

    My mother said NO, lol I had a black throw rugs and that was awful. So good lock and post pics. please..

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 29, 2013

    since i have 2 dogs and 2 cats, one each being white, i say no to black throw rugs, too! so does mom have any color combos that she loves?

  • Gina Little
    Gina Little Raeford, NC
    on Jan 29, 2013

    Pet Hair on any rugs is inevitable...lol I like Black and cream, you can find nice wrought iron fixtures for the towels and toilet paper holders and cleaners. Not sure if this type of stuff will go with the rest of your house decor, but I have found that mixing 1 color, as an accent color, from outside of your room into the next room works best.

  • Sharon @ mrs. hines class
    Sharon @ mrs. hines class Spring, TX
    on Jan 29, 2013

    Not boring....classic! You can add splashes of blue, green, yellow or whatever your favorite color is. I love using black and white to make my favorite colors pop.

  • Jonell Everett
    Jonell Everett Clarkton, MO
    on Jan 29, 2013

    There is a rug I think its at walmart, its got black,tan,and cream in it. I think that would hide more. I am going to do purple with my bath, maybe....lol

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 29, 2013

    so true! that would be cream AND white! i could use emerald or cobalt do-dads and pretties as accents! so glad i asked the question. you guys are so smart! feel free to keep the suggestions coming, though! i need all the help i can get since i am seriously color challanged! what color for the ceiling? anything but white. i do not like white ceilings!

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 29, 2013

    jonell, i think purple would be lovely! i wish my husband loved purple as much as i do. sadly, there is no purple in the house decor, but there sure is in my wardrobe!

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 29, 2013

    thank you, sharon! i think it's classic, too!

  • Julie
    Julie Mason, MI
    on Jan 29, 2013

    I painted my bathroom cabinets black sanded the edges and stained them for a rustic black look . Then painted my wall a medium camel brown. Classy look!

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 29, 2013

    oh! my! that sounds just beautiful, julie! are there pictures?

  • Mary Insana
    Mary Insana Pittsburgh, PA
    on Jan 30, 2013

    I love the idea of a black, cream and red bathroom. I painted one of our bathrooms navy. It has a nautical theme with sand colored flooring, cream trim,ceiling and door with white accents. It is a small bathroom and the dark nacy doe not make it look samller at all. While I LOVE the navy color it does show streak marks from the steam after someone showers even thought the fan is on. That is the only reason I would hesitate painting the guest bathroom black.

  • Days of Chalk and Chocolate
    Days of Chalk and Chocolate Trenton, NJ
    on Jan 30, 2013

    My powder room is black and white and I love it! It's chalkboard on the top and white bead board on the lower half. We haven't finished the process so this is an old picture but you can get the idea!

  • Kala Professional Restoration services
    Kala Professional Restoration services Ontario, CA
    on Jan 30, 2013

    How about black with light blue shade? I think it will give a cool look.

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 30, 2013

    your nautical bathroom sounds really pretty, mary. i hadn't thought about the steam runs. are they still visible after drying? good point! and the chalkboard powder room sounds interesting! can you write on it, too? love the beadboard! i'm still on the fence about using black.

  • Georgia Lyman
    Georgia Lyman Glens Falls, NY
    on Jan 30, 2013

    when my daughter was a teenager,she wanted a black bedroom with silver trim. I vetoed it. Navy blue would bw a vwetter choice with cream trim.

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 30, 2013

    now that sounds nice, too. i love soft blues. i was looking on the house beautiful site and they said to use only matte paint if you were using black because it shows every flaw. the walls are textured, so flaws are a moot point. does anyone out there think that an eggshell would be ok?

  • Georgia Lyman
    Georgia Lyman Glens Falls, NY
    on Jan 30, 2013

    oh yeah, go to Lowes or Home Depot and ask about their kitchen ceiling tiles that are silver, copper or bronze for the bathroom ceiling. Too cool!!

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 30, 2013

    wow! now you're talkin'! that would be awsome! will have to run that past hubby!

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 30, 2013

    and i agree that navy would be pretty, too. thank you all! this was fun and informative. off to bed. if you all think of anything else, i'll be checking back tomorrow. sleep well!!

  • Z
    Z
    on Jan 30, 2013

    Our master bathroom has Ralph Lauren Candlelight paint in a silver though I can't remember the exact name right now. The floor is black marble. The ceiling is a lighter shade than the walls. The fixtures are all white. I change out the towels often. Right now I'm using a light lime like green and dark aqua. I do however have plans to paint out water closet in black chalk paint so hubby and I can write love notes to each other.

  • Hamtil Construction LLC
    Hamtil Construction LLC Saint Louis, MO
    on Jan 30, 2013

    We actually painted a bath in our home grey, which was my wife's pick. I was a little reluctant at first, but must say that it looks really good! All the trim and the vanity is white.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Jan 30, 2013

    Go retro with black and pink.

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 30, 2013

    good morning! silver and black marble! goodness, becky! i would love to see that! and you could use any accent colors you want.

  • Cheryl stanley
    Cheryl stanley Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 30, 2013

    grey is a nice choice, too, especially a dark grey. what color did you paint the ceiling? and douglas, umm, no to the pink. i really like pink, but not a fan of it with black. thank you, though. i think black and teal would be pretty.

  • Z
    Z
    on Jan 30, 2013

    I don't have any current photos Cheryl, but will share this picture that I took of some towels that I fell in love with at Target, but didn't work out. I found the curtain that day too. I took it all back and went with solid colored towels but didn't take another photo.

    As you can see I had a little help in deciding the towels, rug and curtain just weren't working.

    As you can see I had a little help in deciding the towels, rug and curtain just weren't working.

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