I've been crushing on dark rooms lately. Alas, painting one of my rooms a luscious, dark hue would be impractical. Since I live in a rental, it would take an enormous amount of time & energy to do it and then paint it back to the original barfy beige.
So I kept my fantasies of a dark, seductive room in my head, where 978,345 other thoughts reside. Until my old man started talking about making over his bathroom. I gently pitched the idea of a dark room to him and let it simmer (which may be the best way EVER to do something you want). A few weeks later, he mentioned painting the room a deep hue and I did a happy dance in my head. My glee probably showed on my face as well; I do wear my heart on my sleeve.
And so it was. I started perusing the interwebs immediately for inspiration and items to use. I even let him help a little, allowing him to pick the vanity. Continue reading to see the decor I've picked out and how it will all play together.
Originally, my fantasies involved painting with deep jewel tones. I’d have loved a dark, moody teal, but the old man was interested in a more subdued look for the bathroom. Thus, I chose Valspar’s New Spruce. It’s reminiscent of a hunter green or pine green, but with a touch of blue. I love complex colors that you can’t quite define.
I chose an Asian art-inspired shower curtain to serve as the room’s focal point. The dark walls really showcase the artwork featured on the curtain. It’s somewhat pricey to me at $55, so I may see if it’s something I can DIY.
I love a room that can seamlessly combine several styles. In lieu of adding more Asian decor and the room feeling too matchy, I chose items that are nature-inspired. Brigette at Free People has a tutorial I’ll use to the create the oil diffuser with branches. The woven baskets, stone bath accessories, and faux-stone flooring also add to the natural energy of the room.
One of our first steps of the makeover will be painting a test patch in the room. Doing a trial run will be very helpful, especially for such a deep color. If the color doesn’t translate well, I’ve chosen some others that are similar. And if all else fails and the old man doesn’t like it,
he’s certifiably crazy I think a medium gray would work well on the walls.
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11, 12, paint, flooring.
I can’t wait to keep you posted on the room’s updates as we go!
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