We’re back to share the tiny makeover we did in the tiny bathroom at the Mapleton House. But the scope and the room are the only small things about the project – because we used a bold color that made a big difference. Read on to see our new, blue ‘loo.
For the last year or so, I’ve had a growing crush on dark powder rooms. Maybe it’s because they’re always small, so a dark dramatic color feels like a surprise. Or maybe it’s because it’s a very intentional design choice (nobody accidentally paints a bathroom dark blue), and so it feels special.
No matter the case, small, dark, dramatic rooms (bathrooms, specifically) make me feel like I’m in a 1920s Gatsby-era environment and that makes me feel fancy (even if I’m in the bathroom). Dark bathrooms are the caterpillar’s kimono, and I love them. Have a look!
In the case of the Curbly House, this is the only room in the house with a bold color. Everything else is painted Sherwin-Williams Simple White SW 7021 (which is my favorite white). This one was easy to overlook because the room’s purpose is mostly functional (hello, first floor bathroom!), not aesthetic.
I began my quest for the perfect deep, rich navy blue by perusing the Sherwin-Williams website. I was immediately drawn to their Pottery Barn palette because it’s so classic and rich. I love the neutrals in this line, and I love the way the darker colors complement them.
From the beginning, Naval SW 6244 stood out. It’s a rich, deep, stunning shade blue. Here are a couple of inspiration photos of this color in action:
And, here’s a look at our own journey with Sherwin Williams Naval:
Tips on painting with a dark color in small rooms:
1. Dark colors recede. Contrary to what you may think, painting a room with a dark color will actually make it appear larger, not smaller.
2. Use two coats to make sure you achieve full coverage. Dark paint is slightly less forgiving than its lighter-toned friends. You will need a minimum of two coats to ensure proper, complete coverage. Be sure to paint with plenty of light (natural or artificial – you’ll want to be able to see what you’re doing).
3. When using dark colors on a small space with low ceilings, paint the ceiling the same color as the walls. We didn’t have to do this, but if your ceiling are on the low end, keeping the whole room cohesive will actually help make it look larger.
4. And lastly, painting in a small room like this is tricky, because you don’t have much room to do the work. To give himself more room, Bruno removed the door from its hinges so that he wasn’t having to work around it.
- Paint: Sherwin-Williams Emerald® Interior Satin in Naval SW 6244
- Light: Possini Euro Ava French Brass Light (currently out of stock)
- Hand towel: Ferm Living (discontinued)
- Mirror: Discontinued, this one is similar
- Soap dispenser: Project 62 Brass & Marble Soap Holder
- Faucet: Delta Marianna Bathroom Faucet