November 21, 2011

Cool, Dark, and Serene

The guest bathroom recently underwent a complete overhaul, complete with floor demolition and plumbing updates. The old drain pipes were still made out of lead and the old cabinet was some seriously deteriorating MDF-vinyl affair!

From our other small bathroom, I had already learned the completely counter-intuitive trick that tiny, well-lit spaces do really well with dark wall colors. The dark walls recede and actually make the space feel bigger - a very strange optical illusion that I think is heightened in this case by the sharp contrast with all the white tile and fixtures. We went from this:

to this:

Here is a shot of the other side, with the fun tree curtain I found for the bathtub. Before:



monica said...

Our bathroom has white beadboard and then dark green above and I agree that it does surprisingly make it look bigger. i think a light color floor helps too.

Linda said...

Lovely, absolutely love it...I had done a zinc powder room before and achieved the same effect, spacious feeling despite small footprint! Happy, happy remodel

mwg said...

I love the new look - the new bathroom makes the whole house look and feel newer.

Wendy in Oz said...

Looks terrific, but please keep the old curtain & red towels for when you want a change to a bit of brightness for a change ... We all need a change occassionally ... & the old curtain would give you that! :)