Do you have a Small Space and want a big impact? Paint the doors black. I’m shocked at how much these painted black doors transformed our small guest bathroom. Because I tend to lean toward the make-everything-bright-and-white direction, it was interesting to see the effects of painting black. More specifically, I was amazed at how applying shiny black paint made this space feel lighter and larger.
5 Reasons to Paint Bathroom Doors Black
- PICK UP ACCENTS in your color scheme. We have the original floors from the 1930’s that are a black and white basket weave. So that established our color scheme. The black door just enhances the beautiful old floor.
- GO FOR GLOSS in the paint to add light. Mat black is more natural and casual, and it’s equally beautiful. However, we don’t have much light in this space, and so our details are dressier. So the Gloss is the way to go. The light actually bounces and makes space feel lighter. It also looks great contrasting with the bright white.
- ENHANCE THE OLD door by making it look special. The black paint is more forgiving than I had imagined it would be. It’s very flattering on the old wood door. The gloss makes it look special. The large cabinet you see was actually the original master bathroom door. The shiny black paint with old fashioned hardware really brings the space together.
- CREATE A VOID with the black paint that opens the small space and makes it feel larger. This needs to be strategic. Too much black can be too heavy but just enough can make the space flow just right.
- CREATE DRAMA with a simple high contrast color scheme, that’s great for brass lighting to pop. In this case, the black and white with a little old wood really allows for the edgy light fixture to pop. Only recently did I learn that a little brass goes a long way.
A little Background
Living in a 1930’s renovated house in the heart of Buckhead Atlanta has been an adventure. If these walls could talk. 😉 This guest bathroom was once the master back in the 1930’s. The glossy black cabinet was once the door to the small kitchen area. We’ve remodeled several times. Our next step will be to get our floors stained, and I’m so excited. Can’t wait to show you. 🙂
- Color scheme. Adding a little old wood and brass to the high contrast black and white helps the flow into the bedroom.
- Brutalist light fixture.
- Mixed with antiques (mirror, knife, bucket etc). A favorite place to look for vintage is Etsy. Also, I love OKL for art.
We’re keeping it together with the color concept of BLACK, WHITE AND BROWN with a little brass. There’s lots of Kelly Wearstler inspiration with her fabric and her marble sculpture.
Just outside this guest bathroom, the same color concept is repeated. I have my grandmother’s old double chest, which grounds the room.
Black, white, and a little brown has always been my favorite color combination, and so it’s fun to see why it works in this guest room update. I’m also now a huge fan of painted doors.
Thanks for visiting, y’all 🙂 Have you painted any of your doors black? Tell me what your favorites are.