Dark and Moody

I’m borrowing this title from a line from Emily Clark’s blog today. icon smile Dark and Moody   You may remember I was having a  yearning for dark rich colors last fall.  Today Emily did a post about considering painting her powder room a darker color and it reminded me that before the holidays I pulled the trigger and painted our powder room a dark color which was a big change from its previous light hue:

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Now, it looks like this:

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So what do you think?  I admit I’m loving it now, but will I feel the same in April?  I was worried about a dark color like this looking flat but I wasn’t wanting a semi gloss because of the rustic styling in here.  So instead I had it painted in flat and then waxed it myself to add depth and movement.  It also makes it easier to wipe clean.  The little kilim was an old rug I had in storage.

You can see the original before and afters of our downstairs bath here.

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17 Responses to Dark and Moody

  1. The Vintique Object January 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Well, you’ve done it again, Lane. It looks incredible. Especially with the wooden sink console. I’m kind of blown away all over again. How did I miss this when I came to your house the other day. I think you must have a billion things to blog about from all that I saw!

    Amazing and totally the right choice to make.

    • Lane McNab January 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

      Thanks Camille! I just need to get busy taking pictures again. Can’t wait to see your sofa!

  2. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door January 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    I’ve wanted to do that for a while now, but can’t make myself pull the trigger. Of course, it might also be the hubs in my ear saying, you want to do what?! :) I LOVE how it turned out. Keep me posted on how you continue to love it. Keep inspiring me. :)

  3. Emily A. Clark January 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    LOVE it! Of course. And, let me tell you, if I ever get this crazy wallpaper off, nobody will have to remind me to share my post about my beautiful dark bathroom. Ha! I’ll be posting about it so much everyone will surely be sick of it…

    • Lane McNab January 18, 2013 at 6:16 am #

      Thanks Emily! And I have to say, I’m impressed by the level you are able to maintain with your blog with 5 children. I only have three and some days I forget one of them much less remembering what to blog about! :)

  4. Lisa January 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Lane, I love your bathroom in this sultry shade – so pretty!!! – and just wait ’til you see my bedroom that was inspired in part by you and one of your posts in the fall! I think a powder room is the perfect place for a dramatic color – it’s not a room that you spend all your time in (hopefully) and is a pretty surprise for a guest when they walk through the door. In my last house I painted the powder room black and I absolutely loved how art popped on those walls. Enjoy it – if you tire of it – it’s only paint!

    • Lane McNab January 18, 2013 at 6:18 am #

      Thanks Lisa! I can’t wait to see your bedroom! And yes, I always tell myself that very thing–it’s only paint…

  5. Tery January 17, 2013 at 5:12 am #

    Absolutely love it! It’s the perfect background for everything in there.
    It’s showcases everything and changes the feeling of the room.

    Great job…again!

    • Lane McNab January 18, 2013 at 6:18 am #

      Thanks so much Tery!

  6. Heather Gaume January 17, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    Very elegant looking! I am sure you will love it in April when a bunch of daffodils will pop against the dark color.

    • Lane McNab January 18, 2013 at 6:18 am #

      Thanks Heather!

  7. Kat January 17, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Wow, Lane, it looks great! Way to take the plunge. We recently painted the ceiling of our boys’ room a dark olive green and I’m diggin the look a lot. I love how your stained furniture looks against the dark walls. Great job!

    • Lane McNab January 18, 2013 at 6:36 am #

      Thanks Kat! And congrats on your little one–Finn is adorable! I love the sneak peek of the boys’ ceiling. Can’t wait to see the rest!

  8. shirley@housepitalitydesigns January 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    Just love it!!….I love how the white trim just pops against the dark wall color…such a rich, warm look!

    • Lane McNab January 18, 2013 at 6:36 am #

      Thanks Shirley!

  9. Jennika January 27, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    LOVE the color! I hadn’t even thought of what I was going to do to my master bathroom, but I may go dark too. Question, where did you get the picture hanging over the toliet?

    • Lane McNab January 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Thanks Jennika! My MIL drew the sketch above the toilet–she has many talents!

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