Choosing The Perfect Black Paint for the Bathroom
First, our mini bathroom had tile, then it had a wood wall treatment, and now it has PAINT! And not just any paint, today’s paint makeover is the boldest choice in a paint color that I’ve ever tackled, and I’m SO excited about the results.
Why Black Paint?
So after wallpaper was out of the question, I narrowed my focus to bold paint colors. Did I want a dark navy? A moody green? Or even a rich black to accent our black and white kitchen? They all sounded gorgeous, but something about the bold black was the most intriguing to me, especially since this bathroom is directly off our kitchen. I decided to go black and started game planning from there.
I was hesitant to paint the entire bathroom black because there’s limited natural light in this space. Yes, we did change out the cinder block window, which lets in a heck of a lot more light BUT that still didn’t seem like enough light to off-set such a dark color in a such a small space.
I wanted the bathroom to be bold, but there’s a difference between bold and a black hole.
If you are looking for a true, bright white, I highly recommend this white. I also opted for a semi-gloss for the white, because I wanted it to match the semi-gloss on our trim. When painting wood like this, semi-gloss is a good bet in terms of sheen.
Then it was time to decide which black would be best here.
Choosing the Perfect Black Paint
I headed to Lowe’s and recruited one of their paint specialists to help me narrow down my search. His name was Ben and immediately I knew this was meant to be! We picked out several paint swatches and although they were all beautiful, we ditched the black swatches that read more like dark greens or dark grays. That narrowed it down to three colors that seemed to be a true black…
- Valspar’s New Black
- Valspar’s Cracked Pepper
- Valspar’s Dark Kettle Black
Ben mixed me a sample of each, and I headed home to see what they looked like in the bathroom.
The Winning Black Paint Color
I looked at the black samples at all different times of the day, just to get a feel for how it would look at night, during the day, with the lights on, and with the lights off.
I also made sure to look at the paint with something white next to it (like a napkin or piece of computer paper). Since the winning color would be right next to the white board and batten, I wanted to consider all factors before choosing! (From left to right: Dark Kettle Black, New Black, Cracked Pepper)
- Purdy Paint Brush (my dad is a painter and only recommends Purdy paint brushes! They’re truly the best!)
- Painter’s Putty
- Painter’s Tape
- Purdy Roller + Roller Foam (3/8″ nap)
- Floor + Wall Cover
- 1 gallon of Valspar’s Perfect White – interior, semi-gloss finish
- 1 gallon of Valspar’s Dark Kettle Black – interior, eggshell finish
The Painting Details
I just love how the white board and batten contrasts so boldly next to the black paint. I can’t wait to see how this space will continue to transform over the next few weeks! My hope is to have an update next week and the full reveal soon after that!
Rookie Tip: If you did try to go bold (or any color actually) and weren’t loving the look, did you know that Lowe’s offers a “Love Your Paint Guarantee“? If you’re not satisfied with the color, you can always bring back the extra paint in its original container (within 30 days of purchase) for a replacement color that you will love! That makes it a little less scary going bold with a paint color. If you don’t like it, bring it right on back to Lowe’s. Love that!
In the meantime, I’d love to hear from others who are loving the black paint trend lately. This bathroom ceiling, this bedroom, and this pantry have me wanting this black paint trend to stay awhile! What do you guys think?!
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.