Don’t be intimidated by a black bath; if you’re ready to try it, just make sure there’s ample light (and mirrors to bounce the light around). If there’s not, half-black, half-white is a good alternative. For inspiration, here are 10 we like.
Above: The London bathroom of journalist Kate Watson-Smyth, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe. See the rest in Going to the Dark Side with Mad About the House in London. Photograph by Rory Gardiner for Remodelista. Above: The London apartment bath of architects Bentley Hagen Hall is finished in tadelakt, a traditional Moroccan lime plaster. See more in Bathroom of the Week: A Moody Tadelakt Bath in London. Photograph by India Hobson, courtesy of Bentley Hagen Hall. Above: An Axel Vervoordt–designed bathroom in the TriBeCa Penthouse of the Greenwich Hotel makes use of a 17th-century stone water trough as a soaking tub, complete with fireplace nearby. See more in On Top of the World: A Belgian Antiquarian Designs a Penthouse in NYC. Photography courtesy of the Greenwich Hotel.
Above: For a master bath submission to this year’s Remodelista Considered Design Awards, Brown Design Group used Dunn-Edwards Black Tie paint to separate the bathroom from the bedroom in a Los Angeles home. Photograph by Matt Wier, courtesy of Brown Design Group. Above: In this San Francisco project—another submission to the Remodelista Considered Design Awards— designers Lynn K. Leonidas and Andrea Faucett used black granite slab for the bathtub niche and Nero Marquina marble hex tile from Ann Sacks for the surround. Photograph by Aubrie Prick, courtesy of Lynn K. Leonidas. Above: In the master bathroom of a Bedford, New York, former farmhouse, architect Rafe Churchill had an existing bathtub painted black and the floor finished in black granite mosaic tile. See the rest of the house in Architect Visit: A Renovated Farmhouse in Bedford with Scandinavian Influences. Photograph by Amanda Kirkpatrick, courtesy of Rafe Churchill. Above: A bathroom at L’Hotel Marrakech, designed and owned by Jasper Conran, is lined in black tadelakt and white stucco. See more in A Romantic Riad from UK Designer Jasper Conran. Photography courtesy of Jasper Conran.