Lonny's Most-Pinned Baths: Julia Leach

Tastemaker Julia Leach, founder of the lifestyle brand Chance, designed this attention-getting bathroom for her apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While some would never consider black as a wall color for a small, windowless space, we say there’s a definite aesthetic return on the investment—and it turns out many of you agree.

1. The luxe contrast of the black wood-paneled walls looks especially sharp against the classic white hexagonal bathroom tiles and evocative Greek column–like pedestal sink. The pair of vintage ceramic sconces and the framed artworks—strikingly showcased against the dark background—as well as the graphic, foliage-print shower curtain layer on even more personality.

2. The richness and depth of the space is a direct result of the unexpected dark hue; it makes for a moody, sexy ambience with shades of Deco classicism.

3. Light bounces off the glossy black walls and reflects back on the two white expanses of the floor and ceiling. The large sconces flanking the mirror are great choices in this room. Black can have great payback in a small bath, but the details make all the difference: here, carefully chosen illumination, artwork, and accessories make this a room to remember.
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