(Photos © Patrick Cline/Lonny)We've had the dark walls debate time and again (you all gave it a very enthusiastic YEA!), but what happens when you change the conditions? Bathrooms are notoriously small spaces that sometimes include weird nooks and unusual layouts; so are some closets and offices. So who would dare to coat those walls in a deep shade of blue, or—dare we say—black? We've seen a slew of dark surfaces come through our pipelines, and Lonny alumnae seem to have strong views on the matter. So while you're conjuring up your own opinion, here's what some of the professionals say.
"Painting small spaces really dark, especially when you have contrast like white tile, can make them feel more expansive and indulgent" says design savvy entrepreneur Ethan Feirstein of his glossy-black West Village bathroom. Lisa Sherry, who painted the walls of her quaint office a deep ink, says the hue creates an atmosphere that's "opulent, moody, and dramatic. At night, the space glows with warm light."
And then there's Austyn Zung, who believes deep colors work best in small spaces. "It creates a very cozy, masculine feel," she said after painting a client's bedroom in a city apartment. The rich shade also camouflages an unsightly mounted television that's presence could easily distract from the small quarters. Now, with these insights at hand, we must ask again: Are dark walls in a small space a do or a don't?