September 3, 2014

Black Laundry Room

As the title suggests, I painted our laundry room black:

Now before you think I've lost my mind, allow me to explain the method behind my madness!

I had originally planned to paint a black accent wall behind our washer and dryer. I put together a comp of the imaginary folded out room in Photoshop to see how it'd look:

It looked pretty good but just for fun, I added an all black layer to see how the room would look if it were painted all black:

Needless to say, I fell in love!

Psst: yes, the room will have more than the painted walls and the washer and dryer but I don't want to give too much of the final look away :)

We removed the door to the room before moving the washer and dryer out:

Then I painted my little heart out! I went with Sherwin Williams' "Tricorn Black" in a satin finish which was mixed in their Emerald line. I got the paint during their 30% off sale but it still rang in at $49. That's more than I typically spend on paint but it was worth every penny!

The finish is flawless (no roller strokes or brush marks) and I love how the black walls contrast with the white machines and doors:

I also love how much whiter and brighter the doors and trim seem:

I'm pretty sure my heart skipped a beat when we moved the machines back in!

By the way, pay no attention to the mirror...

To make things easier on ourselves, we hung it up while the machines were out of the room. After looking at it for a few days, I've decided to replace it with something else. The scale is off and it looks small hanging above the massive machines.

Anyway, I know black may seem like the wrong choice for such a small room but I'm happy with my decision! The room doesn't feel like a cave at all. In fact, it's kind of sexy and mysterious haha

Also, technically the only full black wall is the one across from the washer and dryer and it will have art hanging on it very soon. The bottom half of the other 3 walls are taken up by the machines. The two doors (well now one) also take up a good chunk of the walls.

I was surprised by how much bigger the room felt after we removed the door to the room!

We're still debating on whether or not to remove the door to the linen closet.

Ready for a before and after paint comparison?

What do you think of the difference?

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  1. Oh I'm all for this sexy and mysterious laundry room ;) LOVE THE BLACK!

  2. I'm big into dark walls lately. Yours looks great with all of the white.

  3. You already know I loooove a black painted wall my friend, and this is no exception. I love Tricorn Black. Its gorgeous. I can tell this room is on its way to being graphic and sexy and all kinds of awesome!

  4. Bold choice, but it's totally paid off. I really cant wait to see your finishing touches.

  5. It looks so good! And you know I LOVE a black wall. Can't wait to see!

  6. This looks great! I'm loving dark walls lately so this looks perfect.

  7. Isn't it funny how black really doesn't make your room seem smaller? such a myth! We painted a huge wall in our living room black and everyone thought I was crazy...but now it's the most talked about thing in our house! LOVE the laundry room! you may have convinced me to paint more things black...once you go black you never go back!

  8. B + W = always right! I love it! It's like you're going into space...laundry space! Fun! xoxo

  9. Love it! You can go so many directions with this! Old Hollywood, Glam, Paris... so excited to see what you end up doing with it!

  10. I'm dying to use Tricorn Black somewhere someday! A laundry room is the perfect place to be bold, I love it!

  11. Oh my goodness, it looks absolutely magnificent Caitlin!! I love the black/white contrast. Can't wait to see this coming together!!

  12. ooh, very nice! If you can find a way to make laundry sexy and mysterious, you really just have to go for it, right? ;)

  13. Well I DO like to be sexy and mysterious when I'm doing laundry... Very cool update, I love a dark/bright/bold color in a small room. I think it's the perfect place for it!

  14. I LOOOOOVE this. Like so much! Awesome job! :)

  15. Love it! Our doors and Beckett's mural are Tricorn Black. It really is the most perfect black!

  16. It looks great - the black was a really bold choice, and it works well in the small room.

  17. Love it! I always think dark paint looks amazing in small rooms, and this is bold and gorgeous!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  18. I dream of black walls somewhere in my future house, and this confirms why. Looks BADASS. That mirror is amazing, too <3

  19. I don't think I'd ever have the balls to paint a room black, but it really does look awesome! I can't wait to see how you finish it off!

  20. I think it could use even MORE bling! That would be cool to add some DIY mirrored floating shelves for glam storage :)

    Cool idea! Love the black.



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