Our powder bath door
I'm loving my new dark doors.
I've talked about this subject here before. It is something that I frequently tell my clients to do to their doors to help with the 'builder-basic' plague.
I wanted black doors, a la Thomas O'Brien, for my home and had my husband promptly paint ALL of the downstairs doors black. We set up a "paint room" in the garage that somewhat resembled a Dexter 'kill room'. My sweet husband painted all of those doors black and had them all ready to install in the house. Meanwhile, I was checking in on my Austin project, which I specified a dark door color for, and the minute I saw the color I picked for her doors I wanted it too and immediately thought "I have to change the color, like now, and Frank is going to kill me...and he's already got a kill room set up!". Soo, I got home that evening and politely told him that I wanted to change the color, which was followed by a laugh from him, because that is the sort of thing you would joke about after someone has been painting for 3 days! I then received a blank stare for what felt like a full minute and a loud sigh. I'm pregnant, so I get a lot of sympathy these days. Well, the doors are no longer black, they are a beautiful deep browny-black color and I loooove them! Thanks babe! ;-)
The door to our pantry
Our bathroom off of the sink area
What do you think? Do you love them as much as I do?
Speaking of our bathroom...I realize I keep promising those who are asking to show more of my own home and never do :-/. Designers are so much more critical of their own spaces, and they also are rarely "complete". Here are some details of our bath. I had to clean it up to show you the doors so I thought I would throw these in :-)
I will be posting 'my nursery journal' soon. I'm the worst. I haven't committed to a single thing for the nursery yet!...and I'm 6 1/2 months! I've ordered several swatches of fabric that hopefully will inspire me. The thing about being a designer is...your own home usually gets pushed back behind client's. I'm beginning the process though, and will document it here...if you are interested :-)
Happy 'What I'm Loving' Wednesday!
I LOVE the doors! I have been thinking about doing this in our home for several months, but I'm afraid Chris is going to fight me on it! :-/ What do you think? Should I go for it??
Emily, absolutely, it makes such a big impact! Will you do black or brown?
Well, I've been leaning towards black...but yours look fabulous! Do you think I should do brown? OH, decisions, decisions!
I don't know :-/ I loved the black but they were such a hard contrast and I wanted something softer. Black is definitely classic though!
Beautiful! Can you tell us what colour paint you used?
Thank you Anon, I used Night Horizon by Benjamin Moore :-)
I love them! Gorgeous!
Use satin finish enamel, not latex, gloss or semi-gloss. Also, don't ask a husband to do this unless you're pregnant or may become pregnant. ~hub
Oh Maria!!! They look so insanely good!!! Loving all of them!!
Alli, thank you!!!
Thank you Victoria :-)
Hi Maria! Came across your blog for the first time today via Remodelaholic. :) What great taste you have!! I loved looking through al your photos. Would you mind sharing a few of your favorite neutral brown paints for walls?? Good luck with the pregnancy!
Thanks for reading :-) I was actually thinking about doing a post soon on some of my favorite paint colors :-) Check back soon. Thanks for the well wishes also :-)
Looks great! What color black do you reccomend if you want black doors?
Thanks Sandi :-) I don't have a particular "go-to" black that I use, there are a ton out there. I highly recommend painting a sample and seeing how it reads in the lighting in your home.
I have just discovered your amazing blog via "A Well Dressed Home". I love your beautiful designs and taste. My doors seem so white after reading this post! LOL Would you use Night Horizon with dark grey walls?
Michele, I'm so glad you found me and through Emily :-) I just love her, we go way back to college days! I love my dark doors! Night Horizon is a great color but I highly recommend painting a large sample and looking at it witht the other colors in your home. Good luck!
I am dying to know who makes that chest with the nail head detail in the first pic, would you mind sharing??
Hi Lily! This is my home, so I don't mind sharing sources at all. The leather and nailhead chest is by Bernhardt, but I believe the piece has been discontinued :-/
Oh my word I have finally found the perfect brown for my interior doors! I went to HD & had them pull up the BM Night Horizon. They made me a lil sample. I am sold!! Like you, I think black is a bit harsh, brown is softer. Can't wait till hubby goes to the hunting camp next weekend so I can get started. :::easier to ask for forgiveness than permission::: Seriously he never says a word.
What I like about dark colors is that it creates a feeling of modernity and elegance. Glad that your request was granted right away. Now, you can enjoy staring at your newly painted deep browny-black door.
-Roosevelt Franklin @ ClearChoiceWin
Love your details from you bathroom! Please please please tell me the manufacturer of your light fixture - the chandelier. I have been searching for one just like this for our master bath. We are renovating a home from 1906. :)
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