Following up on my tips for designing bathrooms with dark colors article, here are some inspiration images of primarily dark bathrooms for a project I’m working on in Soho. New Yorkers tend to shy away from primarily dark colors because space is often limited and clients usually want an interior to feel as large and open as possible. If you are nervous about utilizing dark tile, concrete or stone in the gray/ black family, a good place to start is a half bath or a parlor area if either of those options are available. A parlor area can function as an accent adjoining a bedroom to a bathroom, or a hallway to a bathroom. Natural materials such as wood, concrete, marble or limestone can offset the darker colors and bring warmth into the room. The bathroom fixtures can be lighter in color serving as an accent to the darker space.
Choosing stone for your countertop, sink, wall tiles or floor in the your bathroom is a great alternative to tile. Stone tends to be easy to take care of, durable and there is a wide variety of options and finishes. The most widely used finishes are polished (high gloss), honed (smooth with squared edges) and distressed (aged look).
The principal (non marble) stone types include limestone, slate, granite, sandstone and soapstone, travertine and onyx. Often the granite choice can depend on a wide variety of factors including which bathroom (is it heavily used or just a half bath?), budget, weight (some residences will require support beneath the bathroom to accommodate a large amount of stone), and the combination of other bathroom design elements. Stone offers a great deal of flexibility mixing and matching with wood, glass and even other types of stone. For flooring high gloss stones such as marble will stain easily and also be slippery.
1. Studio Sofield, 2. Chadbourne & Doss, 3. Vlassa Kverhulst, 4. Armani Hotel