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Want to Brighten Up a Tiny Windowless Bathroom? Go Dark

A small windowless bathroom given a very chic coat of shiny black paint
Julia Steele/Apartment Therapy

Everybody knows dark paint closes a space in, right? Not so fast. Dark walls can help open up a tiny space—like that sad windowless bathroom nobody ever uses in your house.

Over at Apartment Therapy they’ve shared some tips and tricks for maximizing the visual space in your way-too-small bathroom. While we like all the tips, our favorite by far is the most risky, design wise: painting the whole room inky black.

It might feel counterintuitive to make a dark space feel even dimmer, but dark does not necessarily equal gloomy. Caitlin Murray, the founder and designer of Black Lacquer Design, remodeled a small bathroom without any windows last year and made it into a moody, dark, and sexy retreat. This made the lack of windows feel almost intentional.

The trick was to focus on metallic accents, which helped to both grab the small amount of light and amp up the glamour. After all, there’s a difference between a bat cave and slinky room. “

For more tips (including some that don’t involve buying two gallons of Super Sexy Ultra Shine Black) check out the full article at Apartment Therapy.

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