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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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Bubba Cantrell
I have seen the positive affect black can have on space and the ability to hide mechanicals. But color is up to the owner and their preference. This is the reason one of my dads girl friends painted the beautiful walnut kitchen cabinets a ugly burnt orange! My sin painting a 1920s 2 story Italian type style home exterior medium blue, dark blue trim, and deep purple for accent, such as the 24" soffit and other stand out detail trim. It lo also looked great. I have also painted an end wall deep purple and the other 3 light blue. The purple wall seems to disappear, like your black wall or door does. Color advise is great, it helps you to stop and think of other options. However it still comes down to personal choice, diversity, yes diversity.
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mirador
Not meaning to be contradictory, 6isit, but actually black/dark/warm colors are interpreted by the eye as advancing - or appearing to move toward you (making an area seem smaller). Light and cool colors tend to recede, or appear to move away from you (making an area seem larger). Painting a high ceiling dark, for example, is a good way to disguise its height if you want a "cozier" feel. And vice versa, painting a low ceiling white helps it look higher.

Small dark areas are perceived by the eye as smaller than small light areas. Also, contrast makes a space seem smaller. The eye stops at edges where colors change, again being interpreted by the mind as a smaller space than if the colors are similar.

So I would proceed with caution in small areas or especially in areas like hallways with multiple doors. Black doors there mean a lot of contrast, and the eye is going to interpret the area as less spacious than if the colors were all light and similar.

I would entertain having one black door as a focal point, even in a small area if there were other black accents nearby, but a houseful of them would need large rooms to work to their best advantage.

On the outside of a front door, I think black can be very attractive. Inside, it really does depend on the size and the light in the entry. For years our front door, which had no window, was bittersweet orange outside and dark brown inside. I loved both colors. But when we replaced the door a couple of years ago I changed to sage outside and pale greenish gray inside, and it has made a world of difference in opening up the foyer area. We did have two long vertical windows installed in the upper half of the door, so there is light from them that we didn't have before. But even when the between-the-glass blinds are closed, and even at night, that light finish on the door makes the foyer feel a foot larger than it felt when the door was dark brown.

It's all a matter of taste in the end. It's hard to insist that there are right or wrong answers, because even when the answer IS technically "wrong," it's still going to appeal to a certain percentage of the population. And as has been said before, what matters is that you are happy with what you live with.
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A Window Above the Bathroom Sink: Feature or Flaw?

See how clever design solutions let you have your vanity mirror and a great view, too Full Story
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The Dorffel Renovation Project by FINNE Architects incorporates a beautiful line of tdl's behind a set of mirrors above the bathroom sinks, as seen here:
November 2, 2013 at 2:49pm   
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Deanna Hart
Finished product. Love the way it turned out. Functions perfectly to allow light in the room while still providing privacy.
November 4, 2013 at 4:45am     
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How to Light Your Bathroom Right

Get ready for your close-up in a bath that's a sanctuary with task, accent, decorative and ambient lighting Full Story
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kdimran
Toilet and shower together,it's 48 inchx100 inch area with pony wall and glass on top of it.
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Rhonda Mims-Brown
Excellent article - no wonder I look 10 years older and my eyes sag!
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Houzz Tour: A Georgia Foreclosure Gets a Major Overhaul

Gutting and redesigning turn a mishmash 1925 home into a unified haven with better flow Full Story
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letty_inc
I LOVE the navy cabinets....what a great punch of color!
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Marty Mapson
Quite frankly the house looked great before, except for maybe the kitchen, and that was just a style glitch.
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10 Advantages of the Humble Ranch House

Boomer-friendly and not so big, the common ranch adapts to modern tastes for open plans, outdoor living and midcentury mojo Full Story
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guggi1gm
Like the grey paint
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Kiki Puckett
i live in a 2 story and have rooms I never go in. I am looking to move into a nice little ranch within the next 5 years. I am very excited by the idea.
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Houzz Tour: A Beach Cottage Gets Its Vibe Back

Historically accurate details restore the 1940s charm of a Laguna Beach home Full Story
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sue home
Small cozy ,well planned homes ROCK, I am so happy to see Houzz show what can be accomplished with small rooms. Thank you
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Rose Greedy
I just love the outside of this place the curb appeal is remarkable for such a small lot. The inside looks welcoming and relaxing and everything you want in a place by the water. I love the idea of a back balcony or deck I would spend a lot if time there. Great work.
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