June 20, 2018 // Design

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

When designing a small space, it’s the instinct of the average person to paint the whole thing white in an effort to make it feel bigger. Designers though, are a different breed. Take Chris Bletzer, for example, who went all-black in his bathroom. And when we say all we mean all.

The Bed-Stuy designer created a sort of jewel box bathroom in his recently renovated home, wrapping the walls entirely in black tile, with a black toilet and black details from flush-button to power outlets. When it came to the floor and ceiling, he went with the unexpected, making the floor white and the ceiling black.

The square-tile grid effect gives a sort of early-80s throwback Miami Vice feeling, with a glamorous dark green marble sink and shiny chrome accents.

If you expected the rest of the house to be similarly moody, you’re in for a surprise. Chris kept almost everything else in the home light and bright, with plenty of cheerful color via vintage pieces. It’s an eclectic mix of styles that feels uniquely cohesive. See for yourself in the below slideshow.

Photos: Helen Eriksson

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

‘I didn’t consciously choose to use lots of yellow,’ Chris says.  ‘I initially wanted tonal nude shades, but color found its way in. The Cinema chairs are from the 90’s by Gunilla Allard. They feel like a Harvey Keitel movie to me. The table was originally a dining table, but I chopped the legs to make it a coffee table.’

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

‘The mirror was the first thing I bought for the house. I wanted something dramatic with a lot of contrast. I got it at an antiques mall in Connecticut.’

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

The sofa is the Piazza sofa from CB2 and the pillow is Scalamandre.

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

‘I took down the stairs handrail and attached it to the wall, which really gave an openness to an otherwise narrow room.’

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

Chris went for industrial stainless steel and stained black oak custom cabinets. ‘I wanted it to look like an operating theater, and the light really gives it that clinical feel.’

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

‘A lot of the silver is family stuff and I also bought a lot over the holidays on eBay while in a sugar coma. Now I have cupboards of it. I need to stop doing that.’

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

Chris hand painted the walls in the first floor power room. The blue vanity is custom made. ‘I went to Formica and picked out that really pigmented blue color, sketched it up, and then had it fabricated,’ he says.

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

‘The powder room is one of my favorite spaces in the whole house.’

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

‘I’d always wanted these dining chairs. Scale-wise they’re perfect for a smaller space and they are quite unobtrusive. They feel very 70s modern to me, and work so well with the credenza.’  The light shade was a fruit bowl in a former life.

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

‘The inspiration for the bathroom came from a book of lofts from 1984, but in the book the tile was white. This was so tiny I felt it was better to do it black. The floor is salvaged tile from a company in Arkansas that sells original and reproduction vintage tile. This is a mix of both.’

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

Chris designed the vanity, comprised of a deep green marble. The marble is actually several pieces stacked to create a thick looking slab.  The base was drawn on a napkin and quickly built by Bowery Kitchen Supply.

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

‘The pink walls in the bedroom change shade depending on the time of day.’ The embroidered pillow came from Tulum and Chris found the gold lamp in the trash on the street. The neon wave light is by Urban Outfitters.

Details: A Black Bathroom Done Right In A Fabulous Brooklyn Townhouse

A ‘real fancy’ vintage lamp sits atop a green Parsons desk from West Elm. The Gloria Vanderbilt print is part of a series by TJ Wilcox.

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