Friday, October 14, 2016

French Country: LBB - Little Black Bathroom

Every woman needs an LBD -- Little Black Dress. Right?
But how about an LBB -- Little Black Bathroom?


My little bathroom was rather boring until I decided to add black to the mix.
Black and white is such a classic French palette. 


A black ribbon on some lacy curtains,


a black metal plant stand holding a white and black-trimmed enamel bowl, 


a black wire basket underneath to store toilet paper, bath things or magazines,


and a black rug on the white tiled floor gives this tiny bathroom some French drama.


French Country bathrooms are known for style, feminine touches, comfort and romance.
It's easy to add these to any bathroom without a lot of fuss or expense.

An old ironstone dish holds some fancy soaps from Provence.


A French champagne bucket is handy for flowers or as a wastebasket.


Open shelves contain towels and an ironstone chamber pot. 


Metal or tin objects like this old medicine cabinet, 
displaying vintage mirrors and bottles, lends a feeling of days gone by.


This tin clock is a thrift store find, the lavender a perfect accent 


Purple towels and a black vintage purse add a pop of color and a touch of whimsy.


A framed piece of artwork like these four colorful French postcards 
adds another dash of black and a bit of romance.


An antique mirror above the sink or on the wall is one of the easiest ways
to bring an old-world feel to your bathroom. 


A diminutive chandelier brings all four French style elements to this room
and amps up the glam factor.
The light is on a dimmer. Ooh la la.


If you have room, which sadly I don't, you could incorporate a Frenchy antique, 
perhaps a bench or chair or even an armoire for storage. 
No space? How about a French market basket to hold rolled-up bath towels?


Do I want black and white octagonal floor tiles and a lovely old clawfoot tub?
Yes, of course! 
But that will have to wait for a major renovation. 
Meanwhile, draping a pretty cloth curtain on your shower rod
and a small black rug on the floor adds texture and softness. 


Just because you have a tiny, tired bathroom doesn't mean you can't jazz it up
French Country style!

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53 comments:

  1. I love this! My tile is white with touches of black so this would be a great option. Thanks so much for the ideas. Pinning.
    :) gwingal

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    1. Thank you Nikki! I'd love to have a touch of black in my all-white tile. If I had some wall space in my bathroom, I think black and white photography would look perfect. Hope you have a great week.

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  2. How fun is this. I love it. The black was the perfect accent and your accessories are spot on.

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    1. Thank you so much Marty! I think you're so good with accessories so I'm flattered you liked mine.

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  3. As you say, not everybody has the budget to rip out their bathrooms and redo. You make the most with what you have--and in your case, classic white tiles help a lot. The knobs on your faucet are so pretty, too! Honestly, most of the bathrooms I've seen in France are pretty atrocious. Probably because they were done in the 1970s (that's when the houses in my village got indoor plumbing), or because they were crammed into little spaces like hallways, former maid's rooms or whatever. And you can't just run pipes where you want when you have 2-foot-thick stone walls. Sure, some people dedicate a former bedroom to a grand, luxurious bath. But not everybody has a bedroom to spare.
    Great job on your bathroom. BTW, I bought those same Toulouse-Lautrec prints for my apartment when I first moved to Europe.

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    1. Thank you very much! Loved hearing your take on French bathrooms. Have a lovely week.

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  4. A really pretty simple update. One of the biggest differences between Europe in general and the USA are our bathrooms. Ours in Europe tend to be small! With the exception of the family bathroom I grew up with in our English farmhouse, it was the size of a large bedroom and always freezing cold, with a gigantic claw foot tub, back then I loathed it all, nowadays I would die for a bathroom like that! Our en suite master bathroom here in France is minute, it's probably not a lot bigger than our shower cubicle alone was in the USA! However, I love it. We totally redid it, it used to have draped fabric on the walls tacked to wooden boards to cover up the irregular shaped walls, need I go on! We added a new sink unit and a fabulous power shower, white tiles, solid glass front and that's all we could fit in! But you know what, my point is, go for it, a bathroom doesn't have to be huge to be luxurious, small is good! Have a wonderful weekend xx

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    1. Thank you Susan! Small is good but I'd love to have just a bit more space for a separate shower and a soaking tub. My bathroom is always freezing too! Enjoy the weekend.

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    2. I just got back to this! In the States we had a huge bathroom, I mean it was big enough for a bedroom and a bathroom easily! Here our en suite is tiny as I said, and I love it, I thought I wouldn't, I mean it is tiny, but I simply adore it and the best part, it's always warm! Unlike the other bathrooms in the house which are typically cold, a European thing, mine is always warm and toasty, so I am happy with small!!!

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  5. That little room is so classy. Job well done.

    FlowerLady

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  6. I'd love to be able to display pretty items in the bathroom; however at the moment practicality is winning out. I keep as little as possible on display so that cleaning is quicker!

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    1. Thank you for visiting Catherine! I hear what you're saying. I essentially have no vanity space, just a sink, but it works out and just one less thing to clean! Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Thank you Ellis! I love that chandelier too. Would you believe I found it in a yard sale for $10? Score! I'm still looking for two little sconces to replace the Big Box twins. Happy weekend!

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  8. I love how you've styled your bathroom. All the little touches add up to such a good look.

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    1. Thank you Grammy! Sometimes little is better. So happy to hear you liked it.

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  9. I love your French touches, and black is ALWAYS a winner in my book :)

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    1. Thank you Julie! I agree with you. Black is always classy, especially in small doses. Just the right bit for an elegant understated look.

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  10. Simple touches often make the biggest differences in a small bath. Love the hanging hand mirrors.

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    1. Thank you Donna! You're right. I guess it's like a simple diamond ring on a delicate hand. Sparkly and dramatic. I love the hanging mirrors too. Have been collecting them for years.

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  11. Your French bathroom looks beautiful! I love that gorgeous chandelier!!!

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    1. Thank you Shannon! A little chandelier makes all the difference. I'd like to have one in every room!

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  12. Lovely and peaceful. The white tile is classic and mixes so well with the other colors. Liked the pop of color with the towels in the closet.

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  13. Oh, I adore your black and white bathroom and all the lovely touches you added to give it the perfect French charm. The iron heater grate on the floor is pretty fabulous too. Simply elegant!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you Mary Alice! Appreciate your comments as always.

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  14. The bathroom looks so pretty. The touches of black are a perfect compliment.

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  15. The black and white is simply elegant! Love it! I especially liked the black purse!

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  16. Love it, and I am going to have to steal your idea about the purse holding towels. Very sweet!

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  17. It looks very pretty, black adds a classic charm! I have some vintage mirrors that I hung up by the handles in my bathroom like you did :o)

    Tania

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    1. Thank you Tania. Aren't those little mirrors sweet? I'm always watching for more.

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  18. Great job on your LBB. I love the enamel bowl on the stand in the corner! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  19. Very cute! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It!

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  20. Love your LBB; charming!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  21. Thank you Cindy! Sometimes I wish I had a BBB (big black bathroom) but small has its charms too. Have a great week.

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  22. Very pretty Pat. Thank you for hosting at Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thank you Angelina. So glad you like it. Do you think black towels would be too harsh?

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  24. Love your little black bathroom, Pat! Especially your diminutive chandelier--ooh la la is right. Thanks for sharing your beautiful decorating with us at Vintage Charm.

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    1. Thank you Diana! It's funny how our tastes change over the years. Ten years ago I would never have put a chandy in the bathroom. Now, I'd love to have one in every room! Hugs,

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  25. Your bathroom is absolutely full of french charm Pat and oh, so chic.
    I'm delighted to feature your decorating tips on Shabbilicious Friday tomorrow.
    Kerryanne xx

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    1. Oh, merci Kerryane! I can't wait to see my feature. Hugs,

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  26. Greetings,
    I know I'm late to the party, but you just solved a huge problem for me!!! My bathroom is sort of olive drab, and new paint is NOT on the horizon! However...I think your black and white would be stunning in there...I just have to find a small piece of fabric for the curtain and lid cover, that is white/cream with a touch of green. I already have black, white and cream towels...the black from our second bath that has a lot of black and red :^) I will watch the sales for a small black and white runner as well!
    Many thanks for your unwitting help :^)...I appreciate what it takes for you to publish a wonderful blog!
    Blessings,
    J

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