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Black & White Shower Curtains

Posted by Beth on September 11, 2009

I love shower curtains that add an unexpected design element to the bath. Right now, I have a clear vinyl one covered with cute floral medallions in shades of blue, green, and brown. It’s seen better days. After a couple of years of daily use, it’s got a tear near the top (probably from me being a little too aggressive with it before I’ve had my morning coffee). So I spent a couple hours last night browsing my favorite sites for a replacement. I’ve been planning to paint my bathroom aqua, and accent it with black and white accessories, but I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. I’m considering Benjamin Moore’s Seagrove or Oceanfront (check them out here, on BM’s cool virtual fandeck tool). I’m a pro at painting—I’ve done my bedroom three times now—but my bathroom walls are super high, which means I have to borrow a ladder from my super, and then climb up and down said ladder with a roller full of paint. So that’s why this project has remained on the to-do list for so long. I swear I will get to it one of these days, but in the meantime I’m going to pick up a new, graphic black-and-white shower curtain. Maybe it will motivate me to get painting. Here are the contenders:

Dwell Studio for Target Baroque Shower Curtain

Dwell Studio for Target Baroque Shower Curtain

I’ve loved almost everything Dwell Studio has done for their inexpensive line at Target, including this curtain with bold, oversized scrollwork. PRO: It’s a cotton/poly blend, which should hold up well over the long haul. CON: Some reviewers mentioned that the color bled when it got wet. Eek. $27.

Urban Outfitters Bird Toile Shower Curtain

Urban Outfitters Bird Toile Shower Curtain

Urban has a number of adorable black and white curtains, but this one is my favorite for layering an aqua blue bird silhouette atop classic toile. PROS: It matches my color scheme perfectly! And I love toile. And birds. And it’s on sale for $15. CONS: It’s 100% cotton, so it may require ironing. I hate ironing. $15.

Black Florafauna Vinyl Shower Curtain

Black Florafauna Vinyl Shower Curtain (at Bed, Bath & Beyond)

My friend Jenny has this clear vinyl curtain running amok with woodland creatures and flowers in her pretty purple bathroom. PROS: There are deer…and owls…and rabbits…and…seahorses? CONS: You can’t throw vinyl into the wash; it’s prone to rips. $20.

CB2 Pictobath Vinyl Shower Curtain

CB2 Pictobath EVA Vinyl Shower Curtain

I dig the whimsical, bathroom-inspired pop art print on this curtain from CB2. PROS: It’s got a sense of humor. CONS: It’s vinyl, so same as above. $15.

Marimekko Tuuli Shower Curtain

Marimekko Tuuli Shower Curtain (at

OK, so this one’s not technically black and white. Sue me. PROS: This tree silhouette is one of my absolute favorite Marimekko prints, and I think the gray and white would look lovely with aqua. CONS: It’s 100% polyester, so I wonder if it would make that annoying whisper-y sound every time I opened and closed the curtain; since it’s 7 inches longer than a normal curtain, I might need to make some alterations. $49.

And the winner is…Bird Toile. I’m ordering it right now.


One Response to “Black & White Shower Curtains”

  1. jenny said

    1. you are the worlds best painter
    2. I looooooove the gray woodsy one- i vote for that
    3. Does anything wrinkle in the shower? I do my ironing in the shower with steam.

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