PATTERN IN THE POWDER ROOM

 

I'm not sure if all east-coasters don't know the term "powder room" or if my sister in law from New Hampshire was the exception: she looked at me like I had a red coat on with a feather in my cap and a stick up my ass when I showed her to the powder room.  "The powder room?  And I'm the queen of England.  This is a bathroom, JoJo," she quipped with a laugh.  I had to laugh, too.  I grew up in the Midwest and we called it a powder room or half bath, I'd say equally.  Never thought anything of it.  It does sound kind of pompous, actually, but that's just what it's called!

ANYWAY.  These usually tiny little rooms are the most requested additions in renovations.  And for good reason.  No one really wants their guests poking through their things in their bathroom and they are so convenient.  If you can carve out a space for a half-bath aka POWDER ROOM in your home, I'd say go for it. And when it comes time for choosing finishes for it, consider pattern.

It is counter-intuitive to put a lot of pattern in a tiny room, I know.  Wouldn't it make it feel cramped?  The truth is, a tiny bathroom isn't going to feel much bigger no matter what you do to it.  But it offers an opportunity for a dose of pattern and interest that would feel way too busy in other larger rooms.  I say embrace the charm that the room size offers and maximize it.  It could become your favorite little jewel box of a room.

Source  Grand Traditions Fine Homes.

Source Grand Traditions Fine Homes.

I LOVE this. The combination of lime waxed wood with matte black counters juxtapose perfectly against the monochromatic cloud wallpaper (on my bucket list to use on a project: I've seen it used again and again and it's always stunning).

Source  Design by Benjamin Dhong

Source Design by Benjamin Dhong

Benjamin Dhong created quiet interest with Nobilis' faux bois wallpaper.  Exquisite!

Source  Design by Taylor Borsari.

Source Design by Taylor Borsari.

Source  Design by Ali Budd Interiors

Source Design by Ali Budd Interiors

High Contrast wallpaper offers painterly interest while the mirror with traditional lines softens things and the addition of the basket warms it up.

Source  Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Source Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Such subtle pattern used here, but the wallpaper is the perfect backdrop for the antique mirror and striking stone basin and countertop.

Blue and white is timeless to me.  This could look a little country, but with the addition of modern sconces it looks fresh.

Aren't these bathrooms beautiful?! Imagine how they would be without the wallpaper.  The addition of wallpaper definitely kicks up the design a notch.

Source  Interior Designer Melanie Millner, Architect Keith Summerour, Photographer Andrew Ingalls

Source Interior Designer Melanie Millner, Architect Keith Summerour, Photographer Andrew Ingalls

Source  Design by G.P. Schafer

Source Design by G.P. Schafer

Source  Design by Jacquelyn Clark.

Source Design by Jacquelyn Clark.

Wait a sec, JoJo, these are not patterned powder rooms.

Okay.  These last few bathrooms are not wallpapered, but the shiplap does offer a pattern: a subtle, architectural one.  If you're afraid of hating your wallpaper in a couple of years, this is the way to go.  Pattern can be achieved through shiplap, millwork, tile, stone and brick as well.  

Source  Photographed by Brittany Ambridge

Source Photographed by Brittany Ambridge

Pattern delivered in the form of striped tile above.  If your budget is tight you could create a similar look with paint.  Another small budget idea: install a gallery wall to lend pattern and interest.  You could use frames and art you already have or go thrifting for frames and add your own art and photos.

Source  Design by Chango & Co.

Source Design by Chango & Co.

Source  Design By Eric Olsen Design.

Source Design By Eric Olsen Design.

Or pile on both a wall treatment and a leaning gallery wall!  Above the Zellige tiles are beautiful on their own but the layered art makes it more personal.

There you have it, plenty of pattern in the powder room!  If you're not sure where to start with your half bath or just need someone to hang that gallery wall for you you can e-mail me here and discover how to take your POWDER ROOM (ehem, sorry SIL!) to the next level!

 

 
Joelle SomeroComment