I thought this was the perfect image to start an Ideabook on wallpapering powder bathrooms. You simply can not go wrong by using a bold trellis wallpaper in this space. A simple venetian inspired mirror and classic vanity complete the really quite simple but dramatic design.
Now here is glamor. The oversized paisley wallpaper, in rich hues, creates a beautiful statement. A golden mirror is a perfect match, while the capiz light fixture is a more surprising choice which adds interest to the design.
This powder bathroom, wallpapered with a traditional black and white toile, is kept from becoming too frilly or overly traditional. This is accomplished by the presence of a black bamboo frame mirror, the simple sconce with black shades and a roman shade accented by a bold band of black trim.
What a completely cheerful powder bathroom! The colorful floral wallpaper is hung above tile wainscoting, a very smart choice. Not only does the tile prevent the walls from being completely covered with a print that could become overwhelming, but any splashes from the sink will hit the tile and not the wallpaper. This is certainly something to consider when deciding to use wallpaper in a bathroom, particularly ones that will be used by children.
Every element of this powder bathroom design is over the top, but it all works. Following the lead of the wallpaper, the mirror, towel holder, faucet, lighting fixtures, vanity and even the towel, all fall into the category of ornate. I think it is the richness of the wallpaper that stops the room from becoming garish.
This powder bathroom and the following are designed by Elizabeth Dinkel (as are two others in this Ideabook), and share a lot of common elements. Each is light, fresh and sophisticated. This version is wallpapered from floor to ceiling with a beautiful trellis pattern and I am particularly intrigued by the white lattice mirror layered over the wallpaper.
This version has stone tile running up the wall to meet a fan wallpaper. It is fun to study the similarities and differences between these closely related designs.
This is not a powder bathroom but I've included it because it demonstrates how adding wallpaper to a bathroom can elevate the look of a bath that appears to be very basic. This bathroom has simple tile on the countertop, a basic sink and shower. But the addition of the cheerful striped wallpaper, artwork, beautiful faucet, sconce and towel rack update this bath to a designer level.
This modern bathroom with an earthy quality features glasscloth wallpaper and a raised backsplash behind the vanity, projecting the paper. The horizontal lines of the Macassar ebony veneer used on the vanity follow the grain of the wallpaper, with the stone vessel sink adding an artistic element to the design.
While technically not a powder bathroom, how could I not include this bathroom? Red is an unusual color for a bathroom and this design is a fun example of how bright colors can be used in these rooms. To translate this look to a powder bathroom the red toile wallpaper would be perfect paired with a red vanity. One reason this design works is how the white wainscoting provides relief from the color and brings in the balance and simplicity needed to make all this color and pattern work together.
Now I am not certain this is a powder bathroom, but I am crazy about this design. The small scale lattice wallpaper brings a graphic modern element into the space while the large sconces reaching into the room add a vintage and whimsical aspect to the design. The oversized oval mirror continues the play with scale and helps make this design a delight.
The bold floral black and white wallpaper alongside the simple mid century modern vanity, in a warm wood tone, make for a delightful pairing. The very simple black mirror and streamlined sconces were great choices which add to the design yet keeps the final result from becoming too busy.
And don't forget the accessories. Dress up a powder bathroom as you would any other room of the house. A few well chosen accessories completes and elevates the finished look of a powder bathroom.
This is one of the most stunning bathrooms I have seen. The grasscloth has a rich silver tone that is repeated in the unique mirror, light fixtures, hammered metal sink and the absolutely stunning stone on the vanity. The perfect finishing touch is the addition of a brilliant magenta orchid.