Sunday, March 23, 2014

Client's New Powder Room Revealed!


I think the main powder room of a house should have a little sophistication and at the very least a bit of flair! I know many decorators like to treat powder rooms like little jewel boxes, myself included. Client's on the other hand can be oh so apprehensive to go a little nuts. Such was the case with this client.
A graphic metallic wallpaper in the end brought the space to life!


This was how the space looked just after install and paint. Rather boring I thought. I originally proposed wallpaper, but the client got cold feet and couldn't commit.  


The room was newly created from a previous closet. The client also wanted to use an existing fixture and center it on the back wall and then add a long mirror to cover the wall from sink to toilet. In case you wondering how I felt about that, well you can read about it here. But let's just say I think a blank wall of darkness would be s a better option! My suggestion, albeit unconventional, was install a scone over the toilet. And, I knew just the one.

I thought the beautiful herringbone pattern marble floors needed to be a feature, not the toilet and sink! But sometimes you have to do things one way in order to get them done the best way. So everything was installed...

This is a very small room. I knew this oversized sconce would be a great addition to illuminate the room properly and distract from the loo. Same with the tall mirror, it had to be interesting and reflect as much light as possible. Adding these 2 items made a big impact, but the bland paint just wasn't doing anything for the gorgeous floors or going to yield the result I knew was possible with paper. So again, I showed my renovation weary- wallpaper phobic client 3 different papers that could work. She decided on a graphic metallic. No one was more surprised than me. She fell in love with the paper as soon as it went up. The outcome was thrilling for both of us! 

If this little jewel box isn't proof that papering the powder room is the way to go,
  I don't know what is then!!!



Sources:
Sink & toilet: TOTO
Wallpaper: Thibaut
Sconce: Corbett
Mirror & Accessories: RLI Interiors
Final photo: Hadley Photography

23 comments:

  1. Love this! Absolutely makes the room!

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  2. I love to do this in powder rooms too. It looks like a jewel box indeed. Have you thought about painting the ceiling in a shimmery tone??? Have a great week. Love your acorn!

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    1. Ron,
      Thank you and I love the idea of painting the ceiling in a shimmering shade!

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  3. I am a wallpaper phobe - I don't have any in the new house (after spending much time and money taking it out of my old 1988 house). However, I am blown away at the difference that wallpaper makes in this beautiful powder room!

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    1. Holly,
      I know your house is gorgeous as is, but wallpaper has come a long way and quite easy to remove. With your great taste (and perhaps guidance from SK) I just know you'd find a great paper!

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  4. What a difference...it looks gorgeous...your client must be thrilled!

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    1. Hi Taylor,
      She is and has said she is so glad I "made" her do it and her husband really liked it too!

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  5. Hi Rebecca,
    Like your client, I can't commit. I like wallpaper alot but when it comes to choosing the right one I'm overwhelmed by all the choices! This transformation is so amazing. I also have a small powder room with no window. Do you do any long distance work for small projects?
    Thank you,
    Kelly

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    1. Hi Kelly,
      I do lots of small projects and would be happy to assist with some e-decorating! Please contact me via email and let me know the details.

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  6. This is EXACTLY what I wanted to do in our powder room but my daughter wouldn't COMMIT! What is it about wallpaper that freaks people out. Maybe it's generational. I grew up with wallpaper and where appropriate, like here, it adds so much to a room. Beautiful.

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    1. Hi Linda,
      I think you are right about it being generational. So many people associate wallpaper as something distasteful, out of style of just too damn hard to remove. None of which is true. I've yet to have a single client express regrets after papering a room. Sometimes, the opposite happens and they want to paper everything! I'd say revisit the topic with your daughter. Best of luck, I'll be rooting for you and please post if you do paper!

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  7. Beautiful! It has an Art Deco/Cedric Gibbons look, yet is completely modern.

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  8. I love this -- the powder room is divine, and I'm sure that it elicits gasps pf pleasure from all who open the door for the first time! . . . on second thought, that would be from all who open the door, every time they do so! RD

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  9. Really charming - the quintessential jewel box!

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  10. Oh so gorge! I have taken down and put up enough wallpaper in my life to do a coliseum. Ya did well!

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  11. A fabulous transformation! I love wallpaper in a powder room too this is truly a jewel box.

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  12. You have a good choice to transform a simple room with magnificent and elegant style! I love the beauty of the room, even though it’s narrow yet it looks so classy! Creative!

    Sebastian Chuter

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  13. Wow! I'm a believer in wallpaper, now. Inspires me to do my powder room.

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  14. Wow…that red color painted bathroom I liked the most. After reading your post, I am planning to paint my bathroom with this beautiful color. Amber…wonderful collections you have here on this post. Thanks for this brilliant write up.
    Luxurious Bathroom

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  15. Love the wallpaper.....just makes the room!!!

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  16. Amazing what wallpaper can do. A total transformation...

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