Powder rooms and guest bedrooms are my favorite places to experiment with new design ideas, and where clients feel the most comfortable going out of their comfort-zone. They are small, intimate spaces, where our imagination and risk-taking can live in harmony with the rest of the home.
I’ve been working on many powder room design schemes and currently, this is my favorite one because it has the three things I obsess over every day: lighting, mirrors and wallpaper.
Let’s break this one down, and see how you can make this look on your own, sources below!
I always like to start with wallpaper, as it is the biggest surface in the room, and it is easier to match the accessories to the wallpaper. So, the first step is to find a wallpaper that you love….no, that you LOVE! (make sure it makes your heart sign every time you look at it!).
Wallpaper by Sister Parish
This wallpaper is a printed raffia from Holland & Sherry, design by Sister Parish Albert’s Cross in Carmel. I like texture on the walls and often gravitate towards grasscloth and natural fibers. But I suggest you go for a wallpaper with a print that you love. A few of my other favorite sources when it comes to wallpaper: Calico Paper, Phillip Jeffries, and Élitis.
The sink vanity and towel bar are from Restoration Hardware, and the faucet is from Sun Valley. I wanted to pair the metal sconces and mirror with a reclaimed wood vanity, which also works well with the raffia wallpaper. It gives the whole room a warm and edgy style, without being too rustic.
You don’t have to have three statement pieces in your powder, one statement piece is enough to make a powder room memorable. That said, if you had to do one standout thing, my vote would be to go with the wallpaper first. A bold print wallcovering is enough to make your powder room dreams come true!
Here are some fun wallpaper and design ideas for your powder room makeover:
Another favorite look in powder rooms is doing a chinoiserie theme - clients who adore the asian-inspired feel, but aren’t entirely sold on the idea of doing it in an entire room, say the dining room, often choose chinoiserie inspired elements for the powder room. Some beautiful examples follow: