Powder room wallpaper is a great way to introduce motifs taken from nature into home décor. Small baths offer just enough space to have fun with whimsical designs such as fish swimming, zebras leaping or palm trees swaying. Destined for small spaces, powder room wallpaper can introduce such fanciful imagery and add a kind of quirky charm. And the motifs can be embellished and amplified with mirrors, sconces and other accessories that amplify or play off the theme. The result is what I call a personality powder room — as opposed to one that’s predictable.
Animals, fish and trees are represented in these spaces shows how enduring nature themes can be and how their depiction changes over time. Two are contemporary patterns and a third is actually an iconic paper that dates back to the 1930s. That paper was made famous in another colorway by a New York City restaurant. Can you guess which one?
Brightly colored koi and goldfish on a neutral taupe background [top] are enhanced by a stylized white faux-twig-frame mirror and stylized sconces. I adore this paper, which was shown by Waterworks founder Barbara Sallick on her recently refurbished blog. It’s from De Gournay, the Chanel couture of wallpaper, and technically is silk, not paper. A similar and more affordable paper is Koi Carp from Albany, available in England though Wallpaper Direct. Many have asked for that.
Leaping zebras dodging arrows is the iconic Scalamandré Zebras paper that has been in use for more than 70 years. It looks every bit as contemporary as the other two but it was made made famous by an Italian restaurant called Gino’s, on Lexington Ave. in New York City. Gino’s had it all over the walls in the red colorway which can be seen on the Scalamandré link, above.
Swaying palm trees, paired with a beachy sea-shell-encrusted mirror, is a great background for a handsome white pedestal sink in a Bonesteel Trout Hall powder room. Flanking the sink with a pair of ebonized stick shelves (which pick up the dark tone in the paper) also provides ample space for hand towels and accessories.
(Source: Bonesteel Trout Hall, The Perfect Bath)
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