One of these fresh patterns is actually a 1930s icon. Guess which one.
Powder rooms and small baths are great places to use wallpapers based on motifs taken from nature. In these spaces, which are often small, repetition and fanciful imagery adds a kind of quirky charm that can be easily embellished with an extravagant mirror. The result is what I call a personality powder room.
Animals, fish and trees are represented in these spaces which shows how enduring nature themes are 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 and 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] is 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.
Leaping zebras dodging arrows is the classic Scalamandré paper though it looks every bit as contemporary as the other two. Gino’s restaurant, on Lexington Ave. in New York City, made it famous with a red background, which can be seen on the link.
Swaying palm trees, paired with a beachy sea-shell-encrusted mirror is a great background for the handsome white pedestal sink. 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.