Console Charm

bathroom with map of the world wallpaper and Kohler Memoirs console sinkWhen space is an issue in small baths – particularly powder rooms — consoles are sinks of choice.

The very good reason has to do with scale, or proportional size. Consoles rest on legs rather than a cabinet, which reduces visual bulk. Even when they are as large as this hunky, 30-inch Kohler Memoirs basin, most consoles look light because the legs are slender. The base of this one has nice handy features like bottom rack for folded bath towels and side bars for hanging hand towels. Also noteworthy is the map-of-the-world décor – literally! Someone created ingenious wallpaper for $150, by using the 8-panel, coated write-on map from Skymall.  For bathrooms that don’t take themselves too seriously, it’s a great economical solution to wall color and surface.

silver theme powder room with marble top console sink by Michael RichmanProfessional designers often favor posh solutions, like the elegant  layered ode-to-silver powder room Michael Richman delivered, complete with the oh-so-French Waterworks Julia faucet on a marble-top console sink. Fluted legs are a nice touch but a similar look is available at Pottery Barn (pricey silver- finish undermount basin not included).

1940s white console sink with modern wallpaper plus period lighting and floorI have a special fondness for 1940s-style console sinks because I grew up with one. They tend to be small and have a very unique look that blends surprisingly well with this modern wall treatment, period-look sconces and a white hex-tile floor. This bathroom is the creation of Percy Bright of jerseyicecreamco, which does custom walls and has a shop selling vintage items. While it looks like wallpaper, the walls are actually chalkboard paint with hand decoration. An earlier version featured circles and drawn-on accessories. But let’s not have the tail wag the dog here. The console is restored freegun salvage.

(Source: Lonnymag, Michael Richman Interiors)

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6 Responses to Console Charm

  1. Beth March 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    any idea where the charcoal wallpaper with plus signs is from?

  2. Jane F March 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Hi Beth, I looked around before I posted it to see if I could find it but didn’t. It’s looking like a bottle of Mrs. Meyers on the sink and US electrical outlets so chances are I will run across it. Will post if/when for sure. I love that paper.

  3. RHome410 at Friday is Pizza, Monday is Soup March 17, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I’m glad you two discussed that wall paper, because I hadn’t noticed it! Random, yet formal, and a great color…and like the kids did it, but in a nice way. I sure did notice the map wall paper and love that. We used to have a world map shower curtain…Much tackier than that lovely room, but the kids loved it and learned a lot as they had the opportunity to gaze as they… sat.

    I really like the 1st and 3rd console examples. But I hear my mom’s voice telling me they’re not practical with the lack of storage, especially in a small room. :-)

  4. Jane F March 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Update: Turns out it’s not wallpaper in the third bathroom– it’s chalkboard paint with drawings done by a very talented artist, Percy Bright, whose site is linked. Thanks to Allison who found the original post.


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