Bathroom wallpaper can add welcome pattern in addition to color.
If there’s one room in my house that I’d wallpaper it would no doubt be a bathroom. Unless tile is used lavishly, bathroom wallpaper is the quickest way to get visual interest in what’s often a rather small space with oddly interrupted surfaces. The right paper can help unify the look and provide a charming backdrop for mirrors, art and accessories. In a previous post called Powder Rooms Papered, I explored a variety of bathroom wallpaper. Here, thanks N.Y. to designer Tom Scheerer who has used the same Lyford Trellis pattern by China Seas for Quadrille in three different baths, it’s interesting to see how a change in colorway and accessories alters the mood and the look.
A lattice or trellis motif suggests a garden-y feeling and a bamboo always feels exotic and traditional as it was a Victorian staple. But the dramatic brown on natural version of LT [top], in a Florida house, enhances the Victorian antique style bamboo washstand and matching mirror. This bath has been seen a good deal and we also featured it in our Five Faces of Wallpaper post. Justifiably — it’s a graceful classic.
The very same bathroom wallpaper, in aqua and white (with brown accents) is so understated in this white bath it hardly seems like a sibling. Obviously beachy, it marries well with shell sconces. And, notice how the medicine cabinet is centered on the pattern — perfect!
Using the same brown paper in a different powder bath, Scheerer picks up the orange accents for the vanity shirt. While the orange was hardly noticeable above, here it draws the eye down to a fairly dull sink feature. Much more interesting is the white-painted bamboo motif mirror reflecting tropical palms through an open window.
(Source: Tom Scheerer, Quadrille)
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