Small Room Design: Bold Patterns in Small Spaces

Image: House Beautiful Magazine

Many of us were taught design options for small rooms such as a powder room were limited to neutral paint colors and small wall covering patterns.

As times and designs have changed, so have these tired design ideas. Many homes now are being built or remodeled with the powder room used as a guest toilette area with bathrooms used for the family members.

Our blog photo from House Beautiful shows a powder room which rejects all the old design tenants replacing them with new bold colors and strong wall covering patterns.

  • Color selections are also updated using leaf green, eggplant and Tiffany blue creating the basic palette.
  • The tones in the wall covering are cooler meaning there is less warm or yellow/orange in the color range and the tones are very clear and clean.

Details are what make a small room design a success or not. This is where hiring a design consultant for a few hours will help create a true design success.

Where might I go wrong you ask…

  • Consider the selection of the stone sink surround, the fixtures, sink cabinet and sconces.  If visualizing the big picture of the finished space doesn’t come easily for you, you may choose these items based on your color and finish preference.  Perhaps you like a warm beige stone and oil rubbed bronze fixtures. If these choices are selected, you have a small space with both warm and cool tones creating a non-cohesive feeling.
  • A large-scale wall covering print in a small space creates a sense of warmth. A small-scale print feels busier and a little claustrophobic. Our design goal is a feeling of warmth and inclusion.  Each room has an atmosphere…. a message to those who enter…about its purpose.

Remember to let the space/room convey to your guest a sense of welcome. Go ahead, be creative and create your own splendor in a small space. Remember love is in the details!!

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