The trick to being fearless in design is to apply dramatic elements in small doses, and in spaces that are suited to quick visits, like a powder room.
Make it Monochromatic
Choosing elements with multiple tints, tones and shades from a single hue will help ensure your overall design is cohesive and dynamic. In this lavatory, our chosen wallpaper boasted a striking monochromatic pattern that became more impactful when we continued the single-hued treatment throughout the room with coordinating powder room accessories. Not only does the existing Victorian-style vanity match perfectly with the moody grey colour scheme, the marble veining references the organic movement of the cloudy wallpaper for a look that’s both dramatic and sophisticated. Fresh flowers in a vibrant, saturated colour offer a thrilling contrast against a monochromatic canvas.
Choosing elements with multiple tints, tones and shades from a single hue will help ensure your overall design is cohesive and dynamic.
Strike a Balance
The key to creating a dramatic look that both excites and calms the eye is to strike a balance between strong and soft decorative elements. We chose an industrial looking mirror with solid proportions to balance the curves of the traditional Victorian-style vanity. Swapping out the metal knobs in favour of crystal, diamond-like door pulls adds a feminine twist to the dark grey vanity base. The modern, clear cylinder light sconces offer a nice contrast to the billowy clouds. Lastly, we replaced the existing window shutters with custom-made roman blinds crafted from bright white linen and accented with two vertical bands of grey grosgrain ribbon. This window treatment allows plenty of light to wash over an otherwise shadowy space.
Rotating art work and finding new places for them to live in your home has the ability to breathe new life into old favourites and will keep your decor looking new and feeling fresh.
Source guide: Towel Ring, Restoration Hardware | Light Sconces, Mirror, Union Lighting | Soap Dish, Jar, Vintage Fine Objects | Knobs, Lee Valley | Hand Towel, West Elm | Wallpaper, Cole & Son available at Lee Jofa | Tray, Gingers | Flowers, Young Jong Fruit & Flower Market | Soap, Trinitae | Vase, Homesense | Art (existing), Canvas Gallery | Roman Blinds (custom) - Linen fabric, DFO, Grosgrain Ribbon, Mokuba