Monday, February 11, 2013

The Powder Room: here’s to excess

I have noted a recurring theme among stylish apartments and houses: they often have outrageous, colorful, eccentric powder rooms. The powder room is often tiny: a cramped space located near the front door or foyer and intended primarily for visitors. It is a wonderful place to wallpaper to the hilt with something outlandish or plaster with gutsy art that would not fly in the rest of the living quarters. Sometimes the ceiling is marvelously papered, or even mirrored. Aside from crazy wall treatments, oddball framed art or a unique candle-scent make for a memorable experience. It’s not a serious room. It’s meant to be playful.

The wildly decorated walls of Margot Tenenbaum's bathroom as styled by Wes Anderson.

The wildly decorated walls of Margot Tenenbaum’s bathroom as styled by Wes Anderson.

A Miles Redd powder room.

A Miles Redd powder room.

Another incarnation of the Scalamandre zebra wallpaper in a powder room.

Another incarnation of the Scalamandre zebra wallpaper in a powder room.

Portuguese tile powder room.

Portuguese tile powder room.

Busy blue powder room wallpaper.

Busy blue powder room wallpaper.

Terence Conran's House Book featured these powder rooms (left: Paint it Black, right: Wallpapered in newsprint.)

Terence Conran’s 1980s House Book featured these powder rooms (left: Paint it Black, right: Wallpapered in newsprint.)

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