Bringing Drama to Small Spaces
by Kate Riley on December 11th, 2012
When it comes to quick and easy room makeovers, one thing is true: a change in wall color will truly bring drama to a space, even one as small as a 25 square foot powder room.
Earlier this year I was craving contrast in our downstairs bathroom, which is the place where guests go to wash up when they visit. Previously it was a nice shade of pale blue but I wanted to increase the wow factor. To do so, I installed beadboard wallpaper on the lower wall, and up above, I added a dark dramatic shade of paint.
I painted the walls a rich shade of mocha for heightened drama and to contrast with the crisp white of the painted beadboard below. A modern sunburst mirror with gold detailing and a woven shade in variegated tones added shimmer and texture to this small powder room.
The same glass shelf with chrome supports stayed in the space. These days, there’s no need to worry about mixing your metal sheens. In fact, pairing gold and silver, chrome and oil rubbed bronze, or even pewter and copper is a modern approach to designing bathroom and kitchen spaces.
The back of this bathroom space shows off two framed prints of Paris found at a local street fair a decade ago. The modern flower-shaped flush mount pendant mixes modern style with traditional cottage style beadboard wainscoting to keep the look contemporary.
Injecting a high contrast look—like the juxtaposition of classic white beadboard with darker paint hues—will change up any space in a weekend. Beadboard wallpaper can be ordered online and purchased at your local home improvement store. To create a dramatic look like this on your own walls, consider shades of mushroom grey like Glidden’s ‘Bronzed Ivy’ or ‘Seal Grey.’