Our New House: Powder Room

The powder room — the only bathroom in the downstairs of our house — is probably the last room we will change in this house. The classic octagon and dot tile on the floor matches the tile on the wall and it’s in great shape. I also don’t mind the flowered wallpaper, although if I find something that is a bit more modern and matches the tile, I may change it. I also plan to change out the mirror and window treatments to modernize the look a bit. My favorite part of the bathroom is the tiny old fashioned sink — it’s so petite and a perfect fit for this little bathroom.

Here are some “before” photos if you’d like to see. I’ll any post updates as I finish them.


Although it is not the color scheme I would have chosen, the style of the tile is so classic and simple that I still like it.


I plan to update the window with a custom roman shade with tape trim.


The light is a pretty pink and white Tiffany style semi-flushmount. I don’t mind it, but I think a longer, more dramatic chandelier would better take advantage of the high ceilings in this room and the feminine style.


I do like the polished nickel and white enamel hardware — it’s classic and goes with everything.



I like the idea of a mirror with a shelf in a bathroom like this with zero storage, but I am not a fan of the wood tone on this one, and the hooks don’t serve a purpose for us. I’m thinking of introducing black with all the silver to add some depth to this room, so a black mirror with a shelf would work perfectly.



And, obviously we are going to lose that wooden switch plate.



The wallpaper isn’t exactly what I would have picked but I don’t find it offensive — it’s actually kind of pretty. If I was to replace it I would probably put in a larger scale floral, a modern geometric design or even stripes.


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Mirrors: Shades of Light — Amazon

Roman shades via Pinterest

And, here are some quick ideas for wallpapers that might modernize and simplify the design of the bathroom. I like the idea of a tone on tone look with a paper that has a burgundy color scheme, but I also think blue would compliment the burgundy really well. And a modern neutral would be an easy fix. I would have to order samples to see if the burgundy colors would match — it’s impossible to tell through photos!

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Petal Pusher by Oh Joy

La Favourite by Lorca

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If anyone knows where the first wallpaper is from, please tell me! It is in the restaurant Out East in NYC.

Closet Stripe by Farrow & Ball

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Maund Stripe by The Paper Partnership

Harvest Blue by Graham & Brown

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Calino Vintage by Prestigious

Vertex by Albany

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Cassi Red by Arthouse

Anya Motif by Arthouse


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