Most of you know by now that I’m building a small half bathroom on our first floor. And by small, I mean really tiny. In an effort to keep the crazy going (because a 12 square-foot room didn’t seem nuts enough) I thought I’d add a bright and very bold wallpaper. Yes! That sounds like the right amount of, ‘umm really?!‘
Small rooms don’t have to be boring. They don’t have to be color-less. They don’t have to be pattern-less. Wallpaper, fabric or a paint design in a small room like a powder room or entryway always creates a memorable mix of graphic boldness. And, surprisingly, it very rarely seems too cluttered when used correctly. There’s something about not having a lot of wall space to begin with, and using that wall space effectively with a really fun pattern that you love. Small spaces give you the freedom to be a little more wild than a large open wall would, especially if the space is enclosed. I wouldn’t put a bright/bold pattern all throughout my downstairs, but there is a little part of me that wants a daring statement somewhere, so I’ll confine it to the powder room.
If you’re thinking about doing an adventurous pattern in a small space, keep these tips in mid:
• Obviously only use a pattern you love. In a tiny room, you will never be far from it!
• Try playing around with scale. In other words, using a really tiny pattern or a really big pattern and see how that affects the feel of a tiny room (you might be surprised to see it tends to make a space feel bigger).
• Just like paint, use color to help form the feel you want. Go with a bright pattern background for spaces you want to be energetic. Stick to using calming, soft colors for rooms you want to feel more relaxing.
• Don’t forget that texture is a sort of pattern, and can be a nice compromise if you or a partner just can’t decide on how bold of a pattern to get. But don’t mix multiple textures, patterns and colors in a small space, the room will look confused.
And in case you still don’t believe me, I have some beautiful statement-making examples…
All images courtesy of Apartment Therapy.