Our house is pretty small. I usually love this about it, but it’s lack of square feet caused a bit of a problem when deciding where to put the half bathroom. From the beginning, I was determined to have a powder room on the first floor for guests so they didn’t have to go upstairs. As much as I love older homes they don’t always have the modern day conveniences we’ve become used to – first-floor restrooms being one of them.
So I decided to turn a small hall closet into an 6 square-foot bathroom.
Now, over a year after moving in, my crazy idea is a reality. Our fully functional powder room – complete with a European corner sink and a toilet hanging on the wall – is small but fabulous. Aside from people actually being able to fit in it, my favorite part of the bathroom is the wallpaper. I chose the classic Scalamandre Zebra pattern in Serengeti green. I wanted something bold and fun, but still timeless. The large pattern plays off of the small space creating a dramatic effect. The fixtures are modern but the tile, wall covering, and trim work reflect an older style coinciding with the age of our house. And black beadboard and vanity create corners where light is lost, along with the tiny dimensions of the room.
I know this room isn’t everyone’s taste, but to me it’s fun. I like that the oversize wallpaper pattern pokes fun at the tiny size of the room. And the balance of modern elements and old-fashioned accents is in harmony with the rest of the house. Plus, going bold can be scary, but in a room that’s only six square feet, it’s a little easier to say, “ok lets do something LOUD!”
* This project was almost entirely completed by a contractor, Ian and I did very little work in here. Big thanks to Lux Contracting for their great work, especially when only one guy could fit in the room at a time! Also, this never would have happened if it wasn’t for my parents who helped fund the project as an extremely generous house-warming gift – we are grateful for it daily!