“Smaller is harder” is a well-known mantra in the design world and for good reason. Small spaces require precise planning and execution, especially when the goal is to make a strong visual impact. This small powder room in a historic home in Clayton was no exception.

Wanting to update their first-floor powder bath to better fit their own personal style as well as the style throughout the rest of the house, these homeowners asked their designer to create a stylish, yet eclectic design, with a warm feel.

Cole and Son’s stylized “Acquario” wallpaper creates a unique and striking wallcovering. Its whimsical composition and scale adds the eclectic touch the homeowners wanted while the Ink color palette give it a classic Fornasetti feel. As people once described Fornasetti’s work, this wallpaper is “a passport to the realm of imagination.”

To further the impact of the wallcovering, the designer painted all the trim and the inside of the door to match the ink-colored background. The dramatic black porcelain tile with its classic white veining ties together the dark walls with the light quartzite used for the vanity.

The solid Parthenon quartzite vanity and sink was custom made to fit the narrow space. The mitered edges allow for continuity in the veining which creates a tranquil element that connects to the wallpaper’s underwater motif while the light-colored stone creates striking contrast in the otherwise dark room.

The brushed gold finish of the mirror and the Kohler wall-mounted faucet pair perfectly with the stunning antique brass-and-crystal chandelier that was the one existing item original to the room.

Carefully designing each element in this small space to make a strong, yet cohesive, statement created this on-trend, stylish powder room that reflects the homeowner’s style while still fitting into this classic home.

Alise O’Brien Photography

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