A Small Bath With Big Ideas and a Bold Look
Who uses this room: A boy and a girl
Location: Mill Valley, California
Size: 40 square feet (3.7 square meters)
This room is shoehorned in the basement, and Seldin was charged with giving it a cosmetic makeover. Besides the small size and the muddy color palette, the first things she noticed were the room’s angles. The foundation had created a ledge that ran across the room from the floor to the bottom of the windows, and a soffit made for a unique angular ceiling plane. The designer decided a highly patterned, brightly colored wallpaper could take care of the major problems.
“I couldn’t disagree more with designers who think patterned wallpapers or dark wall colors make a room feel too busy or smaller,” she says. “In this room I think the pattern blurs the boundaries of the room and hides the angles.”
She made the wallpaper bathroom-ready by having it coated with a polyurethane sealer to protect it from steam and spills.
Wallpaper: Squiggle by Vivienne Westwood, Cole & Son
Towel rack: Cost Plus World Market; towel hooks: Room & Board
Tile: Ceramic Tile Design