The green wallpapered powder room, concluded (or almost)

Where were we? Ah yes: changing the powder room strategy from blue to green.

This is the living room I’d just finished for a client:

Living room with blue velvet sofa and green Farrow & Ball dragged wallpaper

I fell in love with that wallpaper. I mean, LOVE. All those months of focusing on yellow and blue and pink (oops – spoiler alert: pictures of my living room coming soon!)…I was feeling the need for some green. This wallpaper just needed to be in my house – somewhere.

Thus we began the powder room adventure.

Powder room off of dining room (ick)

Again: I know it's totally gross to have a powder room off the dining room, but there's nothing we can do about it.

Demolished powder room

Removing the shower.

Possibly the only thing grosser than a powder room off of a dining room is a full bath off of a dining room. You could  actually see the basement bedroom through the floorboards. Wow.

Floor taken down to the floorboards

Under the tile floor was...not much

Studs on brick wall

Larger window = more light

Drywalled powder room

Bye, window. See you again soon.

Carrara marble tile floor in powder room

Carrara marble tile floor

Window in powder room

Welcome back, window! But goodbye, floor.

Framed window in powder room

I didn't choose great trim here. Too wide, I think, and vaguely Colonial. (How did that happen?) Love the Alexa Hampton light, though.

Farrow & Ball dragged paper in powder room

Getting closer...

Farrow & Ball green dragged paper with Carrara marble floor

Wallpaper with the floor tile

Accent lamp with Farrow & Ball green dragged paper

$12 lamp from an antique shop with Farrow & Ball green dragged paper. Talk about high/low.

Powder room with bachelor's chest and Farrow & Ball wallpaper

The reveal!

Whew! Lest you think that *I* think the room is really finished, here’s my punch list:

– Paint the window trim and baseboard green. I think. That window trim is really bugging me!

– Receive replacement mirror from One King’s Lane; the first one was cracked.

– Find kick-ass fabric and make a fantastic Roman Shade for the window – for 59 cents, since that’s about what I have left in the budget.

Once those things are done, Gentle Readers, I promise you a wider shot!

Quoted in publications from The New York Times to The Washington Post to Real Simple magazine, Annie Elliott is considered an expert in color, residential space planning, and telling people what to do in the nicest way possible.


  1. says

    I love it! I love the little chest in the powder room, too. And the sofa in your client’s room…do I detect a trend here? That looks a lot like the sofa I couldn’t buy for my living room because I had to use the giant sofa, and the fabric looks awfully familiar, too. :-)

  2. Lisa says

    As a fellow powder room-off-the-dining-room dweller, I feel your pain. Great job, love the high/low! Now … where can I find that sofa?

  3. says

    LOVE the wallpaper!! Looks really great so far. I love a dresser in my bath too. Can’t wait to see it when finished.

  4. Beantown says

    Lovely color, fab preview! Educate me about wallpaper in the bath, I’m tempted since my half bath is TINY and no window–would be nice to have texture and pattern. But my kids are little and they splash a lot. And DH, having scraped off miles of bad ’70s wallpaper without complaining, would likely file for divorce. Welcome some ammo to convince him!

  5. says

    That living room is mighty handsome, and the powder room is coming along quite nicely as well. I love that tile that you’re doing in the powder room.

  6. says

    Hi! This sounds like an EXCELLENT case for wallpaper, especially something with depth (landscapes, multiple colors). Look for vinyl wallpaper if direct splashing is likely, and just make sure it’s installed well – on completely dry walls. Wallpaper today – vinyl or not – strips easily; it’s nothing like the wallpaper of yore that practically melted into the drywall. Good luck!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *