If there's one thing I've learned as a fabric, product and wallpaper designer, it's that not every moment in a home (or on one's person) need to be a KAPOW moment! If every room you walked into in a home was the focal point, what would you look at?
That's why when I design fabric collections, wallpaper collections, rug collections, I keep in mind that these items need to actually be used in a home. Variety and contrast is key. I have long called this "Curated Maximalism" and recently this style was referred to as "Layerism". It's about lovingly layering color and pattern and objects to create a story in a home.
While a powder room can certainly be a jewel box and "Ka-POW!" moment in many homes, in my own home, I knew this was a place where the wallpaper and tone of the room needed to be a little softer. There needed to be more air in any pattern I'd place in this room because it's situated directly next to a heavier, more deeply patterned William Morris wallpaper in the entry.
That is why I chose Bari J. "Grace Floral - Wine" in this space. It contrasts the Morris paper in the adjacent space and becomes a softer moment while still having movement and interest. (This paper also comes in three additional colorways).
I additionally used a color from the opposite side of the color wheel, a burgandy/wine tone (a complementary color) in the flowers of the wallpaper. Next I layered in another complementary color to the green in the hallway, a rosey/peach color from Sherwin Williams called "Constant Coral". That color is both on the ceiling, crown and the baseboards. To pick up the coral while also keeping a fun contrast from the wallpaper, there is a tone of this color in the stems of the flowers in the wallpaper as well.
It's about the layers and repetition.
The mirror I chose in this room from Anthropologie has leaves that actually seem to mimic the stems and leaves in the wallpaper.
The vanity in this space is Belshire from DXV Luxury with matching Belshire faucet, sink and towel holder. And you might notice a tiny repetition from the vanity on the hand soap container. The vanity has a gold/brass inlay stripe going up each side and a marble top. Coincidentally, I already had marble soap container with a brass inlay (I think from Target?), that added another repetitive detail. It's those details and happy accidents that will just make me smile any day!