Cloakrooms And Powder Rooms

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A cloakroom may have limited space, but it's the ideal spot to experiment with bold decor

The cloakroom may be the smallest room in the house but it lends itself to making big statements with your choice of pattern, colour and texture. So go wild with your wallpaper or fully embrace decorative tiling effects. If your cloakroom has no windows, all the more reason to do this to make more of what could otherwise be a dark, uninspiring room. Pick an eye-popping pattern and go for an all-enveloping effect. The multitude of bold botanical wallpapers out there are ideal for this. Add architectural features such as dado rails or panelled walls, painted in a tonal shade so it’s not too over the top. Prefer something more neutral? A simple approach needn’t be too clinical. Make it right by choosing a tonal palette of off-whites, muted greys and dusky pinks. Then add subtle interest with soft metallic fittings in weathered brass or rose gold and antique mirrors. If you prefer the utilitarian look, pair concrete sinks, copper piping, timber or reclaimed tiles, repurposed furniture and raw plaster with luxe touches like brass taps. Or, when in doubt, opt for the fail-safe and utterly stylish combo of black and white. This is a classically chic, yet bold scheme to choose that works its magic every single time. It will add a wonderfully dramatic flourish to any cloakroom style, whether Art Deco-influenced or clean-lined and modern.
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