Maximalism is loud and bold. It is layering prints and color, textures and pops — all in the same space. It’s a current trend, though rest assured there is nothing new about it, and plenty of fun to be had in playing with it.
And the perfect place to play with maximalism? Powder rooms.
Layering tiny spaces — like powder rooms — with Gucci wallpaper, Tom Dixon Pendant Lighting, wall art, wall murals and accessories is a great way to practice maximalism in a completely controlled situation. It’s especially good for those who love to play with design, but also need a little balance. It’s less intimidating to take on small spaces, and there is also something crazy bold and beautiful that happens when you break the rules of restraint, play with proportion, and put all of the fun, wild, graphic, shiny and crazy things in one tiny, amazing space — especially when you maximize it!
The day I was working on one particular powder room, in an otherwise modern minimalist home, Sean Connery, may he rest in peace, passed. So this one is for fun, for the Bond Lovers, for the love of wallpaper and light fixtures and all the cool shiny things, and with my forever celebrity crush on my mind. When we play with maximalism, We Aim To Please.
Floating Acrylic Shelf | Missoni Jazz Towels | We Aim To Please Wall Art | Delta Vero Faucet | Vero TP Holder | Vero Double Robe Hook | Tom Dixon Pendant | Infinity Round Mirror | Iconic B&W 007 Wall Art | Toto Wall Toilet | Cutler Vanity | Blomus Sono Bin | Gucci Tigers Wall Paper
1. Floating Acrylic Box Shelves
Acrylic shelves and boxes are a great way to layer storage for practical items, and to display objects and sculpture without losing the impact of the wallpaper or paint behind them. They also take up just enough visual space and are more about how you style them than anything else; they are a sneaky fun kind of cool for popping objects and art, and for layering on a wall.
2. Missoni Jazz Towels
Missoni mastered maximalism, possibly before it even existed. Their striped towels are so fun and a great accent to any bathroom.
3. We Aim To Please Wall Art
This is just a way to have fun with words in a powder room, where aim matters…more. It’s available in many sizes and frame options, and sits well above a toilet, obviously.
4. Delta Vero Faucet
Faucets and fixtures are the statement jewelry of a bathroom accent. Get them right, and you look finished to perfection. Delta is a great price point for beautiful plumbing fixtures that will last. This one in particular comes in four finishes, and in addition to this single hole, there is a vessel version, and also a widespread version. This one in particular has nice clean transitional lines that play well in many situations and it’s just interesting enough to be a great pop of something shiny. It’s like a great statement piece of jewelry…but in a bathroom.
5. Vero Toilet Tissue Holder
In some cases, it’s fun to mix and match all of the necessary accessories in a bathroom. Sometimes though, especially if you are going to layer fixtures, wallpaper and lighting, staying consistent and in the same family as the faucet helps pull the whole look together. The lines of this particular one are also gorgeous, and it’s easy to refill with a new roll.
6. Vero Double Robe Hook
Same idea as with the tissue holder, this coordinated with the faucet double robe hook has nice clean lines and a beautiful finish. Hand towels with loops in a powder room look perfect hanging from these hooks. In reality, it’s easier to grab a hanging towel to blot hands dry in a powder room than it is to fold and primp towels on a bar.
7. Tom Dixon Silver Top Pendant
Tom Dixon is one of my favorites for extraordinary lighting, and it’s almost like he knew we were going to need a Diamonds Are Forever fixture for a Bond Vibes powder room. Pendants like these create interesting shadows, give just enough light, and if you can locate them so that you catch a reflection of them in the mirror, there’s absolutely a wow moment created. Another pendant from the same designer that also reads diamond is the Tall Cut Pendant.
8. Infinity Round Mirror
Available in three sizes and three finishes, and one of those nine combos pretty much works in just about every situation, in an understatedly elegant kinda way. Go big, go as big as possibly fits. That’s the magic of this mirror.
9. Black + White Iconic 007 Opening
Available in multiple sizes, framed or unframed. This is even more fun if you place it opposite the mirror so that it reflects as well. Or you if you really want to go big, it’s also available as a custom vinyl (peel and stick) wall mural, which is also amazing.
9. Toto Wall Toilet
This wall-hung toilet is an inspiration piece. If it has your attention, remember you’ll need to also purchase the in-wall tank, seat, and flush actuator. If you are starting a bathroom from scratch, or you are down to studs in a renovation, these toilets are easy to work in. It’s not impossible, but far trickier to replace an existing toilet with one though. With those caveats, I do love the efficiency of wall-hung toilets, maximizing the amount space, and they are absolutely very sexy (as far as toilets go.)
10. Cutler 24 Sink Vanity
This is easily one of my favorite pre-fabricated vanity sink combos for small spaces. It’s just what it needs to be, and the legs are the perfect proportion so that it has storage, but isn’t too heavy, and reads more like a piece of furniture. Vanities are called vanities for a reason, right? They may as well be super pretty. This one requires a faucet (see above for one that works well.)
11. Blomus Sono Bin
Bins with lids and pedals, to hide the waste, and keep hands free are great in bathrooms for maintaining a nice clean polished look. This one in particular has a great shape, size and finish, and is available in multiple colors. It’s also far better priced than many similar alternatives.
12. Gucci Tiger Face Wallpaper
So, so, so many wallpapers to choose from, each more fun than the next. This one, arguably, is certainly not for everyone; I have a very specific location and person in mind for this paper, but the point here is that going huge with graphic paper, tons of color, tons of depth, tons of pattern and a graphic that speaks to you…is probably the most fun you can have in a powder room. Take it across the ceiling too, for even more pop. Yes, it’s totally overwhelming, but in a good way.
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PPS: One for the Pinners:
I love a maximalist powder room, and this is super fun! My house doesn’t actually have a powder room — we have two full baths — but one of the full baths is about as small as it can get. We’re planning to renovate it this year, and I’m thinking maybe it really, really needs some tiger face wallpaper on the ceiling…
Oooooo… Tricia! I love going over-the-top with wallpaper on ceilings! If this is genuinely a full bathroom-if there’s a shower or tub, well, moisture. It’s absolutely possible, it just has to be applied correctly and varnished to protect it (professional recommended…this is not a peel and stick application situation.) But I LOVE wallpaper on ceilings! Sometimes just the ceiling is amazing. Sometimes, picking one great wall and wrapping it up there is even better… xoxo A
Maximalism is kiiiiinda my jam. I’m pretty sure you just wrote my epitaph in this article. I can see my gravestone now. “Here lies Beth. She put all of the fun, wild, graphic, shiny and crazy things in one tiny, amazing space.” This powder room would be AMAZING. And I love the “we aim to please” poster in it. Brilliant. As always, I am always so happy to see what you bring to this table. Love ya, lady!
ER: a version of that is happening IRL…it is pretty good…it’s a tiny little stop in your tracks and say wow moment (that’s the polite version.) I’ll send you pics when it’s done! And next time, I pause, and think maybe this is ‘enough’…I’ll call you in to remind me to keep going…with ALL THE THINGS!!! xoxo A
Annmarie, it does indeed have a shower/tub combo, so I appreciate the tip about professional installation — I am always tempted to DIY, but wallpaper + moisture is beyond my DIY experience. The ceiling slants down in one place (with the roof line), so I’m thinking about bringing wallpaper straight up that slanting area… anyway, much to consider! Thanks again! xoxo