Cloakrooms are the kind of rooms where you can really have fun with decorating and let your quirkiness shine. I’ve just finished designing one for a very lovely client who wanted a cloakroom with a lot of interest that would make people want to keep revisiting it! Being a beautiful period property, the designs in her home also have to be traditional. So in short, traditional but interesting, fun and quirky.
When I first saw the cloakroom, it looked like this –
And now it looks like this –
Thrilled with how it turned out! This is the kind of period home where you don’t box in pipes, it’s all part of the charm (and makes fitting a blind a rather complicated affair, sometimes involving a bit of cursing). The mellow gold wallpaper designed from old family photos makes the space feel so much bigger, and infinitely more interesting. Visitors are sure to stay in there a while, looking at the little photos. The roman blind was a fun challenge: she wanted to carry the quirkiness into the blind and wanted it look like a picture, but not one large image as that would become boring (not to mention get lost in the folds when the blind is up). The answer came, after many iterations of ideas, from an amusing cartoon-type image titled “Notes on Pheasant Shooting” from a magazine dated 1905. An image of a traditional frame was digitally superimposed onto it, and it was printed to size onto fabric and made into a roman blind. She loves how it turned out, so I love it too. I adore this lady, she’s delightfully unique and makes my creative brain work harder than usual, which is good!
I digress. Back to wallpapered cloakrooms.
On the other end of the spectrum, here is a monochromatic flamboyant cloakroom for an equally flamboyant modernist client which went from this…
Such is the transformative power of wallpaper in a cloakroom. I love to see the reactions on people’s faces when they first open the door to an exciting room!
Now for your viewing pleasure, here are some more wallpapered cloakrooms in different styles:
Period charm: loving the wallpaper and Victorian loo! via House to Home
Toile bathroom via Lonny
Swimming with the fishes, via The Lennox
Dramatic black and white stripes, Nacho Polo via Desire to Inspire
Turquoise, lilac and brown: a pretty colour scheme I don’t see often, Tami Risinger via House of Turquoise
Very cute bird wallpaper, via Home Bunch
Is it just me or does the mirror frame look like frosting?? via House of Turquoise
How would you decorate a cloakroom?