Lonny's Top Bath Pins: Lilly Bunn Weekes

This petite powder room—designed by Lilly Bunn Weekes (see a TK kitchen by the designer here) for her renovation of a family’s apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan—packs plenty of punch. Undoubtedly pinned for its lively artistic panache, the diminutive space is a superstar. How so?
(Photo: Patrick Cline/Lonny)

1. Eye-popping splatter-print wallpaper sets the tone, laying in a fizzy atmosphere that forms a dynamic backdrop for the scene. Above it, the gold-painted ceiling (reflected in the mirror) and its elegant crown molding cap the composition with a dollop of glam.

2. Red-lacquered lampshades snap the space into vibrant life. The boldest bit of color in the room, they tie up the glittering package with a couple of stylish bows.

3. Rectangular accents—the mirror and the framed artwork, amplified by the angles of the sconces’ hardware—give depth and focus. They are landing spots that beckon the eye, opening up new and unexpected vistas of visual complexity.

This image makes a wonderful case for the wisdom of setting a small space ablaze with big design. Though your powder room may see everyday use, plan it with special occasions in mind. Make it an effervescent cocktail of bold pattern, daring color, and carefully selected accents—all judiciously proportioned to taste. The result, like Weekes’s effort, will pamper your guests and arouse excited anticipation of the big night that awaits. And when you’re not entertaining, the room will stir warm memories of past triumphs while reminding you that more great evenings are yet to come.
I'm the former Executive Editor of Lonny.
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