Sexy Silver Cork in a Powder Room

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This couple moved to the Montrose area of Houston from Manhattan, and wanted to make their somewhat traditional new home look more contemporary. They were considering grasscloth, but they listened to my list of reasons why not to put grass in a powder room (or anywhere else, IMO). I showed them a sample of silver cork, they loved it, and bought it.

These photos don’t do the product justice. It’s shimmery but rustic, high-tec yet earthy, all at the same time. And the cork will hold up to water splashes much better than grasscloth. The cork is applied to the backing in squares of 6″ or so, so there is a slight checkerboard look. It’s also stiff and brittle and wants to flake off the surface, and is a bit tricky to work with, especially around turns and sinks and toilets.

They will have a white sink supported by visible tubular chrome legs, which will really up the contemporary feel.

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

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