Recently I re-styled the nook where my bar sits in the dining room. I don't have a great "before" shot, but here's a close-up of the old wall color...or I should say, one of the wall colors. It's a small accent wall and I must have re-painted it half a dozen times, partly because it was a snap to do, and partly because I never loved ANY of the colors I tried there.
Through it's many incarnations, I had considered going with something other than paint, such as a mirorr installation...not in a bad 80s way, but in a good way, like this:
I do love the combo of glitzy, reflective mirrors hung behind a bar stocked with lots of sparkly accoutrements....in this case though I wanted something a little different. It's a small accent wall, and a bit tucked away, so I felt I could be riskier with it. I was loving these swirly, marbled, agate-like walls ...
This powder room featured in Lonny Mag clinched it for me, and it also used the same paper I planned to use because of the silver, grey, gold, and black tones. This one actually seems to have a lot more black in it than mine does, which makes it even more dramatic.
And this is how it turned out! Layering a sunburst mirror (from HomeGoods) on the wall helps to anchor it all, and I truly love the end result. The colors are understated (in keeping with the rest of my home's palette) but the pattern is pretty wild, making it just the right amount of "statement" for my bar nook.