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Powder room.
Langdon Clay

Stripe It Rich

A level, painter's tape, and a steady hand transformed the powder room into a chic niche. Seven-inch chocolate brown and cream stripes wrap the water closet with graphic elegance. "I knew I wanted the faucet to come out of a brown stripe, so I started there," Jill says.

Painting the ceiling and baseboards the same color as the white stripes helps forgive the difference in shorter top and bottom stripes. An antique bureau holds a white vessel sink from Lowe's and provides storage for soap and hand towels beneath. ( Wood Grain Brown and Cotton Balls by Benjamin Moore )

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