Archive | Powder Room

Powder rooms and small guest baths often have the most unusual bathroom sinks and faucets, decorative mirrors, sconces and other accessories including wallpaper.

Repurposed Ornamental Iron Mirrors

iron mirrors - repurposed ornamental iron window grilles into bathroom mirror by Eleanor Cummings Interior Design - house beautiful via atticmag

Wrought iron mirrors made from exterior window grilles are repurposed for interiors.

I’ve been intrigued by this powder room mirror since it was featured a few years ago in House Beautiful.  The concept is simple — a cut-to-size mirror is installed on the wall and an antique exterior wrought iron window grille is placed over it. The visual effect is somewhat as if you are peering into a window but in effect these become wrought iron mirrors. This version [top] was made with an antique Italian window bar that extends out from the wall (even better).  Interior designer Eleanor Cummings paired the mirror with an old stone sink to create a powder room with an old rustic Mediterranean villa feel.… Continue Reading

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More Powder Rooms Papered

wallpapered powder rooms - Powder room with Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis wallpaper by Schumacher - via Atticmag

Wallpapered powder rooms send a clear message about style.

Wallpapered powder rooms are often designed as a statement rooms or to impress guests. And because their space is usually jewel-box size, many home owners take some chances on strong color, or pattern — the kind only wallpaper can provide

When I see a large-scale abstract pattern dominate the walls, it’s clear that we’re in a contemporary house. Kelly Wearstler’s citrine and ivory Imperial Trellis paper, for Schumacher [top], blasts out in small spaces with a 6-3/4” horizontal and 14” vertical pattern repeat.  That’s huge. Every with a traditional leaning Memoirs Stately sink (Kohler) it adds an aura of Hollywood Regency glamor that Wearstler extols.… Continue Reading

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Console Charm

console sink - bathroom with map of the world wallpaper and Kohler Memoirs console sink - Lonnymag via Atticmag

When space is an issue – particularly in a powder room — a console sink is a smart and stylish choice.

There very good reason that the console sink is seen so often in bathrooms. That has to do with scale, or proportional size. Consoles rest on legs rather than a cabinet, which reduces visual bulk. Even when they are as large as a hunky, 30-inch Kohler Memoirs basin [top], most consoles look light because the legs are slender. The metal base beneath the Memoirs has handy features like side bars for hanging hand towels. Also of note around this sink is is the map-of-the-world décor –  ingenious wallpaper for $150, created from an 8-panel, coated write-on map from Skymall. … Continue Reading

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Powder Rooms Papered

powder room wallpaper - silk paper with koi motif -De Gournay via Atticmag

One of these fresh powder room wallpaper patterns is actually a 1930s icon. Guess which one.

Powder room wallpaper is a great way to introduce motifs taken from nature into home décor. Small baths offer just enough space to have fun with whimsical designs such as fish swimming, zebras leaping or palm trees swaying. Destined for small spaces, powder room wallpaper can introduce such fanciful imagery and add a kind of quirky charm. And the motifs can be embellished and amplified with mirrors, sconces and other accessories that amplify or play off the theme.  The result is what I call a personality powder room — as opposed to one that’s predictable.… Continue Reading

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Powder Room Curves

powder room with curved vanity by Barbara Westbrook

Powder rooms offer opportunities to take chances with unusual or luxurious elements.

Eclectic sometimes eccentric but interesting, which is how I view these two very different powder rooms, each have a prominent curved feature. Anyone who has discussed a radius-curve cabinet with an architect or wood worker quickly learns that they are an expensive feature which requires considerable expertise to build.

So it’s no surprise that the venerable French decorator Henri Garelli would move in that direction for a house in Provence. Marble and neo-classic motifs such as the elegantly fluted sink pedestal, were combined with the typical ochre lime-washed walls.… Continue Reading

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Powder Room Personalities

bohemian powder room with brown walls and spider base sink

Whether you call them zany, individual or original, guest baths send unique messages.

Think about it: your powder room is the one place where a guest will be alone long enough to take a close look around. So, what’s the décor in there really about?

Last fall, I explored conventional Powder Room Think based on a three-part formula we see again and again – a piece of furniture converted to a vanity, a mirror that supports the furniture style, and some surface decoration in the form of tile, stone or texture. If that 1,2,3 approach is the yin of powder rooms, the yang is one with a distinctive – dare we say unforgettable?… Continue Reading

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