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.

Statement Making Powder Room Sinks

powder room sinks - bowl shaped stone vessel sink on a rustic wood slab - Cico Books via Atticmag

Powder room sinks with unique personalities help set the styles for guest baths — from modern to traditional.

Here’s the thing about powder room sinks: the focus is often on the style of the vanity instead of the basin. But for me, the sink’s the thing. That’s why I especially favor statement-making sinks in powder rooms. A fabulous lavabo can be mounted on top of a conventional vanity, or on the wall, on a piece of furniture, or even on top of a plank and still make the point. The more original and memorable the sink, the more successful the look.… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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