Curved cabinets in owder rooms offer opportunities to take chances with unusual or luxurious elements.
Eclectic is sometimes eccentric but interesting, which is how I view these two very different powder rooms. Each has a prominent curved feature, which is rarely seen. 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. There’s a touch of Rome here, too in the dark marble slab used behind the rustic wall-mounted faucet. Echoing the curves of the oval sink is the semi-circular wooden coat closet which resembles a confessional. That must be the designer’s sly joke for a large house owned by a couple and used for family holidays. More intriguing is why there is no mirror in the vicinity of the sink, which we find refreshing in contrast to the 1,2,3 approach we outlined in Powder Room Think last fall. Evidently the master has his own ideas on the matter.
A curved sink, bumped out in a narrow vanity niche, lends the air of a 1930s luxury liner to a Deco-style powder room designed by Atlanta designer Barbara Westbrook, who’s show house playroom we featured on Tuesday. Sconces echo the shape of the sink and the dark walls make it elegant, dramatic and individual.
(Source: World of Interiors, Westbrook Interiors)
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