Powder rooms are an ideal place to indulge your wild side, in decorating. They’re small, so you can splurge on flooring and wall coverings. They’re tucked away, so family members who don’t share your love of say, Chinoiserie, don’t have to look at it all day. They’re not bathing spaces, so the usual constraints of wet and damp don’t apply and you have more choice of materials and accessories. Plus, and this is the most fun, powder rooms can be an opportunity to surprise and delight your guests and make them look their best too—as long as you keep the lighting flattering.
Step into this powder room and you’re transported to a luxurious and decadent place. An exotic gilded serpent mirror is the focal point, but shares the spotlight with moody cloud-streaked wallpaper, a daring lapis stone countertop and a vessel sink that is in harmony with the bamboo legs of the console. Small glass and gold sconces add a contemporary note.
When in doubt wear black, and this cool space takes it to heart with black walls, ceiling, sink, window and art frames. Look closer and you can see that the walls and ceiling are paneled, which gives the surfaces texture that keeps the room from being too harsh. The lighter grained wood on the wall mounted vanity and floor connect to the frame mats on the gallery wall, and give the space a natural feel.
Palm Springs glamour defines this beautiful space. Drenched in fearless color and filled with geometric forms (starbursts, ovals, trapezoids, diamonds, squares and rectangles), this room is a modern interpretation of art deco style and not only a show-stopping bathroom, but a darn good place to teach shapes to your preschooler.
Quietly sophisticated with a hint of rusticity describes this dark green powder room featuring a Moroccan tile floor, shiplapped walls and a cerused wood vanity with a soapstone farmhouse sink.
Tile, wallpaper and zebras, oh my! The homeowners of this powder room in Edina really went for it using two different wallpapers for the ceiling and upper half of the walls, textured tile on the bottom half, a frilly vintage light fixture and bold coral medicine cabinet. By Vujovich Design Build.
by Laurie Junker
Photo courtesy of Corey Gaffer.