Small but Mighty

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Small but Mighty

Back-lit granite adds drama in this contemporary space. Design: It’s Personal Design | Photo by Beth Singer
Back-lit granite adds drama in this contemporary space. Design: It’s Personal Design | Photo by Beth Singer

Although they are often one of the smaller spaces in the home, powder rooms can make quite a large impact with carefully chosen fixtures and design elements. And while a high-style powder room is great, it is important to also consider the functionality of the space. See how a few of the area’s top designers helped create small but mighty powder rooms for their clients.

This powder room is part of a new home built in Franklin, Michigan. The aesthetic is very clean and contemporary. For the back wall of this powder room we used a solid piece of granite that is suspended off the wall and back lit for drama. Floating in front of it is a vanity encased in black mirror, which is slightly reflective but very subtle so it does not compete with the granite, which is the focal point. A very subtle silk textured wallpaper was used on the walls and the clean lines of the white bronze sink and nickel faucet add simple elegance. – Ann-Marie Anton, It’s Personal Design

The first powder room pictured above was a very small space. We only had 20" or so for the sink, so we found a marble pedestal that combined drama with function. The wall-mounted faucet was also a space saver. We used a vintage mid-century chandelier with a wallcovering from Schumacher with a Carrara marble look. In the other powder room, the walls are covered in a natural grasscloth. Polished black porcelain tile and Schonbek sconces provide glamour. The nude original painting that is reflected in the mirror, and the pedestal with my clients’ son’s original sculpture are the artful pieces in the space.
 – Sharon Kory, Sharon Kory Interiors

This full main-floor bath was converted into a powder room. It features custom lacquered cabinetry. The custom-designed vanity in a striking red lacquer along with charcoal damask wallcovering give this powder room renovation new life.
 – Toby Sneider, Sneider Custom Interiors

An obsession with designer Katie Leede's Isis patern, featuring colorful fan-crested Hoopoes and Wagtail birds was the inspiration behind the design of this powder room. We chose to install paneling below the paper-backed wallcovering to keep little on-e' hands off the textiles, and accented the space with a vibrant turquoise mirror & sea-glass chandelier.
 – Krista Nye Nicholas and Tami Ramsay, CLOTH & KIND Interiors

These are very different powder rooms that I designed for two clients. The first powder room is sophisticated and serene. The beautiful wallpaper is from Winfield Thybony through Kravet and the wall sconces are from City Lights Detroit. The second powder room is very small but fun. We wanted to make it "special" because it is the powder room that guests use, even though it is very compact. The wallpaper is from Winfield Thybony and the floor tile is Seneca Tile from Virginia Tile.
 – Gail Urso, Urso Designs

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