Last time I posted on our home renovation, I shared with you my side entry and the custom designed mudroom cabinets. If you missed it, you can see it here & here. Our side entry leads to our pantry, powder room, and laundry room. Today I wanted to share with you part of our powder room design.
First, why did we decide to add a powder room? I firmly believe that you should be able to have a designated bathroom that guests can use while entertaining. This bathroom should be in a place that is near the general area of entertaining, and have easy access. No one really wants for party guests to go through a bedroom to use the restroom. Since the primary locations of our entertaining spaces are the kitchen, family room & outdoors, we decided the powder room near the kitchen would be perfect. It’s also adjacent to our side entry & mudroom, making a great location.
So lets take a closer look at the selections and design of our little powder room.
It’s a relatively small powder, but the selections and design I think make it pop! It’s simple in design, but has material selections that make a statement. After all, since powder rooms are generally small, you can really take advantage of using a more expensive item here (i.e. wallpaper, countertop, sink, etc.). The money will go farther in this space.
Vanity: The vanity is custom designed with a diamond door pattern. I used Scott Collard of Collard Custom Cabinets. He did a fabulous job on this little custom vanity. I wanted something simple, clean yet have some personality. I also wanted the vanity to look more like a piece of furniture; so I designed it to have four tapered legs. Also, since the storage part of the cabinet does not go all the way to the floor, it makes the vanity appear to be smaller visually.
Lighting: As you can see in the elevation above, that originally the wall was to have 2 wall sconces. However, we lost too much width with the larger window we selected and the window casing. Since the wall was already wired for sconces, we used the wire to put in a under-cabinet light (aka toe-kick light). This is great to use as a night light. You can see the toe kick light in the photo above. We also have a beautiful Chelsea House gold pagoda chandelier. I absolutely love this bad boy!
Wallpaper: This is where I brought the personality to our space! I am in love with our powder room wallpaper. It’s Bal Harbour in color Patina, by Thibaut Design. Isn’t it fabulous?! What I love even more about it, is that it is an embossed vinyl wallpaper. So it can be wiped down if need be.
Tile: We used a different tile in here than in our side entry. Surprise I used 18″x18″ square tiles. Yep, I said square tiles…say what?! Square tiles have been being denied lately with the long rectangular tiles increasing in popularity. But don’t hate on the square. I had these laid on the diagonal with a glass and natural stone mosaic border. The mosaic border was what gave this would-be-boring floor a little life. When selecting both tiles, I had to make sure that it not only worked with the powder room materials, but also, the side entry tile.
Countertop: Because our vanity is so small, we were able to find a beautiful travertine stone remnant. Keep that in mind, when remodeling or designing a small bathroom. You might be able to find a remnant piece that can work for you. This helps if you are being cost conscience.
Backsplash Tile: I brought the mosaic tile from the floor border up to the vanity. I finished off the mosaic tile with a 1/2-inch bullnose stone molding.
Mixing of Metals: I have always been a firm believer that you can mix metallic finishes. And homeowners are now starting to see the beauty of it. In the powder, I mixed a combination of gold and silvers.
Art: Every powder room needs art! I added gorgeous nudes by Shadow Catchers, and had them staggered on the side wall.
Window Treatment: Last but most certainly not least. I went back and forth on designing a custom leaded glass window design, but the hubs was not too on board with this. So we compromised and had Hunter Douglas duette shades installed (semi-opaque to allow some light in) as well as had a custom soft faux Roman shade made.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know the ins and outs of my powder room design. Check back later for the laundry room renovations. Also, if you are interested in any of these items, please contact me for more information.