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Dear Sandy, I want a fabulous powder room! but I I realize that you design entire houses, now and that can only work on one thing right is my powder room. same All my friends have pretty much the completely difthings in theirs so I want to be ferent! My style is eclectic and I am a fan of color I have and pattern and LOVE the unexpected. add something seen your work and you always that sparks the imagination, so please help me. and My room is 6 feet wide by 8 feet long, and lighting. I need new floors, walls, vanity house is pretty Give me exotic! The rest of the tame. Thank you, Janice
Dear Janice, I too love a dramatic powder room. They tend to be pretty small in size so we have to make impact with our finishes to give it the flair we want.
It is good that you like the unexpected and that you are adventurous because that opens many design avenues for us, and since the rest of the house is “tame,” I say we kick it up a bit!
First, I always select the main focal point in the room, and in this case I have selected a stunning peacock feathers wallpaper. We will take the rest of our design cues from this point.
I love the watery colors that are in the paper, so why not enhance that theme with this beautiful sea blue glass vessel sink. This will sit on top of the vanity and reflect the light.
Now on to the vanity. Of course, we could choose a woodtone vanity, but then we don’t want to follow the crowd, so I suggest this lovely hand-painted chest as an alternative to the expected. You will have drawers for storage and it is the perfect size, since your room is 6 feet wide. Ceilings are one of my issues. People tend to neglect them as if they don’t exist but they do! There are a number of ways to dress this area. You could continue the paper, mirror it or paint it. I could live with any of those ideas.
Speaking of ceilings, we need a chandelier. You failed to tell me the height of your ceiling, so I will give you a style that would work and then we can find the appropriate size. I really want to see things that are reflective, like the sink, so lets bling it up with some crystals!
The next finish we have to select is the flooring, and I would like to create the illusion that the vanity is floating, so let’s do a black marble. Don’t be afraid to use a large tile such as an 18by-18 inch or 20-by-20 inch tile. Keep the grout lines close and dark.
Think about the water closet. You sure don’t want to see a white one in this room. Keep it dramatic and black so it just fades into the floor.
These are the main decisions you face, but we want to go another step further and think about when the room is done and your guests arrive. Not only will they be “wowed” by your powder room, but they will feel very special when you set out a pretty tray of lotions, soaps and a candle. After all, you are happy to show off all your hard work.
The most important step now is to hire the right people. Not the lowest bidder, but the one who bids it correctly. Too many times I have heard “it was the best bid and what could go wrong?” Well, unfortunately, quite a bit can and will go wrong if not properly installed. Call me if you need names and numbers – and send photos!
A glass bowl can be used as a sink basin
Colors used in the powder room reflect the peacock feather wall paper. An antique vanity can be converted into a sink with charm and character. Placing hand-cut soaps and lotions on a decorative tray adds to the relaxing atmosphere of the powder room.