Ask the De­signer

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Ask The Designer - Read­ers ask de­sign ex­pert Sandy Sut­ton ques­tions about in­te­rior de­sign. Sut­ton is the owner of The De­sign Cen­ter with Sandy Sut­ton.

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!

Sandy

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.

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