Powder rooms are usually the smallest rooms in any house. Given that, renovating or simply redecorating the powder room can often be accomplished on a reasonable budget and deliver impact far beyond than the expense involved.
How many of you have this exact configuration in one of your powder rooms? The light and mirror — seriously, who made these choices?
powder room before
Builders are often afraid to add any sort of personality lest they offend a potential buyer. Homeowners are likewise wary of changes that might impact the dreaded "resale value". This powder room puts me to sleep! At the minimum, a homeowner could add some color on the walls without much expense, then switch back to beige before selling. But they did not, and this is what my client had to see beyond.
Notice in this picture, the marble floor is actually the most interesting feature in the room. The "art" slays me. From looking at this house, you would not think a young family lived here.
powder room before
The charge from my clients after purchasing the house was to create a masculine powder room suitable for the tall husband. The mini toilet and low pedestal sink were not getting it done.
First step, replace the toilet with a streamlined Toto ADA-compliant model. The higher seat height is perfect for taller people and the water-saving flush options is great for the environment. Next, choose a wall-mounted faucet and counter-mounted sink. Design and install a new wall-mounted counter to suit the primary user. This route allows the height of everything to be customized — no settling for the standard height vanity or pedestal lavatory.
We chose a Duravit sink in traditional white ceramic — it's the shape and installation that create the interest. I love all wall-mounted faucets. The simplicity of the one selected for this powder room is perfection. We replaced the over-the-mirror granny lights with a pair of sleek sconces. The mirror itself, a custom-sized beveled sheet, is understated. The counter is mahogany, built by Steve's Fine Woodworking and stained and sealed by Sabino's Painting and Wallpaper. A wood countertop is perhaps unexpected, but in a powder room, with the proper sealing, it works fantastically!
The pièce de résistance in this small space is the wallpaper. Hand-painted, it's from Vahallan Papers. Each sheet is custom made to order and features layers of color and texture. Adding to the textural effect is the "torn" installation (also by Sabino) , where each sheet is torn into random sections and applied. This particular paper has a dark core, so veining appears throughout the application.
The final touch is the over-scale antelope wall sculpture. Masculine, yes?
Here is the after:
powder room renovation — after photo credit: Michael Partenio
Simple, clean lines with neutral colors and a variety of textural materials = not boring! This space now fits the homeowner to a T, and still wows guests with its rich minimalism. What more can anyone ask from a tiny little powder room?