Photo Gallery: Powder Rooms
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Stylist Sabrina Linn’s former loft shouts old Hollywood style with electric colour, graphic prints and some stunning signature sparkle. She achieved a custom look with a mirrored vanity kickplate, a pretty white chandelier and distinctive hardware and accessories.
Designer Sharon Mimran’s vision for this L-shaped space started with a vast collection of etchings. The frames were stained the same tones as the Florentine inlay fruitwood chest, so she had the chest fitted with a contemporary glass sink. Then she had the wall-mounted chrome faucet bronzed to work with the chest’s handles. Crisp mouldings and a higher-than-average chair rail ground a richly framed mirror.
House & Home senior design editor Cameron MacNeil balanced a family’s practical needs with their desire for a dreamy guest retreat when he designed this polished space starring a lighthearted botanical-print wallpaper. Limestone flooring provides a durable foundation beneath an espresso-stained vanity packed with storage. The limestone countertop was an affordable remnant; a five-inch backsplash protects the walls and gives the single slab more visual heft. A chrome faucet and sconces read as neutrals next to the standout mirror with a patinated, tiled frame.
“We wanted our home to make us feel as good as we do when we travel — having that style and romance, but not leaving home to get it,” says Renee Metrick, owner, with husband Ken, of Toronto home and bath emporiums Elte and Ginger’s. Wood panelling gives the space the air of a private club: Stephen Wagg of Gluckstein Design Planning created a subtle checkerboard effect by separating squares of oak with a slim reveal. The polished- nickel washstand with marble top adds understated sparkle.
A dark countertop grounds the vanity of this pale and pretty main-floor powder room. Chrome accents sparkle without overwhelming the space.
A vintage Canadian flag, picked up for $1 at a thrift store, adds edge to the prettiness of the blue wallpaper. H&H style editor Michael Penney and his wife Sara replaced the toilet, but saved money by adding a new faucet to the existing sink. Read more about decorating their main floor.
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An oversized mirror and floating marble vanity create an instant focal point for this dramatic powder room. Plus, the mirror reflects both light and the fireplace situated opposite it. Rich details, such as the gorgeous fixtures, hardware, and plush seating, emphasize the sense of refinement and grandeur.
A frosted glass door allows natural light to penetrate the space. A low-flush toilet (not pictured) was also chosen to reduce water waste.
A Calcutta marble countertop on a vanity made of ebony and fitted with glass drawer pulls, a French door and beautiful wall sconces give this powder room a feeling of complete luxury.
The vanity is the only dark piece, putting the focus on the dramatic sink. Overall, the sleek lines and materials give this bathroom a hotel-chic look.
Small powder rooms offer the opportunity to play with strong colour and pattern without throwing off a whole house’s palette or mood. When incorporating wallpaper with a strong pattern, keep other finishes and accessories simple, like the glass light fixtures and creamy limestone floor here.
Break the “light is right” small space rule: This tiny powder room is treated to dark, rich wallpaper which ups the glamour factor and instills the space with drama.
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