NKBA 2003 Design competition: Category 5: Powder Rooms

NKBA 2003 Design competition: Category 5: Powder Rooms

1st Designers Create Powder Room From Scratch


Charged with creating this powder room from scratch, Gargano and Sciascia chose an Art Nouveau style to create a warm and inviting space.

To begin, the pair selected a Kohler Co. sink featuring relief carvings of water lilies. Complementing the sink is a custom Bombay sink apron, which, Gargano notes, "was formed into a graceful ellipse with carvings [by J.P. Weaver] following the shape of the sink."

The same carvings are used on the mirror frame to give the space a cohesive feel.

"The sink really became the inspiration for the cabinetry," she explains. Thus, the designers chose Wood-Mode, Inc. cabinetry with a custom site finish to meld with the sink color.

Baltic brown countertops featuring ogee edges contribute to the Art Nouveau feel, and "a pewter/gray was pulled from the granite counter to create the color for the mirror frame."

For added elegance, the design duo integrated Pelger Gold Line faucets and accessories. A copper glaze used on the crown molding, ceiling and mirror frame carvings rounds out the design. 

2nd Playful Powder Room Receives Individual Design


"The client liked natural materials, and the house is in a very natural setting, so we tried to pull in colors from the exterior. I think the space is a good reflection of the client's personality," says Steiner.

Faced with a very small area, Steiner chose to float the vanity between two slabs of Brazilian slate. Adding a unique element to the space, she incorporated the same slate onto the vanity top with the backsplash that was chiseled into the natural form of a rock.

"The mirror above was also chiseled to complement the stone backsplash, and is backlit to accentuate this detailing," as well as to create a consistent and natural chiseled-stone effect as opposed to using cleaner, hard lines, says Steiner.

The floating vanity, she notes, visually expands the space by allowing the natural quartered oak flooring to continue under the vanity.
Giving the space a warm, natural aesthetic while maximizing function, Steiner installed Wood-Mode, Inc. cabinetry and Kohler Co. fixtures and fittings.

To top off the whimsical, natural look, Steiner included details such as painted trim to allow other design elements to become the focal points.

3rd Powder Room Reflects Client's Own Personal Taste


Faced with size constraints, Giorgi notes he originally began the project by specifying standard cabinetry, a small vanity and DuPont Corian top. But, he adds, the client did not want "straight" cabinetry, so he had to devise a new, more unique plan.
As Giorgi explains: "The space limitations kept us from doing something that just filled in space with cabinetry. [Thus], we created [an] open shelf, vessel-type sink layout, [which then] created more of an antique, furniture look in a powder room It also created a more open feeling."

As a result, the centerpiece of the room is the free-standing vanity, which is finished in an off-white paint with antique distressing on maple wood.

Adding a natural feel to the space are soapstone countertops, Giorgi notes, complemented by a custom soapstone sink and backsplash.

Giorgi enhanced the design with a variety of high-end products, such as Plain & Fancy cabinetry, Kohler Co. faucets, Eagle Lantern lighting and a Yankee Workshop towel ring. Completing the look is Gris porcelain Leonardo ceramic tile, which ties in with the wallpaper, Giorgi notes.