NKBA 2002 Design competition: Category 5: Powder Rooms
1. Powder Room Offers Touch of Lightness
Located near the side door of the residence and off the service hall leading to the kitchen/family room, the powder room features a floating vanity top that serves as the focal point upon entrance to the space.
Le Groupe Luxorama Limitee cabinets were added above and below the counter, with the upper cabinetry topped with a light bridge that spans the Kohler Co. sink and faucet to a newly added tall storage unit, which features open shelves for magazines and closed storage above.
'Smoothcrete' concrete highlights the countertops, making a soft yet powerful design statement.
The Kohler Co. toilet was placed away from the doors to keep it out of view from the hall. The light maple cabinetry blends with the monochromatic colors of the design, and the same tones from the hall are used as paint finishes for the walls to maintain a sense of flow between rooms.
Grey concrete accents on the vanity top blend with the grey shades incorporated with the shades of mustard in the Vitrocerean Glass tile backsplash. Additionally, the ceramic checkerboard pattern from the hall was extended to the room to tie the space together.
2. Opulent Appeal Defines Powder Room
To meet the homeowners' request, the design team based part of the design scheme on the slab floor of Michelangelo marble. To keep a cohesive feel, they used the same material for the countertops on a framed full-overlay, radius-front vanity cabinet with a black enamel finish. "Elements of wear and distress created an antiqued quality" to the Crystal Cabinet Works Quest frameless vanity cabinet, explains Whyte.
A Moen sink and faucet add to the room's stylish appearance, while an F. Schumacher duchess decorative bench, located by the makeup vanity, enhances the room's opulent appeal.
Adding the final touches of elegance and luxury to the space are gold and silver mirrors by La Panache, a Les Bagatelles border for the walls, coordinating wall-paper by Thybony and art by Frame Direct..
3. Powder Room Blends Style and Function
To begin with, the foyer flooring of light limestone was extended with a darker limestone accent into the room, continuing the foyer's paneled wainscot, chair rail and baseboard around the room. As Westeroth notes, "The millwork and wainscoting were stained in a gray/beige tone to blend with the limestone floor." The color scheme is echoed on the countertops, with the same limestone used as accents on the floor being used for the vanity countertop and backsplash.
Westeroth and Scott had a Falcon Wood Specialties round-front vanity installed to create soft lines that would break up the narrow entrance into the space. Satin nickel finished cabinet door hardware adds warmth to the space.
A framed tri-panel mirror was designed over the vanity, highlighted by a pendant light.
Finally, a Kohler Co. Caxon basin and toilet, as well as a stylish Jado faucet, add a contemporary feel to the space.