Find the transformation that fits your style: contemporary, vintage, cozy, or sleek
Written bySunsetAugust 12, 2009
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Teen Design (Before)
A trip to Italy sparked Zach Rosen’s interest in sleek interiors. He was 10. At 14, he conceived a plan for a gleaming remodel of his bathroom. He struck a cost-sharing deal with his parents, and then started work.
A stainless steel vessel sink is the room’s focal point. A dramatic wall faucet was installed through an opening in the mirror. Black granite in 12-inch squares is a glistening complement to the fixtures. Zach is tall, so he installed a kitchen-cabinet base instead of a shorter bathroom vanity.
Modern Budget Bathroom Redo (Before)
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From Bedroom to Bath (Before)
Homeowners transformed their drab guest bedroom into the bathroom of their dreams. The renovation was easy because no walls had to be removed and only one door was closed off. After that, the space was quickly turned into a relaxing retreat.
A black pedestal tub was placed next to the window, creating an ideal spot for soaking in the sunlight. The breezy white shower curtain hanging from a rod above the tub blends in nicely with the sheer curtains on the window.
Master Bath Miracle (Before)
A sea of blue carpet covered the floor and the sides of the tub like overflowing water. The tub itself, a swirling design of aqua and white, resembled a bar of Zest soap.
The designers opened up the room by removing the old sink and installing a new limestone vanity in the corner, where it could become a focal point without blocking traffic. Out went the shutters, exposing the sleek steel-framed window and increasing the natural light. A low wall at the end of the tub screens the toilet and serves as a display surface.
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The trick is to turn the challenges of designing a powder room--the small size, the all-too-common lack of windows--into opportunities. Use the space to display art that is better viewed at close range, to experiment with layered lighting, or to hang a striking antique mirror. Most importantly, make a statement.
Powder Room Pointers
Think about your space. Are you planning to update an existing powder room, transform a full bath into a half, or carve out a new spot within an existing floor plan? A larger space may have more design leeway, but in a tiny room, every item must function, fit, and contribute to the aesthetic.