LITTLE GEMS
Home Beautiful|November 2021
TREAT GUESTS TO THE FIVE-STAR EXPERIENCE WITH A COMPACT POWDER ROOM THAT’S BIG ON LUXURY AND STYLE
LAURA BARRY

Clean lines and Carrara marble define this contemporary powder room styled by designer Viv Hannigan.

Red travertine tiles and a powder pink basin add texture and warmth in this dramatic space.

Master the modern country look with a pedestal basin, brass hardware and wall sconce, as seen in this space by Cadence & Co.

Small and often tucked out of sight, powder rooms do double duty as a pretty pamper zone that’s also more practical than first impressions suggest.

Usually found within close range of the entertaining zone, the powder room is essentially a half-bathroom comprised of a toilet and basin – but don’t be fooled by its simplicity. This tiny treasure can be squeezed into almost any floor plan, and not only does it provide a stylish spot for guests to freshen up, it’ll also reduce foot traffic to the main bathroom during peak hours, making everyday family life a little easier to navigate. It’s also the perfect canvas to showcase sophisticated design and luxury finishes. “As a room that’s constantly frequented, the powder room is the space to really impress your guests,” says Daniela Santilli, bathrooms and kitchens merchandising leader at Reece Bathrooms. Look to luxe touches such as beautiful tiles and tapware, rich colours and wallpaper – as Daniela sums up, the powder room, “can pack a lot of personality, despite its size.” Read on for more ways to enhance the jewel box of your home.

COUNTRY CLASSIC

Given its usual proximity to gathering spaces, guests are likely to make a beeline for the powder room. “It’s a space that can be used to make a design statement and inject some serious personality that may be too intense elsewhere in the home,” says Jessica Coulter, associate interior designer at Cera Stribley Architects. “We often encourage clients to explore the use of more elaborate finishes while ensuring they are high quality and will withstand the test of time.” In terms of trends, homeowners are returning to tried-and-true designs, such as the country look (left). “We’re seeing a resurgence of traditional tapware styles – think three-piece and heritage features, but with modern water ratings, finishes and configurations,” adds Daniela.

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