“This windowless powder room under the stairs feels hidden away from everything,” says designer Andrew Howard.” Total excuse to go big!” It’s covered in three Schumacher wallpapers: Samovar and Topkapi on the walls and Taj Trellis on the ceiling.
The boys’ bathroom in a Lake Tahoe home designed by Matt O’Dorisio has a large trough sink and a pendant from Schoolhouse Electric Supply & Co.
Mirrors, marble and sunlight bring sparkle to a newly expanded master bath. The Texas home’s garden theme is echoed in Nina Campbell’s Orchard Blossom wallpaper and Canopy Designs’ custom-colored porcelain branch chandelier.
Designer Bailey McCarthy finally got a chance to use Davlin gold-leaf glass tiles from Ann Sacks in her newly enlarged master bathroom.
Make up for a nonexistent linen closet with strategic storage. A mirrored medicine cabinet in a New York apartment measures two feet deep to fit towels. The shelves inside are staggered around the pipes, and a custom vanity conceals bins for dry cleaning and laundry.
Embrace nautical decor head-on with shipshape accents. Ann Sacks’s Carrara hexagonal floor tiles brighten a coastal cottage’s bathroom, with contrasting bands on the walls. The stool is by Waterworks and the window shades are in C&C Milano’s Persico Mache.
A New England home’s powder room retained its vintage corner sink but got a new look with Robert Crowder & Co. marbleized wallpaper and a vintage Egon Hillebrand mirror. The original wainscoting was repainted in Farrow & Ball’s Plummet.
In a Charleston guest house, the master bathroom’s sinks are by Kohler, the unlacquered brass fittings are by Watermark Designs and the shower is lined in Alabama white marble. The sconces are 1930s Italian. The walls are lined in cypress shiplap with a tung-oil finish.
In a sleek Hamptons house designed by Amy Lau, the master bath has a Wetstyle tub with a Dornbracht faucet.
Designers Ray Booth and Elizabeth Kennedy under-mounted twin Kathryn sinks from Kohler in this master bathroom. The faucets are from Kallista and the custom mirrors are by McAlpine.
Fill a narrow stretch of wall with an heirloom-worthy, grandfather-style clock. Now you’ll learn you’re running late in style.
An Alexander McQueen skull pillow was the catalyst for this daring en suite bathroom in Chicago’s trendy Wicker Park neighborhood. “I wanted drama!” says designer SuzAnn Kletzien, who notes that placing a modern, jewelry-inspired chandelier over a claw-foot tub “definitely satisfied that need.”
Since there’s no need to stash everyday necessities under a powder room sink, the vanity becomes strictly a statement piece. A Lucite-framed mirror in a zingy yellow continues the theme of transparency.
Nothing says “rustic” more than chicken wire. Use the screening in place of glass cabinet doors to up the country feel and show off stacks of fresh towels.
A powder room sees limited use, so put form over function. A distressed mirror with coral-pink streaks injects color into a bold space.
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Guests at a North Carolina home designed by MA Allen pop in this changing area before hitting the pool. A built-in bench doubles as storage space for towels, and a gooseneck light fixture from Barn Electric Co. brightens the CB2 mirror.
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In a South Carolina vacation home’s master bath, Boussac’s Tarantelle wallpaper, a floral on a platinum ground, adds a subtle sheen to the walls. The chandelier is from Vaughan.
Get style for ages by featuring antiques, like delicate Baguès-style sconces, a Baroque mirror and a French-limestone vanity. The intricate finds create a sense of fantasy without leaving the house.
Wallpaper by Fornasetti for Cole & Son adds a playful note to a Bahamian bathroom.
In an Atlanta family home, the downstairs bathroom has a utilitarian Oak Hill DXV console sink, which designer Matthew Quinn notes is both elegant and durable. The shower and toilet are hidden behind curtains in Cabana Cloth from Thibaut’s Portico collection of Sunbrella fabrics. Suspending a mirror in front of the window allows for privacy.
The world’s tiniest powder rooms should copy this configuration. A mirror hung at an angle above a corner sink maximizes every inch, while clutter gets stashed behind the fabric skirt. Add a dose of charm by mounting plates and sneaking in an elegant orchid.
Iksel’s Iznik wallpaper lends an Ottoman touch to a Park Avenue space, but the true showstopper is the curvaceous Sapphire mirror by Bunny Williams Home.
The walls of a beach house bathroom feature Brett Design’s Peonies wallpaper. “I wanted every inch of the powder room to be special,” says designer Colleen Bashaw. The vintage brass console was fitted with a Waterstone Faucets fixture, and the custom backsplash and counter are made of Stone Surfaces’ Black Absolute granite.
Black and white doesn’t have to be boring. Designer SuzAnn Kletzian transformed a dark and dreary Chicago bathroom into a luxurious escape with an elegant clawfoot tub and marbled shower. The statement-making floor complements the picture-frame trim on the doors, walls, and mirrors.
Shampoo storage never looked so chic. In Justina Blakeney’s “Jungalow,” the shower’s niche is inset with a vintage mirror. Adriatic Sea hexagonal tiles are by Fireclay Tile.
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Instead of picking out wallpaper swatches, designer Janet Gridley stole pages from the the iconic book Cabinet of Natural Curiosities to cover a Minnesota colonial’s powder room. A bold black sink from Kohler ties it all together.
With views of the Pacific just outside, this soothing space designed by Christina Rottman draws on the colors of the sea. Teal tiles from Ann Sacks clad the window-adjacent tub, so it really feels like going for a dip in the ocean.
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Pink runs throughout this Virginia townhouse, so a bathroom’s rosy curtain is no exception. Nina Campbell’s geometric Ornella wallpaper tempers the feminine hue.
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This spa-inspired bathroom by Colleen Bashaw has a Claire bathtub from Signature Hardware, Kohler’s Pinstripe fixtures and Cole & Son’s Palm Leaves wallpaper.
Framed fragments of Gracie’s Georgian Tea Trade wallpaper have the impact of landscape paintings in a South Carolina home’s powder room. The vanity is a converted antique console.