What my clients thought of this as a powder room update, for me, it was a
challenge to renovate a very narrow and poorly functioning space into one
that would visually appear wider and would eliminate constant nucences.
I suggested that this was the time to address the sink placement which interfered
with the entry door swing, to eliminate a vanity that was too deep and too long,
and to change the "bowling alley effect" of the 4'-6" by 9' space without knocking
down walls to expand.
When gutting the space, I was sure to eradicate any nuances of the 80's powder
room! This included removing a fully mirrored wall that faced the toilet, a
pink sink and matching vanity, Hollywood type light fixtures, chrome accessories
and gray ceramic floor tile. I also removed all the existing moldings so I would
have a raw space to work with. The original entry door was the only item left in
Now, the plumber was able to relocate the plumbing for the sink (originally in
the corner at the room's entry) to several feet further down the same wall. This
would enable the entry door to swing into the space without hitting someone
standing at a sink. The new location also changed an extremely cramped corner
and would provide comfortable moving room at the new sink.
Also, the plumbing was installed at a height to accommodate the wall mounted
faucets selected. The location for the toilet remained, although a new, more
efficient model was installed after the new flooring was laid.
Since the ceiling was eight feet high, my love for a powder room chandelier was
not feasible. Instead electric was installed above the toilet to accommodate a
decorative sconce. Two recessed high hats were installed for general illumination
and two small recessed halogens on either side of the sink for vanity lighting
With all the other updates in my client's home reflecting their house in Colorado,
I needed to follow suite with this project. The wide window and base board trim
incorporated a very simple profile and the tall oak corner cabinet to the left of
the sink was equally as simple. The hot water base board cover was fabricated in
oak to match. The oak floor, milled by the contractor along with the other trims,
was placed on the diagonal in order to create the illusion of a wider space.
The horizontal lines from the wood mini blind, also helps with the illusion of
adding width to the room. And, as an inside mount window treatment with little
projection, it did not encroach on the limited space of the room nor did it cover
the important window trim. The oak entry door, is the original paint grade door
A beige stone mosaic, 4in. by 4in. coordinating stone decos and a decorative
stone top rail used on the walls added to the western feel.
The formation of the rail as a surround for the beveled mirror afforded
a simple but effective detail. The sand color walls and ceiling blend
into the stone finishes aiding in the very soft earthy feel.
A copper simulated ceramic sink, a Zodiac counter and oil rubbed bronze
hardware throughout also enriched the earthy ambiance.
And, while the decorative metal sink base adds to the mood,
the open light design is the major contributor to visually
expanding the room.
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