Kitchen & Bath Design News

NOV 2018

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Powder rooms may often be the smallest room in any given home, but what they lack in size, they make up for in style. BY KIM BERNDTSON Powder Room Pizzazz itchens and master bathrooms are typically designed for homeowners who want those spaces to look and function with their usage in mind. However, when it comes to powder rooms, it's often all about guests and creat- ing a space that is comfortable for them to use. "We want a powder room to be fun for our clients…and for their guests," says April Collins, owner/designer, The Cabinet Gallery, in Draper, UT. "That's what a powder bathroom is…it's for guests to use." "It's the space friends and family will see and use the most," adds Kevin Toukoumidis, principal, dSPACE Studio, in Chicago, IL. Jennifer Stewart of J. Stewart Designs, in Madison, MS, agrees. "If you have guests over, it's the one room in the house that they're guaranteed to see," she notes. DARING DECISIONS Powder rooms can also be the perfect place to 'wow' those visitors with unique pieces and design elements that allow the host to let loose and be a little daring, all while showing some personality they might otherwise be hesitant about revealing in a much larger space. "So many powder rooms are generic," says Lisa Alexander, owner of RiverWorks Design Studio, in Muscle Shoals, AL. "But we like to make them extra special, while always keeping with the common thread of the core design of the home." "Sometimes people don't want to be so bold in a kitchen," adds Collins. "But it's easier to do something unique and differ- ent in small space. It's great when a powder room can make a statement and be something fun to talk about, so we encourage clients to be bold, to play with the area. When that happens, a lot of times the powder room ends up being their favorite space!" Ginger Curtis, president of Urbanology Designs, in Dallas/ Fort Worth, TX, agrees. "Powder rooms open up the door to do something unexpected," she claims. "It's the one room in the house where my clients are willing to go wild, to be a little risky, which is possible since it often doesn't impact other spaces." Stewart indicates that her Southern roots have shaped her and her clients' viewpoints about a powder room's purpose and design. "I'm from Mississippi, and a Southern powder room is everything a girl loves," she explains. "It's pretty, clean and is something to talk about. It's the fancy room! I remem- ber as a kid my mom wouldn't let us go into the powder room because it was for guests only. We knew it was something to be treasured, a place where there might be a family heirloom or interesting artifact…something with a story." For Sherri DuPont, president of Collins & DuPont Design Group, in Bonita Springs, FL, powder rooms are one of the spaces she enjoys designing the most. "It's a place where it's almost like more is more…where it can be a small fantasy in the home," she notes. "It's always used by guests, so it should be fun and unusual." Toukoumidis also likes to design powder rooms, in part because they command creativity and encourage efficiency. "Small spaces require more creative thought," he maintains. "But I enjoy the challenge they afford. Powder rooms provide a fantastic opportunity to design a jewel box with amazing details from lighting to finishes." K Guests can't help but smile when they use this powder bath designed by April Collins and the team at The Cabinet Gallery, in large part because of the whimsical wallpaper that covers the walls and serves as the foundation for the entire space. The custom vanity also makes a statement, without taking away from the wallpaper. Its Shaker doors feature horizontal shiplap panels that give the vanity a unique look, while the white color brightens the space and brings out the colors in the wallpaper. Photo: Ann Parris/Full Frame Home Tours 36 Kitchen & Bath Design News • November 2018 FALL BATH REMODELING REPORT

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