Full-Tilt Half Baths
Put a new spin on freshening up with a guest bathroom redo. Five petite retreats with punch display dramatic color, texture, and tile for big impact in a small space.
From: Point Click Home Dot Com
Written by William Weathersby Jr.
Silver Lake, California
"The powder room was a place to make bold choices in a small space," says architect Jeff Soler. A carved wood cabinet that homeowners Paul Franceschi and Allison Amon had custom made in Morocco establishes the exotic look. "We wanted to bring our travels back home," says Allison. Besides the cabinet supporting the sink, a Moroccan mirror and lantern further the oasis ambience. Borrowing space from an existing office, Soler wrapped the new 556-foot bathroom with wall-to-wall glass tile for a spa-like feel.
Rust-colored ceramic floor tiles complement the sand-colored, glass wall tiles. The wall-mounted fixtures and faucet service a ceramic bowl sink. A turquoise-painted ceiling, when up-lit by a sconce above the mirror, becomes a restful canopy.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Aiming "to give the space a sporty edge," designer Kathryn Chaplow says she painted the walls of this powder room a fiery orange. Part of a modern redo of a 1980s Victorian-style house for a single-businessman client, the 757-foot guest bathroom was created adjacent to a laundry room and a rear entry. A square-trough, white ceramic sink rests atop a custom-designed metal base with a black powder-coated finish. "The sink and stand create a sculptural effect while remaining utilitarian," Chaplow adds. Transitional-style chrome fixtures complete the look. A pair of modern pendants offer flattering illumination with a subtle glow bouncing off the orange walls. The mirror is set in a stock wood frame painted to match the metal base supporting the sink. The flooring (not shown) is quartzite slate.
As part of an extensive renovation of a 100-year-old home in Chicago's historic Andersonville neighborhood, this bathroom was inspired by reclaimed Arts and Crafts style. Borrowing room from a closet/pantry, architects from Greene & Proppe Design expanded the width of the 5-1/2-foot-long room from 30 inches to 6 feet, "making a more hospitable powder room with a better flow from the kitchen," says designer Paula Flanagan. A new window graces the space with light. A hammered-copper sink is set into a pigmented concrete countertop that rests on a custom wood table base. The cupboard matches nearby kitchen cabinetry for continuity. Mottled wall covering with the texture of suede is topped by crown molding; above, a painted border visually heightens the space.
The curving birch sink gives a streamlined look to this 456-foot powder room in the home of Mike and Raina Sobel. "We designed the wood shelves and credenza to complement the lines of the wall-mounted sink," says architect Barbara Brown. "The toilet features a matching wood seat. The cabinetry also echoes the look of the nearby kitchen's millwork, enhancing the visual flow. Contrasting with the bathroom's light wood tones, pewter-hued glass tiles cover one wall, floor to ceiling. A drawer beneath the sink holds linens and supplies. Display shelves create a tailored look. A slatted wood ceiling filters illumination from a skylight added to heighten the space. The mirror is inset into the tile wall.
"In this powder room I wanted to create a little jewel," says designer Peter Robbin of the 556-foot bath in his own home. To create a textural enclosure off the foyer, he covered the walls with black gros-point fabric beneath a ceiling bedecked with silver tea-paper squares. To lend elegance to the vanity, Robbin had an artist paint the top of a demilune console with a faux zebra-wood finish. "The table was nice in form but it was not an antique, so it adapted well, refinished, as a sculptural base." The polished chrome hardware and undermounted sink provide a nice contrast to the wood tones. A glass-bead pendant purchased by Robbin was an inexpensive yet sparkly lighting solution to illuminate the silver ceiling.