Let us set the stage.
The room is small, petite in stature. “Form follows function” is the least of its concerns, due to the fact that all it could possibly hold in its minute square footage is in fact “the function”. The ominous bath tub hoards more than 3/4 of its precious space, leaving next to nothing in the storage department. Did I mention it has two door? Why of course it does! ( I’d like to have a word with the house architect on that
brilliant design decision! ) This powder room, like most services the entire main floor of the home by both the family and guests. This is a perfect place to leave a warm impression on all who enter.
So what’s the plan:
1. Call me crazy, but that ominous bathtub I spoke of; Gone Baby, Gone!
Storage way key. The family needed a place to store cleaning supplies, vacuums, extra linens, soap, and any extra overflow from the main living space. By taking out the tub — we just gained a whole lotta space at no extra cost. If you don’t count people labor! We weren’t moving walls, pushing out into other rooms ( which wasn’t an option ) or changing the footprint of the original space. I can dream big, but I am a realist. I love the challenge of making things work without a complete gut job.
2. Wallpaper, really your on that kick too?
Yes! I am people. I’d like to believe that I am above trends, thus I’ve chosen if I am going to use it to do so in a classical way. You won’t find geometric patterns or modern fluff plastered up in my designs, unless you say – please! Who can say no to that request!? I have been eyeing up some Hygge & West Wallpaper, specifically their Queen Ann print, for sometime now. I am hoping it will fit the bill on this one. fingers crossed.
3. Let there be light!
Being that this space is in fact smaller than a Smart Car. The sole light fixture needs to make a BIG impact, think SUV. Because the space has been so heavily designed for function, I want to take the opportunity to allow the light fixture to hold its own — both in a functional and artistically creative way. Go big or go home, that’s the lighting motto.
4. Accessories, can it really be all in the details?
Yes, it can. Keep it simple and complimentary to the space and your design. Normally I wait until the major components are in place to start feeling out what “fillers” are needed, if any. I find myself gravitating towards Barr-Co by K Hall Designs for this particular space. They have some beautifully designed soaps, lotions, and candles which will enhance this space perfectly. Of course, no design of mine would be complete without some hidden antique finds. Let the searching begin.
Source: Barr-Co. Oatmeal Soap Bar | Barr-Co. Hand Soap | Waterworks Bathroom Mat (Out of Stock)
5. Toilet, Faucet, Sink, Vanity, and Floors. The Major Players.
Kolher is my hardware, toilet-ware, and sink-ware of choice. I have never been disappointed by their product line up in the past, and will continue to choose them time and time again in my designs. The vanity will need to be custom-built, due to the tight space as well as the desire to match other built-in components in the family’s home. Floors re finished , tongue and groove installed on the ceiling, and all new door hardware added — just to name a few minor details.