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These powder rooms are reminiscent of jewel boxes – small but perfect in every detail

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It may well be the smallest room in the house, but the powder room is often the most dramatic. And it's the size that makes it so, says architect Richard Landry of Landry Design Group.

"Because these are small rooms, they are often given a more expensive fit-out," he says. "People are inclined to treat the powder room as a piece of art, choosing more exquisite finishes that would be too expensive to consider for a larger bathroom. The size also makes it easier to take a more adventurous approach in terms of design and colour, or be a little playful."

Landry says he likes to think of the powder room as a jewel box that offers something a little unexpected and special for guests.

"This is the one room where people are not distracted by others, and can appreciate the beauty of fine textures and finishes."

The powder rooms on these pages highlight a number of different designs and styles. The room at left features steel doors, a French limestone vanity top and floor, and cherry wood cabinets and millwork. To provide a degree of separation, the toilet is tucked around the corner behind a glazed wall.

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Other bathrooms have custom mirrors and special wall finishes, including a Venetian plaster wall that looks like velvet. The glamorous look is accentuated by a Venetian mirror and chandelier-style sconces that are dripping with jewels. Another bathroom is lined with fabric, and has a line of silk appliqué embroidery and a billowing fabric ceiling.

Whether opulent or contemporary, the powder rooms all reflect great attention to detail. Vanities are often cantilevered, with under-cabinet lighting enhancing a floating look. In the powder room for his own ski chalet, Landry took this idea one step further, moving the black granite vanity out from the wall and providing a hidden steel bracket so it appears suspended in space.

Credit List

Architect for all projects Richard Landry, AIA, Landry Design Group, Inc (Los Angeles)
Interior designer, powder room 1 GeGe Pender Interior Design
Interior designer, powder room 2 James Magni, Magni Design
Interior designer, powder room 3 Landry Design Group
Interior designer, powder room 4 Jeff Howard
Interior designer, powder room 5 Joan Behnke, Behnke Design

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