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Glittering iridescent tiles, a shiny black washstand and feathery luminaires raise this powder room to the realm of the exceptional


A powder room offers an ideal opportunity to indulge a taste for theatricality without the risk of overwhelming everyday life.

Interior designer Beth Kopin created this powder room with an eye for dramatic effect.

"The idea for the design originated with the freestanding basin," says Kopin. "This cylindrical stand is finished in reflective black metal, and the iridescent glass wall tiles were a logical choice as an effective complement."

Kopin says the tiles all have wavy edges and a slightly uneven surface. They are used floor-to-ceiling on all four walls in the modest space.

"The two elements, basin and wall tiles, create a sparkling effect. The mirror is framed in chair rail product made from the same glass as the wall tiles, extending their impact," she says.


Alongside the basin, giving some separation from the toilet, is a cabinet with pull-out drawers. This was an important inclusion because surface space is otherwise nonexistent.

"With so much black, I introduced a white toilet and Jerusalem bone floor tiles as contrast."

Two wall lamps with silk-feathered shades add a touch of delicacy and whimsy – an ideal light source for the dark, twinkling decor.

Credit List

BuilderGlasberg Homes
VanityGlass Ultraform
CabinetryMahogany from Bea Industries
BasinBronze glass from Vitraform, with Pullman pedestal
FaucetsWall-mounted basin mixer by Dornbracht
Wall tilesAntique black glass with brown cast, from Granite & Marble Resources
Tile flooringJerusalem Bone in brick pattern from Granite & Marble Resources
ToiletToto Carlyle in cream
AccessoriesPolished chrome hook, towel bar, tissue holder from Dornbracht
Interior designerBeth Kopin, ASID, NKBA (Highland Park, IL)

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