With decorative flair

With warm colours, richly textured materials and highly decorative fittings, this guest powder room stands out from the crowd

View of a powder room featuring blue painted bathroom, ceiling, home, interior design, room, sink, wall, gray
View of a powder room featuring blue painted walls, vanity with granite benchtop, cabinetry, mirror, lighting.

A pretty powder room with a chandelier and a Venetian glass mirror may sound luxurious and a little decadent, but it won't take up much space.

When the owners of this home were renovating, one of their aims was to find a more convenient spot for the downstairs toilet, which had been part of a utility room and accessed from the dining room.

Powder room, featuring a Venetian mirror and blue mirror, gray
Powder room, featuring a Venetian mirror and blue paints from Resene.

Designer Jennie Dunlop reorganised this part of the house and found enough space to create a small, separate powder room for guests.

The new area is designed to match the traditional style of the rest of the house but, because the room is small, the designer decided it to give it a slightly glamorous look, mixing classical elements with modern fittings.

Powder room, featuring chandelier. ceiling, chandelier, decor, light fixture, lighting, lighting accessory, gray, white
Powder room, featuring chandelier.

A chandelier, previously hanging in the dining room, is teamed with a decorative glass mirror, burr elm cabinetry and a black granite vanity top flecked with glossy blue quartz. Metallic blue painted walls complete the look.

"It is a compact space, but guests are always pleasantly surprised by the opulence when they open the door," Dunlop says.

Credit list

Custom designed by Dunlop Design; manufactured by Johannes Erren Cabinetmakers
Duravit wall-hung
Polished porcelain from Porcelanosa
Wooden painted by Timbershade Blinds
Vanity top
Blue Pearl Granite
Leda Vasque from Caroma
Paini Cox
Resene metallic paint

Story by: Mary Webb

11 May, 2009

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