As someone who sleeps in my apartment’s “living room” and watches television in the “dining room,” I have a soft spot for people who use rooms for completely different purposes than what was originally intended. Interior designer Courtney Agosti was noticing a serious lack of bathrooms in her home, so she decided to turn a closet into a chic powder room. It’s compact, to be sure, but packs a pretty big design punch for such a small space. I applaud Courtney for making such thoughtful decisions and for investing in fixtures and lighting that really elevate the space. Nicely done, Courtney! — Kate
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Basic Steps: This space was so small that it demanded that we make clever choices where we could that imbued a vibe of huge glamour. The only bathroom to serve the west side of the house (kitchen, den, dining room, and guestroom) was the guest bathroom attached to a hallway toward the bedroom wing of the house. We were limited as far as plumbing placement and fixture sizes (toilet and sink) that could work in the space. The inspiration was ’40s glam with contemporary, clean fixtures. The simple fixtures were selected so as not to upstage the design elements that conveyed the glam look we wanted.
The concept was born with the idea of mirrors and metallics. We added crown and base moulding. The lighting needed to be a bit softer, so I wanted something with a silk shade. These sconces from Circa Lighting were perfect, blending the reflective quality with a tailored, pleated silk shade. We also wanted the whole back wall mirrored to play on the place, but opted to place it from crown to the vanity. We designed a vanity that fit in the limited space from door jamb to back wall, but brought out the center just enough to hold the sink. We floated the vanity for added drama. We used ash wood and railroaded the grain to emphasize the horizontal feel of the piece, as the design of the wallpaper led to a vertical line. We selected an ebony stain with a Carrara remnant to add contrast. The vanity is our masculine anchor to the feminine, fluid wallpaper.
In small spaces, think big! If you have a small room, find a huge light fixture, bold pattern, or one color to pack a punch. I personally opt for building a palette where tones of the same family of color are used with an unexpected orange or jewel tone. You can also build textures of similar color like upholstered walls with a trim at crown, corners, and base of a similar color flat band or gimp. If you put too much in a small space, no matter how fabulous it all is, it competes. — Courtney Agosti