NKBA 2002 Design competition: Category 5: Powder
1. Powder Room Offers Touch of Lightness
Erica Westeroth, CKD, and Tim Scott, of the Toronto, Ontario,
Canada-based XTC Designs Inc., used a gentle, inviting color scheme
to evoke a sense of lightness in this powder room.
Located near the side door of the residence and off the service
hall leading to the kitchen/family room, the powder room features a
floating vanity top that serves as the focal point upon entrance to
Le Groupe Luxorama Limitee cabinets were added above and below
the counter, with the upper cabinetry topped with a light bridge
that spans the Kohler Co. sink and faucet to a newly added tall
storage unit, which features open shelves for magazines and closed
‘Smoothcrete’ concrete highlights the countertops, making a soft
yet powerful design statement.
The Kohler Co. toilet was placed away from the doors to keep it
out of view from the hall. The light maple cabinetry blends with
the monochromatic colors of the design, and the same tones from the
hall are used as paint finishes for the walls to maintain a sense
of flow between rooms.
Grey concrete accents on the vanity top blend with the grey
shades incorporated with the shades of mustard in the Vitrocerean
Glass tile backsplash. Additionally, the ceramic checkerboard
pattern from the hall was extended to the room to tie the space
2. Opulent Appeal Defines Powder Room
Designers Dawn Whyte, Renee Guthrie and Judy McCaffrey, CKD, of
Puff’s of Petoskey in Petoskey, MI, faced a significant challenge
when asked to design this opulent powder room/formal bathroom:
Create a beautiful, luxurious space that fit with the aesthetics of
the rest of the home, while maintaining its own character and
individuality. As Whyte notes, aesthetics were very important to
the owners since the space was to be used by every household guest.
To meet the homeowners’ request, the design team based part of
the design scheme on the slab floor of Michelangelo marble. To keep
a cohesive feel, they used the same material for the countertops on
a framed full-overlay, radius-front vanity cabinet with a black
enamel finish. “Elements of wear and distress created an antiqued
quality” to the Crystal Cabinet Works Quest frameless vanity
cabinet, explains Whyte.
A Moen sink and faucet add to the room’s stylish appearance,
while an F. Schumacher duchess decorative bench, located by the
makeup vanity, enhances the room’s opulent appeal.
Adding the final touches of elegance and luxury to the space are
gold and silver mirrors by La Panache, a Les Bagatelles border for
the walls, coordinating wall-paper by Thybony and art by Frame
3. Powder Room Blends Style and Function
Using light and dark limestone accents, as well as unique design
elements to break up a visually tight entrance, designers Erica
Westeroth, CKD, and Tim Scott of the Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based
XTC Designs Inc. were able to meet the clients’ request for a
formal and elegant powder room that reflected the elegant style and
feel of the home.
To begin with, the foyer flooring of light limestone was
extended with a darker limestone accent into the room, continuing
the foyer’s paneled wainscot, chair rail and baseboard around the
room. As Westeroth notes, “The millwork and wainscoting were
stained in a gray/beige tone to blend with the limestone floor.”
The color scheme is echoed on the countertops, with the same
limestone used as accents on the floor being used for the vanity
countertop and backsplash.
Westeroth and Scott had a Falcon Wood Specialties round-front
vanity installed to create soft lines that would break up the
narrow entrance into the space. Satin nickel finished cabinet door
hardware adds warmth to the space.
A framed tri-panel mirror was designed over the vanity,
highlighted by a pendant light.
Finally, a Kohler Co. Caxon basin and toilet, as well as a
stylish Jado faucet, add a contemporary feel to the space.