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Blog – December 2016

Holly is one of Deslaurier's retail designers and has been with the company for almost two years. She has over 8 years of experience working for award winning firms in the interior design, advertising, and architecture industry. Holly is a registered Interior Designer with ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) and offers a variety of knowledge to create complete design solutions.


The Powder Room: A Small Space To Make A Big Statement


A mentor once said: design every space like it’s a jewel box. This philosophy applies most to the small spaces often overlooked in favour of the more dominant rooms of the house. The kitchen, dining room, and living room are often focused upon not only for your family to enjoy, but are also the rooms that your company will see. The powder room is a public space too! If you have a closer look, you may find it’s lacking the attention it deserves.

At Deslaurier, we pride ourselves as having one of the most beautiful showrooms in the area.  As such, we update our displays regularly to show new products, ideas, and layouts to help spur the imagination of our customers. One of the many projects we have underway, is renovating our showroom’s powder room.

First, we examine every aspect of the space to determine how it can be made more functional and aesthetically pleasing. There are so many elements that need to come together in order to create a gorgeous powder room; it can be overwhelming!

Here is a list of design considerations for our new powder room, hopefully they will inspire your diamond in the rough:

  • Floating cabinetry to keep the space feeling light and contemporary.
  • All drawers, even under the sink where it will be u-shaped around the plumbing.
  • Horizontal handles, utilize handle below sink as an informal hand towel bar.
  • Quartz countertop with an unusual edge profile. Thin? Angled?
  • No backsplash or side splash, bring the mirror to the countertop.
  • Create a feature wall behind the vanity which will be visible when the door is open. Wood paneling? Wallpaper? Tile?
  • Wall sconces on either side of the mirror for more even lighting across the face for makeup touch-ups.
  • Update flooring to tile with a unique pattern or texture.
  • Locate the toilet out of sight-lines when door is left open. Add a panel or half wall if seeing the toilet is unavoidable in your floor plan.
  • Wall-mounted toilet for more open floor space.
  • Recessed accessories, toilet paper holders into walls, and garbage/soap dispensers into the countertop.
  • Warm wood tones to add a natural element to a sometimes cold palette.

Don't forget to check out our bathroom gallery for more inspiration images!

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