Powder rooms are where you can go all out with adding some sparkle or old-world charm to the space, without compromising on functionality. Sunil Jasani and Sangeeta Advani Mansharamani of Fine Lines Designers take us through their client diaries to show us how it’s done
This project was a fusion of classic and contemporary, and included a lot of artistic and antique elements. We explored objects crafted from earlier centuries and repurposed them around the site. This powder room encapsulates this exploration quite well. We converted a dressing table and mirror into a vanity unit with a glass basin from Kohler, and added classical fittings. Powder rooms are the most opulent and unique spaces of the home when it comes to design. We’ve used a combination of materials – black travertine, cherry walnut veneer, print and textured wallpaper. In this area, our intention was to really use every square inch to intrigue the guests. The charcoal art is framed in a gilded antique photo frame, and the tall chest of drawers is an antique piece that also serves as a stand for the Himat Shah sculpture.
This powder room is a blend of all styles with a splash of glam! We used Italian marble, blue Argentine, gold mosaic metal pieces, walnut veneer and a subtle, printed wallpaper. The basin is one of our favourites from the Kohler artists edition line. The powder blue and hints of beige of the glazed basin are mirrored in the wallpaper, while the gold accents of the fittings give it a classical look. The Venetian mirror provides a break in the straight-line geometry.
We started designing this bathroom by selecting the statement basin and French-gold finish wall-mount basin mixers. The pastel colours of the above informed all other decisions made, the milky-white and powder blue marble was the easy part. Our clients loved the proposed gold mosaics. After months of matching our material board, we found the wallpaper which was the final touch.
Sunil & Sangeeta’s Tips to Jazz it up in the Powder Room
⦁ Lighting is always a mood setter as well as functional element. In small spaces we really need to be careful with our intention and use. Both ceiling and spot lights together work in harmony creating the right amount of drama, so remember to balance them equally.
⦁ Choosing furniture in powder rooms is a fair 50/50 on functionality and aesthetic. Design the space with relevance to what it will be used for. For instance, we’ve used a unit that serves as a stand but also to store extra bathroom essentials as well as scented candles, napkins and incense burners.
⦁ Use metallic colours like gold and silver where the palette is neutral, to avoid a visual conflict. It has a look of luxury and opulence so you may not want that everywhere. Use the hues in small doses. You don’t want the shine to overwhelm all the design and thought that went into creating the space as the character of it is to attract attention.
⦁ Use gold and silver for inlays. Integrating it with marble in different patterns is a great way to add some sparkle to the room.
Sunil Jasani and Sangeeta Advani Mansharamani, Co-Founders, Fine Lines Designers, Mumbai
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Text by: The Blue Pencil Design Company
Images courtesy: Fine Lines Designers
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