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9 Powder Rooms That Dazzle With Drama
Dripping with color or tantalizingly textural, these high-impact spaces show uncommon flair
Small bathrooms and powder rooms can leave a big impression when you let your inner diva run wild.
Eye-popping lipstick red plus a bewitching print adds up to high impact. The shimmer of the tile wall, sparkle of the chandelier, and touch-me texture of the rug complete the message: This star is ready for its close-up. (For affordable fashion art, try http://art.com; for prints straight out of Vogue, visit http://condenaststore.com.)
Color extremes aren't the only way to create a dramatic effect. This jet-black mirror frame cuts a strong swath against subtle gray-and-white tones like a name signed in India ink, while candles and a pink posy remind us that romance hasn't been forgotten.
A geometrically cut door announces the shape of things to come: clean lines and captivating color. The round mirror offsets any impression of sticking to the straight and narrow, and the wood vanity adds warmth. (Round mirrors can be found for almost any budget, from choices at http://ikea.com to the birch-framed Cordova on http://bellacor.com.)
Drama can be just a single step away, as with this eye-catching crimson wallpaper. The scarlet clawfoot tub against glossy white tile elevates the effect to the next level.
Sometimes too much is exactly enough. From the fuchsia lacquered wall to the glitzy lighting sconces to the jewel of a sink, this bathroom gives you that privileged feeling of being ushered past the velvet rope--but liberal use of basic black keeps your head from spinning. (Try the Bling Sconce at http://zgallerie.com for a similar look.)
Who says your grandmother's cabinet is the only place to display dishes? Showcasing the unexpected is an easy way to turn heads, as with this artful assembly--and the deliberately neutral backdrop lets the collection take center stage.
The coral bowl set amid a sea of turquoise would be tantalizing enough, but the clock shifts the entire realm toward dreamy Dali-esque. This kids' bathroom shows that you don't have to be drinking age to get a kick out of unusual designs.
A whisper can be louder than a shout, as with this enchanting charmer. The blushing backdrop for the intricately scrolled mirror, graceful pearl of a tub, and alluring fireplace create a set worthy of Marilyn Monroe--and the bird cage perched high on a shelf is the perfect prop. (CC Home Furnishings' iron bird cage is similar; find it at http://sears.com.)
Exotic without feeling foreign, this bathroom shows that dark can be delightful. The wall's black crocodile hide and the zebra hand towel ground the fanciful chandelier and fairy-tale mirror, letting everyone know that the fairest bathroom of them all doesn't need to go anywhere near the land of pink.