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Design by Ella Scott Design. Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Design by Colman Riddell Interiors. Photo: Stylish Productions

Design by Kristin Peake Interiors. Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Design by Studio Miel. Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Design by Davida’s Kitchen & Tiles. Photo: Bob Narod

Design by SCW Interiors. Photo: Angie Seckinger

Design by Caryn Cramer Interiors. Photo: Mark Luthringer

Design by Nestor Santa-Cruz Decoration. Photo: Jaime Harris

Design by Darlene Molnar LLC. Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Design by M.S. Vicas Interiors. Photo: Anice Hoachlander

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Designers embrace fun and innovation in 10 creative powder rooms

After clients in McLean requested “a dark, sexy powder room,” recalls Martha Vicas, she employed textures and metallic surfaces to achieve their vision. Three-dimensional wall tile from Ann Sacks is the backdrop for copper Holly Hunt sconces, a Rejuvenation mirror and a custom-marble sink.

Design: M.S. Vicas Interiors. Architecture: Thomson & Cooke Architects. Contractor: Peterson and Collins Inc.  Styling: Charlotte Safavi.

When designing a Bethesda powder room, Sandra Meyer envisioned “a dramatic feel, but not cramped,” she notes. Harlequin wallpaper creates a sense of height, while the floating, custom-marble vanity provides breathing room. Kohler fixtures in brass and Visual Comfort sconces enhance the black-and-gold palette. A flat, wallpapered door conceals storage.

Design: Ella Scott Design. 

“I love dark, moody small spaces,” says Colman Riddell, who conjured this vibe in a sophisticated Cathedral Heights powder room. Farrow & Ball Pitch Black covers walls and trim while a Waterworks sink with polished-nickel fixtures, a Made Goods mirror and an Urban Electric sconce brighten the room.

Design: Colman Riddell Interiors. Architecture: Barnes Vanze Architects. Contractor: Falcon Construction. 

Kristin Peake envisioned a powder room in the modern-farmhouse style of her clients’ McLean home. “It’s really a kids’ bathroom, so we wanted it to be bright and fun,” she says. Shiplap siding combines with a custom-painted Kohler basin, Elk Lighting sconces and a barnwood frame mirror. The floor is wood-look porcelain in a chevron pattern.

Design: Kristin Peake Interiors. 

Nancy Harper added an ingenious personal touch to the powder room of an Arlington condo by converting 250 of the owner’s personal Instagram photos into wallpaper. Gold hues in the Restoration Hardware sink’s fixtures, a Rejuvenation mirror and a Schoolhouse sconce create warmth.

Design: Studio Miel. Renovation Architecture: Rill Architects. 

After her kids fled the nest, Davida Rodriguez was ready for a touch of glam in her Gaithersburg abode. She redesigned her powder room in sleek, monochromatic style, pairing hand-painted Vahallan wallpaper in a silvery, metallic finish with textured-glass sconces and a round Ronbow vanity that provides storage in the tiny space.

Design & Contracting: Davida’s Kitchen & Tiles. 

The views inspired a powder room in Newport, Rhode Island. “The Lunada Bay penny tile was reminiscent of water,” says designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey. “And we mimicked the home’s porthole windows with the round Arteriors mirror.” A curved niche and wall-hung Kohler sink complete the space.

Design: SCW Interiors. Contractor: B.R. Arnold Construction Co. 

Caryn Cramer introduced bold, modern elements in the powder room of a traditional home in Old Town Alexandria. Graphic, high-contrast navy-and-white encaustic tile covers the floor and walls in a pattern of Cramer’s design. A minimalist custom-steel vanity from KONST Union and a Circa Lighting sconce emphasize the room’s geometric elements.

Design: Caryn Cramer Interiors. 

While reimagining the powder room of a 1911 Northwest DC abode, Nestor Santa-Cruz channeled the aesthetic of British architect Edward Lutyens via the herringbone-patterned, black-and-white-marble floor. A Titan marble Waterworks basin is paired with a leather-and-brass mirror by Gubi.

Design: Nestor Santa-Cruz Decoration. Renovation Architecture: Hamilton Snowber Architects. Contractor: Mauck Zantzinger & Associates. 

Darlene Molnar added interest in a monochromatic Vienna powder room using floor-to-ceiling, textured-ceramic wall tile by Porcelanosa. A floating concrete sink by Trueform Concrete rests on a custom, live-edge base by Mark Palmquist Design. Pendants by Davey Lighting and an Anthropologie mirror add industrial accents.

Design: Darlene Molnar LLC. Contractor: Battle Street Builders. 

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