The 10 Most Popular Powder Room Photos Right Now (10 photos)

4. Gray Elegance

Designer Kirsten Kaplan of Haus Interior Design had clients with a clear idea of their taste. They liked shades of gray, industrial style with some vintage elements and sharp, geometric lines. Kaplan worked these preferences into the home, including in this powder room, where she removed a basic vanity and replaced it with a marble-and-chrome piece that has an industrial feel.

She also added new lighting and designed millwork for the walls. A portion of that millwork doubles as the sink backsplash. A large mirror helps the room feel more spacious; it had to be measured and cut precisely to fit into the recessed space in the millwork above the sink.

Wall paint: Silent Night, Benjamin Moore

 

14 Design Tips to Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom (14 photos)

If you’re tackling a bathroom remodel project, having a working knowledge of what to expect and what to consider can make the difference between a months-long waking nightmare ending in a bathroom that you settle for or a near-pleasant experience resulting in the room of your dreams. Consider the following collection of tips your cheat sheet for finals week. You’ll be happy you prepared.

1. Know What a Bathroom Remodel Costs

Before you begin any project, it’s important to put your expectations into perspective when it comes to how much money you’re willing to invest. The size of your bathroom, the quality of materials you want to include and whether you’re planning to do some of the labor yourself all can affect the cost of a remodel.

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4 Steps to Get Ready for Kitchen Construction (8 photos)

3. Empty Out Your Cabinets

So now that you’ve taken care of business, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Rather than dreading this, look at it as an opportunity to do some serious spring cleaning. Instead of throwing everything in a bunch of boxes and deferring the editing process to the end, get it done now to make moving back in that much more fun. However, if you’ve got too much on your plate to deal with this now, it can always be done later.

Put all the items you won’t need for a few months into boxes — or even better, big plastic bins with lids to protect the contents from dirt and dust. Separate out what you’ll want to use in your temporary kitchen: knives, coffee mugs, food you’ll eat and even a few wineglasses. Who says you have to drink out of plastic cups the whole time?

 

The 10 Most Popular Powder Room Photos on Houzz Right Now (10 photos)

4. Gray Elegance

Designer Kirsten Kaplan of Haus Interior Design had clients with a clear idea of their taste. They liked shades of gray, industrial style with some vintage elements and sharp, geometric lines. Kaplan worked these preferences into the home, including in this powder room, where she removed a basic vanity and replaced it with a marble-and-chrome piece that has an industrial feel.

She also added new lighting and designed millwork for the walls. A portion of that millwork doubles as the sink backsplash. A large mirror helps the room feel more spacious; it had to be measured and cut precisely to fit into the recessed space in the millwork above the sink.

Wall paint: Silent Night, Benjamin Moore

 

5 Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner in Your Yard (9 photos)

Houzz Contributor; Owner/CEO of Emu Building Science; LEED AP BD+C. After spending many years as an architectural designer in the high-efficiency residential Italian market, I now run a company that specializes in advanced construction science and Passive House design. We are located in Denver, Colorado, and Northern Italy, and we work internationally with builders, designers, and manufacturers of high-performance projects and products.

Houzz Contributor; Owner/CEO of Emu Building Science; LEED AP BD+C. After spending… More

 

Bathroom of the Week: A Stylish Mix of Walnut and White (7 photos)

For the finishes, the homeowners decided to mix matte black and brushed brass. The brass was inspired by the clean-lined globe pendant lights they liked. And Kiser knew from experience that a pleasing mix of metal finishes was a good solution to the challenge of matching up brass finishes from different manufacturers.

“Kohler makes a shower trim kit in brass but no tub drain — and it is very difficult to mix brass finishes from different manufacturers, as they never match,” he says. He had not had luck matching brass finishes with custom plating, either. But because the cabinet hardware is matte black, using drains powder-coated with a flat black finish works well as part of the mix. The homeowners also chose a simple black-and-white shower curtain that picks up on the black finishes.

Faucet sets: Purist, Kohler

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Your Guide to Shower Floor Materials (12 photos)

2. Travertine

It’s hard not to find a style of travertine you love, whether it’s chiseled, honed, polished or tumbled. This natural stone has the best of earth’s creams, browns, grays and golds packaged into designer tiles that grace homes across the world.

Pros: Home buyers love travertine, and not just because of its veins and swirls. They also appreciate the slip resistance it offers, particularly that of tumbled travertine, as well as how long it lasts.

Cons: Travertine is porous, so you could find yourself in hot water if you forget to seal it. It is recommended that you seal it every one to two years unless your sealer lasts longer. Other than that, your main concern is staining. Anything other than a mild detergent can affect the stone’s surface. Be careful how you clean it and be careful of the soaps and shampoos you use.