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Glittering iridescent tiles, a shiny black washstand and feathery luminaires raise this powder room to the realm of the exceptional


A powder room offers an ideal opportunity to indulge a taste for theatricality without the risk of overwhelming everyday life.

Interior designer Beth Kopin created this powder room with an eye for dramatic effect.

"The idea for the design originated with the free standing basin," says Kopin. "This cylindrical stand is finished in reflective black metal, and the iridescent glass wall tiles were a logical choice as an effective complement."

Kopin says the tiles all have wavy edges and a slightly uneven surface. They are used floor-to-ceiling on all four walls in the modest space.

"The two elements, basin and wall tiles, create a sparkling effect. The mirror is framed in chair rail product made from the same glass as the wall tiles, extending their impact," she says.


Alongside the basin, giving some separation from the toilet, is a cabinet with pull-out drawers. This was an important inclusion because surface space is otherwise nonexistent.

"With so much black, I introduced a white toilet and Jerusalem bone floor tiles as contrast."

Two wall lamps with silk-feathered shades add a touch of delicacy and whimsy – an ideal light source for the dark, twinkling decor.

First published date: 05 June 2010

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Credit List

Interior designer Beth Kopin, ASID, NKBA (Highland Park, IL)
Builder Glasberg Homes
Vanity Glass Ultraform
Cabinetry Mahogany from Bea Industries
Basin Bronze glass from Vitraform, with Pullman pedestal
Faucets Wall-mounted basin mixer by Dornbracht
Wall tiles Antique black glass with brown cast, from Granite & Marble Resources
Tile flooring Jerusalem bone in brick pattern from Granite & Marble Resources
Toilet Toto Carlyle in cream
Accessories Polished chrome hook, towel bar, tissue holder from Dornbracht