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With warm colours, richly textured materials and highly decorative fittings, this guest powder room stands out from the crowd

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A pretty powder room with a chandelier and a Venetian glass mirror may sound luxurious and a little decadent, but it won't take up much space.

When the owners of this home were renovating, one of their aims was to find a more convenient spot for the downstairs toilet, which had been part of a utility room and accessed from the dining room.

Designer Jennie Dunlop reorganised this part of the house and found enough space to create a small, separate powder room for guests.

The new area is designed to match the traditional style of the rest of the house but, because the room is small, the designer decided it to give it a slightly glamorous look, mixing classical elements with modern fittings.

A chandelier, previously hanging in the dining room, is teamed with a decorative glass mirror, burr elm cabinetry and a black granite vanity top flecked with glossy blue quartz. Metallic blue painted walls complete the look.


"It is a compact space, but guests are always pleasantly surprised by the opulence when they open the door," Dunlop says.

First published date: 11 May 2009

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Designer Jennie Dunlop DINZ, Dunlop Design (Auckland)
Vanity Custom designed by Dunlop Design; manufactured by Johannes Erren Cabinetmakers
Vanity top Blue Pearl Granite
Cabinetry Lacquer and Burr Elm
Basin Leda Vasque from Caroma
Toilet Duravit wall-hung
Taps Paini Cox
Flooring Polished porcelain from Porcelanosa
Wallcoverings Resene metallic paint
Blinds Wooden painted by Timbershade Blinds
Ventilation Odourvac