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Rustic Elegance for the Powder Room



David Patterson

When designing a powder room right off the main living area of this Beaver Creek home, designer Melissa Greenauer, of the Greenauer Design Group, kept the spirit of the rest of the home in mind. “Lots of barn wood and rustic textures run throughout the house. We chose heavy textures with clean lines for the powder bath,” she explains. The design began with the walls: beetle-kill pine got an aging treatment to look reclaimed and an accent wall behind the sink was covered in quartzite veneer. “The stone is warm and dark, making the room cozy,” Greenauer says.

The designer made use of local materials—a thick slab of rough-cut pine from a logging area near Meeker—for a standout vanity. “Our goal was to find a character piece,” Greenauer says. She topped the vanity with a stone bowl sink selected for its texture, scale and color. The oil-rubbed bronze faucet is wall-mounted. To add light to the dark room, Greenauer installed cove uplighting as well as brighter pendants that are functional, “but still dramatic,” she says. A tall metal-framed mirror floats in front of the stone wall, reflecting more light into the room and adding to the richly layered look.

Melissa’s Tips:

  • Determine how you use the powder bath to figure out what type of materials to select. Is it for functional, everyday use or occasional entertaining? Consider durability, waterproofing and maintenance.

  • Build drama into the bath with deeply colored paints, carefully calibrated lighting and bold furnishings.

  • There is a lot of waste and inconsistency in reclaimed wood. Use new wood, with weathering treatments, to create a similar look. The boards are cleaner, straighter and easier to install.

Designer: Melissa Greenauer, Greenauer Design Group, Vail

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