July 11th, 2019
Keeping up with AKD

Powder Rooms that POP!

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AKD in the News:
Featured on Veranda Online!

Thanks so much for the feature, Veranda! Enjoy our excerpts below and click here to read the full editorial: 14 Exuberant Bathroom Paint Ideas to Energize Your Space





Drawn to this Illinois home’s original 1920s architecture, designer Amy Kartheiser used black hues to modernize the traditional feeling of the bathroom. The dark trim color contrasts the creamy walls painted in the shade Swiss Coffee; both paint colors are from Benjamin Moore.










Designer Amy Kartheiser used a custom-made stain to draw out the navy undertones of the geometric wallcovering from Cole & Sons in this Chicago home. The sconces are from Circa Lighting, and the sink fixtures are by Watermark. For a similar vanity color, try Provence Blue by Sherwin-Williams.







Powder Rooms that POP


Often, the smallest things make the greatest impact, a fact that rings true in both life and design. Without a doubt, one of the most frequented spaces in your home is the smallest – your powder room. That makes it the perfect place for you to create a lasting impression. From wallpaper to wow-worthy hardware, here are 6 tips for creating a powder room that pops!


1. Statement Making Wallpaper

How do you want guests to feel when they open the door to your powder room? Serene? Surprised and excited? Given their size and scaled-down proportions, powder rooms have become the perfect place to go wild with a vibrant wallpaper pattern for the ultimate jewel-box effect.


2. Unique Tile

The flooring is going to be one of the first things guests notice when stepping into your powder room. Choose something that harmonizes, but is interesting enough to give a sense of movement to the space.


3. Chic Mirrors

A glamorous mirror is the easiest way to add a special touch to your powder room. Don’t get stuck in a rut with a basic, square, traditional restroom mirror. Consider using an antique mirror or one that’s oddly shaped and/or sized. People spend a lot of time looking at this piece so it’s worth investing in one that makes a statement.


4. Wow Worthy Fixtures

Splurging on a brass faucet can give you a look you love. Think beyond the standard stainless steel or nickel fixtures and go for something bold. A brass faucet may wind up costing a bit more, but it’s bound to make a dramatic impact.


5. Dramatic Lighting

Lighting in a Powder Room does not need to be perfectly even and lit so this as an opportunity to go beyond functionality and add some sculptural appeal to your room.  Increase the effect by not using fluorescent light and instead opting for low levels of warm light.


6. Floating Vanities

Nothing quite captures the look or adds more visual interest of a modern bathroom better than a floating vanity.  Allowing your sink to float off the ground gives the illusion of more square footage, which is a hot commodity in these small spaces.

Amy Kartheiser Travel Diaries Pop-up Shop - Chapter 4

The Amy Kartheiser Travel Diaries Pop-up Shop is back!

Inspired by global design and sourced through Amy's travels, the shop will feature past favorites – like handmade pajamas and caftans from India – as well as new finds from Thailand and Bhutan.

100% of your ticket price and 20% of all purchase proceeds go directly to support AFSP.

  • Thu, November 21, 2019
  • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST
  • Evanston, IL
Purchase Your Tickets Now!