Discover how a few key design elements can turn this diminutive room into a big style statement in this display of Northern Michigan powder rooms.

Gracious Gray

Design // Gemma Parker Design
Location // Harbor Springs
Photo by Werner Straube

“The goal for this powder room was to create a space that added contrast from an otherwise light and airy first floor,” interior designer Gemma Parker says. “We like a powder room to have a little more depth and drama than the other rooms.” Parker created that contrast by painting the walls a rich, elegant gray—a color that also lets the beautiful nickel finishes of the Waterworks fixtures be the jewelry in the space. This classic, cool room isn’t out of context with the rest of the home, yet it packs an unexpected style-punch that leaves a lasting impression on guests.

Room Resources

Paint color: Benjamin Moore, 1601 Hearthstone
Mirror: Armand Lee & Co.
Faucets (with Custom Escutcheon) & Cabinetry Hardware: Waterworks
Basin: Kallista Sink
Vanity Design & Fabrication: Gemma Parker DesignEvening Star Joinery
Lights: The Urban Electric Co.
Artwork (reflected in the mirror): Geode Artwork, Lake Affect

Into the Woods

Design // Kitchen Choreography
Location // Torch Lake
Photo by Jason Hulet Photography

With her signature genius, Angela Goodall of Kitchen Choreography made this powder room tucked into a masterpiece-of-a-home shine in its own right. Picking up on the home’s rustic theme she combined birch-motif wallpaper on the walls with lit, white oak beams across the tray ceiling. The custom-designed vanity is topped with a 6-inch deep soapstone counter and outfitted with reclaimed corbel-drawers that house toilet paper and cleaning supplies. The vessel sink and wall-mount faucet round out the room’s organic ambiance.

Room Resources

Vanity: Symphony Cabinetry
Sink & Faucet: Kohler Artist Editions
Mirror & Lighting: Restoration Hardware
Wallpaper: Anthropologie

Kicked Up Cottage Style

Design // Cottage Company
Location // Harbor Springs
Photo courtesy of Cottage Company

Designer Kelly Konoske, president of Cottage Company Interiors, is making a name for herself with her fresh, young take on cottage style. In this powder room, she combines traditional cottage elements of shiplap and black walnut (vanity and flooring) with an unexpected 3D tile wall. A vessel sink, wall-mounted faucets and pendant lights that fuse vintage and modern style round out the look.

Room Resources

Paint: Benjamin Moore, Chantilly Lace
Sink: Kohler, Oval Vox
Faucet: Waterworks, Flyte
Tile: Glazzio Tiles, Joyous Moments, Kitten Play
Mirror: Restoration Hardware, Bristol Wall Mirror
Pendant Lights: Hudson Valley Lighting, Mitzi Petra

Find this and more articles celebrating Northern Michigan homes and cottages in the free, digital edition of February/March 2021 Northern Home & Cottage below; or get the printed NHC for free, six times a year when you subscribe to Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, delivered to your door each month.